Chamonix Casino Hotel To Bring Luxurious Experience To Cripple Creek

Written By Ian St. Clair on 03/24/2021

Cripple Creek is about to get a new luxury casino and hotel.

In fact, upon completion in the fourth quarter of 2022, it’ll offer the first luxury guest rooms in the city.

Full House Resorts announced on Tuesday the name of the project that is located in the heart of the old mining city, Chamonix Casino Hotel.

As the release notes, Chamonix will bring a new level of comfort and elegance to Cripple Creek.

If you were curious about the location, it’ll be adjacent to the company’s existing Bronco Billy’s Casino. Construction on the project has just started.

The release states that Chamonix will feature 300 four-star guest rooms and VIP suites, as well as a spacious casino gaming area.

Chamonix to nearly double Cripple Creek hotel capacity

The addition of the Chamonix will nearly double the town’s hotel capacity.

That’s huge for both the town but also Teller County, both of which have been devastated economically by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In terms of the other amenities planned for the project:

  • Extensive meeting and convention space capable of hosting concerts
  • Roof-top pool
  • Luxurious spa
  • Self-parking garage that can accommodate 300 vehicles

As Daniel R. Lee, president and CEO of Full House Resorts, said in the release:

“Chamonix will bring the luxury of the French Alps to the Rockies, combining ‘European Elegance with Colorado Comfort. Our new property takes its name from Chamonix-Mont Blanc, the world-famous French alpine resort and site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. Some five million people visit Chamonix in France each year.

“The Chamonix Casino Hotel in Cripple Creek will offer 300 new guest rooms and VIP suites, nearly doubling the town’s hotel capacity. At our Chamonix, guests can experience Pikes Peak and the surrounding area’s natural beauty by hiking, mountain biking, rock-climbing, fishing, fossil-hunting, and exploring local gold-mining operations and historic railways. Chamonix will also, of course, offer the Rocky Mountain region’s finest and most exciting casino and amongst its best dining and spa experiences.”

Plans in place to limit any inconvenience

Chamonix is being contracted on many of the parking lots that are now used by Bronco Billy’s.

According to the release:

To alleviate parking and hotel issues during the construction of Chamonix, Full House has agreed to acquire several land parcels and the nearby Carr Manor, a historic bed-and-breakfast inn with 15 rooms located a block and a half away from Bronco Billy’s.

The land and real estate purchases, as the release notes, are subject to due diligence and customary conditions. They total approximately $3.4 million and are expected to close in early April 2021.

To help alleviate any inconvenience once construction is in full swing, guests will have free valet parking or more self-parking lots with free courtesy bus service to the casino.

As you would imagine, Broncos Billy’s rooms will become unavailable at some point during construction.

When that happens, that’s where the purchase of the Carr Manor comes into play.

The distance between Bronco Billy’s and the manor is a short walk, but the plan is to offer regular shuttle service to guests.

Refurbished Bronco Billy’s

As for Bronco Billy’s, the plan is also to extensively refurbish the 29-year-old casino when Chamonix is completed. Bronco Billy’s should be completed by summer 2023.

“The New Bronco Billy’s will continue to offer its Western theme under the Bronco Billy’s name and will be connected to the adjoining Chamonix Casino Hotel,” Lee said in the release. “Loyalty points earned today at Bronco Billy’s will be redeemable at Chamonix, once it opens, and vice versa.”

With the approval of Amendment C last November, casinos can add more table games and remove betting limits.

That ties into this project.

As Lee said in the release:

“In response, we increased our plans for the new hotel in Cripple Creek, expanding the room base by 67 percent. We believe Chamonix’s upscale atmosphere will be a perfect complement to the refurbished Bronco Billy’s. We look forward to welcoming the first guests to Chamonix in late 2022 and to having the refurbishment of Bronco Billy’s completed prior to the peak summer season in 2023.”

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Ian is an award-winning sports journalist and a University of Northern Colorado graduate. He’s a Colorado native and has over a decade of experience covering college and professional athletics. He broke into the gambling industry right as Colorado launched legal sports betting in 2020. Ian now manages the sites for some of the biggest gambling markets in North America and is an analyst for PlayColorado.

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