Feeling lucky? The odds are in your favor if you’re looking for a fun place to stay and play for your next vacation.
According to statistics from the research firm IBISWorld, 377 casino hotels are currently operating in the United States, and the number of casino hotel businesses has grown 6.3 percent per year since 2018. In addition, American Gaming Association (AGA) research reports that 43 percent of American adults plan to visit a casino over the next year.
Beyond the go-to destinations of Las Vegas and Atlantic City, New Jersey, you’ll find casino resorts across the country in such diverse spots as Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico and Connecticut.
The expanded casino experience today aims to bring world-class entertainment and amenities to seasoned gamblers as well as to travelers who prefer not to lose a single token to a slot machine.
“Gaming offerings are still central to the experience at integrated resorts around the world, complemented by high-end retail, extraordinary culinary options, theaters and nightclubs, spas, pools and a lot more,” said Casey Clark, senior vice president of the AGA.
Ready to roll the dice on your next vacation with a stay at a casino resort? The following resorts offer a broad range of exciting options, and all have Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible guestrooms (make sure to reserve in advance). Here’s where to go and what to do when you’re in town.
1. Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, New Mexico
The Mescalero Apache Tribe owns and operates this sprawling casino resort in New Mexico’s Southern Rocky Mountains where you can hit the spa and tables as easily as the golf course at the resort’s championship course.
With 273 rooms, many of which overlook Mescalero Lake at Inn of the Mountain Gods’ doorstep, the hotel has an indoor swimming pool, six sit-down restaurants and lake activities such as kayaking and fishing during the warmer months. Room rates start at $119 per night.
Around town: In the winter, hotel shuttles travel to the state’s southernmost ski resort, Ski Apache (also owned by Mescalero Apache Tribe), and make it easy to hit the slopes once the snow starts falling.