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“Nice rooms, cute spa” 3 of 5 stars
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Thunder Valley Casino Resort
4.0 of 5 Specialty Resort   |   1200 Athens Ave, Lincoln, CA 95648   |  
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San Francisco, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Nice rooms, cute spa”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

First the rooms are huge with a real soaking tub and large shower. K-cup coffee maker and mini fridge. Concierge was helpful. Now as for the casino section it was very smoky. You don't notice the smoke as much in Las Vegas or even Tahoe, but I really was put off by the ventilation on the casino floor. Nightly bands were great. You pay for drinks here. As a player card holder you have duscounts at the spa. We had a great 50 min massage and a steam.

Stayed November 2013
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Milpitas, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

If you're expecting an awesome place to stay that has great foods, great spa/massage, great hotel, and great casino, look no further. This is the PLACE. Service was top notch, and the rooms were top-quality. Everything is clean, nice and neat. This is the closest thing to Vegas, highly recommended.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Stayed two nights, wonderful rooms and visited the Spa for a great massage with Rochelle. Good food and great ambiance. A short ride to good shopping and quaint town of Lincoln, California. Plenty of slot machines and card tables.

Room Tip: Upper rooms with a great view of the valley.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Livermore, California, United States
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

A little get away for my birthday was surprising, This was a very busy time with the hotel at maximum capacity. We were here to see Tesla and gamble a bit. With the exception of not winning anything a good time was had by all. Nice rooms, good food. A good value for your money.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Morro Bay, California
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Came here for a business conference and from the valet, check in, to all the staff they take a sense in pride of serving their customers. The rooms are spacious, the beds are plush and comfy, keurig coffee maker, granite bathrooms with large rain shower and huge soaker tub with the best bathrobes and towels I have had at any hotel. The ventilation could be better to get the smoke filled public areas better and the food at the steak house wasn't worth the money. Other than that, an enjoyable comfortable stay.

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We spent a couple of nights here and had a wonderful time. Thunder Valley really exceeded my expectations. The rooms are large and clean, and have plenty of amenities - coffee maker, TWO robes, TWO luggage racks, lots of room in the bathroom with places to actually hang your towels. Everyone from the front desk, the cocktail waitresses on the casino floor, the staff in the restaurants, to the housekeeping were all VERY friendly and helpful. The pool is great (even though it's oddly located out in front of the hotel,) and I was surprised that there weren't that many guests enjoying it.

We ate at the buffet, which was good, but nothing spectacular; and the cafe, which was better that I expected and had very decent prices. The casino is VERY smoky. So if you are sensitive to that, you might not have a very good time here.

I am really looking forward to my next visit to Thunder Valley. I want to try the steakhouse and the spa!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Barbara
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The rooms are fabulous! I took a picture of that large rainfall shower head because I WANT one!
Housekeeping and all other staff we interacted with were excellent. Rooms very clean, I had a good nights sleep here. I had a cold so I went to the Asian restaurant and had the best soup Ive ever had. My husbands dish was excellent as well.
I will look forward to staying here again!
And Im definitely going to the spa.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Address: 1200 Athens Ave, Lincoln, CA 95648
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Location: United States > California > Lincoln
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Lincoln
Hotel Class:4 star — Thunder Valley Casino Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 297
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thunder Valley Casino Resort is a AAA Four Diamond award-winning casino and resort located in Lincoln, California, 30 miles east of Sacramento. It is owned by the United Auburn Indian Community and opened in June 2003. Thunder Valley Casino Resort features a 250,000-square-foot Las Vegas-style casino, offering over 2,500 slot and video machines, 100 table games (including Blackjack, Baccarat, California Craps, Mystery Card Roulette, and Pai Gow) and a live Poker Room which accommodates more than 250 players. The casino regularly holds major promotions and special events including drawings, cash prizes, and tournaments. The expansion completed in June 2010 includes a 17-story luxury hotel with 297 rooms, 40 suites, a full amenity Spa, gift shop and boutique. The resort boasts 14 restaurants and bars, as well as Pano Hall, a large banquet and entertainment center with a capacity of up to 900 guests. The outdoor pool offers a tropical setting with cushioned chaise lounges, private cabanas and Coconut Bar. The highly popular Summer Concert Series outdoor amphitheater seats over 5,000 while attracting major headliners. Additionally, Thunder Valley acquired Whitney Oaks Golf Club, a championship 18-hole course just 15 minutes away in Rocklin. ... more   less 
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