California's Pala Casino Plans $170 Million Expansion

Pala Casino Spa Resort

Southern California's Pala Band of Mission Indians is about to place a major bet: In October, it will commence construction on a $170 million expansion and renovation of the Pala Casino Spa & Resort in Pala, CA, near San Diego, it announced last week.

Currently, Pala has a 90,000-square-foot casino, a 507-room hotel, a 10,000-square-foot spa and salon, a fitness center, a swimming pool with 12 private poolside cabanas, 11 restaurants, and 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

Scheduled for completion in May 2019, its expansion will include the addition of a new 349-room hotel tower, the conversion of the existing resort pool into a multi-pool and entertainment resort complex, the construction of "unique hotel suites" overlooking the resort's outdoor entertainment venue, a 12,000-square-foot casino expansion, a parking garage expansion, a complete remodeling of the property's restaurant promenade, and a complete refresh of the resort's existing hotel tower.

"Our ability to exponentially expand and refresh Pala Casino Spa & Resort is a true testament to not only the growth of Pala, but also to the thriving economy and the continued strength of the gaming industry in California," said Robert Smith, chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. "This is a significant milestone for our tribe and we look forward to continuing to exceed the expectations of our loyal patrons."

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