The Hacienda continues be our favorite Santa Fe hotel. We returned last weekend for an early winter getaway and to do some Christmas shopping. The hotel’s location, its refined yet relaxing accommodations and public areas, and its friendly and professional staff, combine to make a stay at the Hacienda the best value in the city.
We booked a Hacienda fireplace suite for the same cost as a standard room in Santa Fe’s most venerable four-star downtown hotel. We had two large rooms, fireplace, a balcony, and three-times more square footage than the room in the four-star hotel just off the Plaza where we stayed three years ago. And this does not include the bathroom that was both large and tastefully decorated.
Our stay at the Hacienda also included butler service, breakfast in front of the Hacienda lounge fireplace, and access to the lounge in the early evening for appetizers and cocktails. And of course the Hacienda’s spa was only steps away from our room where my wife enjoyed an early Christmas gift, a 2 ½ hour Land of Enchantment treatment.
The location of the hotel just off Guadalupe Street made it easy to wander the Rail Yard District where we visited the farmer’s and artisan’s markets, and then explored the Flea, two buildings full of antiques and vintage clothing. There I made an incredible purchase of an Edward Curtis photograph of an Apache girl for only $75. Later in the day I saw a similar Curtis image in a downtown gallery priced at $1000!
It is only a ten-minute walk to the Plaza from the Hacienda, but the hotel’s all-day shuttle service whisked us away to several restaurants and galleries during our long weekend, and then picked us up promptly when we called. After enjoying dinner downtown on Sunday evening we walked through the Plaza, tree-lighted for Christmas and covered in a thin layer of freshly fallen snow. There were no cars in sight, and no other people in view. Being the only couple on the Plaza on a snowy winter evening might just be the most romantic experience that Santa Fe has to offer.
It was our last night in the city so when we returned to the Hacienda we stopped in the hotel’s main lobby to enjoy its large fireplace to have a nightcap and some desert. The way we were received when we placed order reminded me that the Hacienda’s staff might just be its greatest attribute. The quality of personal service provided at a hotel can be it most distinguishing feature, and can often be the reason why people return time and again. The Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe offers this and so much more. We will be back again very soon.