The Muckleshoot Resort and Casino (Where To Stay – Special discount!)

Why the Muckleshoot Casino and Resort is THE Place to Stay for Your Seattle Ballooning Adventure!

Whether you’ve already booked your balloon flight or are considering experiencing the unparalleled magic of a hot air balloon ride with Seattle Ballooning, you’ll need a place to stay! The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe recently opened its state-of-the-art hotel! Not only do you get the breathtaking experience of soaring above the clouds in a balloon with the majestic Mt. Rainier as your backdrop, but you’ll have the perfect place to stay before and after your flight. Say hello to the Muckleshoot Casino and Resort! Also, you won’t want to miss the delicious steak restaurant Smoke and Cedar at the top of the resort!

Plus – We secured you a special Seattle Ballooning discounted rate for a Muckleshoot Casino and Resort Hotel room or suite! Check out the link at the below.

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Hot air balloons in front of the Muckleshoot casino

You Absolutely Must Consider Staying at The Muckleshoot Casino and Resort

Get a special rate through Seattle Ballooning for your hotel stay at the Muckleshoot Casino and Resort

Muckleshoot casino and resort
Muckleshoot casino and resort

Location, Location, Location!

Seattle Ballooning picks guests up directly in front of the Muckleshoot Casino Resort in front of the Valet. Located in Auburn, Washington, just 35 minutes from Downtown Seattle is a true paradise. The Muckleshoot Casino is nestled beautifully amidst the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, Mt. Rainier, The Green River, and The White River. It’s pretty amazing! The Muckleshoot Casino’s 18-story, 401-room glass tower hotel in Auburn, Washington, offers jaw-dropping views that will kickstart your hot air ballooning experience before you even take off! It’s actually the tallest structure in the entire area. Plus, it’s the closest upscale hotel to Mt. Rainier National Park, allowing you to bask in nature’s glory without the city hustle. The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has spent billions of dollars over the last three years to create a world-class gaming facility, a beautiful hotel, and an epic event space woven with Native American culture and Muckleshoot history as an homage to their ancestors. 

Muckleshoot Luxurious Comfort

At the heart of the Pacific Northwest, with the majestic backdrop of Mt. Rainier and the serene White River, stands the Muckleshoot Casino Resort. It’s not just any resort but a 5-diamond haven of luxury and comfort. It’s the largest hotel in the South Sound, and every facet of this establishment screams luxury.

muckleshoot casino and resort room
Muckleshoot casino and resort room

Plus, it’s a smoke-free hotel…which should be the norm anyway! The Muckleshoot Tribe created a premium property to compete with the Four Seasons and The Fairmont Hotel in Seattle. They did a fantastic job. The first thing guests are likely to notice is the exceptional staff, ever ready with a warm greeting, ensuring that each guest feels special and well-attended. The Elevated Guest Services set a new standard for hospitality, seamlessly combining professionalism with personal touch. Have a special request or need assistance planning your day? The concierge services are at your beck and call, equipped with in-depth knowledge of the locale and a genuine desire to enhance your stay. The hotel rooms are nothing short of perfection. First, the 18-story hotel tower is impeccably designed; each room offers a harmonious blend of modern aesthetics and cozy comfort. Imagine waking up to uninterrupted views of Mt. Rainier or watching the sunset over the White River. It’s not just a stay; it’s an experience. But the luxury doesn’t end there. The resort houses a state-of-the-art spa that promises a journey of rejuvenation and relaxation. Signature spa services, curated by skilled professionals, invite guests to shed their stresses and indulge in unparalleled pampering. And for those who prefer a more active form of relaxation, the indoor, climate-controlled pool awaits. Dive in and let the water’s embrace soothe your senses. Thinking of stepping out to explore the city or need a ride to your next adventure? The resort offers an exclusive town car service, ensuring guests travel in style and comfort, adding another layer of luxury to the experience.

