The Riverwalk Casino in historic Vicksburg, Miss. has unveiled an extensive million-dollar update of its hotel, modernizing all of its 76 guests rooms.
The casino, a Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) property says the remodel is “designed to create a true sense of stylish comfort, resulting in a guest environment that rivals any in the Vicksburg area.”
Ginny Tzotzolas, General Manager of Riverwalk, said, “The style is perfect and our new luxury suites are exceptional. We’re thrilled to have the newest hotel rooms in Vicksburg, and we know our guests will be thrilled as well.”
The hotel went from 80 rooms to 76 after putting several rooms together to create additional master suites on the fifth floor. Tzotzolas said some of the upgrades include updated carpeting, lighting fixtures, furniture and art work.
This is the first major refurbishment to the hotel since Riverwalk opened in 2008.
Riverwalk, with a 25,000 sq. ft. gaming area, is one of four casinos in Vicksburg. CDI acquired the Riverwalk Vicksburg property in October 2012 for $141 million. CDI has yet to announce any sportsbook plans for the property. Sport wagering is set to begin in Mississippi in the next few weeks.
Vicksburg remains an important spot for tourists and students of the American Civil War. It was a strategic point of crucial importance during the conflict. Situated on a high bluff overlooking a hairpin turn of the Mississippi River, it was known as the “Gibraltar of the Confederacy.” Confederate President Jefferson Davis called it “the nail head that holds the South’s two halves together.”
Civil War historian Ronald E. Franklin notes that in early July of 1863 it was the Vicksburg Campaign more than any other, including the Battle of Gettysburg, fought during the first three days of the month, which determined the outcome of the American Civil War.
Vicksburg fell to Union forces on July 4 and cemented the reputation of Union General Ulysses S. Grant. The Confederacy thus yielded command of the Mississippi River to the Union forces, which would hold it for the rest of the conflict.