|Opening date October 22, 2007|
Total gaming space 62,000 sq ft (5,800 m)
|Theme Mountain lodge|
|Location Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, USA|
Address 312 Woodland Rd. Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania 18344
No. of rooms 188 (163 rooms, 25 suites)
The Mount Airy Casino Resort is a casino and hotel located in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania. The casino resort has 188 hotel rooms, a 62,000 sq ft (5,800 m2) casino with 1,800 slot machines and table games, four restaurants, a spa and salon, a nightclub and an 18-hole golf course. Mount Airy Casino and Resort is one of two AAA 4 Diamond Casino Resorts in Pennsylvania, the other being the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.
History of the Location
Mount Airy Casino Resort is located on the site of the former Mount Airy Lodge, which closed in 2001.
The original lodge was constructed in 1898 as an eight-room inn and was re-constructed in the 1950s into the Poconos' largest resort. In the Lodge's heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, Mount Airy had more than 890 rooms, indoor/outdoor pools, skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, hiking, biking, horseback riding, archery, an 18 hole golf course, and paddle ball courts on over 1,000 acres (400 ha) of property. The resort was known for being America's premier honeymoon hideaway, with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, velvet-swagged canopy beds, and heart-shaped bathtubs. The artificial lake in front of the building (currently unused) served as a beach and boating venue. Mount Airy Lodge was also known for its top entertainment. The Crystal Room, Mount Airy Lodge's 2,000-seat auditorium had hosted headliners like Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Connie Francis, Red Buttons, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka and Nipsey Russell.
During the 1980s the resort saw a great decline in numbers of customers. Due to the loss of interest by consumers and increasing competition from cruise ships and Caribbean tourism, as well as increasing interest in vacations in areas such as Atlantic City and Las Vegas, Mount Airy went into foreclosure in November 1999. Mount Airy Lodge closed for business on October 29, 2001.
An investment company, Oaktree Capital Management, who had previously purchased the resort in 2000, sold it to developer Louis DeNaples in 2004. The resort's contents were sold at an auction in March 2005 and the resort was torn down later that year to make way for the casino. Mount Airy Casino Resort officially opened in 2007.
Table Games began operation at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday July 13, 2010.