A buzzing casino resort near San Diego
203 Rooms / 34 Suites
Located 30 minutes inland from San Diego, Viejas Casino & Resort is a place designed for you to be both entertained and pampered. Encircled by rolling green hills, the resort overlooks a 1,600-acre reservation, home of the Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians.
The design is contemporary and sophisticated, yet the feel is warm and inviting due to a staff who is eager to make you feel welcome. Throughout the resort, see original art installations that reflect the Native American elements of earth, water and fire: hand-carved acacia tables and petrified wood accents from the David Alan Collection; intricate glass wall sculptures from Southern California artists Tom Marosz and Laddie John Dill; indoor and outdoor fountains and waterfalls, fire pits and two-way fireplaces.
The casino resort is also ablaze with activity. At any given time there is an abundance of gaming options and ongoing promotions, plus a spectrum of culinary choices ranging from fine dining to poolside snacking. Expect ceaseless live entertainment, a monthly multimedia light and fireworks show, and luxury bargain shopping at next-door Viejas Outlets shopping center.
And you can hit Native Dreams Day Spa for some rejuvenating treatments, too.
Divided into two luxurious towers opened in 2013 and 2015, the luxury hotel offers 203 deluxe rooms and 34 VIP suites. Dressed in chocolate browns and creams and accented with details like chrome lamps and leather tufted headboards, the rooms are stylish and comfortable.
Deluxe rooms are just that — they feature down pillows, luxury linens, Sealy Posturepedic mattresses, flat-panel HDTVs, quartz vanities with vessel sinks, large glass showers with rainfall showerheads, his and hers robes and Wolfgang Puck coffee.
The 34 suites have additional amenities, some of which include Jacuzzi tubs, marble and quartz counter tops, bar/kitchen areas, business workspaces, porcelain floors and two-way fireplaces.
The penthouse suite is 2,000 square feet and features two bedrooms, a bar area, living room, media room with large recliner chairs, a hand-carved acacia dining room table, and a balcony with a dual fireplace and panoramic views of the pool and rolling hills.
Food choices are abundant at Viejas. The Grove Steakhouse is known for its dry-aged, bone-in porterhouse steak and fresh Maine lobster.
The chef sources organic produce from area farms and rotates the menu regularly, adding modern twists on well-known classics, such coffee-crusted wagyu steak with lobster tail and the miso-glazed Chilean sea bass.
The Buffet at Viejas is a popular choice for those who crave variety: from crab legs, jumbo shrimp cocktail and sushi, to prime rib, slow-cooked roasts and ethnic delights. Unlimited beer, wine and champagne are included, along with a showcase of decadent desserts, like crème brûlée and salted caramel chocolate parfait.
There’s also an authentic Asian restaurant, Far East Express, and Mexican restaurant, North of the Border. You’ll also find a coffee bar and a café that serves casual eats like salads and burgers.
The hub of the resort is the 250,000-square-foot casino with its wide array of gaming selections. Between 40 gaming tables, 2,500 slots, a high-tech bingo hall and off-track betting, gamers will find something to suit.
Every Wednesday and Saturday, a player drives off with a new luxury car — from companies like Aston Martin, Maserati, Lotus and Porsche — thanks to the Dream Machine promotion, one of many promos held here.
VIPs are granted a host of discounts and perks through the VClub card membership.
With 55,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, there is always something happening here. The V Lounge is a mecca for live music and for dancing on the weekends.
Outside, recline on a lounger in the expansive pool, sink into the Jacuzzi and take in mountain views, or go for a private cabana with individual bar service. In the summer months, the green space transforms into Concerts in the Park, providing an intimate setting to see big-name acts. Headliners like Tom Petty and LeAnn Rimes have graced the stage.
Across the street, the ShowCourt is an open-air event space where you can listen to music or watch movies under the stars. During hot summer days, children play in the synchronized dancing fountains.
What better way to spend your winnings than scoring some bargains at the Viejas Outlets next door. Browse the shops of well-known brands like Coach, Ralph Lauren, Nike and Nautica and enjoy the serene, winding paths lined with lush, native plants, fire pits and waterfalls.
The shopping center is family friendly, with a park that doubles as an ice skating rink during the holiday season and an entertainment space in the summer. You can take the kids to the 12-lane bowling alley with pool tables and food and drink service, or send them to the Fun Zone arcade while you shop.