I received a complimentary stay and services from Mount Airy Casino Resort. All thoughts are my own and were not influenced or altered by the resort.
Back in August, my husband and I were fortunate enough to be asked to come visit the Mount Airy Casino Resort, in the Poconos. We were thrilled because it fell right at our anniversary, and we hardly ever get away just the 2 of us. Honestly, with our schedules, we are lucky to even see each other once a week on a normal basis. The summer especially challenging because I had been traveling with the kids, even spending 3 weeks away in North Carolina. When was asked to come visit and spend the weekend checking out the renovations at in the Mount Poconos, PA,
For people who live around Philly, the Casino Resort is just a quick 90 minute drive into the mountains, and extremely easy to find. As we were driving up to the resort, the first thing that came into view was the beautiful, golf course that Sports Illustrated called “Best 18 Holes in America”. Then we turned in and saw a simply beautiful waterfall in front of the building.
Once we walked into the building itself it another breath-taking view, with another waterfall display that is surrounded with trees that are decorated with each season. So depending on what season you go, these trees could be decorated for Fall, or have a Winter/Christmas feel to them, or like this for the summer. These are actually done by the owners daughter.
After checking in, we headed up to our room, where we had the most amazing view of the golf course. The bed has an amazingly comfortable mattress, that I swear I could have slept in forever. And while sitting in the bed, we had a big, high def flat screen mounted to the wall directly in front of us. There are lamps on each side of the bed, with dimmer switches, which is great for couples like us, who tend to have different sleep patterns or one heads to sleep earlier than another. There is a mini-bar, of course, and a desk which was great for me, since even on vacation, I still tend to work, at least a little.
The bathroom is made up of 2 rooms. When you walk in, there is the large sink, several shelves, a large glass shower, and a private toilet room to the right. The room is big enough for 2 people to be in there, which is great when it is time to get ready for dinner or the casino, or however you plan to spend the evening.
When it is time to think about where to eat, there are lots of choices, even if you are only visiting for the day. There is a buffet, The Noodle Bar, Betty’s Diner, Le Sorelle Cucina, and Red Steakhouse. There is even a Starbucks and a snack cart.
Our first night visiting, we had dinner reservations at Le Sorelle Cucina. The restaurant is beautiful. Le Sorelle Cucina and Red share a common bar and waiting area, with a live piano player. While the restaurant is busy but the servers are on top of everything, making sure we had everything we needed. And the food… is simply amazing! Jimmy had homemade ravioli and I had a rigatoni with sweet sausage and peas in a vodka sauce.
Then came dessert. Even though we were both stuffed, I had to try some dessert because I am such a dessert person. We decided to split a raspberry truffle tort. I have to tell you, this has to be the very best dessert I have ever had. I mean, honestly, I am thinking about driving back up there just for the dessert!
After dinner we went over to the Casino’s rewards area to sign up for their reward card. Just for signing up, we each received $10 to play on the slots or table games. Then since we downloaded the app on our phones, we received another $15 each. That meant $25 free to play on the slots with.
While the room does have a smoking section, it is very well contained. As someone with asthma, and who hates the smell of smoke, I tend to try to stay away from places that allow smoking in the building. I was impressed because unless I was next to someone who was smoking I could barely tell that there was people smoking in the same room as me.
After a long day, and a long night, I could not wait to crash into our bed. And like I said earlier it was extremely comfortable. I have a had time sleeping in strange places, which is ironic with how much we travel, but when I laid down in the bed, I slept as if I was in my own bed. Well actually, the mattress is so much more comfortable than mine, so I probably slept better.
The next morning, we had breakfast at Betty’s Diner. While we were not happy with our server, the food was good diner food and the portions were a good size. When the management discovered that we were unhappy with the service, they were quick to make it right. That is rare, and it absolutely made up for it/
In the afternoon, Jimmy and I had a couples massage scheduled in the resorts’ spa. The spa area is like walking into a different world after leaving the hustle and bustle of the lobby and casino area. You start by walking down a hallway, lined with bamboo and is serene and calming, and leads to the check in desk. Pass the desk, down a hall, is the fitness center that has just been enlarged and has enough equipment to rival many small gyms I have seen.
This is also where the new pool entrance will be once the indoor/outdoor heated pool is completed in the next few months. There is a full service salon, an area for mani and pedis, and then down the stairs to the massage area. There are many types of massages available. After the massage, clients are free to use the steam room, sauna or showers. Jimmy had a swedish massage and I had the bamboo massage. Jimmy and I both left the spa feeling like a million bucks and extremely relaxed.
After some short downtime, we were off to dinner at Red Steakhouse. It could have been because it was a Sunday, rather than a Saturday, or just the restaurant itself, but it was much calmer. The menu was smaller than I expected, with not many types of steaks to choose from. The ones offered all sounded great, though. There was also, soups, salad, and chicken to choose from. I ordered the french onion soup, which was really great and loaded. It was extremely filling and I do not think I have ever seen a soup with as many onions. I choose to have the chicken, which I know is strange for going to a steak house, I know, but I have never been much of a steak eater. The chicken was very good, placed over yukon mashed potatoes and green beans. Jimmy did order the Bistro steak with the largest baked potato we have seen. We tried 2 of the desserts offered, the chocolate Mousse pyramid and the mocha Creme Brule. Both of them were fantastic. But what made the entire dinner stand out and made it simply outstanding was the service. The servers were on top of everything, made sure we had everything we needed, and checked in with us often, and were extremely friendly and helpful. I tweeted at the time and I will say it again if you go to Red, see if Leslie is available to be your server because she is one of the best I have ever had.
We spent another night hanging out in the casino. We had thought the night club was open more nights than it was, but it was only on the weekend. We would have loved spend the night dancing but it just gives me an excuse to head up on another weekend, like I need an excuse.
The trip was amazing and Jimmy and I are already planning when we can get away, even for a day/evening trip together and enjoy the resort again. The casino resort is extremely friendly whether it is an overnight trip or a day trip.
How long has this hotel been around or? I swear I went when I was younger and had a great time!
Rita O'Neal says
This looks like a really nice place to visit. I think we could use a vacation. Thanks for sharing.
Looks like an amazing place to go, and the food looks so good…
This looks like a wonderful place to stay, I would love to check out the spa.
Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy.com says
It looks like a great place to stay. So many dining options.
How does someone get a comped stay like that there or anywhere?
WHile the stay was comped, it is in exchange for my honest review of the hotel and their services. Think of it like an exchange of services
This looks like just what I need – a weekend away with my husband at a gorgeous resort!