We were visiting relatives and friends in Espanola and decided to look for somewhere to stay that was comfortable, safe and close. After reading all of the positive reviews in TripAdvisor, we found everything we were looking for and more at Homewood Suites Santa Fe. Lisa Vigil, the manager, called us on the phone (thanks to Hal Leonard, who suggested we might find it a quieter, more laid-back alternative to the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino) and helped us meet all our requirements/needs by suggesting we stay in a casita, which she able to upgrade to an executive suite at no additional charge.
Upon arrival, Jodi greeted us at the front desk with a smile, courteously answered all our questions and directed us to our one-bedroom casita adjacent to the hotel. This demeanor was typical as we found all of the hotel staff we encountered courteous and professional.
Each morning, breakfast was served in the large, well-decorated dining room with three or four warm items. Pastries, cereals, yogurt, fruit, juices and different coffees and teas were available. There was even a waffle iron to make your own waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. The main entrees of the breakfasts changed each morning with one egg and one meat dish included. A hardy breakfast got us off to a good start each morning.
Light, hot diners (menus posted on the room's refrigerator) changed daily and included a salad bar and soup with complimentary beer and wine served Mon-Thurs. This proved to be very convenient after spending a long day visiting and traveling to know that a meal was waiting when we got back.
The casita contained a fully-equipt mini-kitchen on the first-level with a full refigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, cook-top stove and coffee-maker. There were also adequate dishes, glasses, cups and kitchen utensils. Since we planned on being away during the middle of most days, we stopped at the Wal-Mart in Espanola and purchased provisions to make lunch and take it with us each day. Alistair was kind enough to fill our cooler when we told him there was no ice machine in the casita.
The upstairs bedroom was decorated in a Southwestern decor with a large, comfortable, king-sized bed and plenty of pillows. It had a wood-beam ceiling, ceiling fan and fireplace. The bathroom was spacious and elegant with a jacuzzi (that "the bride" thoroughly enjoyed), a walk-in shower and his and her sinks. The AC and the ceiling fan circulated the air and kept the rooms cool, despite the high June temperatures outside. The balcony provided stunning views of the golf course, mountains and desert sunsets.
Homewood Suites has a small pool, circular picnic tables and bar-b-que grilles available for guests. Guests are also free to use the larger facilities of the Buffalo Thunder Hilton Resort Casino & Spa including the indoor and outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor spas,hot tubs and golf course. Its worth the short walk or (courtesy) golf cart ride to just walk around and view the extensive Native American artwork displayed throughout the facility. Of course, on those nights when complimentary dinners are not served at Homewood (Fri-Sund), there are several restaurants, a cafe, a luncheon deli and a buffet (Painted Parrot) to choose from.
The Homewood Suites met all of our needs and we will definitely return on our next visit to NM.
Retired senior couple visiting in mid-June 2013.