Muckleshoot Exquisite Dining

Smoke and Cedar – Rooftop restaurant with Hot Air Balloon Viewing! Embark on a gastronomic journey at Smoke & Cedar, a culinary crown jewel perched atop the newly unveiled Muckleshoot Casino Resort tower, in the verdant embrace of the Pacific Northwest. If you are celebrating a special occasion, we are happy to help you get your reservation at the restaurant as well!

Steak Restaurant Auburn
Steak Restaurant Auburn

Renowned as one of the nation’s elite steakhouses, Smoke & Cedar is synonymous with exceptional guest service, a sophisticated selection of fine libations, and the pinnacle of prime steaks and premium seafood, sourced from the abundant waters of the Pacific Northwest. This distinctive dining haven in Washington offers an unparalleled 270-degree panorama, featuring the majestic Mt. Rainier, the tranquil Puget Sound, and the awe-inspiring vistas of both the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges.

Smoke and Cedar Restaurant view of balloons Muckleshoot
Smoke and Cedar Restaurant view of balloons with binoculars from the Muckleshoot Casino

As you savor the flavors of Smoke & Cedar, your experience is further enchanted by the mesmerizing sight of hot air balloons gracefully drifting along the White River. Courtesy of Seattle Ballooning, these colorful spectacles take to the skies about an hour and a half before sunset, creating the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable dinner. Timing your reservation with this natural spectacle adds an extra layer of magic to your evening.

Steak Restaurant Auburn Washington
Steak Restaurant Auburn Washington

The menu at Smoke & Cedar is a testament to the rhythm of the seasons, thoughtfully curated to showcase the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients. These delicacies are handpicked by dedicated foragers from local farmers’ markets, regional farms, and renowned artisanal producers. The restaurant’s soul is reflected not just in its elegant decor and the stunning views it offers but also in its commitment to a dining philosophy that celebrates high-quality ingredients, beautifully presented in a setting that is both inviting and sophisticated.

Muckleshoot Casino Smoke and Cedar

Step into Smoke & Cedar, where each dish is a tribute to the rich bounty of the Pacific Northwest, served against a backdrop of luxury and warmth. Here, dining transcends the ordinary, merging with the extraordinary spectacle of hot air balloons adorning the skyline, to create an experience that is as visually arresting as it is gastronomically satisfying. This is more than just a meal; it’s a celebration of the unique flavors and sights that make this corner of the world truly magical.

Other Restaurants At The Muckleshoot Casino and Resort

The Muckleshoot Restaurant invites diners into a world where diverse flavors and rich culinary traditions converge. Its menu is a vibrant tapestry of beloved classics, highlighted by the succulent Seafood Louie Salad and the perfectly seared 12 oz. NY Strip Steak, each dish promising a memorable dining experience.

Central to the restaurant’s culinary offerings is the traditional Muckleshoot method of preparing salmon, a technique deeply rooted in local heritage. The restaurant takes immense pride in serving traditional salmon dinners, honoring the age-old practices of the region’s ancestors. The salmon, locally sourced from the Pacific Coast, is delicately smoked over locally gathered alder wood. This time-honored method of cooking over an open flame, with gentle heat and smoke, not only intensifies the salmon’s natural flavors but also impeccably preserves its freshness and texture. Available in both individual servings (an 8 oz. fillet accompanied by two sides for $29) and family-style presentations (a generous 2 1/2 pounds of salmon served with a pound of corn and red potatoes for $95), these dishes are a highlight every Friday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For those with a penchant for sweets, the restaurant’s pastry display is a must-visit. The bakery section is a treasure trove of freshly baked delights, ranging from flaky croissants to rich, indulgent brownies. Each pastry is crafted with care, baked fresh daily, and is perfect for enhancing an in-room dining experience or as a delightful to-go treat.

Restaurant 8 at Muckleshoot Casino and Resort emerges as a cherished destination for Asian culinary delights, welcoming patrons for both lunch and dinner.

This dining haven has recently undergone a transformation, presenting a more refined atmosphere while continuing to offer the beloved menu classics that guests have come to adore, along with a selection of exciting new culinary surprises.

