Cahuilla Casino Hotel celebrates opening

Cahuilla Casino
Cahuilla Tribal Council Chairman Daniel Salgado cuts the ribbon at the Cahuilla Casino Hotel opening Wednesday, May 27. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

The new Cahuilla Casino Hotel hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and opened their doors to guests Wednesday, May 27. Originally scheduled to open April 2, the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After years of work and persevering through a construction period with two presidential disaster declarations, it was a great honor to cut the ribbon and finally open our new property,” Daniel Salgado, chairman of the Cahuilla Tribal Council, said. “We are forever grateful for our team members that have followed the visionary leadership of our board of directors. We couldn’t have done it without you. I am exceptionally proud and thankful for Cahuilla’s three elected tribal entities – Casino Board, EDC Board and Council – that came together on every decision and finished to make this possible. This is the product of collaboration.

“Finally, thank you to the tribal members for entrusting us with this monumental task. We did it. I remember when I first became of age as a voting adult member, we had gone through a similar exercise but it wasn’t our time. We kept the conceptual rendering of that project hanging on the wall all these years as our motivation to someday get back to that point and we did. We turned those conceptual renderings into construction documents and after countless hours of work, we have an exceptional casino and hotel that will benefit our community for years to come,” Salgado said.

The new building features expanded gaming options, restaurants and 58 luxury hotel rooms.

The Cahuilla Band of Indians opened the Cahuilla Casino in 1996. In 2019, they began building a new casino and added a hotel, rebranding as the Cahuilla Casino Hotel.

“My daughter and I tried the restaurant at the Cahuilla Casino last night,” Michelle Marie Fox said. “The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We’ll definitely be returning.”

The new property offers additional parking, large hotel rooms with popular amenities, top notch games and entertainment and courteous staff.

“Such an honorable experience to be a part of and more so to work for such a prestigious and caring casino,” Briizii VonSchuler said. “And a big congratulations for the Band of Cahuilla Indians for all of their hard work and sacrifices that they had to make as well as our team members before and during the pandemic to get to this monumental moment. Such a magical day all the way around and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Protective measures have been put in place to ensure a safe environment for guests and team members such as masks, laser temperature taking, social distancing and hand sanitizer stations, among other safety precautions.

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