This casino resort makes a great luxury roost whether or not you're a fan of gaming.
On the far north side of the city, anchoring a tract of land that encompasses some 700 acres, the dramatic seven-story Sandia Resort & Casino offers some of the fanciest rooms with the best amenities in the state. It is, of course, an ideal choice if you want to be close to the 24-hour gaming action on the ground floor. But Sandia's rooms are tasteful and far from the noise of the casino, with beautiful handmade wooden furniture, deep bathtubs with separate showers, rustic-looking tile baths and earthy colors, and large flat-screen TVs. You're assured a great, unobstructed view, either of the Sandia Mountains or the city lights. You can opt for one of the signature treatments in the Green Reed Spa, play a round at the superb golf course or catch a concert in the open-air amphitheater next to the hotel. Dining options are many, including the surprisingly affordable Council Room steakhouse and, on the top floor, the contemporary Bien Shur restaurant, which also has a swanky lounge that's an ideal place to sip cocktails as the sun sets.