Thursday, April 8, 2010

SANTA FE: Homewood Suites

My wife and I spent one night at the Homewood Suites at the Buffalo Thunder Resort north of Santa Fe while en route to visit friends near Albuquerque.

This particular Homewood Suites was delightful. It is located on the same property as the Hilton Hotel and Casino at Buffalo Thunder, making it convenient to a number of restaurants on the property. This is important, as the property is about 15 miles north of downtown Santa Fe and there isn't much else within walking distance.

The hotel is obviously fairly new and is designed in the Pueblo style of the area. The main building houses guest rooms along with a business center, fitness center, a Suite Shop with various necessities, and the room where the complimentary breakfast is served. Several Casitas behind the main building - practically in the foothills of the adjoining mountains - also house guest rooms.

Our room in the Casita Wii was a studio. It had a small but fully-equipped kitchen, nicely-sized sitting area and king-sized bed in the same large room. Amenities included a flat-screen TV, Internet access, iron and ironing board. Notably, the room did not have a tub; only a shower.

Breakfast at Homewood Suites is much more extensive than the usual continental breakfast offered by many hotels. There are several hot items to choose from, and these vary from day to day. The service hours are also usually longer than the typical 6:30 - 9:00 a.m. service offered by many lodgings.

Use of the business center was complimentary, which is also a nice touch in these times when more and more of us depend on our email and other web-based services.

In my experience the Hilton family needs to dedicate some money and effort to bringing greater consistency to this brand. Other Homewood Suites at which I've stayed have been tired (even verging on run-down), making me reluctant to book other Homewood Suites sight-unseen. While our room at this specific property had a few minor maintenance issues, I can recommend this Homewood Suites without hesitation.

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