3635 Express Drive North, Islandia, NY 11749
(631) 881 - 6004
Jake’s 58, is located at 3635 Express Drive North, Islandia. There is a large parking lot in front of the building and another one behind. Valet parking (not available at this time) requires driving around to the back. Handicapped-accessible spaces are located here. Both entrances are under porticos, with stone walkways in front of street-level, push-button assist, automatic doors. The front entrance leads to the hotel lobby, restaurant, coffee shop, and the smaller casino area. One must have his/her temperature taken, provide photo ID, have your picture taken before being allowed inside. The upper entrance leads directly to the larger casino area on the upper level. Tile and/or flat carpet cover the floors. Aisles are wide. The casino is operating at 25%. Many of the seats have been removed and games turned off.
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 are severely limited, due to Covid. There is a small "take-out" counter on the lobby level.
Handicapped-accessible hotel rooms have all been renovated.
- Attraction Type: popular places
Number of handicapped spaces: 10
Location of handicapped spaces: in back, near valet parking entrance
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: close
Transportation to venue offered: na
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: stairs and escalators 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
Notes: *Food services are severely curtailed due to Covid - only "take-out"
I had a wonderful tour of Jakes 58 several years before Covid struck. Although I am not a gambler I had found it to be an inviting, easily accessible venue that made it easy for ALL people to have a good experience (depending ,of course, on whether they won or lost! )
Now that they have reopened, and I have had my two vaccines, I felt comfortable enough to pay them a quick visit to see how Jake’s is handling things now.
Before my visit, I went to their website to see what information they offered about Covid safety measures. I was happy to read about what they are doing and the amount of information they have on the site. Wonderful! Their “Play It Safe campaign encompasses Jake’s new operating procedures, reengineered to minimize contact risk.” (website)
All of the information made me somewhat comfortable about going. We are not suggesting that anyone visit who does not feel comfortable. We are simply telling you what you will find if you choose to go.
If you go, know that valet parking is not available, nor is wheelchair or scooter rental. Handicapped parking is around back, on the upper level, close to the upper-level, automatic, entrance. There is a large parking lot in front of the building, but no handicapped spaces here. We parked here. Strict protocols, including taking our temperature, looking at our ID’s, and taking our photo, is part of their safety measures.
Once getting the OK to continue, we surveyed the first floor. This floor has a smaller gaming area than the main, upper level. The hotel lobby and food services are located here. As of now, food services are greatly curtailed. You can get a few things at the take-out counter and sit at one of the well-spaced tables for a bit. There is no food or drink allowed on either of the casino floors. Escalator, elevator, or steps will get you upstairs, If you park on the upper level, you are already there.
As we walked around, I was impressed by the safety protocols. One of the first things I noticed were the staff members walking around, cleaning both machines and seats as people got up from them. Many of the seats have been removed (they are operating at 25% capacity). Where there are no seats, the machines have been turned off so that there is no chance of someone moving the seat to another machine. In some locations there are plastic shields between machines. There has always been ample space to navigate. Tile or flat carpet covers the floors. I found the entire operation impressive!
As we were leaving, I stopped to ask a staff member about the ventilation system. He said that although he didn’t know the details (but would be happy to get me to someone who did), he did know that they have upgraded the filtration system to “well above the required standards.”
Easy to enter, multi-stall restrooms are located on both floors. Each has a handicapped stall and wheelchair-accessible sinks. A single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restroom is located near Jakes Cafe on the lobby level.
On my previous visit, I was shown the newly renovated, handicapped-accessible, hotel rooms. They all had roll-in showers with seats, no carpet, low shelves, etc. At that time, they were in the process of renovating all of the hotel rooms. I am not sure whether or not this has been completed. If interested, it would be best for you to call.
As always, we at Destination:Accessible, advise you to visit a venue’s website, http://www.jakes58.com">www.jakes58.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”