3635 Express Drive North, Islandia, NY 11749
(631) 881 - 6004
DescriptionJake’s 58, is located at 3635 Express Drive North, Islandia. There is a large parking lot in front of the building. Valet parking requires driving around to the right. Handicapped-accessible spaces are also back here. Both entrances are under porticoes, with stone walkways in front of street-level, automatic doors. The front entrance leads to the hotel lobby, restaurant, coffee shop, and the smaller casino area. The Valet entrance leads directly to the larger casino area on the upper level. Tile and/or flat carpet cover the floors. Aisles are wide.
Multi-stall restrooms with handicapped-accessible stalls are located throughout. A single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restroom is located near Jake’s Café on the lobby level.
Food services include Bistro 58, a full service restaurant and Jake’s Café, as well as several “Grab & Go,” stations. The Center Bar and the counter in Bistro 58 have handicapped-accessible space. There is complimentary coffee and soda on both levels, and waitress service in the casinos.
Handicapped-accessible hotel rooms have all been renovated. The remainder of the hotel rooms are being completed.
- Number of handicapped spaces: 10
Location of handicapped spaces: in back, near valet parking entrance
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: close
Terrain: parking lot a bit hilly
Places to rest: benches just inside entrances
Paths and walkways: concrete, with stone walkways to entrances - inside, tile and/or carpet cover the floors
Location of handicapped entrance: both entrances have street-level, automatic doors
Number of floors: 2
Elevators: to all levels
Steps and staircases: to both levels
Width of aisles: spacious
Places to sit: lots of seating throughout
Location of restrooms: multi-stall restrooms are located in several areas - a single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible sroom is located near Jake's Cafe
Type of restroom: both multi-stall, and single-occupancy - all are handicapped-accessible
Ease of entry and exit: OK
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: restaurant, coffee shop, cafe and several"grab & go" stations, as well as complimentary coffe and soda and waitress service in the casinos
Friendliness of staff: very pleasant
An invitation to visit brought me to Jake’s 58, late on a Thursday morning. Jake’s is the only hotel casino on Long Island. ”Long Island residents and locals can have the excitement of casino game play, and also the luxury of a comfortable hotel stay.” (website) One thousand video lottery terminal gaming machines (VLT), include electronic Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Roulette, and Three Card Poker, are located on two levels.
I parked in front of the building, but you can drive around to the right of the building and then to the back, and find Valet parking. You can also find handicapped-accessible parking back here.
Both entrances have street-level, automatic doors. The front door leads to the lower casino level, as well as the hotel lobby, restaurant and the C&M Coffee shop. The upper level leads directly to the main casino level.
Leah was gracious to have invited me, and to show me around this exciting venue. First we toured the hotel rooms. The handicapped-accessible rooms have all been renovated. Wow! They look great, with walk-in showers (with seats), no carpet, low shelves, etc. – well done! The remainder of the rooms are still being renovated. The room I saw, although not renovated, was quite nice.
Next came the casino areas, which are located on two levels. Quite a variety of games to choose from! Everything is easily navigable, with tile or flat carpet on the floors and ample space to maneuver. Multi-stall restrooms, with handicapped-stalls are strategically located throughout. A single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restroom is located near Jake’s Café on the lobby level. There are many food options, from the lovely Bistro 58, and Jake’s Café, to several “Grab & Go,” stations (open primarily on weekends). There is even complimentary coffee and soda on both levels, as well as waitress service if you don’t want to leave your machine. The Center Bar, as well as the counter in Bistro 58, has a wheelchair accessible area.
Although I am not a gambler, I found Jake’s 58 to be a very inviting destination. I may have to return and check out the various options available. If you do want to take a chance, this is a very appealing place in which to try your hand.
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, http://www.jakes58.org, when planning a visit, to know before you go.