The Pala Casino Spa & Resort will open its brand new $6.1 million 10-acre RV Resort today and the catalyst for the decision to open the resort; an opportunity to grow its customer base and the growth of the recreational travel market.
- 100 full-service sites consisting of 77 20’x55′ back-in-sites, six 20’x60′ luxury sites with barbecue grills, and 17 20’x70′ pull-through sites
- hook-ups for water, electric, and sewer with 20-30-50 amp power
- cable TV and complimentary Wi-Fi
- restrooms and showers
- keycards for access to laundry, restrooms, and pool
- 24-hour security patrol
- propane fuel available
- free shuttle service to the casino
The luxury Resort Clubhouse features two spas and a heated swimming pool. Indoor amenities at the new RV Resort include games, a billiard table, card tables, three flat-screen TV’s, and a laundromat. Outdoor amenities include five barbecue grill areas, table tennis, horseshoe pit, and a fenced dog park. And for an additional charge, guests can access a clubhouse that has two kitchens and a 24-hour laundry. Pets are also welcome for an additional charge.
Pala CEO Bill Bembenek, said, “Memorial Day weekend is already sold out, and we are getting lots of reservations for the weeks following Memorial Day,” according to The Press Enterprise. While the RV Park is certain to add to the casino and resort’s business, it was also built to take advantage of the location “nestled in the foothills of the Palomar Mountains. … It’s a beautiful setting,” said Bembenek. Pala’s new RV Resort joins the region’s two other casinos that have dedicated RV facilities; the BlueWater Resort and Casino near Parker, Arizona and the Pechanga Resort & Casino near Temecula.
This latest expansion is just one of three the Pala, California facility has undergone since its $100 million expansion and renovation in 2009. Last year the facility completed more projects, most notably, CAVE, a 6,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and lounge that features an entertainment complex and an underground wine cave. Owned and operated by the Pala Band of Mission Indians the 90,000 square foot casino features 2,000 slot and video machines, 87 table games and a poker room with 13 tables. There are also 11 restaurants, two lounges with live entertainment daily, and the 2,000 seat Pala Events Center, among other amenities and attractions. The casino opened its doors for the first time in April 2001.
In related news, on May 9, Governor Jerry Brown announced that he and the Pala tribe signed an updated state gaming compact, which supersedes the prior agreement signed over a decade ago and dictates the operating terms of the Pala casino. Among other things, the new agreement increases the number of slot machines at the casino by 500 more than the prior compact.