Conveniently located in the heart of Sante Fe and about 1/2 mile from Canyon Road, the Plaza Real stands out immediately upon entering the lobby. If you are looking for the slick, trendy elegance of the W, this hotel is probably not for you. However, if stepping back in time through architecture that blends perfectly with the surroundings, offers a cozy warm ambiance and is managed by a staff that comes across as family is your aim; then the Plaza Real is an excellent choice.
The rooms, which line a beautiful court yard and are accessible by walkup above the first floor, are comfortable and offer a separate sitting area as well as a wet bar with refrigerator. There is a fire place in the sitting area along with a comfortable sofa and writing desk. The sleeping area which is offset from the sitting room is very comfortable and contains a large exceptionally comfortable bed. The bathroom as well as the remainder of the room was clean and well maintained. Free WiFi is available in the room as well as in the lobby and the lounge.
The staff truly stands out as exceptional. Most respectable hotels can claim competent and well trained, polite staff, but the team at the Plaza Real had that certain something that is hard to put into words. Although I had just met them upon registration I felt like I knew these folks for a long time. They were not only extremely knowledgeable, but genuine and always there to help or offer a suggestion when an inquiry required such. A staff member will come to your room and start a live fire in the fire place within a short period after you make a request with the front desk. I just can't say enough good things about this team.
I live in a heavily populated island off the Northeast Coast of the USA and am used to applying a somewhat calloused and critical criteria to hotel evaluation. In my opinion many hotels are grossly overpriced, and leave a lot left to be desired for your travel dollar. In contrast I'm extremely pleased to serve up such a positive review for the Plaza Real, not only because it is well deserved but because my spouse and I spent Christmas here and it has turned out to be an absolutely wonderful memory.
- 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