Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun – Connecticut's Casinos

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As someone who lives in Connecticut, I feel fortunate to have two of the largest hotel-casinos in the United States within my state. These two casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, not only expand tourism in the southeastern part of the state, but contribute 25 percent of their slot revenues (nearly $500 million) to the state of Connecticut. Here is my take on what they both have to offer.

QUICK FACTS

FOXWOODS

  • 4,700,000 total square feet

  • 400,000 square feet of gaming space 

  • 380 table games

  • 7,200 slot machines (most in the world)

  • 2,000+ hotel rooms 

  • Pequot Museum

  • Golf Course

  • Host of World Poker Tour Events

MOHEGAN SUN

  • 240 aces total space

  • 364,000 square feet of gaming space

  • 325 table games 

  • 6,600 slot machines

  • 1,200 hotel rooms

  • 3 entertainment venues

  • 100,000 square feet of event space 

  • 130,000 square feet of retail space

STAYING

FOXWOODS

GRAND PEQUOT TOWER

  • 824 guest rooms

  • 24-hour room service

  • Grand salon and spa

  • Business/conference center

GREAT CEDAR

  • 312 guest rooms

  • 24-hour room service  

  • Indoor pool  

  • Exercise room  

  • Business/conference center      

TWO TREES INN  

  • 280 guest rooms  

  • 24-hour room service  

  • Indoor pool  

  • Exercise room  

  • Branches restaurant

MOHEGAN SUN

  • One luxury hotel

  • 34 stories tall

  • 1,200 hotel rooms

  • 450 minimum square feet per room

  • 24-hour room service

  • 22,000 square foot spa

  • Indoor pool

  • Exercise room

Both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun offer luxurious rooms with 24-hour room service, fitness rooms and indoor pools, lavish spas and dazzling room views. Prices range roughly from $120 per night during the week, and can up to double on the weekends. If you are a rewards club member, you will receive offers that will significantly known down these prices, or even get you a free room on occasion.

Advantage: Neither. Both casinos are equally matched in room accomodations and discount offers.

DINING

FOXWOODS

  • Al Dente ($)

  • Branches

  • Carnegie Deli

  • Cedars Steak house

  • Festival Buffet

  • Fifth Street Cafe (poker room)

  • Fuddruckers

  • Golden Dragon

  • Hard Rock Cafe

  • Mezz Ultra Lounge ($)

  • Panera Bread

  • Paragon

  • Veranda Cafe

MOHEGAN SUN

  • Big Bubba’s BBQ

  • Bar Americain ($)

  • Todd English’s Tuscany ($)

  • Birches Bar & Grill

  • Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace

  • Chief’s Deli

  • The Cove

  • The Dubliner

  • Frank Pepe Pizzaria Napoletana

  • Geno’s Fast Break

  • Geno’s Pub

  • Jasper White’s Summer Shack

  • Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville  

  • Johnny Rockets  

  • Lucky’s Lounge  

  • Michael Jordan’s 23 Sportscafe ($)  

  • Season’s Buffet  

  • Sunburst Buffet  

  • SolToro Tequila Grill  

  • Sunrise Square  

  • The Original Soupman  

  • Woodland Wok

Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun both offer a wide variety of dining choices that cover many different prices and food selections. Restaurants that I would recommend at Foxwoods would be the 24-hour Veranda Cafe, the high-end Cedars Steak House, or the Hard Rock Cafe.

Mohegan Sun offers a wider variety of restaurants and price tags and I have yet to dine at one that I have a negative comment for. Mohegan Sun also has a food court located in the center of the Casino of the Earth if you are looking for a quick meal on the run.

All-in-all, your best bang for the buck at both casinos is their all-you-can-eat buffets which range in price from $9-20 and feature world-renowned chefs.

Advantage: Mohegan Sun simply for the fact that there are more dining choices.

