Thursday, March 12, 2015

Seminole Hotel And Casino Opens In Immokalee

Slot Machine Roar Contrasts With Hotel's Whisper Quiet Rooms

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (March 12, 2015) – With dancing Seminoles, police color guard, and introductions by Tribal Chairman James Billie, the Seminole Tribe of Florida opened it's latest money making venture of it's worldwide gaming, entertainment, and hotel empire.

Grand opening of the multi-million dollar expansion of the Seminole Casino Hotel in a dirt poor neighborhood of Immokalee was Thursday, March 12 at noon. Guests at the opening were able to tour the Seminole Casino Hotel, along with the 800-seat Seminole Center entertainment venue, the Lucky Mi Noodle House, the newly remodeled Paradise High Limit Room, the new Seminole Poker Room and a 5,600 sq. ft. expansion of the casino.

The Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee is the only gaming destination in Southwest Florida with slot machines or table games and the parking lot is always filled with hopeful gamblers in the extremely noisy and possibly ear-damaging casino.

But for peace and quiet, walk to the east end of the building and check into one of 99 new hotel rooms, which are nicely appointed and very very quiet. There's not much of a view. The windows and balconies face the giant parking lot.

The 99-room hotel features 19 well appointed suites and 80 normal size but comfortable guestrooms in the four-story edifice. plus a swimming pool with private Seminole Chickee cabana huts, a 24-hour fitness studio equipped with a wide variety of exercise machines and free weights and a small 24-hour Business Center next to the check in desk, complete with computer availability and internet access. 

Normal size rooms are 450 square feet and feature a modern décor with a fresh Florida feel with 55-inch LCD TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connections, Keurig coffee makers, mini-refrigerators, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Front Desk concierge services include scheduling airport transportation, golf course reservations, package deliveries, auto detailing and floral purchases.

The hotel and casino expansion means more than 100 additional hotel jobs and a significant economic impact to Southwest Florida and specifically, Immokalee says the Tribe.

Adjacent to the new hotel and also opening is the Seminole Center, a new 800-seat indoor and 3,000 seat outdoor entertainment venue with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. The performance space and event venue plays host to multiple shows during the first quarter of 2015, including Ron White March 14 and KC & the Sunshine Band on March 21.

“Seminole Casino Immokalee is one of the Seminole Tribe’s most successful gaming venues,” said James F. Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming. Allen once worked for Donald Trump. “We’re pleased to expand its entertainment options and to offer a new hotel, which will be a welcome destination for Southwest Florida residents and tourists.”

Architects for the Seminole Casino Immokalee expansion and the Seminole Casino Hotel are BSSW Architects of Fort Myers and Naples. The complex expansion was built by the Seminole Stiles Construction joint venture.

First opened in 1994, the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee is located at 506 South 1st Street on the Immokalee Seminole Reservation, about 30 miles east of Naples via State Road 846 and 30 miles southwest of Fort Myers via State Road 29.

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