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Reviewed 3 January 2011

I was really surprised that there were not more guests staying at this new, lovely Hotel. A bowl of fresh green and red apples greet all guests. There was a cold snap that passed through Sierra Vista while we were there and the surrounding mountains were all beautifully snow-capped. You can tell the Windemere can accommodate many guests who might stay there for a conference and it appeared all would be taken care of for that. Nice pool area with hot tub in the courtyard, although it was too cold to check it out. Exercise room with up to date well-kept equipment. We had the Parlor Suite and were able to invite my sister and her husband to stay in the 2nd room we had reserved. A New Years Eve party was scheduled and we would have stayed for that but my sister had already purchased tickets for another venue in town. We had a light soup/salad dinner from the NY Eve planned menu and that was freshly prepared. Staff friendly and helpful. Glad we chose to stay there. It's off of the main thoroughfare - Fry Blvd - and more on the outskirts of the town, but the town is spreading and there are a number of places outside of the hotel nearby for eating and shopping. Enjoyed it very much!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Yokut
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Reviewed 26 November 2010

Dear wife and I traveled to the Windemere Hotel in Sierra Vista, Arizona for their 2010 Thanksgiving Buffet. This is the third year in row we have patronized the event and had been very happy with the food and service until this year. We sat in the Oyster Bar and ordered ice tea as there was what appeared to be a long wait for seating in other areas.
We decide we wanted to start our meal off with soup as this is a soup to nuts affair right? We walked the great hall gauntlet where there were many items available and found no soup. A bit disappoint we went to the a noticeably skimpy seafood section and started with the smoked salmon. The ice tea was on the table when we arrived. The fish was very good but the first grazing was a bit disappointing. The selection of traditional Thanksgiving items was pretty good. There seemed to plenty of different kinds of stuffing but I did overhear other guest asking the staff if there was more mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. It seemed like that staff was slow to get the food out to the line. I filled up my plate with fixings and got in line for a portion of turkey. The great hall seemed very small now as I waited to approach the carver. And waited and waited. By the way I saw the gentlemen who was carving the turkey pull meat off of the bones with his glove-cover hands. I'm not sure if this is a normal occurrence as I rarely serve as a carver. Finally it was my turn and I asked for white meat. The carver pulled back the skin from the breast of the turkey. And I waited as he fiddled with something else and my arm became tired from holding out my plate. I readjusted the plate full of food and the carver sliced a thin piece of breast meat and placed it on my plate. O.K lets dine.
By the time I had got back to the table my food was cold. I had selected portions of mixed vegetables and green beans and both dishes were extremely overcooked. Maybe a bit of salt will help these poor things. Oh there is no salt and pepper on the table. I looked on other tables in the bar area and there was not a salt shaker to be found. I could hear Jimmy Buffet singing Margarita ville looking for his lost shaker of salt. All the other dishes were O.K. including the cranberry sauce from a can.
Round Three: I passed the cheese and crackers on the way to the side dishes. Someone had spilled crackers on to the table cloth covering the table. I noticed this when we went in search of soup. The staff had still not straightened up the area as of yet. I put a couple of tater tots on my plate which were placed next to the blintz and cherries and I wonder what genius came up with that placement idea. I stuck to the vegetables and filling. The food was O.K as it was filling. But filling I could get for a donation at the American Legion or the VFW.
Desert: Pumpkin pie slices were cut very small obviously so they would not runout and served on coffee or tea saucers. The cool whip on most of the pumpkin pie had turned to a white liquid. The piece of blueberry pie that I also had tasted kind of waxy. The coffees we asked for did not come with saucers as those were obviously being used for the pie.The coffee tasted like it was made in a cut-rate Mr. Coffee machine and we were charged $3 a cup for lukewarm bland java. Nice finish Windemere. DW said she did not remember paying for non-alcoholic drinks in past years. The final bill came to $63 and we gave the server $80 and told her to keep the change. We could have eaten at the Bellagio, Wynn or CityCenter buffets in Las Vegas for that price where they know how to do a buffet. Maybe our frequent trips to Sin City has made us jaded?
The Windemere facility seems to be getting a bit rough around the edges. The paint job in the bar is messed up and there is white showing through. In the restroom the stall locks seem to be falling apart. On the bright side my stomach is no worse for the wear.
DW and I attempted to walk off and settle the meal at a local park and speculated that perhaps some of Arizona's recent changes to immigration law has resulted in the lack of skilled food service labor and that's why Windemere never came close to the standard we had become accustomed to. Next year we'll give this buffet a miss and look for our holiday meal elsewhere.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank AzCelt
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Reviewed 1 June 2010

After reading some of the reviews I was a little concerned, but was happy that everything was just fine.
Check in at 2:00 PM was a breeze, staff attentive and friendly. Map of the hotel, suggestions on where to park, etc were helpful. The lobby is not that far from any elevator, but if you have a cart load of luggage, why wouldn't you ask for help, or at least directions?
Elevator was fine. Shows it age, but if you've ever been on the Edgewater in Laughlin, this elevator is wonderful.
Room was just fine, clean and comfy. Pillows are not that good, and could use improvement. A/C works fine, but like most single unit devices, could be noisy at times. Coffee maker, fridge and microwave worked fine and nice to have.
There are trees near the pool, so a leaf or two will get in the pool, but it's nice to have a little shade. Pool was colds, but clean. Hot tub looked a little murky so we did not use it. A little bird poop on the pool deck, but the chairs and towels were nice. Very quiet, even on Memorial day weekend.
The breakfast was hot and good, very good wait staff. We did not go in the resturant so I cannot comment on that. Free drinks were Rail drinks and tap beer, but the rail drinks were good (good tequila too!) and the wine my wife had was very good. Breakfast shuts down at 9:00 AM, so if you sleep in you go hungry. No problem for us.
Its an older Hotel, in a great location in town that met my original expectations.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank TSExpert
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Reviewed 10 March 2010

We held a large wedding reception at the Windemere and it was a disaster. The catering director was very difficult to work with, the food served to our guests was not at all what was served at the tasting. Kitchen ran out of food, even though we had a guaranteed number of each entree. The staff gave out the bride and groom's room number and key to another guest and the staff also intruded on the couple. After 5 attempts to contact the manager via phone and in person I am still waiting for a response.

  • Stayed: February 2010
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4  Thank notatravelerArizona
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Reviewed 28 February 2010

Took almost 5 hrs. to get a room! Stay away from this hotel. Not only is the service terrible, there is noone to address your complaints. The front desk girl tried to contact a manager, but she never answered her phone. Stayed one night and asked to speak to the manager the next day, again she could not be reached. She finally arrived at work, but we were told there was no resolution.-no better rooms available and no refund until we talked to the "missing" manager. We would have stayed for an upgrade to a nicer room to offset our problems. Another issue is that there is no other phone number to call, no corporate level as this is an independently owned hotel. We asked for the owner's number and was told he lived in Nogales (I believe) and that she did not know the number.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled on business
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2  Thank lvedders
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