GAMING

FOXWOODS

  • Four casinos

  • 7,200 slot machines (most in the world)

  • 380 table games

  • 114 poker tables

  • Bingo hall

  • Keno

  • Race Book

  • Arcade

MOHEGAN SUN

  • Three casinos

  • 6,600 slot machines

  • 325 table games

  • 44 poker tables 

  • Keno

  • Race Book

  • Arcade  

Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun carry more slots and table games than any other two casinos in the United States. That being said, they are pretty much equally mathced in terms of slot machine and table game availability. The differences some in their poker and bingo rooms. Though both casinos have poker rooms, Foxwoods has 114 tables, compared to Mohegan Sun’s 44. Foxwoods’ poker room is also home to many World Poker Tour events which is why it is not uncommon to see professional poker players sitting at the tables. Another difference, and perhaps the biggest, is that Mohegan Sun currently does not have a designated bingo room while Foxwoods has a 5,000-capacity hall.

Advantage: Foxwoods. The huge bingo hall and poker room cannot be ignored.

SHOPPING

FOXWOODS

  • Activa

  • Bvlgari

  • Chopard

  • Foxwoods Watch Company

  • Golf Experience

  • Hard Rock Store

  • Indian Nations

  • Judith Ripka

  • Kidstuff

  • Lucky Pair

  • Pave’

  • Rain Garden

  • Regalia

  • Satchels

  • Scenses

  • Swarovski

MOHEGAN SUN

  • America’s Memories

  • Bare Essentials

  • Brookstone

  • Cache’

  • Cascade Electronics

  • Chico’s

  • Clay Pipe

  • Citizen Watch

  • Coach

  • Galina’s

  • Godiva Chocolates

  • Lalo Treasures

  • Linau

  • LUSH

  • Lux Bond & Green

  • Oriental Fine Arts and Crafts

  • Puma

  • Scentsations

  • Spin Street  

  • Sun Shoes

  • Sunglasses USA  

  • Swarovski  

  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac General Store  

  • Tiffany & Co.  

  • Tommy Bahama  

  • Trading Cove

  • Trailblazer  

  • Yankee Candle

Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun both have some fabulous shops, and what’s even better is the fact that club members can use their points as money. Though both have a somewhat designated area for retail, Mohegan Sun offers a two-story shopping mall area in between their three casinos, seperate from gaming floors all together.

Advantage:Mohegan Sun. You will feel like you are in a shopping mall, not a casino.

ENTERTAINMENT

FOXWOODS

  • Atrium Nite Club

  • Club BB

  • Fox Theatre

  • Hard Rock Cafe

  • Mezz Ultra Lounge ($)

  • Rainmaker free show

  • Tree house arcade

MOHEGAN SUN

  • Two story arcade

  • Cabaret Theatre

  • Mohegan Sun Arena

  • Wolf Den Mezz

Both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun have large arenas for live shows and concerts, and small venues for free, live entertainment, but if you’re looking for some nightlife, Foxwoods has the edge. While Mohegan Sun offers a 12,000-seat arena and live free show at the Wolf Den, Foxwoods matches that with their MGM Grand Theatre and live free show at the Rainmaker, but then adds their two dance clubs, live band performances at Hard Rock and the Mezz Ultra Lounge, home of the $3,000 martini, to the mix. Both casinos also have arcades if you plan to bring children along with you.

Advantage: Foxwoods simply due to the fact there are more nightlife choices.

OVERALL COMPARISON

Aesthetically, though both casinos are actually very nice inside, Mohegan Sun definitely has the edge. Foxwoods looks like the Emerald City from the exterior, but once inside, it doesn’t really differ much from any other high-end shopping mall that features marble floors, stucco pillars and potted plants. It is still very pretty but fails miserably in comparison to Mohegan Sun which creates a completely independent atmosphere all together. From the 85-foot Taughannich Falls fountain to the 55-foot animated waterfall, Mohegan Sun will transport you to a totally different time and place accented by life-size indoor trees, fiber-optic night sky ceilings, and a crystal Wombi rock.

They are located only 15 minutes apart from each other, but they couldn’t be more different, which is why it is worth your while to visit both casinos when in the Connecticut area, as they both offer something special. I personally would never be able to choose between the two, which is perhaps one of the benefits to having them so closely located. When in the area, you should definitely check out the United State’s two largest hotel-casinos.

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