Oct 21, 2010 7:11 PM by Melissa Hawkes
The Cypress Bayou Casino has been a source of entertainment for many, but the journey there and back isn't always fun.
That's changing thanks to a conveniently located hotel just a mile and a half from the casino. Stacey singleton, managing partner and developer, said "there was a need there because we wouldn't go or couldn't have as much fun over a longer amount of time because there wasn't a place to stay."
Stacey Singleton says now there's no limit to the amount of fun people can have at the Cypress Bayou Casino. Now instead of taking Highway 90 to get home, drivers can pull into the Treasure Bayou Hotel and Suites just minutes from the casino.
General Manager, Brandy Mathews, said "when I work the weekend, it's crazy the amount of traffic that you see here getting pulled over, so hopefully they'll get the idea and stop here and be safe."
The Treasure Bayou Hotel and Suites is the only hotel on Chitimatcha land. The owner purchased the land that the hotel sit on now from the tribe.
Chairman of the Chitimacha Tribe, John Paul Darden, said "they came to us and they were looking for a piece of land to put the hotel on and of course with the casino here, we've been contemplating putting a hotel here for many years."
Darden says despite the current economic downturn he sees the hotel as a sign of growth.
He said, "we still are doing okay....it's positive. We still want to continue to grow and I still think we have the ability to continue to grow."
Singleton says he hopes the partnership with the tribe will only strengthen over time.
He explained, "we can help the tribe by bringing more patrons into the casino, and they can help us get more people in the hotel to stay the night."