Rivers Casino details spa, lounge plans

An architect's rendering of the lounge being constructed at Rivers Casino in Schenectady.
An architect's rendering of the lounge being constructed at Rivers Casino in Schenectady.

A local businesswoman will operate the spa at Rivers Casino and Resort on the Mohawk Harbor site, casino officials announced.

Maria Ho, owner of Splash Nail Spa in Niskayuna, will oversee a spa of the same name at Rivers Casino. Officials released details Sunday regarding the spa and entertainment lounge, both of which will open inside the casino facility in February.

Splash Spa at Rivers Casino will be a full-service spa offering manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and more. The intent is to cater to area residents who want a day of relaxation, in addition to gamblers visiting the casino from out of the area.

“We want to gravitate to all categories,” Ho said. “Whether it’s a mother and daughter getting out for a day, or if you just want a day away from home.”

The spa will employ between 20 and 30 people, she said, all of whom will be hired locally. Ho has been in the Capital Region for about 12 years and opened her Niskayuna nail spa 2 1/2 years ago.

“I wanted to broaden my horizons with the whole spa industry,” she said. “Once the new casino was coming, this was a great opportunity.”

The spa, which will measure at approximately 1,500 square feet, will be located close to the main entrance of the casino facility. The placement outside the gaming floor will allow easy access for people who are accompanying gamblers but are not themselves old enough to gamble, Ho said.

In addition to the spa, officials released details about the casino’s entertainment lounge. The 5,000-square-foot space will be named “Van Slyck’s,” after one of the families involved in the Colonial-era settlement of Schenectady.

“It has always been our goal to pay homage to Schenectady’s incredibly rich history as we look to the future,” said Mary Cheeks, the casino’s general manager, in a prepared statement.

The lounge will feature a bar, TVs and space for live entertainment. In addition, 34 slot machines and several gaming tables will be housed in the lounge, separate from the 50,000-square-foot gaming floor.

Both the spa and the lounge are scheduled to open on Feb. 8, 2017, the same day as the casino. Slot machines have been delivered over the past few weeks. In total, the casino will include about 1,150 slot machines and 82 gaming tables.

An adjacent hotel is scheduled to open in June 2017 and will employ an additional 50 people. The hiring process will likely begin for hotel positions about two months prior to its opening.

Reach Gazette reporter Brett Samuels 395-3113, [email protected] or @Brett_Samuels27.

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