After years of construction, the Yaamava Resort and Casino on Highland will open its hotel tower in December, but only to first-invited guests.
A press release about the hotel opening in the complex formerly known as Casino San Manuel said the resort will open its 17-storey hotel, which includes 127 suites out of 432 guest rooms plus a spa area and pool, to “tribal citizens and special guests” on December 13.
The Yaamava website is currently showing the availability of room reservations for the public starting from April 2022. The first three months of the year have already been booked. Weekday rooms start at $600 while weekends range from $800 to $900 per night for a standard king or queen size room. Suites start at $800 on weeknights and $1,000 on weekends, according to a spot check of the site on Monday, November 29.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians began gaming operations on the property in 1986 as a bingo hall. The gaming facility’s footprint has expanded over the decades and has expanded to include slot games and card games. In recent years, the tribe closed the bingo hall, which also hosted concerts, and replaced it with Rockin’ Casino, which houses several slot machines and restaurants such as Rock & Brews and George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen.
The resort’s $760 million expansion began in July 2018, but has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first phase of the development, which opened in summer 2021, included a gaming space, multiple new high-end rooms, the Serrano Vista Café, and three new bars and stores.
In September, the complex’s name was changed from San Manuel Casino to Yaamava’ Resort & Casino.
Among other recent changes is the new location of Pines Modern Steakhouse. Move from the casino’s second floor to the first floor near the hotel entrance. The restaurant also has a new menu that focuses on steaks, seafood and superior dining experiences.
The final phase of the resort’s expansion is a 2,800-seat entertainment venue that is expected to open to the public early next year.