UNCASVILLE, Conn., April 23 /PRNewswire/ — Mohegan Sun unveiled the final element
of its $1 billion expansion, the new 34-story, 1,200-room Mohegan Sun Hotel today
with a ceremony attended by Connecticut's Governor John Rowland, Mohegan tribal leadership,
community and state leaders, Mohegan Sun executives and development partners. The
glistening crystalline tower features more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space
including the largest ballroom in the Northeast, a dramatic lobby, a full-service
spa, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, outdoor sun terrace and 24-hour restaurant.
The completion of Project Sunburst marks an important milestone for the Mohegan
Tribe and fulfills our dream to create a magical and multi-dimensional destination,
said Mark Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe. Visitors may be drawn to Mohegan
Sun by our gaming, but they will also stay to shop and dine in our over 40 retail
and restaurant outlets, enjoy shows at our 10,000- seat Arena, 300-seat Cabaret or
350-seat Wolf Den and relax in our luxurious hotel and spa.
To create a 5.5-million-square-foot destination that brings Mohegan culture, traditions
of hospitality and history to life, the Mohegan Tribe relied upon a unique collaborative
effort by several of the world's most renowned architectural and design firms.
New York City-based Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Associates designed Mohegan Sun's dramatic
three-winged hotel tower, drawing inspiration from the dazzling quartz crystal used
by the Mohegans to fashion arrowheads and ceremonial objects honoring the good spirits.
Interiors for the elegantly appointed guest rooms, suites, corridors and elevator
lobbies were created by Atlanta- based interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates.
Steiner hired Stephen John Design to design the spa and beauty salon. The New York
City-based Rockwell Group returned to Mohegan Sun to extend their original tribal-
inspired designs for Mohegan Sun's Casino of the Earth and Casino of the Sky to the
30,000-square-foot hotel lobby. David Rockwell and his team used a collage of materials
to create multi-colored canopies of towering impressionist red cedar trees and gleaming
glass and birch-lined walls.
The Mohegan Sun Hotel features 1,200 elegantly appointed guest rooms, including 25
River Suites and 73 Sky Suites. Each of the guest rooms measures a minimum of 450
square feet, and features deluxe amenities and sweeping views of the New England
countryside or the Thames River. Standard amenities include marble baths, comfortable
lounge chairs and the latest in telecommunications technologies, including: three
two-line telephones with dataports and voice mail, web and e-mail access, video in-room
dining menus and ordering, bill review and check-out accessibility and a state-of-the-art
security entry system. There are currently 450 hotel rooms available; all 1,200
will be ready for guests by Memorial Day.
River suites, which average 872 square feet, offer a spacious bedroom, 1.5 baths
and separate living room space, while the one-bedroom Sky suites, averaging 1,110
square feet, feature a deluxe king bed, 1.5 baths with special windowed-bath overlooking
the foothills of southeastern Connecticut and separate living and dining areas.
In May 2002, Mohegan Sun will unveil five luxury suites that have been expertly designed
for in-suite entertaining for groups of up to 100 people. These suites include a
living room, large dining/meeting room, back service pantry/kitchen, a full-service
bar and a master bedroom with a deluxe bathroom.
Guests and day visitors can also enjoy the new Elemis Spa by Mohegan Sun, which encompasses
fifteen private spa-therapy rooms, a relaxation area, hair and beauty salon, three
private facial rooms and a fitness center. Steiner Leisure Ltd., based in Coral
Gables, Florida is the parent company of the Elemis Spa at Mohegan Sun, which provides
a harmonious and serene environment where guests can cultivate inner peace and truly
relax and unwind.
The Mohegan Sun Hotel is also home to the Northeast's premier meetings and conventions
facility, which features a variety of services and facilities, including:
— more than 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting and function space
— the Northeast's largest ballroom, at 40,000 square feet, divisible into
10 separate meeting rooms; more than 30 conference and breakout rooms,
accommodating up to 5,300 people
— 30,000 square feet of exhibition space in a 10,000-seat Arena
— over 14,000 square feet of pre-function space adjacent to the grand
— a 17,500-square foot outdoor sun terrace
— two group registration desks
— offices and storage areas that provide convenient, centralized
Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive
and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United
States. Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut,
Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and
located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Places.
What began with the Casino of the Earth in 1996 has evolved into a legendary destination
that now includes: the Casino of the Sky and over 300,000 square feet of total gaming
space; The Shops at Mohegan Sun, featuring more than 40 retail shops and dining venues
ranging from food court-style to gourmet; the 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena for world-class
sporting events and concerts, and an intimate Cabaret; and a 34-story luxury hotel,
featuring 1,200 guest rooms and suites, premier meeting and convention space and
a world-class spa.