I originally booked at the Hotel Santa Fe as I was told it was the only property in Santa Fe owned by Native Americans. Then the winter storm knocked my business trip back a week and they had no rooms available when I called to re-book. But they very nicely offered me a room for the same rate at their "sister property" Las Palomas. When I pulled in after 10 pm, there was a note and a key saying I was not staying at Las Palomas - was now staying at Zona Rosa, about 2 blocks away.
The room I had was number 77 - and it was very large, very "apartment" feeling -- and decorated beautifully. Huge living area ( easy to entertain in - could fit 20 people for drinks if needed!) smallish but very adequate kitchen, 2 baths and 2 wonderful bedrooms. Also a small patio with a view of the neighborhood. Nice for sky watching too. Would be great if staying for a week or ten days -- especially if friends rooming or a family traveling with kids or 2 couples. It is VERY close walking distance to the Plaza and many other shops/ restaurants etc. Great, free wifi too - worked perfectly!
Did not try the breakfast that was included - as I always go to Tia Sophia which is a short walk down the same street.
My problem? No other amenities unless you walk 2 blocks back to Las Palomas. No front desk, no cabs, no room service, no vending machine, no business center, etc etc. Since I was there on business just for 2 nights and working long hours/ getting in late in the evening this was problematic. I love staying in VBRO style settings when on vacation and this one would be ideal if I was in town with my son or other companions. But sometimes I need a real hotel that can handle an executive on the fly. This is not that setting at all. Also, I did not feel secure as the place had literally no security measures. As a woman traveling alone, that is not how I generally roll. Santa Fe is a very safe city but I take no chances usually. Stayed with it as had no time to switch up. But was concerned.
If I had realized what the situation would be in advance, I would have changed or at least made room in the schedule to load up on snacks and tea etc.
While I greatly appreciate the original hotel making a place for me I think it would be best if they checked to see what the traveller's needs are before moving to alternatives that may or may not suit.
Overall I would recommend this very highly IF you know what you are getting ahead of time. I still hope I get to stay at the Hotel as originally hoped as I hear great things about it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 10 units of 1,2, and 3 bedroom condos. Extensive renovation completed in April. Real wood fire places, new beds, lighting packages, large flat screen TVs, full kitchens. Room to spread out and relax. Two blocks from the Plaza, shopping, restaurants, art galleries and more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zona Rosa At Las Palomas Hotel Santa Fe
- Zona Rosa At Las Palomas Santa Fe, New Mexico