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“A beautiful property with exceptionally nice rooms. However don't seriously gamble at this casino!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
Ranked #21 of 61 Hotels in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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74 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A beautiful property with exceptionally nice rooms. However don't seriously gamble at this casino!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is a masterpiece of architectural design. Its postcard suitable exterior is matched by its museum quality art collection and stunning Southwestern decor.
The casino is tight. The casino management apparently does not value its players as comps are tight and often have to be demanded to be obtained, based on my experience this trip.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were staying in Santa Fe. By accident we were in town during the Indian Market so we went to the market and finished early so we decided to kill some time at this casino. Well we didn't know that we would have so much fun. The bloody Mary's at the bar were nice. Then we played slots. They were loose enough so you could play all afternoon and not loose a huge amount if money. We liked that for a nice afternoon of entertainment especially after the very expensive prices at the Indian Market in the Santa Fe Plaza. We came out ahead by going to the casino and forgetting about the Indian Market. Lol

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Indiana
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263 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2014

We selected this hotel because we are Hilton Honors members. From the time we stepped up to the desk until we left two days later, we enjoyed every aspect of this resort. It is so clean, we thought it was new. The rooms are very large and everything is comfortable and clean. The breakfast buffet was delicious. The casino is large, well-lighted and clean..a bit smokey. The location was great for going into Santa Fe and hiking in the national monuments. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I drive up from nearby albuquerque to celebrate his birthday (and have kid-free time). We had fun at the casino, and even won some money on slots, which was exhilarating. The pool area was totally under construction, so it wasn't as relaxing as we would have liked -- or as aesthetically pleasing as it should be. We got a great rate and paid for most of our stay with our winnings so can't complain! Hotel is clean with very nice art. We only ate at Red Sage, the steak house, and overall we were actually impressed with the food. Excellent organic kale salad. Go, but if you don't care about gambling, maybe try the incredible and beautiful Hyatt Tamaya instead -- which is a step above.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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McKinney, Texas
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17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2014

We had a super quiet room with great space. We did ask for a fan to get it cool enough for our taste. Front desk provided it to us promptly with no issues. This is a fun place to stay! Lots of resort type things to do such as swimming, spa, casino, golfing, dining and shopping. All right here at the location. Santa Fe is a mere 15 miles away with all of its' offerings, too.

Room Tip: Not sure but our room was nice and quiet. We found the staff to be quite helpful at any request we m...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ontario, Canada
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2014

We spent only one night here while travelling through the area. I would have loved to stay more had time allowed. The price per night was comparable to a Hampton Inn/Hilton Garden Inn types of places but with so much more.

The room was very spacious and clean and had a balcony. For 2 adults and 2 kids, it was a great size.

We enjoyed the pool area - both the indoors one and the outdoors. It wasn't crowded when we were there although I could see that room may be limited when busier. The pools weren't terribly big although they were very nice. There were well kept and very clean.

The casino was terrible. Smoky and dingy. Husband and I took turns trying our luck but we both felt the casino was not a fun place to be. I am not sure if all the casinos in the area are similar. In any event, I would not return to it.

Would highly recommend this hotel if you are in the area.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Livermore, California
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2014

Although listed as being in Santa Fe, the Buffalo Thunder Resort is in between there and Los Alamos. The rooms are good-sized and nicely decorated, as is the entire facility, including an attractive pool area. There is a good range of eateries. I couldn't care less about gambling, and so I can't comment on the quality of the casino downstairs--I ignored it, unless going to the downstairs restaurant that is attached to the casino area. I only have two complaints. First, because it's a resort, there's no free breakfast like many hotels offer (but there is a Starbuck's for a fairly cheap start to the morning). Second, I never got the Wifi to work. They do give a number to call if you're having trouble, but, since I was only there for one night, I didn't bother. Basically, only minor complaints, and Buffalo Thunder is definitely on my list of possible places to stay when in the area.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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:
#7 Spa Hotel in Santa Fe
#9 Luxury Hotel in Santa Fe
#11 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
#20 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
#23 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder 4*
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