Originally built as a drugstore, the Palace Hotel was transformed to a hotel in 1892, due to the number of miners traveling into the area. Within the walls of this hotel was a gambling den, and that, coupled with the lack of hotels in the Cripple Creek area, meant crowds were plentiful. There were times when the hotel owners rented chairs in which miners would sleep and charge them $1 for a night's "stay.'' In 1896, the hotel fell victim to the fire that destroyed the entire town of Cripple Creek, but was rebuilt and came back better than ever. The new hotel was so palatial and impressive, it attracted rich gold barons and people who could afford to place large bets in the casino.
Around the beginning of the 1900's, a man named Dr. Chambers and his wife Kitty purchased the hotel, and Miss Kitty ran the hotel better than anyone had before. She was known as a spectacular host, lighting candles throughout the hotel and turning down the beds of guests before they retired for the evening. She took pride in her work, so much so she may not have left the grounds following her death in 1908. She died in room #3 in the hotel, and many believe her spirit continues to haunt the room. Guests sometimes find lit candles and beds turned down, and others have actually seen the ghost of Miss Kitty, describing the woman in her white nightgown walking through the rooms and fussing about in room #3. Others have reported the presence of ghosts throughout the hotel such as a piano player, another woman, and a short fat man. People often get a creepy feeling of being watched, and they sometimes feel nudged as they move down the staircase. There are also poltergeist-type happenings like crashing and footsteps throughout the hotel.
The Womack casino is still one of the main draws of activity in Cripple Creek and it is decorated in black and white photos depicting the history of the area and the hotel. There are 74 slot machines that include popular $1 and $5 progressive jackpots, as well as nickel and quarter progressive slots, poker progressive slots, and the game Quartermania. The casino features a players club, the Club Royale Players Club, and offers visitors benefits like double points.
The casino offers guests a deli that is known for their magnificent sandwich creations. There are 40 delicious choices, all packed to the brim with delicious meats and fillings, placed between fresh bread slices of your choice. Travelers enjoy heading to the casino and hotel for recreation, romance, or fun in the casino. Guests can choose bed and breakfast style accommodations, featuring shared restroom facilities or rooms with private bath facilities. The hotel boasts some of the lowest rates in the Cripple Creek area, making it a preferred destination for Colorado travel. Palace Hotel can also accommodate larger groups so call them to arrange a group outing for friends and family to enjoy the casino and hotel. The Palace Hotel and Casino offers gambling fun, comfortable accommodations, and supernatural phenomena, all in one location.