Chamonix Casino Hotel Taking Reservations As Opening Nears In Cripple Creek

Written By T.J. McBride on 11/06/2023 - Last Updated on November 7, 2023
Rendering of Chamonix Casino Hotel in Cripple Creek, Colo. on a story about the hotel now taking reservations for its Dec. 26 opening.

Colorado’s newest destination casino has begun taking reservations ahead of its grand opening.

Chamonix Casino Hotel, after some delays, is set to open Dec. 26. For gamblers around the Colorado Springs area, Christmas will become a two-day affair this year.

For the Cripple Creek gambling town, this is big news. With Chamonix’s expansive hotel that spans three towers, a large gaming floor and a fine dining restaurant, Cripple Creek’s footprint is going to grow considerably.

Chamonix touts first luxury guest rooms in town

The Colorado commercial casino market is limited to three gambling towns. The most popular is Black Hawk, an hour west of Denver. Next to it is Central City. Cripple Creek sits an hour west of Colorado Springs in the Pikes Peak region.

The new casino resort is expected to include about 300 hotel rooms, making it the biggest among Cripple Creek casinos. Chamonix claims it has the first luxury guest rooms in the town. They’re touted as combining the charm of Colorado with European elegance. Some rooms have fireplaces, soaking tubs and balconies with views of the mountains.

There are promises of “a spacious, new, stylish and exciting casino gaming area.” While no further details have been shared, the Chamonix gaming floor should substantially increase Cripple Creek’s total number of games.

There will also be fine dining at the Chamonix. To accomplish that goal, celebrated chef Barry Dakake is taking the reins of the restaurant. Dakake has led multiple successful steakhouses in Las Vegas.

There will be a large pool on the roof of the property. Also included in the relaxation amenities will be a high-end spa. There will be dedicated entertainment and meeting space in addition to a 5,100-square-foot ballroom for events.

Lastly, there is a new 300-vehicle parking garage to accommodate all guests.

Baxter Lee, general manager of Chamonix, is telling guests to get their reservations in now.

“We are so incredibly proud and excited to unveil this beautiful property. Cripple Creek is an area with a rich history that we wanted to honor with this new property. We set out to create a casino and hotel that the residents of this town can be proud of. I’m excited to officially open our doors in December and show off all our hard work. Reserve your room today; this will be a special place you will want to visit.”

Chamonix will double town’s number of hotel rooms

While the Colorado casino market has plenty of casinos, only a few of them are resort-style establishments. Because of that, Colorado ranked No. 23 in states for total economic impact from casinos, according to an American Gaming Association survey.

For Cripple Creek, this is especially true. Despite having 11 of the state’s 35 casinos, the area only has around 300 hotel rooms and just 15.9% of the state market share in adjusted gross proceeds. The addition of Chamonix alone will nearly double the total number of hotel rooms in Cripple Creek and should provide a boost to revenue as well.

The same could be said for the sheer number of slot machines and table games that could be available once Chamonix is open. As of July, the town has 2,795 slot machines and 41 table games. When Chamonix officially opens its doors, those totals will grow considerably.

Full House Resorts operates Chamonix. CEO Daniel R. Lee is ready to begin welcoming guests very soon at the new destination casino.

“On that day, we expect to open with a near-complete experience, with all three of our hotel towers, our new casino, fine-dining restaurant and parking garage. We look forward to welcoming our first guests to what we believe will be the most unique casino destination in Colorado.”

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T.J. McBride is a Denver-based writer and reporter with an extensive background in covering the NBA and Denver Nuggets. T.J. is Southern California native who provides news and analysis on the legal gambling industry across a number of Catena Media's regional US sites.

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