Pittsburgh's Rivers Casino outlines $51.5 million hotel plan on North Shore
Not sure how I feel on this one. Will kill lots of the open space that makes that part of town nice. OTOH, it gives the place more backbone. OTOOHIMHO the money might have been better spent on a show room, though Stage AE is right up the street so might be overkill. OTOOOH I don't see casino patrons crossing over to Stage AE.
I don't have a problem with it, if you want to give the appearance of a legitimate, 'Resort Casino,' then you need to have some sort of hotel attached to the property. I saw the signs in Rivers that they were voted best, 'Resort Casino,' for 2016 and all I could do was laugh...how can you be a resort without a hotel? Besides that, anything that creates jobs is a positive, and judging by the hotel rates on the North Shore, as well as Downtown, there is certainly room in the market for another hotel to open. Most importantly, it will create jobs, some temporary and many permanent.
Finally, they are probably trying to even better compete with The Meadows which, as you know, recently has a Hyatt physically attached to the casino via walkway. Furthermore, Meadows (in my opinion) is also convenient to more hotels than Rivers and their (Meadows') security staff will take patrons to about five or six of the hotels, so drinking, not a problem.
Vultures can't be choosers.