Hollywood Slots celebrates hotel grand opening

Posted Aug. 20, 2008, at 10:03 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:18 a.m.

BANGOR — Hollywood Slots on Wednesday unveiled the final component of its $132 mil-lion-plus gambling and enter-tainment complex.

Floors one through four of its 152-room hotel are open for business. The event was ap-plauded during a grand opening celebration that drew several company and city officials, as well as area businesspeople including staff members from the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.

The remaining floors of the seven-story hotel, which in-cludes a business center and fitness center on the ground floor, will open on Sept. 8, Hollywood Slots spokeswoman Amy Kenney said.

The rest of the company’s new facility — including a gam-ing floor with 1,000 slot ma-chines, a lounge, conference facilities, buffet, snack bar and attached parking garage — opened on July 1 amid much fanfare. The hotel, however, opened later because of the long lead time needed to acquire building materials and finishes.

“We are very, very excited about today and what it means to us,” Kenny said at the start of Wednesday’s opening cere-mony.

City Councilor Gerry Palmer agreed.

“That’s 152 beds right here on the Bangor Waterfront,” Palmer said, noting that the hotel offered views of the tents being set up for this weekend’s American Folk Festival as well as the cruise ships that now visit the waterfront as part of their summer itineraries.

Hollywood Slots General Manager Jon Johnson also pro-nounced Wednesday a banner day for the Bangor operation.

“This capital program has provided over 500 jobs for the community,” he said, adding, “It’s a beautiful facility.”

Though the hotel did not officially open until after Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, it already has undergone a workout.

In the week leading up to the opening, a number of Holly-wood Slots employees stayed in the rooms overnight to look for any glitches that needed to be worked out before guests began arriving.

This week, some of the rooms were occupied by executives from parent company Penn National Gaming Inc. and the various other gaming proper-ties in Penn’s portfolio.

Among them was Timothy Wilmott, Penn’s president and chief operating officer. He said Wednesday that the Bangor operation saw record revenues in July, its first full month in the new complex. Its customer count has been “well beyond our expectations,” he said.

Hollywood Slots officials showed off the new hotel on Wednesday. The rooms, as well as the lobby and business and fitness centers, are decorated in a rich palette of beige and gold tones accented with black.

By the time it is fully opera-tional, the hotel will have 152 rooms, four of them double-size penthouse suites on the top floor. Many of the rooms will offer views of the Penobscot River and the Bangor-Brewer skyline.

According to Kenney, room rates currently start at $140.

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