Ameristar christens
Black Hawk casino

Apr 11, 2006 4:04 AM

Ameristar Casinos, Inc. last week debuted its newly-renovated and expanded Black Hawk casino and announced the details of its 33-story, 536-room, four-diamond-quality hotel. The company plans to begin construction on the site next month.

The all-new Ameristar Casino Black Hawk was formerly known as Mountain High Casino and now features expanded parking, refurbished and re-branded dining venues, additional gaming space, new slot products and a Star Club for top players.

In addition to the current property enhancements, Ameristar President and CEO Craig H. Neilsen was on hand to announce details of the property’s planned hotel.

The 33-story tower’s 536 well-appointed, oversized rooms will feature upscale furnishings including 42" plasma TVs, wireless high-speed Internet access, and bathrooms with LCD screens, double vanities and a separate tub and shower.

Suites will feature double-sided fireplaces and whirlpool tubs set in bedroom window bays to take advantage of magnificent mountain views. A three-dimensional scale model of the hotel will be on display at the property throughout construction for public viewing.

The hotel will include Black Hawk’s only swimming pool and indoor and outdoor spas set within an open-air terrazzo on the hotel’s top floor with operable glass walls on two sides that can be enclosed during winter months while preserving magnificent mountain views.

The hotel’s full-service outdoor/indoor day spa will feature five interior treatment rooms, a whirlpool, sauna and steam rooms and a covered balcony with additional seasonal treatment areas and mineral soak tubs.

Spa services will include experiential showers as well as traditional spa offerings including massages, scrubs, facials, pedicures and manicures. Adjacent to the spa will be a 1,000 square foot fitness center with more than 20 cardiovascular and weight training machines.

"With sweeping views of the surrounding vistas and luxurious accommodations, this project will bring a four-diamond-quality resort destination to Black Hawk that will be an exceptional addition to the leisure opportunities in the Denver metropolitan area," said Neilsen. "This project not only reflects Ameristar’s innovation and creativity, we believe it will set a new standard of excellence in the market."

With a cost of $180 million, the hotel and related amenities is part of a larger $380 million capital project that began when Ameristar purchased the property in December 2004.

The renovations and upgrades that were unveiled last week to the public today include:

”¡ A 10-story,1,550-space parking garage that is complemented by an additional 650-car capacity valet service;

”¡ An expanded two-story casino with almost 1,600 of the latest and most popular slots featuring Ticket In/Ticket Out slot technology as well as 25 table games, including live poker;

”¡ A signature steakhouse, The Timberline Grill, that features classic American steakhouse cuisine in an intimate mountain lodge setting;

”¡ A renovated Centennial Buffet offering a delectable array of international dishes at seven exhibition-style cooking stations in a relaxing, rustic atmosphere;

”¡ Bar 8042 — a center of activity and literal focal point in the middle of the casino, the pub features soaring two-story fireplaces, plasma TVs and live entertainment;

”¡ A private retreat for top players, the Star Club offers a quiet place to relax in an atmosphere characterized by warm mahogany woods, rich granite details, plush furnishings and welcoming hospitality. The club’s upscale buffet features a variety of freshly-prepared food options, such as carved tenderloin, crab, shrimp and specialty desserts.