The hotel is located at the back of a shopping center about 3 blocks from I-25. Despite the address on St. Francis Drive, the entrance is actually off of the cross street, Zia Rd. I stayed 3 nights in a studio suite with queen bed. The room, measuring about 15 x 22 ft., was quiet and clean. It was newly carpeted and had a two-seat sofa, coffee table, walk-in closet and 26”CRT TV including Showtime. A counter with stools divides the small kitchen from the bedroom / living room. The kitchen has full fridge, microwave and two-burner stove, but only one burner works. No oven or toaster. The clunky garbage disposal shakes the earth when turned on, and I avoided it. There’s a single-cup coffeemaker. Two single-serve coffee packs are provided the first day, but after that they are not replaced, and you’re on your own for coffee. There are plenty of dishes, glassware and silverware, but no kitchen knives. Fortunately, I had a pocket knife with me. Cookware included one small sauce pan and a skillet so badly damaged I couldn’t use it. I went to the nearby Albertson’s supermarket and bought a pot for cooking pasta. No dish cloth is provided. The kitchen towel was removed by housekeeping after the first day and was not replaced. The bath with tub-shower is accessible via the kitchen. A hair dryer is provided. Scalding hot water is prompt and plentiful. Industrial-type bath towels are adequate but scratchy. An ironing board is provided, but there is no iron (?) There is free wi-fi, but the signal is sometimes too weak even to log on. It is stronger when there is less usage in early mornings and late at night. No bedside clock is provided. Be aware that the bedside telephone can be self-programmed for wake-up calls. Many guests leave the hotel without turning off the programmed phone alarm, which means you could be awakened at an unwelcome hour (as I was) if you do not re-set or cancel the alarm. There is daily maid service. Fresh bath and hand towels are delivered separately in the afternoon. Breakfast in a small room off the lobby includes hot and cold cereals, toast, pastries, coffee and juice. Check-in and check-out were easy, and the staff is friendly and helpful. There is plenty of free parking. The shopping center in which the hotel is located includes an Albertson’s supermarket that also sells beer and wine. There are also a few modestly priced restaurants close by. For the price this place is OK if you’re willing to put up with some inconveniences.
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- The Santa Fe Hotel Santa Fe
- The Hotel Santa Fe
- The Santa Fe Suites New Mexico