It's really a beautiful thing when a hotel staff recognizes the value of the customer and gives them five star service every day. Everyone, from the valet, bellman, hotel desk, housekeeping and room service, gave us a sincere smile and took time to inquire if there was anything they could do for us. The bellman actually asked us if he could get us a bucket of ice or make us some coffee when he brought our luggage to the room.....that is a first for me! The hotel is very new and everything looks and smells new (absolutely no cigarette smell from the casino!). I only have a couple of issues, the check-in time is very late (4pm) and when we arrived our room was not ready (which seems to be a common occurance). We were given a 10% discount for the inconvenience and had to face the casino crowd and noise before we were really ready. They take a $100 deposit against your credit card for incidentals (in addition to regular room charges) then credit it back in a few days, which is something I have experienced at any other hotel. Unless you can take advantage of the midweek $99 per night rates, the room rates are high. I live in Reno and I have put my friends up in a Peppermill Tuscan Suite for far less (and the suite much more luxurious).
Now, the casino part. They have hundreds and hundreds of slot games, and new ones that I had not seen at any other casino property, but the casino floor is VERY crowded and loud. I'm sure you are saying, well it's a casino, what do you expect? But I have a lot of experience in this area, and believe me, it is louder than any other casino I have spent time in. I really liked the smaller, completely enclosed, non smoking area, which I hope they will expand at some point. This is not a luxurious casino with lovely decor. It is all about how many machines and tables can be squeezed into a large open space (a LOT).
We had dinner in the coffee shop. The service was pretty good, but the food was very mediocre.
- 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. Renovation Underway Construction is currently taking place on our expansion and renovation project! In addition to adding 111 new luxury rooms and suites, we are completely renovating all existing 297 rooms. We expect to complete the project by Fall 2017. We're working hard to minimize the noise and intrusion, with most work taking place during non-peak periods and minimal guest interruption. During this time our windows have had an opaque film placed on them to obscure your view so as to protect your privacy as scaffolding has been erected outside your window to complete work on the exterior of the building. For your safety, please use caution when approaching work zones. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding. We're excited to show off our "new look" with upgraded technology, including charging ports and our new Guest-Tek interactive entertainment system. Soon, our guests will enjoy more of an unprecedented luxury resort experience than ever before! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thunder Valley Hotel Lincoln