We were looking for a short spring break getaway for the family and settled on Buffalo Thunder after some web searching on Santa Fe. We stayed 3 nights and upgraded our room to a larger Jr. Suite.
We mainly picked the property due to the "resort" aspect as we were looking to spend a good amount of time in the pool (kids 5 and 9) while still having access to the sites of Santa Fe. The website was upfront stating that the outdoor pool, which looks awesome, was closed.
Pulling into the resort the first thing we noticed was that it was RIGHT off the interstate. Something you can't really tell by the web pictures. Our worries were put to rest as our room was in the "spa" wing, which faces a courtyard and other rooms. Traffic noise was not an issue. If you have a room that faces the road (and there are many) I would guess that the balcony would not be very relaxing.
Our Jr. Suite while spacious, was sparsly furnished, with only a single chair and ottoman, not the advertised couch and sitting area. Figuring that we wouldn't be spending a lot of time in the room we didn't complain, but looking back it would have been nice to have had, or at a minimum the hotel should have disclosed this up-front for us to decide. Had it not been for the missing couch I would recommend the room. It was spacious and you don't feel cramped.
The indoor pool was outstanding! One of the better indoor pools I've been in and the kids had a blast! The outdoor pool looks fund and the kids are already bugging us to come back in the summer.
Free parking was ample and the lobby area was beautiful. There is a casino in the hotel if you're into that. We are not and hardly noticed that it was here as they did a great job of isolating it from the hotel.
One night we ate at the Turquoise Bar and Grill in the Casino as it was late and we didn't want an expense dinner. We got what we paid for. The food was "college cafeteria" quality and, while inexpensive, still wasn't worth it. The other resteraunt, Red Sage, looked nice even though we didn't eat there.
The location was an easy 20 minute drive to downtown Santa Fe and the museums. Not an issue at all, given we were looking for the resort feel as opposed to an in-town hotel.
All in all it was a fun trip and could have garnered an excellent rating had they not shorted us with the room.
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- Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa At Buffalo Thunder Hotel Santa Fe
- Hilton Santa Fe Hotel
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