Ameristar St. Charles Casino Resort Spa Review
The Ameristar St. Charles Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles, Missouri, is one of 7 Ameristar casinos located throughout the country, in areas that have recently opened up to casino gambling. Missouri is certainly one of these states, and you no longer have to have them over water like you used to.
The biggest market in the state is in the St. Louis area, with almost 3 million people, so it’s no surprise that the city was a big focus for casino companies once state gambling law was relaxed. There are now 6 casinos in the area, including the impressive Ameristar St. Charles, just across the Missouri river from St. Louis proper.
Ameristar Casinos got their start back in 1954 with the opening of Cactus Pete’s in Jackpot, Nevada, which is still in operation today. In 1994 the company built another casino in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and changed the company name to Ameristar, and started branding its casinos with this name as well.
The Ameristar St. Charles was originally owned by Station Casinos who built it in 1994. Ameristar bought it along with a casino in Kansas City in 2000, and they both were brought into the Ameristar brand. At the time the Ameristar St. Charles was just a casino, until 2008 when a big expansion led to the building of its hotel as well as a pool and a spa.
In 2013, the company was bought by fellow land based casino operator Pinnacle Entertainment, who retained the name. Pinnacle also has deep roots in the gambling business, first starting as the Hollywood Park racetrack in 1938 under the ownership of movie mogul Jack Warner of Warner Bros. Studios.
Although a lot of their business at this casino is the walk up variety, catering to the huge local population, they have set themselves up as a premier destination as well, with very nice accommodations and amenities that really appeal to tourists, and they do get quite a few here as a result.
The Facilities at Ameristar St. Charles
Guests here don’t decide between a room or a suite, all of the accommodations are suites here. This is truly a top quality hotel as well, and has won several awards, including being the only hotel in St. Charles to boast an AAA four diamond award, as well as being a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winner, and also being named among the Best Hotels of 2016 by U.S. News and World Travel Report.
There are 397 luxurious suites on site, all with ceiling to floor windows, oversized bath, separate bath and shower, double vanities, sunken living rooms, two HD televisions, in room safe, in room coffee service, in suite refrigerator, complimentary wireless internet, complimentary daily newspaper, and beautiful furnishings.
So these suites aren’t just bigger than your normal hotel rooms, they come packed with complimentary features as well. Included in your rate is free access to their 24 hour fitness center, letting you work out any time of day or night you wish.
The rates are reasonable taking into account what you get, which is a lot for under $200 a night. Should you desire even more luxury and space, and don’t mind spending to get it, you can move up to a King Spa or a Presidential Suite, which among other things, feature full wet bars, premium surround sound entertainment systems, and a gas log fireplace.
There are 7 restaurants on site to take care of all of your dining needs with flair. Bugatti’s Steak and Pasta specializes in hand selected aged beef and butter roasted sea bass. Enjoy beer battered chicken while you catch the game at the Amerisports Bar and Grill.
Grab a snack right off the casino floor at the Casino Bar Deli. Experience the atmosphere and feel of a classic American diner at the Falcon Diner. Grab some fresh baked pastries at the Falcon Bakery.
Those who love buffet style dining will enjoy the Landmark Buffet, offering up American, Italian, and Asian cuisine. Pearl’s Oyster Bar serves up Cajun and Creole culture, with fresh seafood and pan roasts being their specialty.
The Bottleneck Blues Bar is a 1930’s style Delta Blues club, which features live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. There’s also a martini bar called the King Cat Club which is modeled after a 1950’s style lounge. You can also grab some drinks and relax at Lixx, which is right on the gaming floor.
There’s also an indoor-outdoor swimming pool with a fire pit. Gusts can also take advantage of their ARA Day Spa, with hot tubs, a sauna, and 7 treatment rooms. The Hi-Fi Video Arcade provides entertainment for the whole family. Other features include a gift shop and a 20,000 square foot convention center.
The Casino At Ameristar St. Charles
Like all Ameristar casinos, players can take advantage of their mychoice program, where all of your play here is tracked and rewarded. There are 5 tier levels, Choice, Advantage, Preferred, Elite, and Owners Club. Reward points can be redeemed for slot play, meals, shopping, and even cash.
Preferred, Elite, and Owners Club members also get access to the Star Club, where you can relax and enjoy VIP treatment including complimentary food and drinks.
The casino here is a large one, with 130,000 square feet, and players are assured of finding more than ample machines and games to play. The look and feel here is old school, keeping with the nostalgic theme of the property generally, including stained glass skylights, but don’t let that fool you, because as far as the gaming goes this as very modern.
There’s over 2,700 slot machines, and few casinos offer this many. You’ll find all of the newest and hottest games here, in addition to the classics. Stakes range from 1 cent to $100. They also have one of the largest selections of jackpot slots in the Midwest.
There is also 58 gaming tables on their casino floor. They roll out all of the popular casino games here, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Let it Ride, Three Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, and more.
Their high limit area features 8 blackjack tables with a dedicated cage cashier, where you can bet up to $10,000 per hand, so that should provide plenty of excitement no matter how big your bankroll.
Ameristar St. Charles also features one of the biggest poker rooms in the Midwest, with 19 tables, offering both Texas Holdem and Omaha, with stakes starting at $3/$6 limit all the way up to $20/$40 limit and $5/$10 no limit. Players receive comps for their play, which can be used in their restaurants.
Ameristar St. Charles Casino Resort Spa has a lot of things going for it, from their fabulous rooms, to their great spa, to their throwback restaurants and bars, to their huge casino that rocks 24 hours a day. This is a fine place to drop by for the day and an even better one to stay a while at.