I'm spoiled by the Las Vegas experience, so Pechanga really didn't knock it out of the park for me. Heck, even the OLD casino's at the Nevada stateline, for their age, have more charm than Pechanga. That being said, the place has it's own sense of space and tranquility that you do not get from the rush-rush-rush high pace of Nevada.
We were out in wine country for a mid-week getaway and had a little too much too late into the evening, and SURPRISE all of the cheap hotels and motels out near Temecula were booked up, except Pechanga. We spent so much on good wine, we decided why not, we were splurging already, and we headed to Pechanga (thank you shuttle vans) before we got on the road and risked life and limb.
Despite being REALLY trashed, the staff was able to check us in and get us up to our rooms to sleep it off. Our rooms were last minute, so we didn't want nor think about getting anything too fancy. Seriously, the staff there was very good to us even though I believe we were making a scene (yeah, so gone I don't remember how we got to the rooms). The rooms were simple and efficient (photos on website look good, but the quality of the bed material... well, you can feel it in your hands), just above 3 star hotel quality and refreshingly didn't smell like a wild and crazy party town. But the hallways felt more like you were walking in someone's corporate office rather than a resort, despite the themes and decorations.
And if you have been in Vegas too often and your mind and body are used to coming up out of a drunken haze... let me tell you that a hang over in the casino area is really jarring. I can appreciate the science and investment Vegas has put into muffle the background noise so that a walk through the casino is not unpleasant on the ears. Here, you hear every yank on the handle, every machine awarding money or being made active... ugh, nauseating.
BUT the outdoor area and excellent breakfast selection (despite the small servings) more than made up for it. And besides, we didn't come here to gamble. We came to a safe place to recover from too much wine. And that's exactly what Pechanga was able to provide. An inland spa/resort that just happens have gambling as an option.
So if you do go, keep your expectations low and let the place surprise you. Just don't go there expecting a the great Vegas experiences. Let the resort show off it's own charms on it's own.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in luxury at this AAA Four Diamond Award resort. Located minutes off I-15 in Temecula, California, Pechanga has it all – gaming, luxury accommodations, golf, spa, dining, pool, and more.Pechanga Resort & Casino offers 517 luxury guest rooms and suites. 64 of those rooms are one and two bedroom, and Jacuzzi suites, as well as the palatial executive suite.All resort guests receive complimentary valet parking, concierge service, free WiFi, in-room technology panel, 24-hour room service and access to the fitness facility and pool at no charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pechanga Casino
- Pechanga Resort Temecula
- Casino Hotel Pechanga
- Pechanga Resort Casino
- Pechanga Indian Casino