New Hotel and Spa
Cuningham Group was the Architect of Record for the latest expansion at Viejas Casino & Resort, one of southern California’s most popular gaming destinations.
The centerpiece is Willows Hotel & Spa, a luxurious new 159-room, five-story, all-suites hotel. The beauty of the surrounding valley provided the design architect with the inspiration to integrate nature with an abstract interpretation of the landscape expressed in rich wood finishes, soft neutral tones and bursts of gold. The hotel includes a 7,000-square-foot spa and a 3,000-square-foot exterior pool with beach entry and pool bar.
New food and beverage concepts are also part of the expansion. The 250-seat signature restaurant, Locale Kitchen + Lounge, features an eclectic mix of patterns and materials, along with exposed structural elements, to create a bold fine dining concept. The new Ginger Noodle Bar embodies a calm and casual feel with seating for 122 amongst an atmosphere of abstracted Asian elements and textures, wood ceiling features and a variety of seating options. The 38-seat Daily Roast 24/7 café and a 70-seat center bar round out the new options for guests.
Additional changes at the property included a 22,580-square-foot expansion of the gaming floor with space for more than 300 slot machines, a 12,650-square-foot renovation to the existing gaming floor and a new five-stall bus depot.
The design-build project was completed in collaboration with iGroup Design and Swinerton Builders.