Ameristar luxury hotel opens

1:08 PM, Oct 8, 2009   |    comments
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At 10:30 Thursday morning the 33-story luxury hotel and spa at the Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk held its official grand re-opening.

The 536-room hotel hopes the increased space and redesign will help draw guests who may otherwise head to Las Vegas.

The tower also has 64 suites and lots of meeting space. There is also a swimming pool on a heated patio with glass walls that can enclose it during the winter.

The expansion makes Ameristar one of the largest employers in Gilpin County, after adding 720 more jobs.

Not everyone is pleased with the casino's look.

Many say the building is an eyesore that is not consistent with the historical appearance of the town and that it is not what many people had in mind when they agreed to mountain town gaming.

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