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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Thunder Valley; The Provence Suite Review

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Thunder Valley opened 10 years ago. Celebrations for their 10 year Anniversary are underway. The hotel, Spa, and Pool opened in 2010. Such a smart addition to a popular Casino. We like to play were we can stay....in other words earn free rooms. Red Hawk, in Placerville....no hotel. Cache Creek....isn't given out rooms like it used to, before the golf course opened. So, we play at Thunder.

Provence Suite


 We recently stayed in Thunder Valley's Provence Suite. At 1,070 square feet it is the smallest of the suites. Here's the large bedroom. French doors on the closet. large French doors on the bathroom. Your closet comes with two robes and two pairs of slippers to enjoy during your stay. To the right of the comfortable King bed was a velour chaise lounge. Facing the bed is a large screen TV and built in drawers. The bedroom has it's own large window and two sets of French doors with frosted glass that lead out into the living area.

 The Provence Suite comes with a large jet jacuzzi bath tub, Flat screen above the tub, waterproof remote control, large walk-in shower, two completely different sinks, both with large drawers. and a separate restroom with a phone. They give you two small boxes of bath salts.

Separate his and her sinks with lots of amenities, toothbrush, razor, saving cream, as well as the typical shampoos and lotions. There is also a separate make-up vanity.

 The room feels clean, bright, modern and spacious. This the flat screen in the living room. Right behind it is the bedroom flat screen.

 The living area is nice and comfortable. You have many lighting options throughout. Just in front of the window is a table with two comfortable chairs, perfect for in-room dining. The sofa pulls out and makes into a sofa bed. This room is perfect if you have kids. It's like having two separate rooms. The kids slept well and were comfortable. If you have kids, keep in mind that there is a

 From the bedroom going out into the living room. You can see the wet bar and stools. Very nice touch. We really liked having the bar, Keurig coffee maker (that came with coffee, decaf coffee, tea, sugars and cream. The wet bar had a small empty refrigerator. I really recommend bring drinks and snacks for your stay. It's so easy with mini "kitchen."


Down the hall and to the right is the second restroom. A toilet and nice pedestal sink. Like most modern hotels now, you have the light switch on the wall for "Privacy" or "Please make up the room" as opposed to the door knob paper sign.
 Really comfortable to come up and have a drink and get ready for dinner or gambling.
 The suites are on the 15 Th and 16 Th floor. This is a view of the pool...on zoom. I do recommend you request a view of the pool. Go to the pool the day you check out. Have them hold your luggage and stay the whole day. It's like an extra day. Go early to get good seats and an umbrella.
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The Pool bar was nice. Drinks were reasonable . Especially when compared to Vegas. We had beers for $3.50 and big $10 blended Margaritas. Most of the lunches were about $14. Not bad. However.....there was one bartender all morning. Later two women serving around the pool. NO ONE cleaning the pool or collecting glasses etc. It took A VERY LONG time to be served and all the glasses around the pol and food tray just sitting there forever was kind of bummer. They were extremely under staffed. Not sure if it's always like that, but I certainly hope it changes. It's a place to rent a cabana for a party. There were a lot of locals doing that. Smart. No other resort pools nearby like this. I wish they had built a bigger pool. I don't think they thought it was going to be this successful.

KEEP IN MIND: Sundays at the pool is Thunder's H2O party. It's great for young locals, but if you aren't into big meat market parties, it' probably best to avoid the pool on Sundays. Also, we  have stayed in the winter and the hot tub isn't even open.

Why Thunder? 

Because, it's Vegas, but not as far away.

The price is right, drinks spa, etc a lot less expensive than Vegas.

If you are in or around San Francisco it's within driving distance and it's A LOT closer than Tahoe.

You have very thing you need:

Roseville is loaded with wonderful shopping ( The Galleria and Fountains) and restaurant. AND drum-roll...there is a Kid's Park in Roseville/Rocklin (ten minutes up 65 close to the Galleria. It's an hourly day care. The kids LOVE it and you can go gamble and have dinner at the casino alone. Kid's Park

Better than Cache Creek...better comps more free room offers

Redhawk doesn't have a hotel so...you can never get comp'd a room.

Downers:

Pool is small and there are not enough staff at the pool.

Even in the Provence Suite they wouldn't honor a late check-out. I didn't like that. I usually NEVER have a problem getting a late checkout. After all it means you'll probably be gambling more.

 Great day at the pool....
 Fun for everyone!

Bisous
Karen

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19 comments:

  1. That suite is larger than my little house.

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    1. It felt a lot larger than mine too and it was clean and clutter free. It was hard to leave! :)

      Karen

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  2. Haha, love the bath shot, bubbles are fun. What a beautiful place to stay

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    1. It was fun,Mel. Lucie loved the tub! Wish we could have stayed longer!
      Karen

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  3. Sounds like a decent place to stay. The room is lovely and spacious. Glad you had a good time. xo Diana

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  4. Wow, looks like a really nice place and it looks like you all had a good time. Thanks for the review and thanks for your visit to my blog:)

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  5. Wow- that suite had everything! Sheesh, how awesome.

    Really appreciated your full reviews on things.

    Your children are adorable.

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    1. Thanks, Michele! We totally felt right at home in our suite. Within 10-15 minutes of getting into the room, Stan and I went downstairs to gamble. We knew my mom would have no trouble watching the kids in the room. It was like a small house. It was fun :)
      Karen

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  6. Sounds like they have a few things to iron out, but what a beautiful place. xo Laura

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    1. Thanks, Laura! Yes, the lack of planning at the pool was a bummer and I was surprised I couldn't get a late checkout. It was a fun little overnight vacation 25 minutes from home though!
      Karen

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  7. Oh, my goodness! What a lovely suite and very spacious! Who wouldn't love something like this. I've never heard of this area but would love to go now that you've introduced us to it! Thanks for popping in to see me and I would love for you to snap for me anytime.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. Roseville and Rocklin are suburbs right outside of Sacramento. Located at the foot of the Sierra Mountains.There are two, Del Web 55 and older communities there. The Casino is about 5 minutes from both. My mom lives in one of the "Sun Cities." The area has grown a lot in last ten years. I love it there. We live 25 minutes away because of Stan's job. We love to go there though!
      Karen

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  8. The suite is gorgeous, but I guess they have a lot of things to work out. You guys seem to make your own fun though with family. Thanks for the review.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  9. Fabulous sweet! You seem to have such fun, specially those little ones. We have pictures of our cutíes in a bubble tub from our Orlando vacation two weeks ago and it was great! Thank you for liking my lace shawl as a runner, I am happy you do, my friend. Have a great week.
    FABBY

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  10. Who knew? I pass up Thunder Valley every time I go to my mom's in Lincoln. I've been in the casino a couple of times, but never looked around the new hotel. Wow, it's really nice!! Looks like fun with all the bubbles too:-)

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  11. Wow Karen....you are so lucky! That place is awesome. Looks like everyone in the family had a great time.

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  12. That place looks amazing!! What a fun 'getaway'! :)
    Susan

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  13. Looks like a great spot!
    Thanks for all the info

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