Construction Resumes at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

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After being delayed by more than a year, hotel room renovations at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino are scheduled to resume this month. The renovations were originally scheduled to begin in the fall of 2020 but were delayed by the pandemic. Barring any more setbacks, the more than 1,700 guest rooms should all be renovated by November of this year.

The Beau Rivage is the biggest casino in Mississippi. It has over 70,000 square feet of gaming space for bettors to enjoy. The casino is owned by MGM Resorts International. Earlier this month, longtime employee Brandon Dardeau was promoted to be president and COO of Southeast Operations. He oversees both of MGM’s casino resorts in Mississippi.

When construction is complete his fall, guests at Beau Rivage will be able to access more than just update hotels rooms. Renovations plans also include updating two of the dining establishments on the property. Plans also included slot themed room called the BuffaloZone.

Beau Rivage finished renovations on its suite rooms prior to the pandemic, so updating regular guest rooms was the logical next step. Mississippi gaming laws do not allow for sportsbooks to operate in the state. As a result, casino resorts such as the Beau Rivage must rely more on attracting guests from outside of Mississippi. To pull bettors away from other casinos, Beau Rivage is focusing on creating a better experience for guests.

About the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino originally opened in 1999. Located along the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, MS, the casino resort has built itself into the biggest casino in the state. Physically speaking, the casino is the largest building in Mississippi and features 72,000 square feet of gaming space. The ongoing renovations are the first major construction at the casino since it was rebuilt following Hurricane Katrina.

Owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, the dockside casino uses the MGM brand to attract customers. Customers seeking a Las Vegas-style gaming experience can find it at the Beau Rivage. It is one of two casinos operated by MGM in Mississippi. The other is the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Northwestern Mississippi.

The new renovations aim to highlight the southern charm and heritage of the region while maintaining state-of-the-art amenities. In addition to the casino and hotel, Beau Rivage also features a nearly 1,600 seat theatre. Guests also have access to over 10 dining options, including a poolside bar and cafe. There are also three clubs and lounges on-site for after-hours entertainment. Beau Rivage has a spa, salon, and fitness center on-site, as well as an arcade.

Why Were Renovations Put on Hold?

Like many casino resorts, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino relies on repeat business from guests who come from out-of-state. As a result, it is imperative that Beau Rivage maintains updated features for guests. In 2020, the casino resort set out to make its first major renovations in over a decade.

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Renovations on the hotel’s suites were able to be completed as planned. However, plans to update the regular guest room were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, with new management in place, the hotel resort plans to begin renovations in April.

If the renovations go as planned, then the more than 1,700 guest rooms will be fully renovated by November of this year. The planned updates include everything from new furniture to updated technology. Guest rooms at Beau Rivage will soon feature the same beds found at MGM’s Bellagio casino resort in Las Vegas. Guests will also be able to use mobile devices to check-in, open their hotel room door, and adjust their room’s thermostat.

According to officials from Beau Rivage, they do not expect construction to disrupt the visits of guests at the hotel. Previous renovations were completed without interrupting the normal business of Beau Rivage. Officials plan to use the same tactics implemented at their hotels in Las Vegas which are updated frequently.

What Can Guests Expect from Beau Rivage After the Renovations are Completed?

Future guests at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will be able to enjoy updated hotel amenities similar to many Las Vegas hotels. The newly designed rooms were created by the interior design team at MGM Resort International. Guests room will feature a color scheme inspired by the gulf coast, and will heavily feature blue, green, yellow, and orange.

The hotel rooms are not the only recently renovated part of the Beau Rivage. Two of the restaurants on-site were also renovated and expanded to fit guest requests. The Jia restaurant was renovated to include updated furniture and make it more open to the casino floor. The Terrace Cafe will be updated with new flooring and furniture. It will also be expanded into the lobby and be renamed the Atrium Cafe.

Guests will also soon be able to access a new room on the casino floor. According to MGM’s Southeast Operations President and COO Brandon Dardeau, Aristocrat slot games are especially popular with bettors in Mississippi. As a result, Beau Rivage will be adding a BuffaloZone that will feature Aristocrat slot machines such as Buffalo Diamond, Buffalo Gold, and Buffalo Chief.

Dardeau was the senior vice president at MGM’s other Mississippi casino, Gold Strike when it opened a similar gaming room last year. Construction on the new room is scheduled to start next week.

Conclusion

Bettors in Mississippi should not have to wait too much longer to enjoy a newly renovated experience at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. Executives from the Mississippi casino and hotel announced plans to resume construction on the property. Renovations were originally planned for 2020 but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Proposed plans included updating the 1,740 guest rooms to reflect a mixture of southern flair and Las Vegas-style luxury. Two of the restaurants at the Beau Rivage, Jia and the Terrace Cafe, are also receiving major updates. A new room on the casino floor, the BuffaloZone, is scheduled to begin construction next week.

The renovations are the first major construction at Beau Rivage since Hurricane Katrina. Suites in the hotel were able to finish renovations prior to the pandemic delays. Newly appointed president and COO of Southeast Operations Brandon Dardeau has said that the renovations are aimed at enhancing guest experiences and attracting players from out-of-state to the casino resort. If all goes as planned this time around, renovations should be finished by the end of the year.