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“Casino with some average rooms and a golf course.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder

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Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
Ranked #20 of 61 Hotels in Santa Fe
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Houston, Texas
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39 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Casino with some average rooms and a golf course.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for a long weekend. It seemed like a relaxing get away for a break from the heat we live in. To begin with we tried to do an early check in, not possible. For me that was ok. It gave us time to have a drink and check the place out. However, after the third try with the front desk (incidentally now past the check in time) we had begun to lose our patience. Ok once in the room ( a suite) I found it to be clean but oddly set up. I had the urge to move the furniture around. The stocked mini fridge was unlocked on the second day after our 2nd call to the front desk. In fact the front desk and most of the staff was accommodating and friendly. What was odd to me was that we had to ask for things that normally are just done in a hotel. ie: housekeeping to tidy your room, someone at the concierge desk. I'm a laid back person and I don't like to make a fuss but this place was just average for me.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Andrea S
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Poulsbo, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

The experience was amazing. We stayed here strictly our of convenience of it's location only to realize that we Love the atmosphere and my Mom loved having a casino just down the escalator from her. The rooms are beautiful and the beds are so comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Tamarac, Florida
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56 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

I would really put this at about a 3.5 if I could.The rooms were beautiful-- clean, nice beds, but, that's about it. Be prepared for NO CELL PHONE SERVICE. Casino was very small but had good promotions. Nice pool area. When we stayed they had a very nice (expensive) restaurant open and a very cheap one-- was very disappointed that the middle-of-the-road option was not available on Monday night so we had to eat somewhere else outside of the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

What a gem this place is amazing ,the staff is excellent they clean constantly . The rooms are very large with custom made furniture in each room, the bathrooms are also large . There is anything you could want to do here from eating to golf to gambling this place is

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Aiken, South Carolina
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is very nice. Well maintained. Southwest and Native American decor and artwork. Spacious rooms, many with balconies. Really nice bathrooms. Excellent workout room and indoor and outdoor pools. The hotel restaraunts are horrible. The food is obvious pre-prepared and fresh from the freezer. Watch for hidden fees. Buy snacks and alcohol elsewhere as the bar prices are expensive and the store has 200 to 400% mark ups. The casino smoke in the elevator often reeks.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 Thank GlennFugate
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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Our tour operator put us in here on a trip to Santa Fe so although the hotel has numerous facilities and the staff were wonderful, it was a long trip by car back into town and out. Fine if all you want to do is use the casino or golf course though. The Red Sage Restaurant was very good and we enjoyed the two evening meals we had there. The buffet was closed in the first part of the week so don't rely on that being open away from weekends. The hotel is large and if you have mobility problems you might find it difficult so make sure you ask for a room close to where you need to be. The room was very clean, well-decorated and furnished. The fridge is too small and so full there was no space for anything we might want to put in there. I still object to Hilton charging for wifi when so many other hotels offer this for free.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank greenerfingers
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Albuquerque, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Did not honor the late check out time stated on the website. Late Check out was one of the reasons I picked this resort. Resort is beautiful and room was very nice. Very nice setting and very clean. Casino is clean and having live bands is fun.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
Address: 20 Buffalo Thunder Trl, Santa Fe, NM 87506-2790
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Santa Fe
#8 Luxury Hotel in Santa Fe
#11 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
#20 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
#24 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder 4*
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