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“Nice, good value hotel in great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   125 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Formerly Hotel Plaza Real) (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #22 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Tucson, AZ
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Nice, good value hotel in great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This hotel is only steps from the Plaza in Santa Fe and is the best value you are likely to find in such a good location. Spacious rooms are decorated in browns and neutrals and feature some crafts from Chimayo, New Mexico. A porch and courtyard add to the charm. There are both a bar and a restaurant on the premises. Other members of my party enjoyed both and found the bartenders very helpful with local information. You will pay for parking, but at least it is underground and on site. WiFi is free.
One warning: some rooms are not on a floor served by the elevator. If that is a problem for you, be sure to ask for one that is served. There are a lot of steps if you don't, and we ended up with one of these rooms.
All-in-all, this is a great find and a good value, especially for couples, families, or groups of friends.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HHandR, Director of Operations at Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Hello tipsfromtucson!

This is a wonderful 4-star review and we are pleased that you chose to stay with us.
I am glad you noticed our representation of the Chimayo community. Seventy artisans contributed to our hotel's rich design and authentic Northern New Mexico experience. Our bar, the Low N'Slow, is even inspired by the Chimayo connection to their lowriders. I am pleased the bartenders made your friends feel welcome and informed. As a historic property, most of rooms do require going up stairs, but we always have members of staff who are ready and willing to help with luggage--no matter how stuffed it might be.
We hope that you and your friends will visit Hotel Chimayo for another stay. Have a wonderful beginning to the fall season!

Nick Stofocik
Director of Operations
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

My experience with this hotel was very good. The location is central, The staffs are helpful and courteous. Check-in/out fast and smooth. The courtyard setup is very cool. The room is large and fairly clean, and the price is very reasonable, especially for suites.

On the other hand, there is no luxury. The building is old. The bathroom tiny. There is no elevator to most rooms.Their renovation is nothing more than new rug and new paint. There is very little amenities for business travelers but if you are on vacation, this offers a lot of value, considering the property next door charges twice as much.

I found the onsite restaurant overpriced. The food is decent but with so many good places why come here. Indeed there were only 3 people in the room and the service was very slow.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HHandR, Director of Operations at Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I am very pleased that our staff was attentive and made your check in and out easy and worry-free. We strive to ensure all of our guests enter and exit the hotel with smile from the Hotel Chimayo agents. I apologize that our historic property was not what you had envisioned. Our Heritage Hotel group tries protect our New Mexico legacy and preserve the experience but with an updated feel.
We hope that you will visit us again when you make your way to Santa Fe. Please call our reservation department directly and let us know you are returning guest.
Thank you again!

Nick Stofocik
Director of Operations
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Norman, Oklahoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at Hotel Chimayo. After reading some of the reviews I was maybe a bit on guard. It was however, amazing!! Check in was smooth and very friendly! Our rooms were ready and just as reserved. Love the location of this hotel! It is just steps from the Plaza with shopping and food!! The hotel has been remodeled. The rooms were styled very southwest but typical for Santa Fe. The beds were great and the rooms are suites. Love the front porch to sit in the mornings or at night! Beautiful flowers and tables outside the rooms to sit and enjoy! Quiet boutique hotel. The front desk was very helpful with directions and recommendations. There is a charge for parking but there is valet or you can park yourself and easy in and out. Very glad we stayed here and would stay again.

Room Tip: It is a few dollars extra for the suite but the living area is much larger. If stairs are a problem...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nick S, Director of Operations at Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
What a wonderful 5-Star review Lesa L!

It pleases me that we were able to meet your expectations and in some cases exceed them. Our team members do try and go above and beyond for our guests and I am happy they succeeded in assisting you. It sounds like our public spaces were just what you needed after a nice day of touring and shopping nearby. Our location in downtown Santa Fe can't be beat.
We hope to see you at Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe for your future stay. Have a wonderful summer!

Nick Stofocik
Director of Operations
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Wimbledon
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78 reviews 78 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights on our trip along Route 66 - our most luxurious hotel by far. The courtyard setting and the dried chilli wreaths were very atmospheric although the lack of a lift to our 2nd floor room was noted! The room was spacious with a separate lounge area and lovely little balcony. The bar staff were very friendly. Unfortunately our stay ended on a less positive note as it became apparent that there had been an attempt to steal the panniers from one of our group's motorbike when it was parked overnight in the underground car park.

Room Tip: No lift so ask for a ground floor room if this is an issue
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nick S, Director of Operations at Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Thank you Alison18,

I appreciate you taking the time to review our hotel and enumerate your thoughts regarding the stay. I am pleased the hanging chile ristras caught your eye. I will look into adding more when it comes time to order more--I agree that all of our guests should have them close their rooms. I apologize for the circumstance in the garage, and we will be adding more security in order to quell any instances from reoccurring.
I hope that you will be able to visit us in the future and we will gladly welcome you back!

