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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pala, Ca nestled in the splendor of the Palomar Mountains in Northern San Diego County, Pala Casino Spa & Resort is Southern California’s most complete gaming resort that offers So Many Ways to Win.™ Pala is a AAA Four-Diamond award winner for six consecutive years and its gaming and entertainment includes 2,000 slot machines, 87 table games, 10 restaurants, four concert and show venues, 507 deluxe guest rooms, including 82 luxury suites, and an award-winning, 10,000-square-foot day spa and salon. Accommodations, Meeting Space Pala’s 507 deluxe rooms, including the 82 luxury suites, all include mini bars, high-speed internet, two phones with two lines, large flat-screen televisions, dual sinks and Jacuzzis (in the suites). Pala’s professional meeting planners can accommodate every event need. In addition to 40,000 square feet of meeting space, Pala offers an Executive Board Room and 15 fully-equipped meeting rooms, eight of which have patios overlooking the garden and pool. The Pala Events Center seats 2,000 comfortably in 20,000 square feet of meeting space. Spa Pala’s award-winning spa offers unique experiences. The Pala Spa is a 10,000-square-foot oasis designed to revive, refresh and rejuvenate. Each of its 14 treatment rooms offers the option of outdoor treatments on an adjoining patio. Pala Spa features two Couples Suites, a complete salon, a retail boutique and separate men and women’s locker rooms with personal lockers, private shower and dressing facilities, outdoor showers, Swiss showers, eucalyptus steam rooms, sauna and whirlpools. Details such as bamboo floors, mosaic tile, wood accents and creative water fountains create a serene sanctuary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pala Hotel Pala
- Pala Resort
- Pala Casino Resort Spa