Occupying the grounds of the former Mount Airy Lodge, once the Grand Dame of Pocono resorts, Mount Airy Casino Resort now stands as the first AAA Four-Diamond casino resort in Pennsylvania. This full service resort destination for outdoor and gaming enthusiasts alike features over 1,800 slot machines and 80 table games; a spectacular lakefront 18-hole golf course; a 16,000-square foot spa, salon and exercise facility; a $6 million, luxury, indoor/outdoor pool and entertainment complex – aptly called Wet; a covered outdoor pavilion that hosts summer concert series; headline entertainment at Gypsies Nightclub and bar; exquisite accommodations; banquet and conference center.
Come May 3 there will be another layer of luxury added to the Mount Airy Casino Resort which will unveil its nearly $40 million expansion. This includes a new 20,000-square-foot convention center and ballroom to serve as a state-of-the-art venue for private and corporate events, weddings and entertainment. In addition, accommodations include 100 new guest rooms, including nine new executive suites, increasing the number of available rooms by over 50 percent to nearly 300.
“Mount Airy Casino Resort has cultivated an unwavering commitment to our guests by providing the highest quality hotel accommodations and resort amenities,” says Lisa DeNaples, owner and managing trustee of Mount Airy Casino Resort. “This latest expansion represents the demand for top-notch event space and more overnight accommodations and is a bold reflection of our commitment to keep raising the bar of our resort’s customer-focused luxury brand.”
The expansion was designed by the Friedmutter Group, known for their work at the Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas, who was challenged to design a contemporary space that embodied the beauty of the surrounding Pocono Mountains with a clean, luxury feel. To achieve this, the designers took an “earthy elegance” approach, uplifted by a nearly 30-foot-long hand-forged steel and glass ribbon chandelier. The custom fixture, designed by a California-based designer, stands as the centerpiece of the event space’s center lobby and the light reflecting from the ribbons represent the twilight sun dancing over the mountains.
In addition to the light fixtures, guests will be welcomed in the 4,000 square-foot pre-function space with a focal bar, featuring a sculptural carved wood bar face, organic marble countertop and a stunning backdrop featuring halo lit, upholstered panels that represent the silhouette of the mountains. The artwork draws inspiration from a contemporary organic palette with the colors of autumn and patterns from the local natural surroundings. Soft colors and materials drawn from nature, with bronze and russet accents inspire the overall color scheme, while rosewood portals, pilasters and accent wall coverings complement the rooms. Carpet grounds the space with organic motifs and natural patterns in color of warm auburn, taupe, brown and tan with highlights of orange.
The 16,000-square-foot meetings and event space can be divisible into six separate rooms and will complement any event – from galas and weddings to trade shows and concerts with full service banquet and catering onsite. The entire space can accommodate 750 seated guests and 1,200 attendees for events and concerts. The interior design of the meeting rooms includes wood trimmed ceilings, acoustical wave wall panels and dramatic over-scaled glass and bronze ribbon chandeliers. The hotel expansion includes nine new suites at approximately 840-square-feet with state-of-the-art amenities including oversized soaking tubs and a private wet bar.
Guests can choose from a variety of signature restaurant options, including Guy Fieri’s Mt. Pocono Kitchen and Bistecca by Il Mulino. Bistecca Chef Matt Smith’s culinary career has taken him to kitchens in places like Boston and New York City. It was in New York where he developed his culinary philosophy, training for ten years with Italian chef Frank Crispo and ultimately overseeing all culinary and employee aspects at his Chelsea restaurant, Crispo. He says, “As an executive chef, you have to be able to temper your ego. When it comes to consistency, this is the hallmark of a good chef. You have to lead your kitchen and develop and maintain practices that ensure 100 percent consistency 100 percent of the time. This is what keeps people coming back.” At Bistecca, everything from broths, sweet Italian sausage, pasta and desserts is made from scratch and ingredients are local whenever possible.
Mount Airy Casino Resort is less than 90 minutes from New York City, Philadelphia and northern New Jersey.