Nick Stofocik
Director of Operations
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Texas Hill Country
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

My husband and I stayed 3 nights at Hotel Chimayo. Great location--on a quiet street close to the square. By the first night we felt like it was home. Clean and quiet with appealing New Mexico decor. Very comfortable king-sized bed. Loved the separate living area with couch, fireplace, small dining table and mini-kitchen composed of sink, coffeemaker, microwave and refrigerator. The weather was a bit chilly for sitting outside but in warmer weather it would be nice coffee at the table and chairs in the courtyard outside the door.

We had a full sightseeing schedule and the staff went out of their way to help us find our destinations, even printing out Google maps for us. Being able to park our car in the garage underneath the hotel was a major plus as Santa Fe has a dearth of street parking.

Tia's Cocina upstairs is an undiscovered gem, serving New Mexican cuisine with true Chimayo-chili flavor.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nick S, Director of Operations at Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Thank you verokat for this positive evaluation of our hotel!

It sounds like the room and public spaces not only met your needs but offered a refuge after your long days touring the sights and sounds. I am pleased the staff went that extra step to help you get around; this is something all our agents strive to deliver to guests. Having an in-room fireplace is a luxury for many travelers and is usually something our guests use in the winter months. I hope it wasn't that cold, but then again, you never know in Santa Fe.
Please call us directly the next trip you make to our fair city. I would love to welcome you back.

Nick Stofocik
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missoula, montana
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Chimayo for four nights. It was fabulous. We were there during a hot spell and the air conditioning was perfect. The suite/ room was lovely and had a refrigerator and microwave. The hotel was built in 1870 and has been very well brought up to date. The style is Spanish/Mexican and is very comfortable. We had a lovely courtyard and it was a very quiet spot. We were a very short distance from the plaza (less than a half a block).
The best part for us was the new restaurant Tia Maria's we ate there three times because they had the best food we found. We think both the hotel and the restaurant are unfound gems.
We will be back!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nick S, Director of Operations at Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Dear josephone,

From the opening to your inspiring review, I guess that our location was perfect. It sounds as if the rest of our hotel's look and design made you feel right at home. Many of our rooms offer refrigerators, but I believe you had a Deluxe room that also comes with a microwave. Those rooms are truly unique and relaxing.
I am also happy that Tia's Cocina is considered your unfound gem. The new owners take the time to make every guest feel welcome and taken care of.
Please come back to see us anytime and we will make sure your stay is just as amazing!

Nick Stofocik
Director of Operations
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Travelin' Jack roving bulldog reporter, checked out the posh pet-friendly lodging of Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe this week while Santa Fe stylin' through the city different. From pleasing boutique suites, to easy outdoor access via the tastefully decorated interior courtyard to LOTS of opportunities to people watch from various parts of the hotel...this cultural icon...another of the Heritage Hotel group hotels garners Travelin' Jack's 5-PAW rating. Oh and did he mention the doggie amenity pack? It is available with advance pet booking and presented upon arrival. This hotel is charming from front door into the southwestern designed suites. Authentic original artwork and tapestries fill each and every room, creating an ambiance of true northern New Mexico culture and character. Plush pillows (many of them) grace the bed along with great banco style seating in the sitting area. A corner wood burning fireplace adds a warm touch to the stay along with all the extras like a mini bar area for coffee, fridge etc. Total comfort in the room...but it doesn't stop there. The pet-friendly rooms are on the main floor and open to the outdoor courtyard. Fun place to have a casual breakfast, enjoy the beautiful Santa Fe sunny , start your daily meanderings throughout the historic areas and people gaze too! This can also be done on the Front Veranda where the porch is filled with comfy chairs overlooking Washington Street with all it's passers-by! The elegantly southwestern decorated Lobby welcomes both the weary pup and person with its gigantic hand-painted Fireplace front and center. It conveniently leads to the courtyard or the elevator for both the upstairs rooms and the basement garage. Nice walking areas for the pets surround the hotel, as well as a handy Pet Guide delivered in-pooch to the arriving dog, providing info on the nearby parks, pet-friendly restaurants and shops! YUP-PUP...another amazing find by Travelin' Jack.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nick S, Director of Operations at Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Well hello Travelin' Jack!

What a perfect review and you have such dexterity in your typing skills--I never met such an eloquent and refined bulldog. I especially love all of the photos you provided. The one of you on our Low N' Slow car seat is best!
I am happy the ambiance of our authentic New Mexican courtyard and rooms appealed to your keen eye. Not having to walk too far to the plaza on these hot Santa Fe summer days is truly a luxury. The front porch offers pets and human friends alike a pleasant break that I am sure you deserved.
I hope you got to go to some our dog-friendly establishments on the Pet Guide you mentioned. Santa Fe loves our four-legged friends and we go out of our way to show them we care.
Come back again anytime! You have the most fashionable hats--you have to share your designer. Have a great summer.

Nick Stofocik
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Address: 125 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Formerly Hotel Plaza Real)
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
#16 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe 3.5*
Number of rooms: 56
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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