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With that in mind, where else could the Raven possibly start than to crow about Mohegan Sun’s (mohegansun.com) latest labor of luxury, Aspire?
Dubbed a “hotel within a hotel,” the 93 rooms in the Aspire collection are perched atop the casino’s existing Sky Tower but offer a decidedly different experience.
Before even getting settled in, Aspire patrons enjoy exclusive valet parking, VIP check in and of course, their own express elevators to expedite whisking them away to their lofty, luxurious rooms. Not that one even has to make their way to their respective room to osmose the opulence.
Lavishly adorned hallways and foyers play host to a breathtaking collection of chandeliers, plush furniture and a positively Gatsby-ish, golden pattern of backlit walls and marble floors. And of course, if anything is forgotten, Aspire guests have their own, 24-hour butler service, too.
But the true crowning of Aspire experience must be “Thirty Three.” No, New Englanders, this is not an ode to beloved Boston Celtic Larry Bird and his storied number. This Thirty Three actually comes from no loftier a notion than that it is located on the Sky Tower’s 33rd floor actually.
But it is open nearly 15 hours a day and in addition to its private gaming area and majestic views of Thames offers guests complimentary cuisine and high end wine and spirits.
For an example, on this particular evening, Alaskan King Crab legs, copious mounds of shrimp, made-to-order risotto and bistecca florentine topped a buffet area that was also laden with various cheeses, fruits and delectable desserts. All proving that, quite simply – Aspire allows for the desire to live the “high roller” lifestyle you’ve seen in so many Scorcese movies to become a reality, despite your level of play.
And, the concept has already proven to be an unquivocal success. But that said, so was the existing model. So why roll the dice the Raven wondered?
“We did have a great hotel experience already in place though one of our guiding principles as a leading gaming and entertainment destination is to always enhance and improve on experiences at various areas at Mohegan Sun,” explained casino President and General Manager Ray Pinneault. “With the increase in regional casinos too, it was a great time to add a luxury experience and we’re really happy to see it warmly received.”
Stay tuned next installment when the Raven uncorks his Nantucket Wine & Food review and previews Killington’s upcoming ode to all things vino, too.
Photo by Jen Mansfield Carra