Nation | Tribe: Morongo Band of Mission Indians
49750 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, California 92230-2200
The Morongo Casino Resort is located on Interstate 10 at the Morongo Indian Reservation 20 minutes west of Palm Springs. The Reservation is 32,000 acres overlooking the Banning Pass.
in January 2019 Morongo began a massive expansion project to add more gaming space, more slots, more parking and new restaurants.
Morongo's casino added 65,000 square feet of gaming space and 800 new slot machines. It also upgraded the first-floor food venues and added a parking structure.
In 2018 the Morongo Band of Mission Indians opened a second casino named Casino Morongo inside the building of their original casino. This second casino is adjacent to Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa and was used as the first Morongo casino from 1995 to 2004.
Casino Morongo has been fully renovated with a new look. It offers slots, a bar with video poker and the Pit Stop Diner, which is open 24/7.
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2018 Best Bingo - 1st Place
2018 Best Spa - 2nd Place
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2016 Best Casino Resort
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Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
195,000 square feet of gaming
4,000 Slot Machines
High Limit Slot Room with 155 seats and bets $1 to $200
Non-smoking slots room has 147 slots
80 Table Games
Includes Blackjack (double-deck and six-deck), 3 Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em, Mississippi Stud, Squeeze Baccarat and Fortune Pai Gow poker
Poker - 13 tables
Includes Texas Hold'em, No Limit Texas Hold'em, Omaha and 7 Card Stud.
Bingo - High stakes bingo with 600 seats.
Potrero Canyon Buffet - Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Cielo - Pacific Coast Steak and Seafood Restaurant. Reservations: (800) 252-4499 ext. 6
Mozen - Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean cuisines
Good Times Cafe - brewhouse bistro open 24 hours.
Sunset Bar & Grill
Pink Coffee - coffee, pastries, gelato. Open 24 hours.
Food Court - Fatburger, Panda Express, LA Italian Kitchen, Haagen-Dazs
Vibe Night Club - Dress code, 21 years or older
310 Guest Rooms
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January 14, 2021
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa will be one of the first casinos to use Marker Trax, a cashless wagering system for slot machines. The system requires players to belong to the Morongo Rewards Players Club and qualify for funding similar to a line of credit. The funds are updated as a player inserts his card into gaming machines.
The Morongo mobile app will communicate with Marker Trax through the casino's computer system. Players can manage their accounts and also be able to apply for funding through the app.
The Marker Trax cashless system will be introduced and rolled out during this first quarter of 2021.
December 6, 2020
Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa will soon introduce the first cashless wagering program in California, as well as becoming the first Indian casino in the nation to offer cashless slot markers.
The cashless wagering technology will be provided by Marker Trax in partnership with the Morongo. Guests enrolled in Morongo's loyalty program can easily sign up for a casino marker.
Morongo Casino COO, Richard St. Jean, said the following:
"We're excited to be working with Marker Trax to introduce cashless wagering markers to our guests. The convenience and ease of Marker Trax will be a huge bonus for our players, and underscores Morongo's history of embracing state-of-the-art technology to enhance our gaming experience. With Marker Trax, our guests can be approved for a gaming line and at the machine in minutes."
Morongo guests can apply electronically for a digital marker, get approved, and begin playing within five minutes.
August 25, 2020
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa reopened its poker room last Friday, Aug. 21 with major changes to protect players from COVID-19. Poker games have been closed for the past two months following the casino reopening May 22nd.
The first noticeable change is the reduction of live poker tables from fifteen down to ten to provide adequate distancing between players. Players are separated from other players and the dealer by Plexiglas. A maximum of seven players is allowed at each table. Non-players are not allowed inside the room to watch games or wait to play. A wait list is available by cellphone.
Face masks must be worn by players and staff at all times. When a player leaves the game, that chair and table area is sanitized.
Cards are replaced every hour with new, sanitized decks, and the chip racks are sanitized by chip runners throughout their shift.
Food service is temporarily suspended in the poker room. Drinks are available in disposable cups.
All poker tournaments are temporarily suspended.
Morongo has not yet reopened bingo, Portero Canyon Buffet nor the Sage salon and spa.
July 8, 2020
Morongo Casino Resort & Spa introduced two new bars when it reopened on May 22nd. The Sideline Bar & Grill is a sports bar and restaurant, and the Splash Bar is a colorful bar with built-in video poker games. Both are located in new space created by this year's 65,000-square-foot expansion project.
The new Splash Bar offers beer, wine, cocktails and spirits. It is open daily from 10am to 1:30am. Morongo promotes this new bar as "Drink and play at the Splash Bar at Morongo, one of the hottest and most exciting bars near Palm Springs and Palm Desert, CA."
SIDELINE BAR & GRILL
Sideline Bar & Grill is a sports bar with a restaurant offering buffalo wings, chicken and waffles, sandwiches and other gameday eats. There is a 20-foot video screen to display sporting events.
Sideline Bar & Grill is open Thursday 1pm-10pm, Friday 1pm-2am, Saturday 11am-2am, Sunday 11am -10pm and closed Monday-Tuesday.
May 22, 2020
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa reopened its casino, the Casino Morongo, the hotel and some of its restaurants at 2 PM today.
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January 28, 2020
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa began a major expansion and renovation project in January 2019, which is scheduled for final completion in mid-2020.
