Buffet and Seating in Casino Queen hotel

Reinvigorating a City with its First New Hotel in Decades

Casino Queen
East St. Louis, IL

When East Saint Louis, Illinois’ first new hotel in 40 years opened its doors, it lived up to its high expectations. The Casino Queen Hotel combines taste, economy and durability for an expensive look that was completed on time and substantially under budget. The 97,000 SF, 157-room hotel accommodates visitors to the adjoining Casino Queen gaming venue, as well as nearby business communities. Guests can access the banquet areas, the indoor pool, a fitness center, a breakfast area and the west-facing rooms with dramatic riverfront views of the St. Louis skyline and Gateway Arch.

KAI provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering as well as interior design services on the fast-track project. Designers created an atmosphere for relaxation and rejuvenation. Rich, warm slate highlights the fireplace, the registration desk and the elevator lobby, adding an elegant touch. Old postcards heralding turn-of-the century East St. Louis decorate upper floor corridors. An African-influenced ceramic piece is the focus of the elevator lobby, while East St. Louis artists created a collage depicting the area’s rich history.

The hotel, along with the casino opened several years earlier, have reinvigorated the East St. Louis riverfront, bringing millions of yearly visitors and hundreds of local jobs.


Interior Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Plumbing Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering

“The combination of quality people and quality work that we get with KAI keeps them on our preferred vendor list.”

Julie Hauser, President
The Hauser Group, PR Agency for Casino Queen

The Impact

Designing Well-Known Destinations

This hotel has given the Casino Queen the opportunity to become a nationally recognized riverfront destination for the City of St. Louis.

Project Recognition

Section Award, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America’s International Illumination Design Award Program
City Winner, St. Louis/Kansas City Solutia DOC Award