Driving into Saint Louis from the East, one can't help but notice the Casino Queen. Saint Louis is one of a few cities that allows riverboats like the Casino Queen to moor up on a semi-permanent basis and offering gambling to the locals. Signs and billboards advertise the casino for many miles around, just in case anyone in the neighborhood had missed its glowing presence on the downtown riverfront.
The Casino Queen in Saint Louis has evolved to be much more than just a gambling operation. The riverboat and accompanying complex now offer not just slots and tables but also hotel facilities, restaurants, and an RV park. Complimentary valet parking is also available for those who join the membership club. As the Queen's Club is free to join, this can be an excellent way to avoid the hassles of parking in downtown St. Louis.
Casual and serious gamblers alike will find that the Casino Queen is making an effort to maximize its appeal. Award "Loosest slots in the Country'' for 2005 - 2008, the casino definitely is working the lower end to get punters in the door. However, high roller and VIP tables inside the casino ensure that whatever level of play is desired can be found.
The casino is open daily, from 8 am to 6 am, year round. In the attached hotel complex, four restaurants operate along with conference and business center facilities. The complex is attached to the metrolink for those wanting to combine a gambling retreat with an exploration of the downtown area. Concierge services at the casino hotel can help out of town guests navigate tickets to sporting events, theaters and the Arch. However, those who wish to stay in the hotel will be pleased to note that the Casino Queen does have its own entertainment line up featuring national and regional acts each week.