My girlfriend, a friend of hers, and I spent this past Saturday night at Pala. The experience was nothing less than spectacular.
We reserved a luxury suite, and after a decent AAA discount, paid $238.00 for the night. One thing I should mention for the readers here that I haven't seen mentioned before is that the hotel does not charge any taxes for their accommodations. No sales tax, no room taxes...nothing. Basically, the rate you are quoted is the exact amount you will pay for your stay. The room was very spacious and very well kept. There was a mini-kitchen with a sink, marble counter tops, a mini fridge, a coffee maker, and some complimentary bottled water. Right by the sink was a dining room table with seating for four. Adjacent to the kitchen/dining area was a sitting area with a full sofa and a single sofa chair. The room had a king-sized bed and a furniture cabinet with a 36" TV inside. The TV rolled out and swiveled, making it viewable from the bed or the sitting area. The bathroom was *huge*. It included dual sinks, a separate room with the toilet, a shower that would probably fit 3-4 adults, and a large jacuzzi tub. The water pressure in the tub and shower was phenomenal. It was actually a little much in the shower...but better too much than too little!
The room service menu is somewhat limited, and *can* be expensive, depending on what you order, however, the prices are not out of line with somewhat upscale restaurants. We had dinner in the room, and the food was great. The portions were huge, and the service was prompt. The housekeeping staff was very helpful and prompt with our requests.
Everyone at the hotel was extremely helpful. The service reminded me of the service we've been provided with at upscale Vegas hotels. I was very impressed. Everyone at the reservation desk and the concierge desk were nothing less than wonderful. The bellboys and valets were very courteous and friendly as well.
My only complaint about this hotel is the lack of vending machines. That, coupled with the hotel's remoteness, and unwillingness to allow outside food/beverages in means that you are forced to purchase food/drinks at the overpriced gift shop, or consume the overpriced items in the minibar.
The casino was great as well. Aside from it being VERY VERY crowded in the evening, it was on par with every Vegas casino I've visited. The slots are not too tight, but aren't too loose either. There's a wide selection of machines to choose from...everything from penny slots to $1 slots, to higher amounts.
The buffet, though pricey (We had the Sunday brunch buffet at $24.95 each), was great. There's a large selection of breakfast items, dinner items, steaks, seafood, and salad. The buffet also included a large fruit bar, and a massive dessert area.
All in all, I HIGHLY recommend this hotel/casino to anyone looking for a quick Southern California weekend getaway. I'm sure I'll be back to visit often.
- Also Known As:
- Pala Hotel Pala
- Pala Resort
- Pala Casino Resort Spa
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