Review written by Sophie Couard, on April 28, 2016.
The famous spa town of Saint-Martin-d'Uriage is located just 10 km from Grenoble, in the heart of the French Alps at the feet of the ski slopes. With such a location and a lot of infrastructure to accommodate spa guests, it is only logical that it attracts thousands of tourists every year, especially as there are also some interesting historical monuments, such as the Castle of Uriage from the 15th and 16th century, or the Chapel of Saint-Nizier that dates back to the second half of the 17th century.
If you are a passionate player you will also be happy to hear that there is a large casino. But what does the famous Joa Casino in Saint-Martin-d'Uriage offer? That is the question that I will answer in the following few paragraphs.
An elegantly decorated casino
Traditional and contemporary design are combined in the Casino in Uriage. You can access the beautiful casino if you are an adult of at least 18 years, and not prohibited from gambling. You will also have to present a valid ID.
The slot machines
The slot machines are available every day Sunday to Thursday from 9 am until 2 am, and until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and the eves of public holidays. You can find 170 devices accepting bets from 1 cent. There is something for everyone:
- games with progressive jackpots,
- traditional mechanical slot machines,
- latest generation video slot machines,
- different variations of video poker,
- an electronic English roulette with 14 spaces.
The table games
There are also traditional games available at the casino, and they are open Monday to Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am, Friday and the eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 4 am , Saturday from 4 pm to 4 am, and on Sunday from 4 pm to 2 am. You can find half a dozen tables with:
- 3 tables with blackjack with minimum stakes from €5,
- 2 tables with English roulette with minimum stakes from €2.
Fans of Texas Hold'em can play against other players in cash games or in tournaments. There are 3 tables with buy-ins from €100. The poker room is open Monday to Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am, Friday and the eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 4 am , Saturday from 4 pm to 4 am, and on Sunday from 4 pm to 2 am.
Enjoying dinner or a drink
In addition to the games room, the Joa Casino in Saint-Martin-d'Uriage also invites you to enjoy their excellent restaurant. You can also relax with a glass of wine in a bar. In short, everything is taken care of if you want to take a break between the games. Unfortunately, there is no hotel directly available in the establishment.
The Comptoir Joa is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. The restaurant has a warm and friendly atmosphere and a nice design. You can enjoy for example:
- the dish of the day for €12.50,
- a buffet from €14.50 (from Monday to Friday),
- a set menu with main and starter or main and dessert for €23,
- a set menu with starter, main and dessert for €29,
- a set menu for children for €9.
The modern Bistro is open every day at the same times as the games room, and it welcomes you to enjoy a drink with friends, family or your partner. There is a large selection of drink with or without alcohol available on the menu, including the Joa blond or amber craft beer. There is also a smaller food menu with tapas, burgers, toasted sandwiches, pizzas and some desserts if you are hungry.
Unfortunately, the establishment does not offer accommodation, which means that you will have to stay somewhere else if you are planning on staying overnight in the city. Fortunately, there are many hotels in the near vicinity available. Among them are for example:
- the Auberge Saint Michel chez Martial starting from €52 per night,
- the Hôtel Logis Les Mésanges starting from €69 per night,
- the Grand Hôtel Restaurant Les Terrasses Uriage starting from €98 per night,
- the Hôtel Restaurant Le Manoir starting from €140 per night.
The Joa Casino in Saint-Martin-d'Uriage is conveniently located near Grenoble and the ski slopes. The establishment offers you to enjoy the greatest classics of casino gaming in a nice atmosphere and a very elegant decoration. Overall, this is a very nice complex!
By car : Motorway A41 - Exit n°26.
By train : SNCF train station of Saint-Martin-d'Uriage.
Slot machines : Sunday to Thursday from 9 am until 2 am, and until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and the eves of public holidays.
Table games and poker : Monday to Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am, Friday and the eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 4 am , Saturday from 4 pm to 4 am, and on Sunday from 4 pm to 2 am.