Connecticut’s entertainment hub
1,175 Rooms / 185 Suites
Mohegan Sun welcomes you with a huge sparkling, hand-beaded tapestry that sets the tone for the Tribal-inspired ambiance that flows through the massive entertainment and hospitality complex. Located near Norwich, Connecticut — about an hour and a half from Boston and more than two hours from New York City — the luxury casino opened in 1996 and remains one of the largest in the United States. In terms of entertainment, you want for nothing: Along with more than 350,000 square feet of gaming space, there's nearly four dozen dining options, music venues, a luxury spa, an indoor/outdoor pool and a slew of high-end shops and boutiques.
The 34-story hotel is influenced by the Mohegan Tribe and design touches reflecting this can be seen throughout. The tower itself drew inspiration from the natural materials that the Mohegans used to make arrowheads and other objects, like smoky quartz. While the glass façade reflects the surrounding landscape, the views from the large interior windows are of the New England countryside and the nearby Thames River. And while you really have no reason to leave the complex, it is within an easy drive of other attractions, like historical sites, maritime museums, vineyards and spots for boating and golfing.
The crystalline tower hotel holds 1,200 tasteful contemporary-style guest rooms and more than 150 suites. With large windows offering panoramas of the complex, the river and the Connecticut countryside, each guest room is at least 450 square feet and has a large desk, a deluxe king bed or two queen beds, lounge chairs, high-tech amenities like ultra-fast Wi-Fi, and a marble bathroom. Ranging from 884 to 3,500 square feet, suites have separate livings rooms, and some offer walk-in closets and Jacuzzi tubs. Premium Suites come with butler service, 55-inch flat-screen TVs and Bose surround sound systems.
The mega-retreat has evolved into a foodie escape for both locals and travelers with no less than 42 dining options. Got a hankering? This place has you covered. New England’s first Carlo’s Bakery opened here recently, offering the Italian desserts that Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro and his Hoboken team are known for. Todd English Tuscany features the celebrity chef's fresh Tuscan fare, and Bobby Flay’s Bar American provides American classics and steaks by the Food Network star. You’ll also find a new spot for fondue, a bevy of bars, a steakhouse, a Mexican cantina and casual spots for burgers and more.
The nightlife options range from sizzling ultra-lounges to laid-back bars. The unique Vista Lounge at Wombi Rock allows you to unwind with a cocktail under the stars, as it doubles as a nighttime solarium. Ballo Italian Restaurant has a moody lounge that turns into a big party late in the evening. During the summer, dance and drink at Glo, New England’s only nighttime pool party.
For other things to do in the evening, there's a new 325-seat Comix Comedy Club and craft beer bar offering 24 local, regional and national selections on tap. Three music venues mean there’s always a talented performer to catch — depending on what you like, you’ll want to hit up The Cabaret Theatre, the Wolf Den (which is free and features local talent) and the 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena. The arena has brought some of music's biggest stars, such as Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood and Beyoncé.
The Spa and Pool
For a chance to really relax, visit the 20,000-square-foot Elemis Spa, which features luxe treatments in a serene environment. There’s also a 10,000-square-foot indoor pool. During warmer months, the ceiling and walls can retract and there is a lively outdoor pool scene on the 17,500-square-foot sun terrace. (Tip: Rent a cabana for full-on luxury service all day long.)
If you’re itching to see what southeastern Connecticut has to offer, you likely won’t be disappointed. Fifteen minutes away is Mystic Country, where nautical enthusiasts can find the famed Mystic Seaport and animal lovers will enjoy the Mystic Aquarium. The Connecticut Wine Trail is nearby and brings together 25 wineries in the state’s growing vino region. Historical sites and quaint museums are dotted around the area — ask the concierge for help narrowing down your options.