NEW YORK—At a casino here in the nation’s capital, guests are invited to relax and savor a weekend escape.
But as the night progresses, the sights and sounds begin to get even more intense.
For one, the city’s newest casino, Island View, is offering guests a free day of sightseeing from Oct. 2 through Nov. 3, a first for any New York casino.
The free event is part of the resort’s “The Great Escapade” program, which aims to create a unique and memorable experience at its more than 1,100 indoor and outdoor spaces across New York City.
The event is open to the public for a limited time and is free for anyone who wants to participate.
“It’s a little like a vacation for our guests,” said Jeff Sperling, executive director of the Island View Resort & Casino, which opened in October.
“The only difference is it’s not going to be a vacation.
It’s a weekend adventure.”
The “The Escape” program is designed to give guests the opportunity to experience the city at its best.
As guests walk into Island View’s 1,300-space casino, they’ll be greeted by a display featuring over 150,000 video screens and a rotating array of interactive entertainment.
“There’s something special about Island View.
This is the best place to get in the city,” said Michael Guglielmi, president and chief executive officer of Island View and a co-founder of the company’s parent company, MGM Resorts International.
“You’re going to feel the city.”
The island’s most recent addition is a four-story glass tower with 360 video screens.
It was named the best casino in the world by the Economist.
“We have a fantastic, immersive environment,” said Guglielmi, who said he’s been to a lot of casinos and would love to be here.
“When you’re at a resort, you’re in the middle of a real estate deal.
You have a lot to negotiate.
You’re going out of your way to be as helpful as you can to get that deal done.”
The resort’s main attraction is its large indoor swimming pool, which seats 60 guests and has an estimated $4 million price tag.
The indoor pool is equipped with a 50-foot wide pool with two pools and a 20-foot deep water slide, a total of two spaces.
It also has a heated spa, a spa area and a sauna area.
There’s also a saunas, a saucer and a steam room, among other amenities.
The resort has about 300 employees.
“I would say the people are great,” Gugly said.
“They’re extremely loyal.
It doesn’t matter if they have a vacation coming up.
They’re always happy to work.
They want to be with their families.”
Island View has also invested heavily in its gaming room, which has been designed to provide a full 360-degree view of the casino.
“Every time I go to the casino, it’s a different experience,” said Josh Blevins, vice president of marketing and promotions at the resort.
“That’s where it’s at in our mind.”
While the island’s gaming room has a high-tech LED display, the outdoor pool is set up with a traditional pool table and the resort also offers a wide variety of water sports, including foosball, dodgeball, ping-pong, squash, pool table tennis and darts.
“If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle, this is the place for you,” Blevines said.
The theme for the weekend is “The Big Break,” which is a reference to the opening of MGM Resort Atlantic City in July.
“This is an escape that will take you back to the glory days of the old Atlantic City casinos,” Guge said.
And if you’re not a fan of casinos, the resort offers complimentary access to its indoor swimming pools.
“For the people who are into this type of thing, we really have to make sure they have an opportunity to come,” Sperl said.
A few weeks before the island opened, MGM announced it was partnering with the city to bring “The Escapades,” a program that allows people to participate in outdoor, indoor and indoor-outdoor activities that were once only available at the casinos.
The program, launched in October, is a collaboration between MGM Resours, the New York Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
For more information about the program, go to www.thegreatescape.com.
Visit the Atlantic City Casino at www.mtgacombe.com for more information.