Southern California Casinos Expand With Amenities

In Southern California snowbirds and RVer’s look down on simple casinos. They want casinos with amenities like RV parks. And casinos are listening. The Pala Casino Spa & Resort (l.) recently opened an RV park.

Indian casinos in Southern California are adding amenities to attract more customers; especially retirees who like to visit the area in their RVs.

Recently Pala Casino Spa & Resort opened a 10-acre, $6.1 million RV Resort, with amenities galore for people who live a large segment of their lives in motor homes.

One such couple told the Press-Enterprise: “The only reason we did go there was because they had an RV resort. We would not have gone there otherwise.”

Some of them gamble; mostly they socialize with other RV’rs and play some of the games that are provided in the camp.

Pala and other well-established casinos are turning to expanded amenities and attractions rather than building bigger and better gaming palaces.

Besides the RV park, Pala is spending $285 million on a new 568-room hotel wing, a spa, salon, water park, more restaurants and event space.

The nearby Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians recently put 500 more acres onto the reservation and plans to add a new casino and hotel. It will also include retail shops, dining and a convention center.

San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is making its restaurant, the Pines, more high end and adding a steakhouse.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians three months ago opened Hadley Fruit Orchards store next door to its Morongo Casino Resort and Spa. The band is emphasizing developing farming in the land near the casino both as an attraction and to create a new source of income.