||One of the coolest places in Connecticut just got red hot. Mohegan Sun has recently completed the $1 billion construction of a new 34-story hotel featuring 1,200 luxury guest rooms with over 175 suites.
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.”
Each guest room measures a minimum of 450 square feet, and features deluxe amenities and encompassing 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 3 two-line telephones with
data ports 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. 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 and 1.5 baths with special windowed-bath.
This month, 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 - 15 private spa-therapy rooms, a relaxation area, hair and beauty salon, three private facial rooms and a fitness center.
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.
||The restaurants here are simply incredible. One evening, we went to Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse, located on the second floor of the facility.
When you enter the restaurant and see the dark wood, dim lighting and white tablecloths, there’s no doubt you have hit the big league in steakhouses.
Appetizers here include the steak tartare ($12) and chilled shellfish platter ($55), which included lobster, prawns, oyster, clams and crabmeat. We sampled the crab cake ($12), loaded with fresh crabmeat and the beefsteak tomato salad with Vidalia onions and chervil vinaigrette ($9). The salad arrived in a hearty portion, with grilled onions and topped with a sweet vinaigrette – simply delicious.
We were looking forward to what we came here for – steak. The filet mignon ($30) was so tender and juicy it nearly melted in my mouth. The cowboy steak ($39) was a bone-in ribeye, an enormous cut for a hearty appetite like my husband’s.
Other entrees included a New York strip ($31), veal chop ($30), swordfish ($26) and Atlantic salmon ($22).
To complement our dinners, we ordered the grilled corn off the cob ($5), an unusual tasty treat which arrived sizzling a saucepan. The baked potato ($5) was heavenly, rolled in salt for added flavor. The sautéed Worcestershire onions ($4) and lobster mashed potatoes ($10) sounded wonderful.
We didn’t save room for dessert but our server suggested we sample the crème brulee Napoleon ($7) and we were sure glad he did. This delightful dessert was heavenly, tasting more like a cheesecake than a light crème brulee.
We look forward to our next visit to Mohegan Sun and Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse.
For reservations or more information, call 888-226-7711.
One Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
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