The Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation (JIVDC), a Jamul Indian Village (JIV) Tribe’s division, announces an exciting development at the Jamul Casino. Already renowned as a premier destination for culinary delights, entertainment, and gaming, the casino plans to add a boutique, high-end hotel to its offerings. Currently under construction, this new addition promises an array of distinctive leisure experiences for visitors.
The path to this exciting expansion started in 2014 when the JIVDC initiated construction of a top-tier gaming facility on its reservation. In 2016, Jamul Casino debuted, creating a substantial job market in the area, generating 1,200 permanent positions. Since its inauguration, the JIVDC has consistently invested in the property, bringing notable enhancements like The Rooftop venue, a revamped Poker Room, and significant upgrades to the High Limit Rooms and Jamul Marketplace food court. Earlier this year, a $515 million loan was secured to refinance existing liabilities, finance the hotel’s construction, and set the Casino and Tribe on a path toward long-lasting financial success.
The Vision of Erica M. Pinto
Erica M. Pinto, the Jamul Indian Village Chairwoman and JIVDC Board Chairwoman, expresses her pride in the upcoming development, saying, “It’s rewarding to build upon our success with the Jamul Casino and proceed with a luxury hotel. This expansion will broaden our market reach, increase fire protection funding for San Diego County, and create 125 permanent positions and 1,000 construction jobs.” She highlights the lasting economic benefits the hotel will provide to the Tribe and the local economy.
What to Expect from the Hotel?
This 16-story boutique hotel will boast 200 rooms, including 52 suites. A six-story parking structure with 350 slots will accompany it. Visitors will conveniently access the hotel via a climate-controlled, enclosed pedestrian sky bridge. The lobby will house a nearly 4,800-square-foot restaurant offering panoramic views. Other amenities include retail outlets, meeting and banquet facilities, a full-service spa and salon, a fitness center, VIP guest rooms and suites, and an 11,000-square-foot rooftop pool deck featuring a jetted hot tub, cabanas, and a rooftop bar. The hotel aims to achieve the AAA’s Four Diamond designation.
Mary Cheeks, the President and General Manager of Jamul Casino, emphasizes the hotel’s potential in increasing the casino’s success in the competitive Southern California gaming market. She mentions that guests have frequently expressed a desire for a hotel, and the new facilities will offer a luxurious retreat amidst the scenic Jamul landscape.
The Hotel’s Design Vision
The Tribe’s desire to offer a bespoke luxury experience has driven the hotel’s design. Envisioned as a “crystalline jewel box” against the Jamul mountains, the new building redefines regional hospitality. Robert J. Gdowski, AIA, Principal at JCJ Architecture, describes the guest’s journey as a curated experience designed to stimulate the senses and deepen their connection with nature.
Serving the Community
As one of the 13 federally recognized tribes of the Kumeyaay Nation, JIV has been part of the east San Diego County landscape for centuries. Revenue and resources from the Jamul Casino fund initiatives for education, healthcare, and housing for its members. Furthermore, the Tribe supports various projects and services that benefit the wider community. This hotel expansion underscores the Tribe’s commitment to offering a top-tier experience to guests while enrich
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