The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians in San Diego County recently topped off the seven-story hotel it is building for its Valley View Casino. Expected to be finished in December, the hotel will begin accepting reservations in August.
The hotel, which is nearly one half smaller than originally planned, will be “modern and hip” and luxurious, according to a spokesman for the tribe. The original cost was $85 million, which has now been shaved to $72 million. It will still have a pool and waterfall, as well as a 5,000-square-foot showroom.
The hotel will allow the casino to reward its best customers with comped rooms, and will encourage those same customers to stay and play longer.
The reduction of the hotel wasn’t just an economic decision. According to the spokesman, “the reduction in size of the hotel is due to a combination of a response to the community’s concerns about the height of the hotel and just fiscal responsibility in today’s financial climate.”
If the economy rebounds soon, the tribe can always build a hotel addition, say hospitality industry experts.