Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino


  • Surprisingly affordable given the snazzy rooms and amenities
  • Convenient to opera and Low and High Roads to Taos
  • Panoramic mountain and mesa views


  • Just off of a busy highway
  • Lobby is noisy and crowded with gamers on many evenings
  • A 15-minute drive from the Plaza

Published 05/21/2015

Fodor's Review

Managed by Hilton, this expansive, upscale gaming and golfing getaway is the closest full-service resort to Downtown—it's just 15 miles north of the Plaza, just off a busy freeway but with spectacular views of the mountains and Rio Grande Valley. Rooms are spacious and airy, all with large windows and some with full balconies taking in the dramatic vistas. The property offers plenty of leisure amenities: an extensive slate of treatments in the 16,000-square-foot Wo' P'in Spa, access to a pair of championship layouts (27 holes) at the adjacent Towa Golf Resort, a concert venue, and good mix of upscale and casual restaurants and bars. There's also an enormous casino, but it's set well away from the lobby and public areas on a separate level, making it easy to ignore if gaming isn't your thing. Hilton also operates a less pricey but also quite nice Homewood Suites next door.

Hotel Information


30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, off U.S. 285/84, Exit 177, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87506, United States

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505-455–5555; 877-455–7775

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 290 rooms, 85 suites
  • Rate includes: No meals

Published 05/21/2015


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