Santa Fe is expensive. I have stayed in hotels in many countries, and all over the United States. This is one of the cleanest, quietest, and most tactically located hotels I have stayed in. It is located at the far end of the local outlet mall (your teenage kids will definitely notice that). There is nothing else, really, in the area. That means, no errant visitors to your vehicle while you sleep. The plaza is not far, if that is what you want to see, and Canyon Road (like a hundred galleries, awesome!) is the same distance. North of the hotel on Cerrillos is a pretty good brewery/restaurant (the Blue Corn Brewery), with good prices and good food, a nice end to a travelling night.
We chose the Commodoro room. This was a tiny room with two twin beds forced into a room meant for one queen bed. Only one occupant could move about the room at a time, requiring planning that would cause your Tom-Tom's hard drive to erase itself out of frustration . The bathroom is a creative endeavor, the sink placed under a mirror, which makes the room look bigger. Seems normal. The Toilet is in a closet, along with the shower, which is cleverly pressed into a seemingly forgotten corner of the room, next to the seemingly normal mirror-sink combination.
But don't judge too quickly. The shower is big enough for two people (as long as they don't need too much personal space), the water pressure is great, the temperature is great, and the fan works just fine. The slumbering occupant of the bed next to the normal mirror-sink combination can continue hibernating while their overly caffeinated roommate, only inches away, prepares to greet the world under layers of makeup and heat -treated hairspray.
The TV is nice, reminding me of the man cave I wish I had, and there is a nice touch most wouldn't notice: a comfortable office chair. They don't miss anything as far as the room is concerned. Well, they could have given us a better signal on the wireless internet. I wasn't able to download the 7 movies at once in less than a minute that I wanted to.
Oh, and the soft pillow, and the firm pillow, both on one bed? Nice touch. High thread count sheets, lots of blankets, and comfortable mattress. Too bad they stopped me in the lobby or I would have had the same thing at home.
Breakfast was great. I would have ordered the same thing at a nice restaurant. Eggs Florentine, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, tortillas, Hatch chilies, waffles, toast, English muffins, bagels, etc. The coffee was good, but the carafe was too big to comfortably fit into my sweats or I would have had the same one in my car. Actual coffee cups, made out of ceramic as opposed to paper, and paper cups if you really needed them.
The second morning, the breakfast was a different. New Mexico scrambled eggs and bacon took the place of the Florentine eggs and sausage. Oh, and if you are concerned with your health, there are healthy alternatives such as cheerios, cereal, and cheerios. And twigs outside.
There is supposed to be a cafe, but we didn't even try it. If the rest of the service and breakfast are any indication, the lunch and dinner are pretty darn good. But I can't vouch for it. Might just be a myth for all I know. I think I saw chupacabra on the menu, with rice. So it's healthy.
The service was really good, the cleaning staff was invisible, the price was super low, the place smelled clean, and I didn't get cooties. I'm pretty happy and will stay here again!
So, Santa Fe being expensive, you wouldn't know it with the rates here. It's like you get outlet prices not only at the mall but here also. I recommend this hotel.
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- Find your refuge in the southwest at the Inn at Santa Fe, a tranquil boutique destination surrounded by the region's rich history, world-famous cuisine, modern arts scene and beautiful peaks of the Jemez Mountains. Stay and relax in the fireplace lounge, soothe tired muscles in the sauna or sip a glass of wine by the pool after an exhilarating day of skiing. Our hotel has been rated "excellent" by over 200 TripAdvisor travelers. ... more less
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