Oneida Hotel and Casino

Client. Oneida First Nation

Location: Verona, New York

Cost. 80 million USD

Completion: 1997

The Oneida Nation of upstate New York decided to get into the Casino business booming the Indian Nations of the United States. Starting with a Bingo Hall they were ready to expand to a full scale casino and hotel resort when CEO Ray Halbritter and his associates contacted Douglas Cardinal in 1995.

A two story, 103,000 sq.ft. addition was designed to include a large hall on the ground floor and administrative facilities on the second level. A fabulous hotel with 227 guest rooms, indoor pool, spa and health club facilities allowed also openings to an exterior patio during the summer. The hotel held retail spaces including ice-cream parlour, 24 hour service restaurant, video arcade, and shops. A Las Vegas type dinner/ entertainment theatre to sit 220 patrons completed the ambitions project where musical legends frequent such as Kenny Rogers, Billy Idol, and The Beach Boys

Turning Stone is today a sought after destination of a 1,200 acre complex, award winning Resort-Casino featuring luxurious accommodations including the original Hotel and The Villages RV Park designed by Douglas Cardinal. Recognitions such as The AAA Four-Diamond award and Condé Nast Johansens "Most Excellent Golf Resort" for the USA and Canada for 2010, attest to the tremendous success presently in Turning Stone.