A standout feature of Restaurant 8 is the live Maine lobster, sourced directly from New England and delivered fresh throughout the week. Diners have the unique opportunity to handpick their lobster from the restaurant’s saltwater aquariums. Once selected, guests can choose from three exquisite preparations: the classic Salt & Pepper, the rich Black Bean, or the aromatic Ginger Scallion.

Adding to the restaurant’s allure is the newly introduced Peking Duck, a dish that epitomizes the art of Chinese cooking. This delicacy is meticulously marinated over five days and roasted to achieve the perfect balance of flavorful, crispy skin and tender meat. Served with scallions, cucumber, steamed buns, and hoisin sauce, this entrée is an ideal choice for parties of two to three, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

In many Asian cultures, the number 8 is regarded as a symbol of luck and prosperity, a fitting name for a restaurant that offers a rich, authentic Asian dining experience.

Market 253, nestled within Muckleshoot Casino and Resort, is a celebration of farm-to-table freshness, where the journey from harvest to plate is both honored and highlighted. This dining destination is dedicated to a culinary philosophy deeply rooted in local produce and sustainable practices. Guests are treated to a gastronomic adventure, with a menu carefully crafted by our expert chefs to showcase the abundant harvest of our surrounding region. Each dish is not just a meal but a testament to the symbiotic relationship between the earth’s gifts and culinary artistry, ensuring a dining experience at Market 253 that is both memorable and meaningful.

Muckleshoot Resort and Casino Ice Cream
Muckleshoot Resort and Casino Ice Cream

The Sweet Shoppe! Get ready for a whirlwind of sweet, frosty delights at the Sweet Shoppe, the ultimate paradise for all things deliciously cool and irresistibly warm! Imagine towering cones of ice cream, each scoop more luscious and creamy than the last, just waiting to be devoured. We’re talking about epic proportions of hand-scooped happiness!

But wait, there’s more! Dive into our heavenly milkshakes, a perfect blend of richness and refreshment, or wrap your hands around a cup of our freshly brewed kupi (coffee) – a warm, aromatic embrace that will perk up your senses. Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet treat or in dire need of a caffeine kick, the Sweet Shoppe is your go-to haven.

Every visit here is an adventure in flavor and fun. So, come on over and satisfy your cravings – whether it’s a colossal ice cream cone, a smooth milkshake, or a comforting cup of kupi, the Sweet Shoppe has it all, and it’s all spectacular!

Special Occasions Deserve Special Treatment

If you plan to pop the question mid-air… Or celebrate years of wedded bliss? Staying at the Muckleshoot Casino Resort will absolutely amplify your special day. All the rooms have incredible views and furnishings. However, suite rooms are also available (some have over 2000 square feet); it’s a perfect setting for creating memories you’ll cherish forever.

Easy Peasy Logistics

Seattle Ballooning meets all our guests at the Muckleshoot Casino. So, there is no need for that 35-40-minute drive from downtown Seattle, a long drive from Everett, or a ferry ride from the islands. Book your room, walk outside, and you’re set to fly! Plus, there’s safe parking, delicious food options before and after your flight, and (if you’re feeling lucky) some pre or post-flight gambling. Plus parking is easy too. They offer valet parking and have secure parking spots.

Meeting at the Muckleshoot Casino

Discover the Ultimate Gaming Experience at Muckleshoot Casino In Auburn

For those of our guests with a passion for luck and skill, the Muckleshoot Casino Resort promises an unparalleled gaming experience that will undoubtedly elevate the thrill factor! The resort has 157,000 square feet of continuous gaming! It’s home to over 3,500 video gaming machines, A Caesars sportsbook, and many table games. Also, the majority of our guests prefer a smoke-free environment; it’s noteworthy to mention that the Muckleshoot boasts Washington’s largest smoke-free gaming area. Another fun option is Muckleshoot Bingo, just down the road from the Muckleshoot Hotel. So, when our guests ask us for recommendations post-flight, we often point them toward the Muckleshoot Casino. Whether they’re enticed by the slot machines, eager to bet on their favorite sports team, or excited to challenge themselves at the tables, the casino promises an unmatched gaming experience. Place those bets and let the exhilaration sweep you off your feet.

