Pros: Appearance, Service/Staff, Food, Things to Do, Rooms/Bathrooms, Slots, Airport Shuttle
Cons: Limited Table Games, Location/Distance from Durango
So, I have to say, we ended up in this Casino by mistake. Our flight out of Durango was delayed due to issues with the flight crew and weather, so we were compensated a room for the night at the Sky Ute Lodge and Casino! And let me tell you, we were happy to get it! One tip, plan a trip when there’s a winter weather advisory, rooms are reduced to $49 a night (based on room availability)!
The Sky Ute Casino, located 30 miles from Durango in Ignacio, was completed in constructed in 1993 and has had several expansions and remodels, with the latest finishing in 2008. The casino features 700 slot machines, 10 table games, 5 restaurants/cafés, 140 rooms, 6 luxury suites, bingo hall, 24 lane bowling alley, indoor pool, video arcade, banquet facilities, rental space, and even miniature golf!
First off, the casino has a shuttle that runs to and from the Durango Airport, making this perfect for anyone in the area looking to fly out. They don’t seem to have a set schedule as they sent someone out to pick us up after we called to confirm our room was booked. The lady (sadly I didn’t catch the name) was very polite and helpful. The drive to the casino is very beautiful!
As we arrived at the casino, we were amazed at the exterior design. It’s a unique looking casino but very nice looking. We stepped in to hear the sounds of slots and game-play in the background. We were immediately greeted by the front desk staff. The check in process was very easy and they remained polite and helpful the entire time. They do charge your card for any damages that may happen while staying with them, but it does return after a few days.
The rooms are fairly spacious and they offer smoking or non-smoking. We got a room with a king. The room was simple, not a lot going on. You had a bed, two night stands, a desk, two cushion chairs, and a tv mounted on the wall. The bed was a standard hotel bed, slightly stiff and “boxy” but I was plenty comfortable coming from a pillow-top bed. The bathroom was also fairly good sized, with a standing show and separate bathtub, open counter sink and large mirror. I loved the water pressure from the shower and the open space in the bathroom!
There’s a pretty good mix of restaurants/cafés. The 5 include: Seven Rivers, Willows Café Bistro, Willows Baja Grille, Rolling Thunder Grill, and Shining Mountain Café. Seven Rivers is a upscale steakhouse with a very classy atmosphere. They had a saxophone player playing the night we went and set the tone for a romantic evening…although we didn’t eat at the Seven Rivers restaurant, we wished we had. Willows Café is just a simple coffee, pastry, and breakfast burrito place. Willows Baja Grille is a good place for breakfast and Southwest/Mexican food. We did eat at the Baja Grille for breakfast and enjoyed it! They also set up a breakfast buffet which was somewhat small, but also had your hot breakfast basics. We also had the Rolling Thunder Grill, which is located on the side of the slot area, with TVs to watch sports and games. The food is a wide range of items and mainly American-casual cuisine. We had some nachos for an appetizer and chicken fried steak. Both were delicious and the service was great! Lastly the Shining Mountain Café is your basic snack/fast food style food such as beverages, burgers, fries, but also includes some good southwest dishes as well, mainly for a quick stop and snack.
We also experienced the bowling alley which was fairly busy (Saturday Night) but no wait. We also played a few slots, but didn’t win any money. The casino does deals throughout the week, so be sure to check the day and what deal is going on. The gift shop is smaller than I would have liked. There is a lot more of the casino that we weren’t able to experience but if it was like everything else we tried, I’m sure it was great!
Overall, I highly recommend staying at the Ute Mountain Lodge and Casino! This place is amazing, although its distance away from Durango and other towns, it provides a great place to stay if just staying for the weekend or flying out the next day. The staff is very friendly, the restaurants are delicious, and a lot to do! The casino may be a little smaller for serious gamers, but with the wide range of slots and number of table games, you’re sure to find a seat at a game you enjoy. Thanks for the excellent stay Sky Ute!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe welcomes you to the Sky Ute Casino Resort! Please take time to visit the 45,000 square foot gaming floor including Slots, Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and Bingo, stay in one of our elegantly appointed luxury hotel rooms or suites, choose from one of our six unique and beautifully appointed restaurants to dine in, take the whole family to bowl at the Rolling Thunder Lanes, and immerse yourself in the culture of the Southern Ute people.The Sky Ute Casino Resort provides a retreat from the daily hustle and bustle. Rooms and suites are finely appointed with the highest quality in furnishings, linens, and more. Whether you are looking out at the majestic San Juan Mountains or have a view of the stunning atrium below, all rooms offer an exquisite view. Guests are provided access to all the unique dining establishments, a luxury day spa and salon, the swimming pool and sun deck, along with all the other amenities that the Sky Ute Casino Resort has to offer. The friendly front desk staff will garuntee that your stay will leave you with the desire to come back again and again. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sky Ute Hotel Ignacio
- Sky Ute Casino And Resort