Excellent Value in St. Louis – Great Casino for Non-Gamblers

October 7, 2010 by Mac McClellan · 7 Comments  
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Our Midwest casino tour continues!  In my last post I told you about stopping overnight at Harrah’s in North Kansas City, MO.  For our next stop we wanted an RV park with hookups, and we wanted to visit St. Louis for a few days.

View of St. Louis from Casino Queen RV Park

We had never been to Casino Queen but knew they had an RV park that was chosen by readers of Midwest Gaming & Travel magazine as one of the best casino RV parks in the Midwest.  That plus the convenient location made them an easy choice, so we made a reservation for 3 nights.

A Great Casino for Non-Gamblers

I’ll have to split this story into two parts because it’s too long!  Casino Queen is a great choice for both gamblers, and non-gamblers alike.  This week I’ll talk to you non-gamblers, and next week more details for the players.

Many are surprised when they hear about non-gamblers being casino campers, but when you consider the whole situation it becomes clear that casinos often give you a great value.  Casino Queen is a prime example, and here’s why in a nutshell; location, low cost, convenience, dining options.


Casino Queen RV Park is located in East St. Louis, IL with a great view of the arch and downtown St. Louis.  The only negative (which is a problem in any large city) was getting there in a 40’ motorhome with a toad and being led by a Garmin Nuvi that thought we were driving a Honda Civic!  But that’s another story.  Do take time to look at your route in advance to avoid areas where large vehicles shouldn’t go.

Low cost & value

The RV park has 130 pull through sites with full hookups including cable and internet access.  It’s big rig friendly, the longer sites are $36.25 a night and I estimate they’re 65 feet.  Smaller pull through sites are $29.65.  These may not sound like low prices, but compare them with other area parks and you’ll find them favorable.


There’s a well stocked convenience store, bath house, laundry facilities, and at the casino an indoor pool that RV park guests can use.  The casino provides 24 hour security and shuttle service to the casino and to the MetroLink station (light rail).  This access to the MetroLink is a great convenience for touring the area.  A full day pass which includes rail and bus is $7.50 and an all week pass is $27.50.

Dining Options

Also a convenience, casinos usually offer a variety of dining options at reasonable prices.  Casino Queen scored a hit in this category.  Although we only ate at the Buffet we looked at every venue.  There are four choices for food; the Deli, the Market Street Buffet, Sevens sports bar, and PRIME steakhouse.

The buffet was quite good and we ate there twice.  It had a good variety of dishes and all were well prepared.  Food was reasonably fresh given that we ate on slow nights, and the hot food was actually hot – an absolute must for me on any buffet.  If you’re a fried chicken fan try it here, Chris said its beats Col. Sanders by a mile.  The shining star was the dessert section – it could hold its own compared to any buffet in Las Vegas.  Every dessert we sampled was excellent!  Try the Milky-Way cake, oh my!  Portions were generous, maybe too generous.  Prices make the buffet a bargain; $9 lunch, $12 dinner, and $19 Friday seafood, Saturday prime rib & steak, $22 Monday crab legs.

If You Go…

The RV park is only open May through October.  It’s very popular especially on weekends and they sometimes attract large groups so making a reservation is a very good idea.  If you’re traveling by RV in the winter months they have a hotel on site with rates starting at $69/night.

Next time I’ll tell you about the casino, gaming, and comps.  You can be comped in the RV park you know – our stay was free.  ;-)

Happy travels and good luck in the casinos!

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7 Responses to “Excellent Value in St. Louis – Great Casino for Non-Gamblers”

  1. George Schutz on October 7th, 2010 5:40 pm

    HI Is Staying overnight Avalable after the RV Park is closed ???
    Thanks for all your Info.

  2. Mac McClellan on October 7th, 2010 8:11 pm

    Hi George,

    I’ve heard both ways, yes and no, so the only way to be sure is to call and ask on the day of your arrival.

    As a backup plan for overnight there are a few Walmart’s in the region. Several commercial RV parks too, but none as close to downtown! I believe once the economy improves Casino Queen may once again keep the RV park open year-round. It was just not bringing in enough business in winter months.

    Happy travels!

  3. David Bushouse on October 8th, 2010 10:48 am

    Received notice of your blog, read it, called for reservations Oct. 15 and they are already closed today.

  4. George Maynor on October 8th, 2010 10:58 am

    I had the pleasure of staying here when the park was only a few days old. Under construction. The staff went out of their way to make us comfortable. We extended our stay several days and found this to be a great location for seeing the city. The Prime Steakhouse food was fantastic and the sunset view of the arch is incredible! We make it a point to stay here whenever we cross the country.

  5. Mac McClellan on October 8th, 2010 12:21 pm

    Sorry about that David.

    I just looked at the website and it appears that next year it’s even a shorter season — they’re only open from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend! They’ll miss a lot of snowbird traffic as they migrate south, and people like us coming north for the fall colors, festivals, ball games, etc.

    They were very busy the last week in September when we were there. In fact, we could only stay 3 nights checking out Friday because they were booked solid for Fri/Sat.

  6. Mac McClellan on October 11th, 2010 8:29 am

    Update regarding overnight parking: I heard back from my contact at this casino (a member of management at the Director level) and he said that overnighting in an RV is not allowed at any time.

    So if the RV park is closed RVers will need to use the hotel. Not a bad deal if you plan to use a hotel anyway, prices from $69 when I checked.

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