Pechanga Resort & Casino, the largest resort/casino in the Western United States, announced that is embarking on a major renovation that changes the entire look and feel of its hotel grand entry, hotel lobby, secluded VIP check-in lounge, elevator waiting area, rooftop nightclub, as well as all of its hotel Jacuzzi® suites. In addition to these upgrades, the resort is also making over three of its existing 10 restaurants, and adding an 11th food and beverage outlet. The hotel/resort/casino that is actually larger than anything in Las Vegas, closed its lobby, two casual dining establishments and one fine dining outlet, as well as its hotel retail shop, on Tuesday, September 3, the day after Labor Day. Designers have drawn up plans for a complete transformation of the ambience guests will encounter upon entering through the hotel valet entrance. Once the project is completed by the end of 2013, Pechanga Resort & Casino guests will enjoy a more contemporary and inviting focal point from which to start their Temecula getaways.
“The property is now a little over 10 years old and it is time for a renovation of our grand entry and some of the restaurants,” says Pechanga Development Corporation President, Patrick Murphy. “Quality has always been a cornerstone of our success and we are always looking at giving our guests the very best experience possible. The new look will be elegant, timeless and will still convey the importance and use of natural elements for the Pechanga people.”
With work to turn the lobby and restaurants into completely contemporized spaces beginning promptly the morning of Tuesday, September 3, more than 250 construction jobs were created in the process. Most of these workers and sub-contractors live or have businesses in Riverside and San Diego counties, and the greater Southern California region. Pechanga’s renovation is expected to be complete by the end of 2013.
When unveiled near the end of the year, interior designer Ann Fleming of Cleo Designs of Las Vegas, Nevada says the new look “will amaze guests because of the scale of the ceilings, that are so high even currently, but it’s hard to tell since there are décor items that made it appear lower than it was.” She also points to flowing water features when the project is complete, one being a “rain curtain” that looks as if it is emanating from an imaginary place about 25-feet high. “When it’s all done, we hope visitors will come in and stop and say, ‘Gosh, did you see this?’” referring to featured finishes such as the 20,000 square feet of marble flooring or the live wood edges of the reception tables.
While the Pechanga hotel lobby becomes transformed into a comfortable and timeless space with live wood furnishings and colors that reflect the natural habitat of the surrounding terrain, builders are also hard at work contemporizing the 517-room hotel’s 19 Jacuzzi® suites. Fashionable touches with bright colors muted by earth tones provide inviting color schemes for the renovated luxury suites. These 19 luxury spaces provide high definition flat screen televisions, a complete technology panel perfect for showing images from one’s smartphone, tablet, laptop or gaming console on the large flat screen monitor, marble stone in the bathrooms, plush towels and bathrobes, ultra-high thread count linens, plus sweeping views of either the Temecula Valley or the surrounding mountains. Construction officials estimate the overhaul on each of the 19 units to take four weeks and the makeovers to be completed one floor at a time. All 517 rooms at Pechanga offer 24-hour room service, free wireless high speed Internet and free use of the pool, sundeck and fitness facility.
Pechanga is also renovating the Eagle’s Nest rooftop nightclub beginning in early October and turning it into an expanded venue by removing walls that currently separate adjoining meeting space. Guests seated in every area, inside and on the outdoor patio, will experience sweeping views of the Temecula hills to the southeast, or of the valley to the northwest. The feel of being in a nest will be accentuated with uplit branches on the walls, natural wood and stone finishes and colorful furniture and accessories added to make the venue modern and fun. Builders say they plan to work on the Eagle’s Nest during the week and the venue will open for regular business on Fridays and Saturday from 9:00p.m. to 1:30a.m.
Hotel officials say guests staying in any of the resort’s 517 rooms during the renovations will not see any change or disruption in service, or their sleep. The resort will relocate its hotel check-in to an area right inside from the Casino Valet and all the same amenities – complimentary valet service, bellhop service and more – will still be available to all guests. “Even room service will continue to run 24 hours a day,” says Grant Channing, vice president of hotel. “Our goal is to make guests feel totally welcome and with no disruption to their normal, relaxing and enjoyable stays, they won’t notice the renovation until it’s all done.”
Architectural drawings of what the renovation will reveal can be seen here.
While resort areas receive the remodel treatment, three restaurants are also undergoing complete transformations, and a fourth is taking shape inside the former hotel retail shop. The 24-hour Pechanga Café and Blazing Noodles restaurants are being overhauled concurrently. Several of the architectural elements of the Pechanga Café will remain intact such as grand archways and stonework that speak to the influences of the Southern California region. The Seafood Grotto will morph into a sleek and inviting sushi and oyster bar with a long dining bar, which will be flanked by tables and booths, as the focal point of the restaurant. Those looking for a latte or favorite pastry in the morning or a glass of fine wine and live Flamenco guitar in the evenings will be able to find it at the brand new coffee and wine bar that will be housed in the former location of the resort’s gift shop. (Another gift store is being constructed at the bottom of the hotel elevators for guests who may have forgotten any necessity or in search of sundry items.)
Resort staff has made sure that patrons will not go hungry during the construction period. Six of the restaurants inside Pechanga Resort & Casino, as well as Journey’s End inside the resort’s golf club house are open for regular business and some have even added additional operating hours and favorite menu items from the eateries that will be unavailable for the four-month period.
About Pechanga Resort & Casino
Pechanga Resort & Casino offers the largest and most expansive resort/casino experience anywhere in the western United States. Rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2003, Pechanga Resort & Casino provides an unparalleled getaway, whether for the day or for an extended luxury stay. Offering more than 3,000 of the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, 517 hotel rooms, dining, spa and championship golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort & Casino features a destination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free 1-888-PECHANGA or visit www.Pechanga.com. Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on Facebook and on Twitter @PechangaCasino. Pechanga Resort & Casino is open 24-hours. Guests must be 21 and older to enter the casino.