Morongo Casino Resort and Spa

Palm Springs, California

Owned by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, this $260 million, 690,000 square feet project includes a new 3,800-slot casino and 75 table games which makes it one of the largest casinos in the country. The property also has a buffet at the top of the tower “Nines” Restaurant and Lounge. Developed by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians utilizing the talent of Thalden• Boyd• Emery Architects as architects of record, the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa springs from the desert like a flower in bloom. From the colorfully lit Porte Cochere to the unique roofline the resort was designed as an oasis with color, light and water as its main themes. At the center of the development stands a 28-story hotel tower – a structural achievement despite the extremes of heat, wind and seismic activity prevalent at the site. As the tallest structure in inland California the tower acts as a beacon for the resort and features over 300 guest rooms including 32 contemporary, luxury suites. Central to guest service, the elevated “Pit Bar” dazzles party goers with colorful, shimmering reflections from its water wall. The property offers a multi-level Mediterranean restaurant – “Belly Italiano” – that serves up stunning environment and panoramic views through its floor-to-ceiling angled windows. For entertainment, the 3-story “Desert Rain” nightclub is an exciting live music, fire and water extravaganza, which explodes on weekends. Catering to all aspects of a destination resort, the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa features “Sage”, a 2-story luxury spa, a total of 9 food outlets including a buffet, food court, 24-hour bakery/café, retail shops, lounge, ballroom and meeting facilities.Outside, a “lazy-river” and swimming pool with sand beach are California-beach inspired.

Size: 690,000 Square Feet
Cost: $260 Million
Completion: 2004
Client: Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Responsibilities: Architect of Record