Pechanga Resort and Casino
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPechanga Resort and Casino Temecula
This is a small RV Park attached to a LARGE Indian casino. The park has compact spaces, but is one of the best designed parks I have yet visited. Quiet, friendly, extremely well maintained; I would highly recommend this park to anyone traveling in the Temecula area.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pechanga Resort and Casino Temecula
Loved Pechanga Casino
We stayed at Pechanga for 3 nights and had a ball. Our room was beautiful and the staff was very friendly. We loved all the restaurants and bars. The entertainment was first rate and the pool area was gorgeous.
I would recommend this place to anyone, I am sure everyone will enjoy it. Also they have a great assortment of slot machines and table games. My husband loved their poker room. He got to play in a Texas hold-em tournament and he really enjoyed it.
Nice place to stay, Not a place to play
My boyfriend and I stayed overnight at Pechanga on June 12, 2004. The casino is very clean and looks new still. We stayed in a deluxe room with one king bed. The bathroom, spacious and tastefully decorated, had two sinks and a sliding wooden door separating the toilet from the main bathroom area. The pool, located on the third floor, was fairly small considering the size of the casino and went from 3 ft to 4 ft. There were shaded cabanas around the perimeter of the pool as well as an ample number of recliners. Live musical entertainment was provided up to 6:00 that evening at the pool area and I did enjoy the music while I soaked up some sun.
We had dinner at Pechanga's Italian restaurant, Paesano's. The food was surprisingly good. My boyfriend had delicious homemade ravioli with spinach, cheese and pine nuts. I opted for the chicken cacciatore which tasted good as well.
The only negative part (which was important to both of us) of the casino was the gambling. For recreational gambling, Las Vegas would be a better bet. The lowest Pai-Gow Poker table was $25 and they (3 tables) were all full. There was only one $5 Blackjack table (full) while the rest were $15+. Roulette was computerized. The night that we were there, I would guess that 85% of the slot machines were occupied. There were people standing behind these occupied slots waiting for them to be vacated, it reminded me of a line at a grocery store. We ended up drinking at the bar and listening to lounge music the rest of the night.
We had brunch at the buffet the next morning. I have to say for a buffet, I was impressed with the food. The mexican dishes (chile verde, chile relleno, fajitas) were very flavorful and the breakfast selection (french toast, belgian waffles, eggs benedict, made-to-order omelettes, bacon, breakfast steaks, corn beef hash) was better than average. Pastries and fruits were fresh. The price of brunch was ~$13.00.
The service also exceeded my expectations. The first room we were given had an inoperable safe. A call to the front desk and <5 minutes later, we had a hotel employee at our door with a new set of card keys for a new room. Employees were friendly and helpful.
If you are looking for a nice place to stay and are not too interested in gambling, then Pechanga is the place for you. If you want the whole package, I suggest Vegas, which is a bet that I would gladly place.
A Nice Resort in the Desert
I stayed here for 3 nights over Memorial Day weekend 2004. I thought the service was great. The concierge helped me find things to do since I do not gamble. The food at the seafood restaurant was slightly above average. The rooms were very spacious and clean. I like Vegas better but would stay here again if I did not want to make the trip to Nevada.
Had A Great "Girls Only" Weekend
My two girlfriends and I drove down from L.A. to have a "Girls Only" weekend. We were really happy with our room. We swam in the pool, had great massages and went to see a great concert. We did not eat at the hotel but had a fun time after the concert in the hotel's club, located on the top floor. The music and the dancing were fun.
Horrible Experience, but not unique!
My wife and I just returned from a disastrous weekend stay at the Pechanga Hotel. We live only 90 minutes away and after having taken several day-trips to the Pechanga casino. As far as casinos goes, this one is average. We decided to spend the night for the first time last Saturday. I made my reservation two weeks earlier over the phone. I requested the Romance Package that I had read about online. This was to include champaigne and strawberries upon arrival and breakfast in bed the next day. I also requested a jacuzzi suite. The jacuzzi was the real reason we opted to stay the night. Upon arrival, all went well. We enjoyed the Grotto restaurant and had fun gambling. When we went back to our room at 10pm, our walls were vibrating from the beat of music.
After calling the front desk, we found out that our room was directly underneath the nightclub. We were told the music wouldn't stop until after 1:30am. To make a long story short, our room was eventually changed to a small studio with one queen-sized bed. Our breakfast was late the next day and thus cold because the front desk never informed the kitchen that our room had been changed. When I requested to speak with a supervisor the next day I was told that none was available. I was handed a bill and expected to pay. I have written to the management, but have yet to receive a response. My story is unfortunately not unique. We've spoken with several people that have had similar nigthmare experiences with the Pechanga hotel. As for the view described by others...the hotel is surrounded by a parking lot, with a main road on one side and barren hills on the other. I wouldn't pay more for an upper room with a view. All you'll get is a better view of the cars.
My husband and I took an impromptu trip to Pechanga the weekend of 3/5/04. We were very impressed. The hotel exceeded our expectations.
The room was spacious, the bathroom particularly spacious, great amenities, very comfortable bed, wonderful view. We found the level of luxury definitely matched the price. it was a very nice hotel, not some vegas or palm springs style less than nice for your $. We went hiking in the area, hit the casino a bit. We ordered room service and ate at the buffet, but didn't try any restaurants so I can't comment. Room service exceeded our expectations as well as far as quality of the meal. All in all, we had a wonderful weekend, and will definitely be returning for weekend getaways.
AWESOME So. Cal. Vacation
During our trip to California, we stayed at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. This was the most enjoyable vacation that me and my family have ever taken. We were greeted by the extraordinary reception area. That was nice! The Rooms were very spacious with a wonderful view of the Temecula valley. Each and every staff member we came in contact with treated us like we were royality and was very impressed with their hospitality. Dining was a great experience in all of the many resturants that are available such as the Eagle's Nest, what a view.
The Pow Wow in July is a must see and really put you in the Native American spirit. Major southern California attractions were within a reasonable driving distance. Last but not least is the Casino. My wife won a $1000 on the slots! We will most definitely be back.
A bad experience
Some time ago my son, his wife and I visited your resort. We had dinner at the so-called Italian restaurant on the premises. I do not care to remember its name. My son and I ordered glasses of Chianti wine but were informed it was only served by the bottle. That is too much for 2 people and the cost was $17.50 for an unknown brand. We ordered osso buccco. It was served in the middle of platter with no trimming, vegetable or anything else. It was about the most horrible meal I have ever had. I even wrote Elmer Dills, the restaurant critic about the experience. Penanga is out for me.
I visited Pechanga last year, it was my first time to visit that part of the USA. I found the resort to be one of the best i have ever been in. The staff from all areas were excellent.The food was second to none and was served by very friendly people who could not do enough for you.The rooms were wonderful, clean, bright, and with an air of the native american. The reception area was very nice and made you look back at nature from the native american point of view. I will return for longer as soon as i can.
This resort/casino stands, literally above the rest with excellent accommodations and service. You aren't bombarded with all the chaos of Las Vegas, instead you are treated to a high-class gaming experience with top notch amenities. I would recommend this location as a destination of any traveler.
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