Stayed 2 nights at over the President's day weekend with my husband and 10 yr old son. Got a good deal on Expedia. As for going to casino with kids, it can be a great option - especially in CT in the wintertime when it is too cold to do much outdoors. We visited the Indian Museum and Mystic Aquariaum. My son loved the arcade, indoor pool and buffet.
Hotel staff very attentive and pleasant. Hotel is upscale. Very nice. I loved seeing how many people were employed here. We met people from all over and everyone we met was great.
You should note that the indoor pool at Grand Pequot Towers are only open to children until 6pm. After that kids can use the pool at Grand Cedar pool but I had no desire to walk to another hotel carrying pool gear and walk back wet. If this does not appeal to you either I'd suggest checking in early or book more than one night . We got to the pool early the next day and had a good time. The water is perfect temp but the pool is on the small side. Liked the lounge chairs. Plenty of big towels. I did not know about the 6pm cut off time before booking and would not have booked here had I'd known that. I totally get the adults only swim time rule - its just the 6pm time is rough when check in is 4pm. Maybe they need to let kids swim till 8pm and keep pool open till 11pm for adults.
Upon checkin, I told the woman I was traveling with a 10 yr old. She put me in a room on the 19th floor. We walked in and the nonsmoking room reeked of smoke. They moved us to floor 17 which is a nonsmoking floor. If smoke bothers you, request a room on a nonsmoking floor upon check in. Actually, the entire place carries a heavy smoke smell so I'd suggest bringing a bottle of fabreeze with you. If you or your kids with asmtha problems, this is not the place for you. They need to invest in a better ventilation system on the casino floor and in the hotel rooms.
Room was nice, comfortable, clean. Liked the hallways and common spaces where you can hang out. We had a standard room with two double beds. The beds were comfortable. The bathroom is big and clean. I'm under 5'5" and the tub had a big ledge for me to step over so for small children you might want to bring one of those fold up steps. There is a mini fridge and 2 big closet spaces but no microwave. I heard people talking in the hallway both nights but it was not disruptive to us and overall it is very quiet in the room.
I asked person at checkin if there were any kids events. She didn't know. Not very helpful. There is an indoor pool till 6pm, arcade, and bowling till 7pm. Read about an ice skating rink before I came but couldn't find it and didn't see anything about it.
There was no resort map given to me upon checkin or in the room. Maybe they had them posted somewhere like they do at Mohegan but I could not find them. I had to search online and it look awhile but here it is: http://www.foxwoods.com/uploadedFiles/Pages/About_Foxwoods/resort_map.pdf
The theather district had a disneyques quality to it. Lots of walking. Bring comfortable walking shoes. Wasn't crazy about the stores - nothing appealed to any of us. The toy store was small with items geared for smaller kids. Even my son was not interested in walking into the toy store which says everything.
We went to the arcade before dinner the first night - big mistake on holiday weekend. By the time we wanted to find a place to eat the lines were long and we were tired and cranky. We waited over a half hour for a table at the Veranda Cafe and the service was slow once we did get a table. Food was okay enough and reasonably priced. They do have a kids menu here. The same exact menu exists via room service. Had I'd known this, I would have gone back to the room and ordered room service at the get go.
Bring snacks, water and drinks with you. We stopped at the convenience store gas station on the way in. Bottled water or apple juice is $3 each in the casino.
Another note if you are here with kids - the elevator. It can be overwhelming when you first arrive. We were looking for the arcade and heard it was casino level so got in an elevator and pressed casino level button and the doors opened right onto the casino floor but kids aren't allowed on casino floor. Use the elevator at the top of the escalators (veranda cafe and other resturants at bottom and dunkin donuts at top to the left of the Grand Pequot casino entrance).
Place was packed but it was a holiday weekend. Heard casino is facing stiff competition. If they were smart they would look to change a few things to attract families like adding a movie nights in an empty ballroom with popcorn or a climbing wall or bouncey. They were doing a kids things presidents week but face painting and ballons etc - these things would not appeal to 10 yr old or older kids.
They also should think about changing the kids arcade to one where you can leave children in a secured area and pay by the hour like at Mohegan. I don't regret traveling with my child at all but it would be nice to have an option of a few hours to go to dinner with my husband. My son loves loves loves staying a few hours at Mohegan arcade without us around.
Because of the arcade and the limited pool hours, the next time I book a room I'm heading back to Mohegan. However, I would not hestitate to come back and stay a night at Grand Pequot if I were going to a concert.
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