Pechanga Resort and Casino

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Pechanga Resort and Casino
Pechanga Resort and Casino logo.jpg
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Address 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592
Opening date June 24, 2002
Theme Indian Casino
Number of rooms 517
Total gaming space 188,000 sq ft (17,500 m2)
Casino type Land
Owner Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
Renovated in 2004
Website Pechanga Resort & Casino home page

Pechanga Resort and Casino is an Indian Casino on the Pechanga Indian Reservation in Temecula, California. Pechanga Resort and Casino is the largest casino in the state of California, with 3,400 slot machines and approximately 188,000 sq ft (17,500 m2) of gaming space.[1][2]

History[edit]

On June 24, 2002, the $262 million Pechanga Resort and Casino opened its doors. The resort, which was designed to highlight the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians' culture, included an 85,000 sq ft (7,900 m2) casino, 1,200-seat showroom, 515,000 sq ft (47,800 m2), 14-story (522-room) hotel and 38,800 sq ft (3,600 m2) convention center, 200-seat cabaret lounge, Eagle's Nest Lounge and seven restaurants.

In November 2004, a 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) expansion was opened adding additional gaming space, a high limit gaming area, a food court area, a 54-table poker room and Kelsey's, a sports-themed restaurant.

Guests must be at least 21 to gamble on the property; the age limit was raised from 18 in 2003.[3]

Casino[edit]

Aerial view of the Pechanga Resort and Casino, gas station and RV park

The Pechanga Resort and Casino has the largest casino floor in the western United States totaling 188,000 sq ft (17,500 m2).[4] It features 3,400 Vegas-style slot machines, 12,700 sq ft (1,180 m2) non-smoking casino floor area with 300+ slot machines, 130 table games, a non-smoking poker room with 54 tables, and 14,700 sq ft (1,370 m2). High Limit Gaming Area with High Limit Salon featuring a Private Dining Lounge.

Hotel[edit]

The Pechanga Hotel includes 517 guest rooms including 64 suites, as well as sun deck with swimming pool and spa, poolside bar and food service, three retail shops, and a newly redesigned health club.

Journey at Pechanga[edit]

Journey's Hole No. 5

The golf course, Journey at Pechanga, opened in August 2008, and the clubhouse opened following November. Its features are:

  • 72 Par, 7,219 yard Arthur Hills designed Championship 18-Hole golf course open to the public
  • 7 miles (11 km) of cart paths
  • Carts equipped with a GPS system with course tips and narration by U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Corey Pavin
  • Pavin is the official Touring Pro for the course
  • 62,000-square-foot (5,800 m2) clubhouse
  • 2,800-square-foot (260 m2) pro shop
  • 150 locker rooms
  • Journey’s End - the latest restaurant at Pechanga open for breakfast and lunch
  • Journey a la Cart – snack bar located at the starter shack.

In November 2008, a 62,000 sq ft (5,800 m2) clubhouse was opened. Journey was rated as the 4th "Best New Course You Can Play" by Golf Magazine in the January 2009 issue.[5] With the addition of Journey at Pechanga, the resort’s 146-acre (0.59 km2) footprint (including the facility, RV Park, parking lots, and structures) has more than tripled to 445 acres (1.80 km2).

Spa Pechanga[edit]

Spa Pechanga couple's room

In November 2008, Spa Pechanga opened a greatly expanded facility with ten therapy rooms, a steam sauna, a full service hair and nail salon and a couple's massage room.

Restaurants[edit]

Nine restaurants and a food court, including:

  • The Great Oak Steakhouse - Chef Chris O’Connell. Winner of Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” six years in a row, The Great Oak features more than 900 selections on its wine list.
  • Bamboo - Pan-Asian dishes prepared in the style of Korea, Vietnam and China.
  • Paisano ’s Italian Ristorante - Chef Shawn Thaden
  • Blazing Noodles - Chef Simon Nakhapreecha. Featuring Pan-Asian specialties
  • Seafood Grotto - Chef Kevin Hendrickson
  • Kelsey’s - Chef Javier Castro. Sports-themed restaurant
  • Buffet
  • Pechanga Café
  • Journey’s End – Chef David Fune and Dan Saechang. Open for breakfast and lunch.
  • Temptations Food Walk – featuring Pronto (Italian), American Classics, Agave (Mexican), Little Wok (Chinese), Pechanga Fried Chicken, Caffe Cocoa (coffee and desserts).
  • Blends-Coffee and Wine Bar

Pechanga also serves room service menu for people who order food in the room.[6]

Entertainment[edit]

The Pechanga Showroom Theater, a 1,200-seat venue, has hosted Broadway musicals and headline musical acts, including Journey, Warrant, Skid Row, Backstreet Boys, Bob Dylan, Carrie Underwood, & The Fab Four (tribute), magician David Copperfield, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and even Paris By Night and among others.

Other entertainment venues at Pechanga include the Comedy Club at Pechanga; the Cabaret Lounge; and Eagle’s Nest Lounge, which is located on the top floor of the hotel tower.

It has also been a host to a couple Bellator MMA events: Bellator 92 , Bellator 99 , Bellator 116 and will soon be hosting an upcoming event: Bellator 122.

In addition, the resort has also featured boxing matches with James Toney, Vassiliy Jirov, Vernon Forrest, Michael Moorer, Sam Soliman, and Rydell Booker.

Pechanga RV Resort[edit]

Pechanga RV park

The adjacent RV resort features 168 tree-shaded sites with full electric (20, 30 and 50 amp), water, cable TV and sewer service, 25 pull-through sites, a heated pool and two jacuzzis, two large clubhouses, pet area, and the Pechanga Gas Station. New upgrades have been added such as premium and luxury sites, horseshoe pit and party pavilion. Upgraded sites feature a picnic area and shaded grass area.

Meeting and convention space[edit]

Pechanga Resort and Casino has the largest meeting space in the Temecula Valley, hosting many large events in its Grand Ballroom. Meeting space at the facility includes: 53,000 sq ft (4,900 m2). of flexible meeting and convention space and 13 individual breakout rooms: 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2). of outdoor meeting space; a 22,000 sq ft (2,000 m2). Grand Ballroom (divisible into 3 sections); and a 125-seat teleconferencing lecture center.

Economic impact[edit]

Pechanga Resort and Casino is the Temecula Valley's number one employer, with about 4,100 employees and the second largest private employer in Riverside County, behind grocery store chain, Stater Bros.[7]

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Coordinates: 33°27′22″N 117°06′24″W / 33.456002°N 117.106737°W / 33.456002; -117.106737