Both of us were pleasantly surprised at how upscale the Ameristar Hotel is. As nice or nicer than most of the casino hotels in Las Vagas & only 1/2 as far away. Our room (2 queens) was very large and immaculate. Big bathroom with 2 sinks & a separate shower. Beds were comfortable & the room was very quiet, except for our neighbor slamming his door twice.
Food at the buffet was good, but bland--likely for all the older folks present. I lost about $20, but my wife broke even, so we felt ok about the gambling.
Check-in and check-out were super-quick and pleasant--none of the long waits as in Vegas. The pool & jacuzzi looked beautiful, but were filled with way too many kids for us, & "adult time" didn't start until 9:00 pm. We did spend time on the rooftop deck, sitting around the fire pit.
We think we have found a great alternative to Vegas when we don't want to drive 500 miles just to do a little gambling. We will definitely return to the Ameristar!!!More