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Sandia Resort & Casino
Ranked #38 of 144 Hotels in Albuquerque
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Ranchos De Taos, New Mexico
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“Pleasant Surprise”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

I chose to stay at Sandia during a recent NM trip and was pleasantly surprised by the spacious, comfortable room, deep soaking tub and upbeat staff. Bed was perfect for deep after-gambling-wee-hours sleep. Overlooking the golf course, I had a fantastic mountain view of the Sandias. Room rate, using my players card, was reasonable.
I agree with others that the buffet quality is lacking. I wanted mostly veggies after "road food" for days and had a hard time finding green veggies on buffet. The Indian Taco at the little snack bar is great (no, no veggies!) but a fat slab of fry bread smothered in chile, cheese, lettuce & tomato...yum.
The casino is OK. The seating at the slots is dated. I found it too low for many of the machines and got a headache from craning my neck to watch the machine. By NM standards, the gaming floor is large with a good assortment of slots and table games. I also stayed at that other casino south of ABQ. Sandia was MUCH better, rooms not even comparable.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Palmer Lake, Colorado
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Spent 3 days and 2 nights enjoying the top rated golf course, restaurants, and casino. I'm not a gambler so all I enjoyed was the complimentary $25 you get for the Players Card sign-up, but one friends did win $400.00 plus at the craps table. The golf course was everything we could have asked for. Challenging, in great shape, beautiful views, and fair. We played twice and enjoyed the repeat as much as the first round. Great stay and play package price. The buffet was nice and the restaurant was a bit better. Decent food and better than going off to find fast food somewhere. The meal at the golf course snack bar was even better. The sweet potato fries were an added bonus. I would definitely go back and the whole experience was very positive.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Colorado
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

The rack rate for casinos is nothing short of obscene -- the rooms are comparable to those of a Fairmont or a Hilton; there is no way I would ever pay $300 a night for one -- but they made us an offer we couldn't refuse, and we visited on several occasions while on the way to Phoenix.

Food and drink were almost reasonable, and a visit to Bien Shur for a drink and a gaze over the lights of ABQ is highly recommended; their signature margaritas are expensive but tasty, and if all you are going to have is one between you, not too painful. The pool has a delightful and unusual feature: three gas fire pits, where you can get warm and dry yourself out after a soak/swim. A hidden bargain was the $2 they charged for a good-sized cheeseburger, and the portions elsewhere were generous (we just split an appetizer).

The service was first-rate. The casino was poorly-ventilated, but there is a non-smoking area. The golf course was interesting, but in terrible shape. Gasoline is extremely cheap, so be sure to fill up across the street before you leave.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

We are frequent visitors to Las Vegas, so when we visited Albuquerque for the first time we decided to stay here just to see what it was like. What a great find. The place is just beautiful. It is not the mega casino you would find in Vegas, but it is a very nice small casino. The grounds are surrounded by the Sandia Mountains and the view is just beautiful.

It will be a little bit of a shock for most casino dwellers since there is no drinking on the casino floor, but it has a really cool bar just feet away. The rooms are large and very nicely decorated. The bathrooms have high-end fixtures and are very nicely tiled. The restaurants were very good and reasonably priced. It was too cold to use the pool, but the area looked very inviting.

We will definitely be back.

Stayed April 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Experienced exquisite Southwest elegance within a beautiful Indian Casino Resort. Staff was there for one reason; To make guests feel at home by catering to every need. Was greeted with pleasant smiles and have enjoyed the spacious rooms and equally elegant Southwestern decorated bathrooms accompanied with a relaxing tub and a separate step-in-shower adorned with a glass wall and door. Rooms are furnished with Keurig style coffee/tea maker, sleek mini fridge and a room safe. Felt right at home in room each time I have stayed at this fine, Five-Star hotel. You can't tell you're at a gambling casino when you're in your room. Have not had the pleasure of attending a concert in the outdoor amphitheater but maybe I will someday. Free underground or outdoor parking is available. Restaurants and fast food snack bars are located in great places and prices are very reasonable. The Casino itself is very lively, with slot machines and catching happening at all hours downstairs away from guest rooms. It's a great place to have fun and get a little R&R. Poolside has a wonderful sitting area where you can enjoy the view of the gorgeous New Mexico mountains. Will definitely stay here again, soon I hope!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Many praises to David Meeks, he went out of his way to arrange that my room was next to my friends upon my arrival. Friends and I stay often and have never been disappointed. The entertainment draw has been in the upper lounge: Karrie Simmons band. Fabulous!!!! really different atmosphere. PS won at slots jackpot now thats a good weekend.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

this room was amazing! Just simply perfect! The rooms are very pricy however I see why! Luckily for me I am a member of the casino so my rates were 60 dollars vs the labeled 200 .... This hotel is the absolute perfect blend of New Mexican and Native American culture! I was blow away of the perfection of this hotel and my room. The best of the best was put in the room. Romantic and fully upgraded. Just beautiful

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Sandia Resort & Casino

Property: Sandia Resort & Casino
Address: 30 Rainbow Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113-2156
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Albuquerque
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque
#4 Luxury Hotel in Albuquerque
#6 Spa Hotel in Albuquerque
#20 Romantic Hotel in Albuquerque
#33 Business Hotel in Albuquerque
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sandia Resort & Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 228
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking the majestic Sandia Mountains, Sandia Resort & Casino welcomes guests to a unique Southwestern setting with outstanding service and modern comforts. Your experience begins in our enchanting guest rooms and suites, each showcasing breathtaking mountain or skyline views along with lavish bathrooms, flat-screen televisions and complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet access. You'll also discover the thoughtful services and amenities that have made us a stand-out destination among Albuquerque hotels, including our sparkling outdoor pool and cabanas, live entertainment, and tranquil spa. From fine dining to snacks on the go, our restaurants and lounges always deliver a memorable meal, even to your guest room, with our convenient room service offerings. ... more   less 
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