Ameristar Resort and Spa Black Hawk-A Treasure Nestled in the Rockies

When most people think of a visit to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, they conjure up images of snowboarding, skiing, and hiking through our many national forests and parks. Casinos aren’t usually the first thing that come to mind. In the small casino town of Black Hawk however, there’s definitely a plethora of incredible things to experience, and the 4-diamond rated Ameristar Resort and Spa is where all the action’s at, you can bet your bottom dollar on that!

Only a brief 15 minute beautiful drive through the mountains from Idaho Springs will get you to this gorgeous little mountain town.

We’re always excited to pull up to the Ameristar Black Hawk! The valet service is complimentary too, and the amazing staff always makes everyone feel so welcome from the minute you arrive.

A luxury resort featuring 536 rooms (including gorgeous Presidential and Mountain Pine suites), 2 rooftop hot tubs, a spa, fitness center, 2 gift shops, 5 restaurants, and 3 bars, Ameristar Black Hawk is an incredible treasure nestled in the Rockies! Peter and I had an amazing getaway here and stayed in a beautiful Deluxe King Room with a gorgeous mountain view! We also got to tour the newly renovated Bar 8042!

Ready to win some big money at Bar 8042 while enjoying the BEST Hibiscus Queen!

You can bet we had the greatest time at the newly renovated Bar 8042! It’s got a very contemporary atmosphere now as opposed to the old, rustic, log cabin feel that the old bar had. While it still has beautiful fire places encircling the 360 degree elevated bar, there’s now gorgeous new mood lighting!

Beautiful high intensity LED lights now illuminate the ceiling, with limitless options for vibrantly alternating themes and environments based on the time of day or on events taking place at the time.

Interesting Fact: 8042 is actually the exact elevation of the Bar! Hence the name, Bar 8042!

Sunday Night Lights and Wine Down Wednesday are just two of the events new to the scene at Ameristar BH, and new game tables are also a feature in Bar 8042, along with a DJ booth!

We also tried some of the updated (and most refreshing) new drinks, a Hibiscus Queen and Betha Smash! It truly felt like drinking a piece of art.

The Hibiscus Queen

Patron Reposado, fresh lime juice, hisbicus flower syrup, 8042 bitters. This was my favorite of the two, and was so invigorating!

The Betha Smash
Macallan 12 year “single malt smash,” fresh lemon juice, mint, bitters. An absolutely delicious cocktail.

Feeling like a queen drinking the amazing Hibiscus Queen!

Incredible lighting at the upgraded 360 degree Bar 8042!

Sometimes when a casino comes to mind, people don’t realize that a Resort like Ameristar Black Hawk is so much more than just a casino! Upstairs, ara Spa is a getaway in and of itself! Boasting two relaxing whirlpools, multiple rooms for massages and seasonal body wraps, a full service salon where you can get manicures, pedicures, highlights, blow outs, and much more, there’s something for everyone at ara.

Located on the ninth floor, it felt like we had stepped into another world of relaxation and pampering on another level!

ara Spa uses Sanitas skin care products, made here in Colorado.

“Potent Exfoliation with a side of Glow.” Check out just a small selection of their line of products here:

Sanitas Progressive Skinhealth Lemon Cream Cleanser 150 ml.

Sanitas Progressive Skinhealth Lemon Cream Scrub 120 ml.

Sanitas Progressive Skinhealth VitaRich Serum 30 ml.

Sanitas Progressive Skinhealth Normal Skin System

When it comes to food at Ameristar Resort and Spa Black Hawk, you get an incredible variety of options from 5 different restaurants and we definitely enjoyed everything they had to offer! The Waypost Deli had the best pork chili fries, and The Centennial Buffet was out of this world, with 6 cultures featured, a pasta station, crab legs, a salad station, and desserts you can’t put down. I’m not usually a sweets type gal, but the crème brulee and European style cream filled cookies were to die for!

The Timberline Grill, Ameristar Black Hawk’s Premier Steakhouse

For restaurant dining, the Fireside Kitchen is a great choice for farm to table cuisine. They have a great atmosphere and you can view people coming and going from the 2nd floor as you enjoy chorizo fundido with asadero cheese, that rivals most places in Texas for a fundido!

Perfect Night at The Timberline Grill!

The Timberline Grill, Black Hawk’s premier steakhouse, is another option available for fine dining on the first floor level. We ate there on our last night, and it was so romantic. The quality of the food absolutely rivaled the five star dining we had in The Maldives, and the service we received from our incredible waiter reminded us fondly of our dinner under the stars at the beach on the remote island of Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa.

A perfect, rare 7 ounce filet mignon, and spicy brussell sprouts with Colorado honey and sriacha butter. On the side I ordered a chimichurri sauce made with fresh herbs, spices, EVOO, and sherry vinegar. It was the best steak I’d ever eaten!

After a long night of winning at the craps table (Ameristar Black Hawk has the best dealers ever and a huge shout out to the team!) going to the roof top hot tub the next morning was the crème de la crème to top off our stay. Of course, it’s great to enjoy the pool and rooftop hot tubs at night time as well.

An absolutely perfect place to enjoy your time and soak in the roof top hot tub!

We always have a great time up here! The mountain view is gorgeous! If you look closely, you can see the high winds blowing the snow off the tops of the mountains, constantly carving out a brand new landscape as each new wanderluster traverses the path. Each time I stare out, I wonder who actually makes it all the way to the very summit on some of those mountains? You can see a few photos of our hiking journeys scattered about the site, but more will be posted soon, that’s for sure!

Our experience was an unforgettable one at The Ameristar Resort and Spa Black Hawk, and we can’t wait to go back! We had been there before, but this trip was out of this world! Also, here’s another interesting tidbit for the gamblers out there. We haven’t once lost our money here. We’ve either broken even, or won money every single visit. The time before I even hit a thousand dollars on the Wheel of Fortune slot machine! So definitely book a trip, it’s a 10 out of 10 on every level. You can earn points with a mychoice card that allows you to collect points as you play games. After you get two thousand points, you move up to Advantage, where you get to earn “mycash” rewards which can be used throughout the casino. There are also giveaways going on where you can have a chance to win things like a new car! Bar 8042 is just the start of some more renovations that’ll begin in 2018, and we can’t wait to check out what’s to come!

So next time you’re up in the Colorado Rockies, remember, sometimes a getaway into the mountains can take a bit of a different turn from a ski resort, and up into the beautiful town of Black Hawk, where you’ll discover the luxury gem that is The Ameristar Resort and Spa, Black Hawk.

Visit their website at to make a reservation today!

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