Mastermind wrote:I havent been to Winnevegas in a while, but didnt they get a major overhaul recently?
Ingersoll1978 wrote:Hopefully the hotel will be similar to the architecture of Prairie Meadows. Some of these casino hotels look very cheap (as in the quality of exterior materials). It looks appropriate.
dogbo wrote:Exactly. Case-in-point. Look at the hotel they added later to the Diamond Jo Casino in north, central Iowa (just off of I-35 near MN border) . -. They basically tacked on a Country Inn (same look you see on any of their hotels) onto a casino that is supposed to look like an old rustic, old mill. Not very well done.
hawk61401 wrote:Don't blow it!
If you plopped me down on the casino floor of Riverside or Jumers in Rock Island, the only way I'd know which one I was in is by the smoke in the Iowa casino. Neither's hotel is anything special either. Not quite Country Inn, but definitely not Mirage/MGM Grand.
speeder wrote:As for the smoke... I don't know what to tell you, Jumers is in Illinois, do they have a smoking ban? Because they don't allow smoking on the casino floor or lobbies; they have a smokers lounge in which we enjoyed a couple good cigars with bourbon in-between craps games... I'd didn't experience smoke anywhere esle but there.
QuadCityImages wrote: Nicely appointed as Riverside and Jumers may be, I feel like they had a checklist: Big room? check. Hotel? Check. Buffet and other restaurants? Check. Small entertainment venue? Check. In the case of the two hotels I've been talking about, its almost like they simply reused the same blueprints.
I just don't get the same cookie-cutter feeling in Vegas.
Prairie Meadows in May gave Kinseth a 60-day extension to come up with funding. The extension expired Wednesday, and now Prairie Meadows is planning to finance the project.
"It's our intention to do the hotel ourselves," Prairie Meadows General Manager Gary Palmer told the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. "Originally, we wanted to get a head start before the referendum and get the hotel started before winter, but that's lost now."
The drawback is more delay. The Prairie Meadows board will meet Aug. 13 to discuss financing proposals from four banks. Nothing will be finalized until after the November election.
The original plans were for construction to start in June and be completed by August 2011.
Another concern is a delay in funding for a $20 million parking garage. With Kinseth building the hotel, Prairie Meadows intended to get the parking garage loan in November. Now, it will seek the hotel loan first.
"We don't think there's any possible way we can do both," Palmer said. "The referendum is a real stymie for us. Eight years is the window to get the loan and pay it back."
Lime wrote:the Kinseth deal is off.
Prairie Meadows is leased from Polk County. That means that smoking is prohibited on the property outside the casino, but not inside among the slot machines and table games.
It is no secret that casinos cannot afford to have customers leave the gaming floor to grab a smoke off site.
Palmer said extending the ban to his facility would mean an annual loss of $40 million. Statewide, those numbers would run to at least $150 million, he said.
“We would not be in favor of that for economics only,” Palmer said. “It’s part of the entertainment business.”
He is quick to point out that the state has no authority to regulate activities at casinos owned by Native American tribes, such as Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama.
A smoke-free Prairie Meadows would place more gambling customers in Tama, Palmer said.
speeder wrote:Why did the Iowa legislature and sweaty chety leave casino's out of the no-smoking ban?
DMRyan wrote:The new $32 Prairie Meadows hotel is open and the interior looks pretty slick. The exterior though is really quite embarrassingly horrible.
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