Sandia Casino & Resort
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Pam and I are trying to visit 100 countries before we turn 50. Well, part of that adventure means...we have birthdays that push us towards that inevitable goal. So, this year for my birthday, we visited Albuquerque, NM for the 2010 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This is a nine day long extravaganza devoted to ballooning. It is probably …
The drive from Arizona to Albuquerque produced a lot more pictures than I normally take on the road between destinations, as the skies turned black and threatened rain, then turned bright blue and sunny with beautiful white clouds, and then back to black with layers of gray above. Soon after the rain began, one of the most incredible rainbows I …
... t be a problem. Then the wind picks up.....slinging dust everywhere. So I adapt, improvise, and overcome. I wedge the tripod between the bed and the wall and shoot out of the motorhome window. It works.
We head on down route 66, checking out old buildings that were there when the original road was there, and other things along the way. There are more intact pieces of route 66 here. We go for 15 or 20 miles, then back on the interstate for ...
... taking a drive to a couple of famous "Breaking Bad" landmarks. For those of you who don't watch this amazing show.....well....the pictures won't mean a thing......but for breaking bad fanatics like ourselves....it was super cool to visit the spots and walk in the footsteps of Walter White.
Another side trip consisted of driving about an hour to get to the trendy city of Santa Fe, New Mexico (the capital of the state). On a plateau at the base of the Sangre ...
... right on the state line of New Mexico/Arizona we spotted what looked like a cave of sorts, at the end of a drive-way. There was what looked like a store of some kind, a yellow school bus parked there and a couple of other vehicles. Interesting!
So in we went, parking near the building that looked like a shop. We got out of the car just as the other car that had been there left without anyone having gotten out.
The giant cave-like hollow ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sandia Casino & Resort Albuquerque
Living in Chicago during July is bad enough - the heat can be awful. So when I was invited to New Mexico in mid-July it sounded like an awful trip -- too hot! However our stay at the Sandia Resort was outstanding. July is the "rainy month" so the desert flowers were in bloom and because there is almost no humidity the New Mexico summer heat is easier to live with then back home in Chicago.
Nice hotel rooms, good size for the regular rooms, and as I got upgraded to a suite, I have to say it was the largest suite I have ever been in. Very clean - I don't know why others are complaining about housekeeping, but I had no such issues. It was clean was I got there and cleaned to more than my satisfaction each day. Casino is fair, but nothing special. I don't know if it has to do with Indian Gaming Laws/Permits, but they could definitely use more table games. The "bar" is also only OK. It was pretty busy, as you can't drink at the gaming tables, so service was a little slow. I thought the buffet was pretty good. I didn't eat there for dinner, but breakfast was generally pretty appetizing, and pretty inexpensive.
We stayed here 4 nights and played the Sandia Resort golf course on the first day, and other courses on following days. The course is a little hard with afternoon wind. Pro shop staff and starter are profesional, but the bag boys and girls are not.
We were at the Sandia on a Friday evening before Mother's Day. The buffet was overpriced at 27 dollars a plate, so we opted for the deli where 2 hot dogs and two small styrofoam cups of soda cost almost 10 dollars. They were out of most menu selections and there was no place either to sit and eat or to gamble. There are some "thugs" in the bar area checking to see what is written on people's tee shirts or whether or not they have tatoos. Not having any, I stood in line to go in so I could sit down. There was no place to sit in the bar area, either. The drinks were as overpriced as the dinner. The staff was rude and didn't respond to pleasantries like "Hello", but just stared like they were the gaurds outside an English castle instead of the bouncers they are. I left as soon as I ate my hot dog and rented a room elsewhere. I think they were probably in violation of fire safety codes.
We stayed just one night here so I can't rate housekeeping on here. However, here are some things that bothered me about our stay. First, the self-parking is a good 1/4 mile away from the hotel. Second, the front desk employee did not make us feel welcomed. She must have been having a bad day (I hope that's what it was). Next, the room was decent sized - separate shower which I love hotels with separate showers. TV was LCD, but who really cares - it was all analog content so no need for the extra expense! The shower was very touchy. You'd finally find the spot where you want it, then a minute later you'd either be freezing or scalded. That was a huge pain. There's also a constant "water moving" sound in the walls that doesn't ever stop. I thought it might have been the toilet but it wasn't. The bed was comfortable though. We could not smell smoke in our room. Room was clean. Casino was ok - not too big, but had plenty of slots to play. Only 1 craps table running and it was always full with a waiting line so I never got to play it. Blackjack tables at $5 minimum even at night - and there were plenty of those ro play on. For 180.00 per night, I won't be staying here again though. No, I'm not rich, but I do expect to be treated well when I pay that much for a room.
We make trips to Laughlin, Nevada for gambling but will think twice about going again because of the great experience at Sandia Resort.
Can't wait to go back
flew from houston,tx. primarily for the SUGARLAND concert. their amphitheater is outstanding for music-- the view of the sandia mountains at sunset-- breathtaking-- the casino-- professionally operated and lots of fun - -staff friendly- helpful- the room; a bargain at twice the price-- quality restaurants - reasonable prices-- airport transfers-- on time-- out of this world golf course.
i'm looking for a good reason to go back-- oh heck it doesn't have to be that good-- you gotta see this place
Poor Housekeeping and food at Sandia
The hotel is beautiful, large room, nice bathroom. Housekeeping was poor. Shower, toilet and sink not cleaned after the first night. I called Housekeeping and told them. The sink was cleaned, but not the shower (hair was in the drain) or toilet. Finally after the second request (third day), the bathroom was cleaned, but no face towels were left. When I called the Front desk and Housekeeping, I was told it would be taken care of, but no apologies. Also the food was poor. Buffet was poor quality food, poor service. Coffee stand with Starbucks coffee was slow and awful. I will never stay here again.
My husband and I stayed for a night at this resort as a treat at the end of a camping trip. What an excellent choice. The service, from the doorman through the checkout, was great. Our room was large and comfortable with a picture window view of the pool, golf course, and mountains. Loved the bathroom - garden tub with large separate glass shower, granite countertops, nice amenities. Breakfast at the buffet was good and plentiful. Dinner at the steakhouse was delicious. The only "less than stellar" meal we had was the lunchtime buffet. It was pretty standard stuff with basically the same menu two days in a row.