Tahlequah Daily Press

Checking It Out

February 19, 2008

Cherokee Casino: Great fun, food, folks

(Continued)

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For our stay, my husband and I were treated to one of the "King Suites." It was just as posh as that of any boutique hotel we've stayed in, well-appointed and tidy, and featured all the amenities: a sink-and-fridge bar combo, a couch, easy chair, king-sized bed, handsome wood furniture, red and gold accents, and plush carpet.

The lighting is fairly low and directional, depending on what part of the room you're in. In-room movies and outstanding room service are perfect for the kids or the non-gamers in your group. The bed itself is quite comfortable -- and that's a major compliment from us, because we're picky about our mattresses. A line of fluffy pillows resting against the headboard, and a couple of chocolates on a doily on the nightstand, complete the setting.

The king bathroom features marble-like floors, a Jacuzzi-type tub that will easily accommodate two, and plenty of counterspace. Most interesting is the roomy shower, which had not just the usual single head, but what's called a "body spa" -- a series of four water outlets aimed at different levels of the body.

But while the gaming floors are electric and alive with an eclectic bunch of intriguing and lively folks, and the rooms are impressive by any standard, the attributes that keep so many customers coming back are the employees themselves, and the cuisine at the on-site restaurants. Amanda says there are 1,800 employees at CCC right now.

"The expansion will translate into approximately 400 to 500 new jobs in hospitality, gaming, IT, and many other jobs of various specialties," she says.

While I only met a couple of dozen CCC employees, every single one went out of his or her way to make us feel welcome and appreciated. And they had no idea I was a newspaper editor out to do a story! From the two women who checked us into our room, to the security guards, to the folks at guest relations, gracious, amicable demeanors were the order of the day.

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Do you think "blue laws" related to Sunday alcohol sales in Oklahoma should be relaxed? Choose the option that most closely reflects your opinion.

Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars, and liquor stores should be open.
Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars only; liquor stores should stay closed.
Liquor stores should be open Sundays, but drinks should not be served anywhere on Sundays.
The law should remain as it is now; liquor stores should be closed, and drinks should be served on Sundays according to county option.
No alcohol should be sold or served publicly on Sundays.
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