We stayed here for one night on Memorial Day weekend. It was the fourth time we have stayed here over 4 years and the Hotel Tamaya still does not disappoint!
The resort itself is a little remote from the I25 exit. Don't let the strip mall feel of the Bernalillo exit fool you because at the end of your journey, you will be relaxing in a little slice of heaven.
Throughout the whole resort, the NM theme is in overdrive and the place is just magical. As you enter the hotel, they have a huge living room setup in southwestern decor, several fireplaces, and chess tables for guests to enjoy. As you enter the checkin area, they have water with fruit essence to your left to keep you hydrated in the desert atmosphere. In the lobby, native american music was playing overhead. The checkin staff was very nice, gracious, and accomodating.
The room and bathroom were clean (not overly luxurious), very comfortable, and nice. The bed had the signature comfortable Hyatt mattress. We were a party of 3 (plus a dog) and the layout and space of the king room (including a rollaway bed for our daughter) was generous and comfortable. After having dinner at the Flying Star cafe (in Bernalillo), we took our dog for a late night stroll around the resort. There were two weddings going on at the time but the events were not obtrusive to our stay. In fact, I have always said to my husband that this would be the ideal place for a wedding- the hotel is intimate, luxurious but not pretentious, and at night has the most romantic feel to it. The property is sprawling and I could just imagine individual members of the wedding party breaking away for a nighttime stroll with a significant other. We love just exploring all the nooks and crannies of the resort that are artfully laid out.
For this particular wedding, they had setup a huge lighted tent for the dance floor and it was just so beautiful to see the lighted tent against the backdrop of a dark blue sky with no other city lights impeding the scene. They had several areas with "campfires" ablaze where parties of 4 or 5 could sit and talk, roast marshmallows, and enjoy the moonlit view of the Sandia mountains.
The next morning, my husband took our dog out at 7 am for a stroll and had his Starbucks coffee in a log cabin-like rocking chair, enjoying the quiet view of the Sandia mountains on an outdoor terrace. We then had breakfast in the cafe which was awesome- I had the Huevos Rancheros and opted out of the buffet. After breakfast, we then went for a stroll along the Rio Grand in the Cottonwood Forest. I recommend bringing a good pair of sneakers that you don't mind getting dirty since the paths are dirt. They have an exercise path throughout the forest and the pictures we took were just so unbelievably beautiful (I will try to post them). Afterwards, we packed up our stuff and left to return back to Denver- it was just so nice to be well rested, well fed, and relaxed.
As a side note, two years ago, my family from the Chicago area and the east coast, joined us at the Hotel Tamaya for the New Years week. While the weather was chilly (not snowy), we had a great time with lots of quiet time with the kids. We went to a couple of museums in Santa Fe, to Los Alamos, and took the tram up the mountains. The New Years Eve celebration at the hotel was awesome- we had dinner in the Corn Maiden Restaurant without the kids- the food was great and we were able to enjoy the meal knowing that the kids were well taken care of. For the kids that night, the hotel had setup two banquet rooms with play stations and games. There were a ton of staff watching over the kids, and when it got late they setup an area of the room with a bunch of sleeping bags so that the kids could sleep while watching a movie on a large screen.
I mistakenly use this resort as a standard for all Hyatt hotels that I stay in across the country while travelling for business. Unfortunately, very few hotels can compare to this very very special place.