Tioga Downs 161-room hotel begins welcoming its first guestsAnthony Borrelli, Press Connects · November 6, 2017 at 4:38 pmTioga Downs’ 161-room hotel began welcoming its first guests Monday as the Tioga County venue put its finishing touches on becoming a full service casino.A grand opening for the six-story hotel in Nichols will not be until Dec. 1, according to Tioga Downs representatives, but select floors have been opened for all guests. Ground was broken on the hotel not long after Tioga Downs was awarded a full gaming license in September 2016.The new hotel will include the full-service AgeLess spa, fitness center, three pools, two rooftop decks, an events center with banquet and reception areas that can accommodate up to 400 people, according to Tioga Downs spokesman Stephen Donnelly. There will also be a P.J. Clarke’s restaurant and a new clubhouse for the nearby Tioga County Country Club golf course.Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural called the hotel’s opening a “major milestone” in transforming the facility into a destination resort for the region. The hotel is being touted as much as an incentive for the casino’s existing clientele to put in an extended stay, but also an invitation for visitors outside the Southern Tier.