No bluffs here—there’s more to Phoenix casinos than gaming | By Leia Linn
Ever wondered how it feels to be a big winner? Well, fortune and riches could be in your future if you try your luck at a casino. Luckily for you, Greater Phoenix casinos abound, offering up a variety of entertainment, shopping, dining, and lodging options in addition to world-class gaming.
Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino
The fun doesn’t have to stop at the casino—the hotel offers five dining options, including build-your-own Mexican food at George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen, as well as 90 luxury rooms and two chic lounges. Relax while you take in the stunning desert scenery surrounding the property.
Lone Butte Casino
Another Greater Phoenix casino, Lone Butte has hundreds of slot machines, electronic roulette and craps games, and 22 table games, plus an impressive 750-seat bingo hall.
Check out the trendy bars at this Chandler casino, like Big City Sports Lounge, perfect for watching a game, and Cascades Lounge, a hot spot for drinks and live music. And check the calendar for the Lone Butte event center, an on-site venue for DJs and concerts.
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
The largest of the three Gila River casinos is the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, also in Chandler. This entertainment hub features more than 1,000 slot machines, including a high-limit area, and 38 gaming tables.
Continue the fun at the Spotlight Lounge while sipping on cocktails and listening to live music. Or, perhaps, try the Miami Dolphins-themed Shula’s Steak House, decorated in honor of the 1972 Dolphins’ “Perfect Season.” Only at Shula’s can you find the menu on an actual football that the coach signed himself.
Interested in entertainment? The hotel is home to a 1,400-seat theater that’s perfect for getting up close to big-name celebrities and musical acts. For businesses and meeting planners, the property boasts more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space. And don’t forget to cool off at the pool, where you can find a poolside bar, private cabanas, and towel service.
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
If you’d rather just play at the casino—not stay—then look no further than the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. Located just a couple of miles from the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, the Sheraton Grand is the perfect place to unwind.
Book a service at Aji Spa & Salon, a chic spa that honors, preserves, and shares ancient traditions while helping you relax and rejuvenate.
Continue your tranquil getaway with a meal at one of the on-site restaurants—Kai, Ko’sin, and Hanyo at the River—which all feature Native American foods, deliciously fused with other cuisines. Kai, the only AAA Five-Diamond/Forbes Five-Star restaurant in Arizona, allows you to taste the flavors from the Pima and Maricopa tribes.
Keep the fun going at Wild Horse Pass
After filling up on food, check out even more fun at Wild Horse Pass. If you have a need for speed, drift over to the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, a multi-use race facility with four tracks that offers exciting weekly events.
Looking for something a little slower? Check out KOLI Equestrian Center, offering horseback riding and horse-drawn carriage rides for the full Arizona experience.
For another relaxing experience, head over to one of the two 18-hole golf courses at the Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass. Devil’s Claw, known for its elevation changes, will challenge golfers, while Cattail has beautiful views of canyons and lakes.
Nearby, upscale shopping can be found at the Phoenix Premium Outlets or even inside the hotels. Native American art, such as hand-painted gourds by Maricopa artist Amil Pedro, Hopi kachinas, Pima pottery, and Navajo horsehair pottery, is sold conveniently at the Kahagam (“Bluebird”) gift shop, while visitors will find handcrafted Hopi and Navajo jewelry at the Iipay (“Lifestyle”) fashion shop, both inside the Sheraton Grand.