Just had a wonderful stay in a Retablos double loft room at the Hotel Chimayo in Santa Fe, wonderfully located just steps from the Plaza - near all manner of shopping, museums, galleries and dining. The former Plaza Real Hotel has been remodeled on a Northern New Mexico theme, featuring wooden furniture, tiles, and Chimayo weavings. Rooms are located around a charming bricked central courtyard that is a wonderful oasis of quiet in the heart of the City Different. There is an on-site restaurant featuring Northern New Mexico dishes (one of the only places still serving chicos, a stew featuring beef, chile and rehydrated sweet corn kernels that have been smoked and dried) as well as a pleasant bar showcasing the Norteño lowrider culture.
The quiet and secure double loft room requires a climb up a private interior staircase from the courtyard to a large second-story living area - the room is spacious and the balcony quite large. The bathroom is small. Linens are by Frette, toiletries by Gilchrist & Soames, in-room coffee by Starbucks. There is a small refrigerator in the room for your convenience, as well as an iron. Our room _could not_ have been cleaner - we were impressed. The beds were comfortable and the room was plenty warm against the chill of the high desert autumn. Old-fashioned windows required wooden props to remain open, and gave a great fresh crossflow of air.
On-site parking is easy and $14/day in the hotel's underground garage. Free wifi with a good signal is available to guests throughout the property. Nick, the hotel's Director of Operations, was friendly and helpful, as was everyone we spoke with at this great little property. We felt the double loft room was a real value and we'll definitely be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe (previously the Hotel Plaza Real) has just been fully remodeled. This picturesque boutique hotel offers luxurious accommodations with original artwork which celebrates the unique heritage of Chimayo. The enchanting guest room suites feature bancos, fireplaces, private or communal balconies and separate living rooms centered on an open-air plaza patio. Just a short walk from the hotel are some of the most treasured Santa Fe attractions such as the State Capitol, the Palace of the Governors, the striking St. Francis Cathedral Basilica, and the Loretto Chapel, which houses the Miraculous Spiral Staircase. "Hotels supporting cultural causes." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Real Santa Fe
- Plaza Real Hotel