As part of a $27 million gaming expansion project, on Thursday, January 21st, the Yavapai-Apache Nation of Arizona broke ground on a new 122-room, six-story hotel.

According to the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel press release, the tower, that will be the Verde Valley’s tallest, will be connected on the south side of the current casino. Guests will be treated to luxury accommodations without the break-the-bank prices of Sedona, while still being able to enjoy Verde Valley and Sedona attractions, including the tasting rooms of Page Springs, the lively streets of old town Cottonwood and Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

Memphis, Tennessee’s DreamCatcher Hotels is developing the project, which will feature a mix of 122 luxury suites, king rooms, double-queen bed rooms, multi-purpose conference rooms, indoor atrium pool, retail outlet, coffee shop, and 300 space parking garage, all with a more reasonable price tag than the current Sedona hotel offerings, according to the press release.

Thomas Beauty, Yavapai-Apache Nation Chairman said, “This project is monumental for our Nation as well as Northern Arizona. We’re excited to offer this chance to experience our unique area with an all new hotel, create jobs in our local economy, and bring visitors from near and far to our beautiful homelands.”

According to the World Casino Directory, Arizona has 37 casinos with more than 16,854 slots and gaming machines, 385 table games, with over 172 live poker tables.

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