Last week the Morongo announced completion of its casino floor renovations. The completed phase added three new restaurants and a central casino bar.
Mozen Asian Kitchen
Flavors of China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and Thailand. Mozen's Boba Bar is open 11AM - 11PM and till 2AM Fri and Sat
Signature coffees, croissants, pastries and gelato. Open 24 hours daily.
Good Times Cafe
Serves breakfast and brewhouse bistro favorites. Open 24 hours daily.
Centrally located on the casino floor. Open 24 hours daily.
The next renovation phase will be the remodeling of 310 rooms in the Morongo hotel tower. A news release describes the project as "vibrant new furnishings and dramatic decor."
By summer the current construction will finish and open a new gaming floor of 65,000 square feet adding 30 percent to the total gaming space. There will also be a new parking structure with 750 spaces and free valet parking.
December 29, 2019
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa has added a center bar to its casino floor. The bar named Crystal Hearts is the newest addition to the casino as Morongo continues its major renovation and expansion project.
The bar area features table games, such as paigow, blackjack and roulette. The top of the bar features games, such as video poker, video slots and keno.
The Crystal Hearts Bar is located close by to three recently opened restaurants - Mozen, Good Times Cafe and Pink Coffee - all part of the expansion. Morongo is also adding 65,000 square feet of gaming floor with 800 more slot machines. The entire project will be completed in mid-2020.
October 1, 2019
Last January Morongo Casino Resort and Spa broke ground for its massive casino expansion and renovation project. After nine months the project has passed its midpoint on the way to completion next summer.
New construction is adding 65,000 square feet which will increase the existing gaming floor by more than 30 percent. The new space will accomodate 800 more slot machines, more table games, and a new bar and lounge.
"We are completely renovating almost every millimeter of the existing casino floor in some way, from new carpet to elegant lighting and new ceiling and wall treatments," says Simon Farmer, Executive Marketing Director at Morongo. "We have put together an all-star team of incredible designers, contractors and craftsmen, and the results are going to spectacular."
Curtains in the existing casino hide the total renovation work from Morongo guests. Restaurants on the first floor are being redesigned and upgraded one at a time. A 750-space vehicle parking garage with valet service is also under construction.
May 15, 2019
Morongo has made significant changes to its dining options. Two new restaurants were opened this month and three were closed to make new space for the future.
The new restaurants are the Good Times Cafe, a full-service gastropub, and Pink Coffee, an upscale coffeehouse. Both are opened 24 hours and located adjacent to each other.
The closed restaurants are the Natural 9 Noodle Company, Tacos & Tequila and Cafe Serrano. The Cafe Serrano will be replaced by a future Asian restaurant. Both the Pink Coffee and the Good Times Cafe are part of the current expansion and renovation project that increased the casino floor by 30% and reopened the old Casino Morongo.
Pink Coffee has a bright and energetic decor which feels like a Parisian street cafe. It offers a variety of coffee drinks and light European pastries. Jean-Marie Verhoeven, a Belgian pastry chef, helped develop the restaurant and train employees.
The adjacent Good Times Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snacks. You can choose from 16 craft beers on tap and a menu of burgers, pizza and salads. Most items are $15-$20 and some are higher.
January 8, 2019
Artist rendering on first floor after renovation.
(Photo: Photo courtesy of Morongo Band of Mission Indians)
Tribe leaders celebrated the official ground-breaking of a major casino expansion project at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa on Monday.
The new construction will add 65,000 square feet of gaming space which is about 30% more than there is today. The new space will host 800 new slot machines and more table games. The restaurants on the casino level will have a full renovation.
In addition to the enlarged casino, free valet parking structure will be built with spaces for 750 cars.
To ease the impact of the construction Morongo moved 300 slot machines into the original Casino Morongo and opened a new restaurant.
The construction will be completed in 2020.
November 20, 2018
The original Casino Morongo opened in May 1995 and was replaced in 2004 by the current 27-story Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa. The new and old casinos are separated by a parking lot.
After a full renovation the original Casino Morongo reopened Nov 17 as a second casino. The gaming floor is 10,000 square-feet and hosts 300 slot machines. There is also a 440-seat bingo hall and Canyon Lanes with 24 lanes of bowling.
Pit Stop Diner is open 24 hours and serves burgers, cakes and pies, milkshakes, and breakfasts
October 25, 2018
Artist rendering after 2020 renovation
On Tuesday, October 30 a meeting will be held to discuss the planned expansion and renovation project at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa. The public is invited to learn more about the project and submit comments on their concerns during the meeting.
The current casino is 150,000 square feet. 65,000 square feet will be added to the casino under the project expansion. This space will allow for the accommodation of 800 additional slot machines. More game tables will also be added. The dining venues at the entertainment venue will be renovated or replaced. There will also be a valet garage added. The new parking area will offer 750 spaces for vehicles. Valet parking services will be free to guests.
Located across the parking lot is the original Casino Morongo. It is the home of the Morongo Bingo Hall and the Canyon Lanes Bowling Alley. Some of the gaming machines will be relocated here during the renovation. This is being done so that guests can still play their favorite games while the project is going on.
The construction is scheduled to begin in October. It is expected to take 18 months to complete. 425 new jobs will be created by the project.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on the casino's second floor in the Morongo Grand Ballroom. It will be hosted by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.
The location of the Morongo Casino, Resort & Casino is near Cabazon at 495000 Seminole Drive.
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