Rhythm City Casino Resort is a locally-owned, land-based casino resort located in Davenport, Iowa. This newly constructed venue hosts a casino, hotel, event center, spa, fine dining restaurant, buffet, and sports lounge.
Lodging Style and Amenities
Rhythm City Casino Resort hosts 106 hotel rooms. Our amenities include the following:
- Luxurious bedding Denver Mattress Hospitality Select Comfort
- High-speed internet access (Ethernet cord required)
- DirecTV satellite channels (may vary)
- Lodgenet movies / videos / sports / games ⁃ Pay Per View
- Iron and ironing board
- Alarm clock
- Hair dryer in every room
- Individual climate control with air conditioning
- In room coffeemaker and safe
- Room service
- All rooms are non smoking
- Rollaway bed (available upon request)
- Cribs (available upon request at no fee)
- Fitness center access (ask hotel desk for details)
- Pets allowed (211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216) - $50 Fee
Rhythm City Casino Resort's gaming floor hosts over 1,000 video and slot gaming choices, craps tables, roulette wheels, a poker room, and more. We also host free concerts in our Rhythm Room on Thursday through Sunday nights. Our Event Center also hosts national entertainment acts, expos, conferences, and meetings. Our venue has four dining options: Ruthie's, Draft Day, Robert's Buffet, and The Market. Ruthie's Steak & Seafood is a fine dining experience located on the sixth floor with incredible sweeping views of Midwestern landscape. Draft Day Sports Lounge serves burgers, sandwiches, and a lot of great game day appetizers. Robert's Buffet provides options and rotating themes each day at its multiple stations (including house made gelato). Our Aveda Salon & Spa offers a variety of services including massages, a sauna, makeup application, and more.
Direct Link to Reservation Sitehttp://www.rhythmcitycasino.com/hotel.html
Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes
The Kehl family business started in the 1960’s when Bob and Ruth Kehl bought and ran a café in downtown Dubuque, Iowa. By the 1970’s they were also in the catering business and in 1973 the Kehls purchased a 150 passenger sternwheeler, “River Rogue” for dinner cruises. In 1977, the Kehls commissioned a 377 passenger “Spirit of Dubuque”. In 1982, the Mississippi Belle, a 600 passenger boat was launched followed by in 1984 the Mississippi Belle II, a 800 passenger boat. In 1986, the business expanded to West Virginian with the West Virginia Belle, a 1000 passenger boat. Hard work creates success. Bob and Ruth Kehl received the National Small Business of the Year Award from President Reagan in 1986, beating out now a well know company Microsoft for the honor.
It is no secret the Kehls were opposed to the idea of gambling on the rivers when the idea was floated in the Iowa Legislature in the late 1980’s because of the threat to their riverboat business. They soon figured out gambling was likely coming. No one was in a better position to be a part of this new industry. On March 8, 1990, the Dubuque Casino Belle, Inc. owned and operated by Robert & Ruth Kehl was granted the first riverboat gaming operator’s license in Iowa and the license was issued on April 1, 1990. The Dubuque Casino Belle became the first American-flagged vessel to offer gambling cruises in the United States.
The Kehls received their second license in 1991 for the Mississippi Belle II, which started riverboat gaming operation on June 1, 1991 in Clinton, IA. The Kehls had interests in and operated a total of four riverboat casinos in the Midwest; Dubuque Casino Belle, the Mississippi Belle II, Catfish Bend Casino, Fort Madison/Burlington, Iowa and Saint Joe Frontier Casino, St. Joe, Missouri. In 2004 legislation allowed for land-based casinos and the Kehls started planning for Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Washington County which opened in 2006 and Grand Falls Casino Resort in Lyon County, which opened in 2011. Iowa’s first land based casino resorts.
On February 3, 2014, RC Casino, LLC a group of Iowa Investors led by the Kehl family acquired the Rhythm City Casino Resort® from Isle of Capri. As a part of this acquisition plans were announced to replace the Rhythm City Casino Resort® riverboat with a new large, modern, land-based casino resort located at 7077 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, IA with easy access for both I-80 and I-74. The new casino resort opened on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
Rhythm City Casino Resort is handicap accessible. Wheelchairs available upon request.