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Graton Resort and Casino’s $175 million hotel is now open
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | November 15, 2016, 4:55PM
| Updated 17 hours ago.
The Graton Resort & Casino’s 200-room hotel officially opened for business Tuesday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility attached to the Rohnert Park gambling hall.
Before a large crowd gathered under the hotel’s covered vehicle entrance, casino and tribal officials marked the public debut of the $175 million project, which includes a full-service hotel, 20,000-square feet of multipurpose space, a pool and more. The original $825 million casino portion opened in November 2013 and the hotel expansion broke ground in September 2015.
Greg Sarris, tribal chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, said he was happy to see the expansion become reality but acknowledged the long and sometimes difficult road behind him.
“Sometimes it seems like it’s been centuries, other times it’s much shorter,” Sarris told the crowd before the ribbon-cutting. “But for all of us, the dream of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria was to create something that Sonoma County could be proud of, something that Sonoma County needed and something that would help the tribe accomplish its goals: to take care of its citizens, to further enhance their well-being and, at the same time, push the tribe’s agenda.”