Morongo the Second Time Around

And it was all good….

Especially celebrating Cinco de Mayo, got sombreros, too….

My husband, Richard surprised me with a birthday visit to Morongo Resort & Casino in March. We enjoyed our two-night fling so much we recently returned this Desert Oasis for Cinco de Mayo.
This time we dined at the hotel’s Cielo–a penthouse restaurant offering awesome views of the surrounding mountains and softy lit by gorgeous chandeliers that change colors almost on cue with your mood. Our yummy meal began with ahi tuna presented beautifully and tasty and moved along to an exceptional Chilean seabass with a lobster salad, and Porterhouse steak cooked just right, bottle of so-so wine (the prices were a bit high for our budget so opted for a $38 bottle, about the cheapest on the list that was just okay). We skipped dessert because we gave at the earlier Potrero Canyon Buffet buffet (a really fantastic deal folks, lots of fine food from breakfast choices to Asian and pizza and awesome desserts). The all-you-can eat affair is less than $15 a person and really good quality. In fact Morongo’s breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet is among the best for any hotel casino we’ve ever visited. And this from a dining diva, too.
The weather was warm and wonderful and we spent a lot of time at the Oasis Pool–an inviting area with tiny sandy “beaches”, private cabanas and lots of comfy chaises.


My husband surprised me with two nights at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa and it was truly a surprise. I loved it. I was jonsesing for gambling but didn’t feel like flying to Vega$ baby so he found a special Player’s Package on line (came with free gambling money, some meals, room and a few extras), he also booked me an afternoon of spa treatments and voila the perfect solution. It was one of the best birthday celebrations. I became a member of the Winner’s Club where you get cash back and/or perks for your play. I’m happy to report that I actually left a winner. Got a payoff on the $1 slot.
The hotel has a friendly, non-Vegas-like ambiance. Our room was huge, spanking clean and had an awesome view of the mountains from a large window.
There’s two large pools, great sunning deck area, cabanas, a nicely equipped gym and super spa with steams, saunas, whirlpool and cold plunge. My massage was excellent and also part of the package, and after looking at the prices, I highly recommend getting a package. Massages at the Sage Spa run from $85 to $205!
The food was better than expected, especially the breakfast buffet. The penthouse restaurant has awesome views of the desert but since it was so warm out and the room is enclosed we decided to go into Palm Springs where we ate outdoors at Kaiser Grill, which turned out great because a street fair was in progress and we had front seats. It felt like a major celebration with hunderds of people, live music, and revelry. Kaiser Grille, an inexpensive indoor/outdoor has a swinging bar and excellent barkeep and wait staff. I had a glass of top Chard at the bar for only $3.50, can’t beat that these days (the wines by the glass at Morongo were nearly 3x that).
Morongo is located at 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230–it’s on an Indian reservation.