Location Spotlight: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee, NC

Location Spotlight: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee, NC

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Nestled in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains of the Western Carolinas, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is home to 150,000 square feet of Casino gaming & entertainment space and more than 1,800 rooms & suites. The addition of the newly dubbed Cherokee Tower was part of the 2021 expansion efforts that included 725 rooms and a vast 83,000 square feet convention center that was much needed for the emerging markets in this region. The Cherokee Tower features renowned celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s latest venture, Guy Fieri’s Cherokee Kitchen + Bar, Starbucks, an exclusive VIP Check-in, and future retail space.  

The design concept for the new hotel tower was inspired by the stories of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and played off on the colors of the natural landscape that surrounds the property. The interior is filled with warm earth tone materials with hints of burnt sienna and golden hues, along with a mix of brass metal and walnut woods. Guests are welcomed by a larger than life registration desk made from a unique green onyx stone and a wood slatted feature wall mimicking the peaks and valleys of the Smoky Mountains. As you move up to the guest tower, the introduction of eucalyptus wood, soft blue tones and various textures were brought into the furniture and fabrics. Debbie Wong with BLUR Workshop, along with DreamCatcher Hotels, worked closely with Bryan Ashley to customize the casegoods throughout the space, down to every last detail. Bryan Ashley’s team of experts, in partnership with the designers, was able to create a well-crafted and timeless furniture collection.

Heartwarming Cherokee Culture

Extend your time in Cherokee and experience the culture of the Cherokee people and their amazing story. Several fun and educational activities include the Oconaluftee Indian Village where you are immediately transported back to the 1760s. Led by a Cherokee cultural expert, your senses will be delighted by this authentic historic adventure. The Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. promotes the work of hundreds of Cherokee artisan members by offering both a shopping and gallery experience filled with handmade baskets, pottery, woodworking, toys, and beaded jewelry. Finally, grab a blanket and enjoy the fresh air in the newly renovated 2,100 seat Mountainside Theatre. Here, you will get lost in the Cherokee story, “Unto these Hills”, by understanding their struggles and reliving their heartwarming triumph. 

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