For a resort set in a town bearing the name of a hearty wood, it may come as no surprise that the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino in Mesquite, Nevada, has been smoking the competition and firing up guests with amazing entertainment and dining options since its inception. The hotel first opened in 1995 as Player’s Island under the ownership of Merv Griffin, but it wasn’t until it was sold and transformed into the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino that the property developed into a mecca of gaming and meetings.
“The CasaBlanca Resort and Casino is just like Las Vegas used to be,” said Christian Adderson, corporate sales manager for the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino. “The CasaBlanca is a great value for any budget, bringing all the amenities that Las Vegas has to a small-town atmosphere in Mesquite. When all of the day’s meetings or activities are over, the CasaBlanca brings an intimate feel at the property so attendees can still socialize and have a great time at the end of the day.”
The resort features 500 freshly renovated and spacious rooms, each equipped with two queen-size beds. Despite its small-town location, the hotel has a distinct European flair that touches its every aspect, from the sumptuous spa to the plush bedding. The property even features two championship golf courses; a lagoon pool with a waterslide and a waterfall, open seasonally; two restaurants on-site; and a poolside bar for lounging around in the warm desert sun. It isn’t just the resort’s bustling casino and entertaining amenities that draw guests; the resort is an ideal place for hosting meetings, offering space for up to 1,200 people.
The CasaBlanca Resort and Casino offers a variety of meeting spaces. The Grand Ballroom offers close to 9,000 square feet of flexible meeting space that can be divided into five meeting rooms or opened up into one big space, depending on the size and needs of a particular meeting. Just steps outside the resort, the CasaBlanca Event Center is an option for larger meetings and events. The event center is 33,000 square feet and has played host to numerous concerts, sporting events and banquets serving as many as 1,200 people.
In addition to the resort’s two on-site restaurants — Casa Café, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Katherine’s steakhouse, offering USDA Prime beef and fresh seafood flown in daily — the catering team is able to customize a range of menus for meetings and events. The team can create healthful breakfast buffets, boxed lunches to go, multicourse dinners with prime rib and fresh stone crab, and a range of packages to make the decision a bit easier for planners. The most popular package is the all-day meeting package that comes with two breaks and a continental breakfast and lunch. Alcohol is available for purchase, but outside alcohol is not allowed.
Playing in the Sand
The casino at the CasaBlanca is always a winner for groups looking to test their luck before or after meetings. The space features interactive slot machines, popular table games and other casino games. At the sports book, guests can wager on a favorite sporting event or race. But gambling isn’t the only option for after-hours fun: The resort’s two championship golf courses, the CasaBlanca Golf Club and the Palms Golf Club, are both located just six minutes from the resort. And the pool area make this resort an oasis in the desert for anyone looking to unwind while in town for a meeting or an event.
Mesquite is often viewed as the gateway to some of the country’s most iconic national parks, with Valley of Fire in Nevada and the unreal landscapes of Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in southern Utah located within a short day trip from CasaBlanca. The resort can even arrange for groups to venture out for a variety of team-building activities, from golfing in the desert to hiking and nature tours with an experienced and highly knowledgeable tour guide ready to lead the way and answer any questions.
CasaBlanca Resort and Casino
Location: Mesquite, Nevada
Size: 500 rooms
Meeting Space: 33,000-square-foot ballroom and 9,000 square feet of flexible space
Access: One hour north of Las Vegas, off Interstate 15