Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa, Black Hawk, Colorado – Full Review
Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa. Black Hawk, Colorado.
111 Richman St, Black Hawk, CO 80422. Duration Of Stay- 2 Nights ($116/night)
The Ameristar Resort is the beaming pinnacle of Black Hawk, Colorado, and just 45 minutes from downtown Denver makes it a prime weekend escape option for anyone in the city facing burnout of a 9-5.
Whilst Black Hawk’s Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa may house a Las Vegas-esque casino floor as part of the property, from our viewpoint we are reviewing the resort as a potential active escape- thus, we will be focusing on the fitness resort and spa elements of the hotel, with gambling there as an added bonus should you choose.
This is a Four Diamond-awarded resort boasting a a variety of restaurants and bars (even an onsite Starbucks), a large, heated rooftop pool with indoor and outdoor jacuzzi’s, huge spa with numerous facilities, and a 24-hour fitness center. No wonder it also won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! The inside premises are completely non-smoking too which suited us just fine.
During our visit the weather was largely sunny, with a brief dusting of snow. We didn’t really venture outdoors though since the amenities and facilities within the resort were excellent, and provided a self-contained haven for its guests. It is definitely suitable for visiting all year round.
All the rooms at the Ameristar are large, no matter what you choose (450 sq. ft. and above). Luckily we were provided with a HUGE(!) Spa Suite King room, complete with welcome goodies. We spent two nights here, exploring the resort facilities and seeing if it would make an excellent active escape.
All the rooms have flat-screen TV’s and high-end furnishings. In the bathroom double vanities are standard apparently too (we thought we had been spoilt!). Ours also had an oversized hot tub and double-sided fireplace. The bedsheets felt amazing although the mattress was a bit firm for our taste. We felt there were enough chairs in the room that maybe we were supposed to bring a squad! Great if several of you are staying and you all want to hang out in one place.
Fitness & Spa Facilities
The Spa & 24 hour Fitness center are both located on the 9th floor. We learnt that the award-winning 7000 sq. ft. spa attracts many regulars each week from the city (always a very good sign!).
We did try to be very discreet during our stay so as not to impact the experience of other guests (hence no photos in the spa!). Essentially there are hot tubs, sauna and steam rooms, with a completely separate mens’ side to women’s side- very peaceful and tranquil. There is also a co-ed lounge where you can relax, drink hot tea, and unwind.
Sara and I each received our own private treatments- an aroma fusion massage with therapeutic sports essential oils. I was really surprised to be treated by a wonderful lady originally from Devon in England of all places!
(skip to 3:05 for the spa, gym & swim facilities)
The 24 hour fitness center had a lot of different machines in there, and was bigger than your average hotel gym. The equipment all seemed very new and clean, and I could happily have spent many hours in there. Lots of windows and natural light made for great views over the local area. As with many hotel gyms, there was a limited selection of free weights, maxing out at 50lb dumbbells and no barbells in sight. The quality of the machines was however, excellent.
The open-air swimming is open year round – there is a glass wall that makes the main pool indoors in winter, but in summer it becomes outdoor. There are also indoor and outdoor hot tubs, and open fires. The finishing touch is the astounding views from the poolside overlooking the mountains.
Our Experience, Recommendations, And What We Did There
– Visit the Centennial Buffet! – Amanda our server was amazing. If you are like us and certainly know how to work up an appetite, this will be your paradise. Foods from all over the world, affordable, and in unlimited quantities. We were like kids in a candy store.
– Check out the Fireside Lodge for more of a hearty breakfast scene. They focus on fresh, local ingredients and have a farm-to-table approach. Think rotisserie chicken, waffles, etc.
– The Timberline Grill is a steakhouse and more of a fine-dining option (they even have a legendary 24k chocolate bar dessert!). It’s designed like a mountain retreat!
– Whilst we were there we were told that Bar 8042 was recently unveiled just before the turn of 2018- it can’t be missed. It is a lounge bar located literally in the middle of the casino floor, with (yet more!) open fires mixed with a cosmopolitan neon glow. Our favorite cocktail to try is the Monkey Brava (not for Sara- she is allergic to pineapple). Because of strict rules around the casino floor we couldn’t record down there but if you visit the Ameristar do check it out.
– Witness Red Rocks amphitheater!
To summarize this resort, it is a wonderful, self-contained getaway that I would recommend for those looking for a sense of escapism. If you were going to visit, I would advise taking advantage of the spa facilities to get the most out of this kind of break. Get in some solid training away from the hustle and bustle, utilizing the good-sized gym and excellent swim facilities, then relax with a treatment in the spa, taking advantage of the hot tubs, saunas, relaxation and steam rooms. Enjoy spending the end of the day by the fire, in the outdoor Jacuzzi, or try your hand on the casino floor. Customer service was first-class all round and in our opinion we can see why overall it made the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame. For the interests of our readership it makes a very enjoyable and relaxing stay, definitely recommended should you need an escape.
Usefulness For Athletes: Definitely more of an escape to relax and enjoy training rather than pushing yourself like at a training camp. The jacuzzi, spa and pool are great for post session- perfect if you are feeling a bit burnt out. If you want a wonderful room and the ability to have everything self-contained within the resort, this is for you.
Overall Rating: 9.5
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