Harrah’s Rincon is now Harrah’s Southern California, or Harrah’s SoCal. On April 4th, the resort unveiled their $160 million renovation, which included a 403-room hotel tower, the craft cocktail lounge Spiked, and the pool Dive, featuring a 400-ft lazy river and Southern California’s only swim-up bar.
Located in Valley Center, it’s about a one hour drive from San Diego and about two hours from Los Angeles. If you’re looking for a Vegas inspired getaway without the chaos or extensive drive, this is a nice alternative. The new tower contains 52 additional spacious and luxurious suites, bringing the resort’s suite inventory to 152. The modern décor suites, have an incredible ambiance with a Jacuzzi and walk-in shower, separate living room spaces, and a balcony with chaise lounges overlooking views of the mountain, pool or hotel.
As for dining, new additions include the Baja-inspired ‘ritas Cantina. There are also grab-and-go food options such as the Earl of Sandwich, and the return of Pink’s Hot Dogs. The hotel still features the Café and Buffet, but the standout dining option at Harrah’s is Fiore. Fiore is an intimate steakhouse with decadent slices of meat and opulent desserts. It’s higher-end, (specialties range from $28-$65) but a step above other dining options.
The Events Center currently seats 2,200 in an auditorium setting, and 1,200 banquet-style. It’s definitely spacious, and has already hosted comedians Joan Rivers and Amy Schumer. Located adjacent to the Events Center is Corked, a wine and craft beer bar which has a 15,260-square-foot patio for pre-parties and live music.
The biggest draw to this hotel, other than the gaming, is the pool. Dive is the site of the popular Dive Dayclub Adult Swim Saturdays that run May through September. DJ’s spin while guests party by the pool in a cabana, the lazy river, or one of the many Jacuzzis and lounge areas. Reminiscent of the pool parties in Vegas, it’s apparent that Harrah’s is trying to appeal to younger crowds, and so far, it has worked! Dive Dayclub has become wildly successful, and there are talks of turning the pool Sundays into relaxing, “re-cooperation” days.
Harrah’s Southern California is advancing quickly as a premiere So Cal getaway, with shows, gaming, spa, buffet, new restaurants and a luxury pool. It might just be just the place you’re looking for to spice up your weekend. To see the latest on Harrah’s events and renovations, follow them on Twitter @HarrahsSoCal or visit their website at www.harrahssocal.com
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