Muckleshoot Resort and Casino Table Games
Muckleshoot Resort and Casino Table Games

Combine A Few Activities!

Not only does the Muckleshoot Casino Resort offer unparalleled amenities, but being owned by the Muckleshoot tribe, it’s uniquely positioned as a hub for world-class entertainment. Their event center, a whopping 20,000 square feet, is the tribe’s crown jewel, doubling as a premier concert venue. Here, top performers around the globe grace the stage, turning any night into a special event. Whether you’re celebrating a personal milestone or simply seeking a weekend of wonder, integrating ballooning, luxury accommodation, and a live performance at this prime venue promises memories for a lifetime. Plus, during the summer, check out the Muckleshoot Tribe’s premier outdoor venue, the White River Amphitheater! 

White River Amphitheater
White River Amphitheater

Special Seattle Ballooning Rate For Muckleshoot Casino and Resort Hotel Rooms

And here’s the cherry on top! All Seattle Ballooning guests are eligible for a discounted rate through our fantastic partnership with Muckleshoot Casino and Resort. So, not only do you get an exquisite experience, but you also get a great hotel room rate!

The Muckleshoot Casino and Resort provides the ideal blend of luxury, convenience, and natural beauty to make your hot air balloon adventure with Seattle Ballooning genuinely memorable. Book your flight and room today, and elevate your entire experience. 


How many rooms does the Muckleshoot Casino and Resort have?

The Muckleshoot Casino and Resort features a total of 401 rooms, including 374 elegantly designed standard guest rooms and 27 upscale suites, all of which are non-smoking. Each room offers a stunning view, either of the vibrant Downtown Seattle skyline or the majestic Mt. Rainier, adding to the guests’ experience.

What types of amenities are offered at the Muckleshoot Casino and Resort?

At the Muckleshoot Casino and Resort, guests can enjoy a wide range of amenities, including an indoor heated pool complemented by a hot tub and pool bar, a full-service spa and salon, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an entertaining arcade, a well-equipped business center, and convenient services such as valet parking, concierge assistance, bell service, and in-room dining options.

What is the cancellation policy for The Muckleshoot Casino hotel reservations?

The Muckleshoot Casino and Resort maintains a 24-hour cancellation policy for hotel reservations, allowing guests to cancel their booking up to 24 hours before their scheduled arrival without incurring any charges.

How do I book a room or package at the Muckleshoot resort and casino? And is there an age requirement to book?

To book a room or package at the Muckleshoot Casino and Resort, individuals can easily make reservations online through the resort’s official website or by contacting the resort’s reservation team. These booking services are available to those who are 21 years of age or older. Additionally, the resort offers the option to use the Seattle Ballooning discount code, which provides a discount on reservations.

Is there a spa at the Muckleshoot Casino and Resort?

Yes, the Muckleshoot Casino and Resort is excited to announce the opening of its spa in Spring 2024. This luxurious facility spans over 5,500 square feet and includes 10 individual treatment rooms, 2 rooms dedicated for couples’ treatments, and a salon equipped with manicure and pedicure stations offering a variety of add-on services. Guests can also enjoy the hot and cold therapy pool, sauna, and steam room. The spa will offer a wide range of services and products, ensuring a comprehensive and relaxing experience.

What are the check in and check out times at the Muckleshoot Casino and Resort?

Check-in time is at 4PM, and check-out time is at 11AM.

Who owns the Muckleshoot Casino and Resort?

The Muckleshoot Casino is proudly owned and operated by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, a community deeply rooted in the central Puget Sound region. This tribe is composed of the descendants of the indigenous people who have lived in the Duwamish and Upper Puyallup watersheds for millennia, long before the arrival of non-Indian settlers. The name “Muckleshoot” originates from the native term for the prairie land that became the foundation of the tribe’s reservation. This rich heritage and deep connection to the land are reflected in the tribe’s stewardship and management of the Muckleshoot Casino, making it not just a center of entertainment and hospitality, but also a vibrant part of their cultural legacy and enduring presence in the region.

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