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Mount Airy Casino Resort 3.5

Mount Pocono, Pocono Mountains Region, Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Convenient location for Poconos sightseeing, and 10 minutes from the airport
  • Full casino with slots and table games 
  • Fabulous indoor/outdoor pool with cabana-style lounges and a cocktail bar
  • Get Wet Nightclub features live DJs and bottle service on weekends
  • Outdoor summer pavilion features headline musical acts 
  • Spotless contemporary rooms with Keurig coffeemakers, minibars, and pillow-top beds 
  • Suites add open plan living areas, wet bars, and huge twin vanity bathrooms with tubs
  • Four solid restaurants include a buffet, Japanese, Italian, and a Guy Fieri eatery; 24-hour room service
  • Starbucks, yogurt cafe, and sweets shop located on-site
  • 18-hole golf course with a pro shop 
  • Modern gym with Lifefitness cardio equipment 
  • Premium tranquil day spa provides a range of treatments and beauty services
  • Resort fee covers parking, golf course shuttle, and Wi-Fi 

Cons

  • Mandatory resort fee 
  • Escorts required for guests under age 21
  • Pervasive cigarette smoke in the casino
  • Car required for getting around

Bottom Line

Combining a casino, modern lodge-style hotel, 18-hole golf course, several live entertainment venues, and a bevy of solid resort amenities, the upper-middle-range Mount Airy Casino Resort comes with plenty to keep guests over 21 occupied. Other standout features include a spa and beauty salon, a state-of-the art fitness center, free valet parking, live music at Gypsies Nightclub, and headline acts on the summer concert stage. The huge indoor outdoor pool is a highlight. It features poolside lounges, a cocktail bar, and transforms into Get Wet Nightclub on weekends. The 188 sleek rooms come with Keurig coffeemakers, minibars, flat-screen TVs, and pillow-top beds. Suites add living rooms, wet bars, and huge twin vanity bathrooms with soaking tubs. Families with kids may be better off at the casino-free Pocono Manor Resort & Spa.

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Scene

A mountain lodge-inspired hotel catering to golfers, gamblers, and partiers  

Beyond Mount Airy’s majestic lodge-style facade -- a perfect aesthetic fit for the Poconos Mountains region -- interiors have a distinctly modern flavor, but the history of this place actually dates way back. The original lodge was built in the late 1800s as an eight-room inn. In the 1950s, the inn was transformed into Mount Airy Lodge -- the Poconos’ largest resort which catered largely to honeymooners and was known for its heart-shaped whirlpool. The lodge closed its doors in 2001 and Mount Airy Casino Resort subsequently opened in 2007. Set on just over 1,000 acres, the hotel overlooks a large artificial lake, the 18-hole golf course, and a woodsy landscape synonymous with the Poconos region. 

The generous pool is an impressive Vegas-esque sight. It features built-in spas and waterfalls -- partially set within a warehouse-sized atrium, surrounded by day lounges and sunbeds, with a DJ stage up the front. Come weekends, the place evolves into a pumping nightclub complete with poolside cabanas and fire pits on the terrace surrounding the outdoor pool area. Guests can swim between the two pool zones through a little passageway at the atrium edge. Restaurants, all smartly dressed in sleek urban decor, surround the casino on the second floor. Between the casino, the golf club, and the nightclub, Mount Airy attracts a mixed crowd. Kids are rare sight given the grown up nature of what’s on offer here, and the fact that anyone under the age of 21 has to be escorted by security. 

Location

In the Pocono Mountains, close to the airport and sights to explore 

Unless travelers are planning to remain on-site, a car is really required to get anywhere. Situated in Pennsylvania’s Poconos region, the Mount Airy Casino Resort is a 10-minute drive from Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport and roughly a two-hour drive from New York City, Philadelphia, and northern New York City. And while there’s not much in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, it is handy to a number of local sights which all require a drive. Places of interest in the area include Pocono Gardens (four minutes), Mountain Creek Riding Stables (four minutes), Pocono Brewing Company (five minutes), Callie’s Pretzel Factory (six minutes), and Red Rock Bike Trail (six minutes). Other nearby highlights include Crossings Premium Outlets (10 minutes), Aquatopia (15 minutes), and Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark (17 minutes), and the Camelback Ski Area (20 to 25 minutes). 

Rooms

Fresh and stylish, featuring Keurig coffeemakers, minibars, and granite bathrooms

Rooms are a refreshingly stylish departure from often gaudy casino decor. Available in Deluxe King, Deluxe Queen, and Suite categories, interiors are exceptionally clean and well presented with a handsome modern aesthetic that combines soft neutrals like driftwood, gray, dust pink, and beige. Dark wood contrasts and rich textural elements in geometric bedheads and curtains. Extra comfortable pillow-top beds are dressed in white with silver-gray bed runners. Rooms also contain spacious work desks, comfy armchairs, minibars, and Keurig coffeemakers. Closets are stocked with blankets, irons, ironing boards, and safes. Free in-room Wi-Fi is provided. Bathrooms are stylishly appointed with granite vanities and circular basins, frameless glass showers, a selection of Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, and hairdryers. Suites add big open plan living areas, wet bars, and huge twin vanity bathrooms with soaking tubs and separate water closets. Most rooms tend to overlook the grounds. 

Features

An impressive indoor and outdoor resort-inspired line-up catering to adults 

There’s a lot on offer at Mount Airy. Features are largely adult centric and don’t cater to kids. The 18-hole golf course features a clubhouse with a full service bar and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. A free shuttle is available to transport guests to and from the golf course. The fitness center is modern with an exceptional array of Lifefitness cardio- and weight-training equipment. The stunning indoor/outdoor pool is a major highlight. It's surrounded by deck chairs and reservable lounge seating. There’s an underwater passageway that enables guests to freely swim between the indoor and outdoor sections of the pool, which also features several heated whirlpool spas. Wet Bar serves poolside cocktails and snacks. On weekends, the entire pool area becomes Wet Nightclub, complete with poolside cabanas, live DJs, and bottle service.

Four quality restaurants on offer include Guy Fieri’s Mt Pocono Kitchen (open 24 hours), Bistecca by Il Mulino (Italian), Lucky 8 Noodle + Sushi Bar, and The Buffet. Room service is available 24 hours. There’s also a Red Mango Yogurt Cafe and the Nostalgia Candy Store which sells all sorts of sweets and chocolate. However, each of these food establishments is located on the casino floor which can make it tough for under 21s to get fed at Mount Airy. Escorts are required for anyone under the age of 21.

Star Bar resides inside the casino, where slots and table games are on offer. On Friday nights, Gypsies Lounge & Nightclub offers live musical entertainment. The outdoor concert pavilion hosts bigger name live musical acts in summer. There’s also a 24-hour business center and Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel. Self-parking and valet parking are also available. A versatile meetings and events space caters to all manner of functions, including weddings. The hotel can also assist with transportation to and from the hotel via bus, limo, helicopter, or private plane. Note that a mandatory resort fee covers Wi-Fi, parking, shuttles, and fitness center access. 

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Address

312 Woodland Rd., Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania 18344-7172, United States

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