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May 8, 2019

400-room Muckleshoot hotel to be Auburn's tallest building

  • It's part of a casino expansion that will include a 20,000-square-foot events and conference center, and new gambling, bar and restaurant space.
  • Images from Muckleshoot Indian Tribe/Smarthouse Creative [enlarge]
    The hotel is expected to open in 2021.

    Many rooms will have views of Mount Rainier.

    An 18-story luxury hotel planned by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe will be, by far, the tallest building in Auburn.

    A city spokeswoman said the tallest building in Auburn is The Reserve, a five-story apartment complex finished last year by California developer AVS Communities. She said a seven-story apartment is under construction downtown.

    The 400-room Muckleshoot hotel will connect to the south side of the tribe's casino at 2402 Auburn Way S. A news release said it should open in the second quarter of 2021.

    The release said 60% of the rooms will have “stunning panoramas” of Tahoma (a native name for Mount Rainier), while the rest will have views of the Olympic Mountains. Amenities will include an indoor swimming pool, spa, supervised play area/arcade for kids and a fine-dining restaurant on the roof.

    A Muckleshoot spokesman said the architect is Las Vegas-based Marnell. He wouldn't disclose who the general contractor is.

    The tribe broke ground in February on what it calls the first phase of the expansion: a 20,000-square-foot events and conference center that can seat 2,000, a conference pre-function promenade with glass wall, 10,000 square feet of additional gambling space, three fast-casual restaurants, a “high-energy” center bar and a new casino facade.

    The tribe also is expanding its smoke-free gambling space and will add a curated cultural gallery focused on its history.

    Phase one work will be finished in spring 2020.

    “The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has a history of innovation and leadership in Indian gaming,” said casino general manager Conrad Granito in the release. “This logical evolution of their well-respected casino brand acknowledges consumer desires for a one-stop entertainment destination where fun, relaxation and dining beyond anything the market currently offers is just steps away.”

    The Muckleshoots opened the casino 24 years ago in a 13,000-square-foot tent and have expanded several times. When the current projects are finished, there will be 157,000 square feet of gambling space, 29,000 square feet of event space and more than a dozen restaurants.

    While the tribe wouldn't disclose any team members except Marnell, it has worked on past projects with BNBuilders and Helix Design Group.

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