Monday, May 21, 2007

Foxwoods Hotels - The Wonder of it All

If you ever find yourself in CT with a sudden urge to gamble, you've got Foxwoods (and Mohegan Sun, but I haven't been there yet). If you drive up at night it just appears, out of nowhere, at the end of this long road.
Foxwoods has 3 hotels within the casino grounds. In order of highest to lowest price there are the Grand Peqout Tower, the Great Cedar Hotel, and the Two Trees Inn. I've stayed at the Grand Pequot and the Two Trees.

The major downside to the Two Trees, is that it's really off-site from the casino. There is a shuttle bus that makes the rounds 24 hours a day, about every 20 min. or so, but it also takes 20 min. It also only has one restaurant and no room service. So if those things are important to you, and you don't want to wait outside in the freezing winter weather, you should probably book a room at the other two hotels, both of which are in the casino. The rooms at the Two Trees are cute, in that country/shaker style of decor, not plush, but clean and comfortable. Parking lot is out back. There is wireless access in the lobby, but not in the rooms. Rooms are a decent size and not crowded for two people sharing a room. Views are basically the parking lot or the driveway leading up to the hotel.

The Grand Pequot Tower has larger rooms with amazing views of the surrounding area, the rooms start on the 12th floor, there is a lounge area on each floor near the elevators. This hotel contains the fancy restaurant Paragon and a high rollers room, that seemed very intimidating to a non-high roller such as myself. The rooms all have free wireless access, a mini-fridge, coffee maker, a very large marble bathroom (with phone), and comfy beds. There is also 24 hour room service, and they will bring you bottles of alcohol (at a considerable markup). The hotel is above the casino, and very close to the Golden Dragon Restaurant and both entertainment venues, the Fox Theater and Club BB. If you are staying the night for a show and don't want to walk through the large casino, I would recommend choosing this hotel.

They have plenty of casual dining options, from California Pizza Kitchen, to Fuddruckers to a hot dog place and the 24 hour diner style Veranda Cafe. The Golden Dragon was surprisingly good chinese, if you are a fan of lemon chicken they make a really good one, it's an entire chicken breast, well breaded and with a really good sauce. The Festival buffet has a wide selection of foods (seafood, asian, american), average quality, we were there on a Tuesday night and it was 2 for 1 so we figured it was a good bet.

There is a spa at the casino, but I didn't have time to take advantage of it, if anyone has tried it I would like to hear your experience.

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