Apache Gold Hotel Casino

Location: Highway 70 - San Carlos, AZ 85550
Phone: (800) 272-2438

What was once known as the Apache Gold Hotel Casino is now called Best Western Apache Gold, and the change in management has not improved the facilities or game play available. In fact, the size of the table game area has shrunk since the Best Western takeover, and conditions at the hotel attached to the casino have done anything but improve. Before a formal review, here are the hotel's details.

For info on the Best Western Apache Gold, contact them at their toll free number, (800) APACHE-8
Rooms: 147
Price range: $60-$100
Suites: 10
Price Range: $94-$170
Restaurants: 2
Buffet: L-$9.95/$8.95 (Sun) D-$12.95/$16.95 (Fri/Sat)
Casino Size: 10,000 Sq feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Video keno, Video roulette, Blackjack, Poker, Keno, Bingo
Overnight RV Parking: Must use available RV park for a fee
Food discounts available to those over the age of 55
18-hole golf course. Convenience store available. 60-space RV Park ($12 per night) w/full hookups and a dump station.
For more info, check out their website at http://www.apachegoldcasinoresort.com.

From terrible reviews at TripAdvisor.com to my personal bad experience with the hotel staff it appears the hotel staff are no the friendliest and you may have customer service issues. Reviewers at TripAdvisor have some pretty bad stories involving false charges on bills and surly staff. For those looking to gamble, the situation isn't great. The new management have "temporarily closed" the poker room, and when asked directly about the closing were not willing to offer an explanation.

In a state where the ratio of slot machines to table games is outlandishly steep, closing an entire poker room without promise of return or renovation is not the brightest move if you're trying to attract a serious gaming population. This move seems like the new management is refocusing their scope to include extremely shallow tourists or a vulnerable and slot loving elderly population.

The casino's blackjack room is still open, from ten am until the last customer folds. There is hope for the Apache Gold if you're a table gamer, what little glimmer it may be.

One thing we can all agree about on the positive side -- the facilities at the Best Western Apache Gold are nice. In particular, visitors rave about the spa: pool clean and friendly, sauna extra steamy and clean. Perhaps the hotel is working on their customer service, and hopefully the poker room is closed for some amazing renovation -- imagine 100+ tables dotted among gorgeous young waitstaff, maybe massage chair seats and wide screen HD sports in every nook and cranny. We can only hope.