I have been “Permanent Barring” by Swinomish as of March 6th 2015 for posting the following review, which they did not like, but in their response agreed with every thing I stated in my review. Which also calls into question the glowing positive reviews they receive when they ban people they do not like the review from.
This review is my first hand experience and is meant for my fellow travelers and RV’ers. I do not expect any action by Swinomish as their responses to my reviews has been inappropriate in the past
They charge RVs to park, $10+ in their parking lot, they do not charge cars. I do not understand why they want to send customers to other RV friendly Casinos, which are close by. Their RV Park is substandard.
They have become RV unfriendly and have redesigned their parking lots making it difficult to park RVs or any over sized vehicles.
They have no washrooms (or services) in their RV Park, I have witnessed some disgusting activity by RV’ers that did not have adequate self contained RVs. It is a long walk to the lodge to use the washroom and at night the sprinklers may be on, you can hear them but cannot see them.
The RV Park has low power, which can damage the electronics and electrical systems in your RV.
Most food is spicy, I think due to their customer base of Mexican/Spanish customers.
They supply coffee whiter not milk in the Casino and Bingo Hall for coffee. They do have free soft drinks in the Casino located by the Sports Bar.
There is a busy train track that runs beside the RV Park, behind the Lodge, that sounds its horn, night and day when it crosses the Rail Bridge.
There is a large A/C about the size of a city bus at the rear of the Lodge that can be quite noisy, making it difficult to sleep in the RV Park.
There is a sewer treatment building just west of the RV Park. The smell can be quite strong around the Bingo Hall and RV Park when the wind is blowing in their direction.
From time to time they have live entertainment on the stage in the Casino that can be extremely loud I carry earplugs to protect my hearing.
They have some very nice people working in the Bingo Hall.
I never knew this place changed names (used to be Northern Lights Casino or something like that) until New Year's Day when I stopped by with my wife on our way to Deception Pass (another review in itself - google it for information and pictures!). We head there about two or three times a year and always stop in here...
Anyways, the staff here are some of the best; always helpful, always smiling, and very friendly. Whether a cashier, slot attendant, waitress or security... all quite pleasant.
They have an excellent variety of slot machines here and combined with their rewards program, makes this place a sure winner.
The hotel got a rating of 1 as there is none; they do, however, have what appears to be a "full-service" campground. That would be nice in the summer for a night or two as there are a lot of activities to do in the area!
The best casino to play at, slots pay more here compared to the others we have played at and they have a none smoking area which helps since we are not smokers. The food is great and is nicely done in decor, the staff is friendly and the RV park has a beautiful view of the mountains and bay, we keep coming back for more fun, food and winnings!