Bedroom - room 4211 / Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506
Opened in 2008, The Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino is the largest destination resort in New Mexico with 395 guest rooms. The Resort has a Las Vegas-style casino with 1,200 slot machines, 22 table games and a 10-table poker room. The resort features the 36-hole Towa Golf Course designed by Hale Irwin and Bill Phillips. Other amenities include 66,000 square feet of meeting space, seven restaurants including Chef Mark Miller's Red Sage. Miller's early cooking career started at Chez Panisse with Alice Waters.
The resort is owned by the The Pueblo of Pojoaque. Pojoaque Pueblo became a federally recognized Indian Reservation in 1936.
Pojoaque Pueblo is a major employer, owning several business enterprises, including the gaming operations of three casino locations, including Buffalo Thunder Resort, Cities of Gold Casino and the QB's Sports Bar. As of 2015, the gaming compacts signed by the pueblo have expired, but the pueblo has continued gaming operations.
Thalden Boyd Emery were the architects of the $275 million resort. The contractor was Balfour Beatty. The opening General Manager was Mike Allgeier formerly a vice president of casino operations for Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Prior to that he was senior vice president of casino operations for the Las Vegas Hilton.
In 2014 the Pueblo of Pojoaque completed a massive debt restructuring that wiped away more than one-third of the $240 million originally borrowed to build the resort.The restructuring took almost five years to negotiate said Pojoaque Pueblo Gov. George Rivera. The tribe in 2009 defaulted on $245 million in 9.375% notes due 2014.
The Resort has two names: 1) Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder 2) Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino