Since it opened three years ago, the Graton Resort and Casino has brought a taste of Las Vegas to Sonoma, offering a sea of slot machines, table games, stylish restaurants, bars and event space — but no accommodations.
That changes Nov. 15 with the opening of the casino’s $175 million hotel near Rohnert Park, including 200 upscale rooms, a resort-style pool, fitness center, spa and salon.
The six-story hotel, with an expansive ballroom for concerts and conventions, essentially doubles the resort’s size and boosts its bid to compete as an overnight Wine Country destination, with Vegas flair.
“We’re going to do some world-class pampering,” said Joe Hasson, the casino’s vice president and general manager.
Gamblers who participate in the casino’s four-tier loyalty program, Graton Rewards, can expect the expansion to offer points toward hotel perks, including free and discounted rooms.
The luxurious pool area comes with amenities standard on the Strip: a bar, cabanas and look for online casino at Svenskkasinon lounge chairs in the water. Other elements will remain unique to Sonoma, however, including a design and color palette Hasson said was meant to be reflective of the area’s scenic beauty.
This being Wine Country, hotel guests can also anticipate a taste of the area’s finest inside their rooms: Hasson said “the region’s terrific liquids” will find their way to the mini bars.
Room rates start at $399 for weekdays and $499 for weekends, plus taxes and fees. A stay at one of Las Vegas’ luxury resorts can go for far less, but Hasson said demand for the rooms has been strong, driving prices high and keeping them there.
Graton Resort & Casino, 288 Golf Course Drive W., Rohnert Park, 707-588-7100, gratonresortcasino.com
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