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Casino’s hotel to open earlier than expected

October 16. 2013 11:20PM

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PLAINS TWP. — Quick work, literally, by construction and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs team members pushed up the opening date of the casino’s new $50 million hotel by nearly two weeks to Nov. 18.

The seven-story, 238-room hotel was most recently scheduled to open on Nov. 30, but it was changed due to the progress on the facility, said Mike Bean, president and chief executive officer of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

The construction was a dynamic process, and several opening dates were set, he explained.

“This positive change ahead of schedule is a testament to the hard work, dedication and countless hours our team has put into this project,” Bean said.

Already rooms have been booked. “We have several hundred reservations,” Bean said Wednesday. A mailing under way by the casino likely will attract more, he said.

The casino broke ground in late summer 2012 and began building the connecting hotel later that year. It held a topping-off ceremony last April to mark the completion of erecting the steel superstructure for the hotel that includes a 20,000-square-foot convention center.

A ribbon-cutting will be scheduled on or around the opening date, Bean said.

Mohegan planned to hire an additional 250 people for the hotel during June job fair. Bean said the staff has been “pretty much” assembled. Their start dates vary depending upon their specific jobs, Bean said.

The hotel contains 126 king and 92 double queen standard guestrooms and 20 suites. The rooms have views of the harness horse racing track. Guests will have amenities such as in-room iPad directories and free Wi-Fi. They also will be able to use a fitness center, indoor heated swimming pool and the 4,150 square foot Spa Sapphire. The spa operated by local owners Angie and Larry Morgan will open a few weeks after the hotel does, Bean said.

The Morgans planned to hire between 20 and 30 people for the spa.

Reservations can be made online at or by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA.

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