Harrah’s Resort Southern California completes $160M renovation, opens 403-key resort tower

Harrah's Resort Southern California has announced the highlight of its $160 million multi-phase renovation and expansion with the debut of its 403-room hotel tower that makes the resort a 1.2-million-square-foot gaming resort. Harrah's Resort is located in Southern California just 30 minutes from wine country, 50 minutes from downtown San Diego and two hours from Los Angeles.

The addition of the 21-story Resort Tower North joins two existing towers and brings Harrah's Resort to a total of 1,065 rooms, making it the fourth largest hotel property in the county. The new tower has 48 suites with views of the valley, bringing the resort's suites inventory to 147. Overall, the resort has 891 non-smoking guestrooms and suites, and more than 10,703 square feet of non-smoking gaming space.

The expansion at Harrah's Resort, formerly Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort, broke ground in October 2012 with the first phase unveiled in July 2013 when the Baja-inspired 'ritas Cantina and Dive, a trifecta of pools complete with SoCal's only swim-up bar and a 400-foot Lazy River. Dive is also home to the region's Dive Day Club.

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The second phase of the renovation debuted in December 2013 with the opening of The Events Center, a 53,221 square foot convention and entertainment venue. Harrah's Resort also recently welcomed Starbucks and a wine and craft beer bar, Corked, which has a 15,260-square -foot patio for event pre-parties and live music.

Following the new tower's launch is the April opening of Spiked, a lounge. Also opening this month are grab-and-go food options at Earl of Sandwich, and the return of Pink's Hot Dogs.

The resort expansion and additions join current existing amenities such as The Spa at Harrah's, a 59,000-square-foot casino, and various dining outlets including The Buffet, Oyster Bar, Fortunes and The Café. The property's signature restaurant, Fiore, is a seven-time winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.