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“Good Hotel in Central Santa Fe” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel St. Francis
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   210 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #28 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Albuquerque
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“Good Hotel in Central Santa Fe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This hotel is a restored and modernized historic property just a block or so off the main plaza. The rooms are good, although the lighting is rather dim and they could really use a full length mirror. The front desk personnel were professional, courteous, and efficient. The bar is good and the restaurant is adequate. As with many Santa Fe hotels there is an additional charge for parking. A good hotel in a fine location.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlderKaitlin, Front Office Manager at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Hotel St Francis. We're so happy to hear you liked our front desk staff; we take pride in our guest service. The lighting in the rooms is partially on dimmer switches but we can always provide lamps and other amenities like full length mirrors upon request. We would love to welcome you back for some amazing cocktails on our front loggia; it is indeed one of the best locations in downtown Santa Fe. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you visit. Alder Seaman
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Somerset, New Jersey
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56 hotel reviews
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We booked this hotel for one night, our first of our week-long trip. We were on a budget, and booked a standard room. The hotel is right in downtown Santa Fe, within walking distance of almost everything, so I was willing to pay a higher price for a smaller room. My first impression of the hotel was positive- as the lobby and outdoor lounge area were very nicely decorated. The lobby was really stunning; candles lit all around, high ceilings with arched entranceways to the other sections of the lobby, antique light fixtures with dim lights casting soft shadows all over the seating area, even a fireplace- it felt as though you had stepped into the past. It all oozed Southwest charm and history. Check-in was quick and we made our way up to the room, excited.
But when we opened the door, we were a little surprised. The door opened up right next to the head of the bed, and there was a sink across from the bed and the door. The room was very, very small, which was semi-expected, as this is an old hotel. I could have dealt with the size issue, but I felt that in other areas, it was clearly form over function. For instance, the sink only had two settings, fire hose, or light dribble. Anytime I needed to wash my hands, brush my teeth, or wash my face, everything was soaking wet; my clothes, the whole basin around the sink, and even the floor. The room's only mirror was behind the sink, and a dim light hung overhead. I found it difficult to see well enough to try and get ready to go out There wasn't anywhere to sit but the bed, which was comfortable but firm, with lots of saggy feather pillows.
And thank goodness my boyfriend and I are very close, because there was no privacy whatsoever! The toilet/shower room was directly off the bedroom, pretty much next to the bed. It was beyond tight!! You had to pick up the bathmat to open or close the door. There was a shower with no tub. The shower looked nice and modern, but it was so dark, I couldn't tell. Honestly, I could barely see, and there was not enough space for toiletries in the shower stall- most everything had to go on the floor. And thank goodness I put a towel down on the floor, because water went everywhere. The bathroom was really my biggest issue. Not having a sink near the toilet is also odd in my opinion. The view was of other rooms, right into their windows. Also you had to pay for parking, but they did offer free Wi-Fi. Overall, I was glad we only had to stay one night, as it was just too uncomfortable. If you do choose this hotel, I would definitely suggest getting a non- standard room... as I'm sure other parts of the hotel are just as good as everyone says in their reviews. If not, try the Inn of Governors right down the street- it looked pretty great- even had a pool

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AlderKaitlin, Front Office Manager at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Hello Matanda28 and thank you so much for posting a review of your stay with us. We appreciate your feedback and we are so glad to hear that you liked our lovely remodeled lobby with its historic southwest charm. In fact, the entire hotel was remodeled in 2008 but since it is an historic building we could not remove walls during the remodel, necessitating sinks inside some of the guest rooms instead of inside the bathrooms. The bathroom lights have small dimmer switches on them and we do provide extra lamps for the rooms at the front desk. In any case, your review is very important to us and your comments have been discussed in our latest managers’ meeting. We would love the chance to welcome you back to enjoy a comfortable bed in a more spacious deluxe room the next time you and your partner visit Santa Fe. Alder Seaman
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Charleston, SC
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

My husband and I spent 4 days at Hotel St. Francis earlier this month and thoroughly enjoyed our stay, with the exception of the one unfortunate dinner that we chose to eat at the hotel restaurant, Tabla. So I'll start with our poor experience and then describe how wonderful this hotel is. The restaurant menu looked absolutely delectable and after a week of chile-based meals, we opted to share the rib eye steak. Our first disappointment was when the server brought our meal with an extra plate, necessitating a sloppy table-side scrape and drop of the steak, potatoes and asparagus onto my plate. These days, it is very common to share meals, and we noted to one another that even the airport bar had split our shared lunch in the kitchen before bringing it to the table! We felt this was very poor presentation for a restaurant that presents itself as a fine dining establishment. I wish I could say that the meal was good enough to compensate for the do-it-yourself service attitude, but my steak was rubbery and the vegetables were unseasoned until I applied salt and pepper. I did not eat my steak (it wasn't worth the calories!) and the server apologized, discounted our bill and told us that we'd be contacted by the food and beverage manager the next day. We never heard from the food and beverage manager, but frankly we would have preferred to have a delicious steak instead of a discounted meal and an apology.
The hotel itself was lovely, serene, immaculately clean and exactly as represented in the website photos. Our standard king room had a large closet for our clothing and luggage and we are still talking about how comfortable the bed and bedding were. The desk staff was cordial and friendly and I had the most delicious cocktail ever in the Secreto bar (try the sage infused margarita...it is amazing). If we ever return to Santa Fe, we'll look forward to staying at the Hotel St. Francis again, but we will avoid the restaurant and walk across the street to Pasqual's cafe instead.

Room Tip: Avoid the restaurant! Enjoy the Secreto bar!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AlderKaitlin, Front Office Manager at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Hello fjkdla and thank you for posting a review of your stay here with us. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed our historic, serene hotel and your king room. Our beds and linens are some of our favorite features as well and we're happy that you remember them fondly. Our staff does indeed pride itself on top notch guest service, and you are not the first guest to rave about the incredibly imaginative cocktails we serve in Secreto. Your comments about the restaurant have certainly been passed along and we sincerely appreciate your feedback. We apologize if any part of your meal was less than relaxing and delicious and we do take your response seriously. We hope to welcome you back for another restful stay next time you come through the area. Alder Seaman
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I stayed at Hotel St. Francis twice during the last week while on business travel. Both times the hotel was very clean, staff were friendly, the food in the restaurant was fantastic. Alejandro, Jerry, Leah, and Alex were wonderful while we were dining the in the restaurant. I will definitely stay there again. Great Job!!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HHandR, Manager at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Thank you for choosing Hotel St. Francis and taking the time to share your experience with us. We are happy to know that your room and our staff accommodated your needs during your stay. We would like to welcome you back for an enjoyable meal in Tabla de los Santos. Jarenda Ortiz
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San Francisco, California
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

This is a wonderful hotel that contributed greatly to our experience in Santa Fe.

They say that the look and feel of a hotel's lobby is essential to a hotel's success, and in the case of the Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe, they nailed it! I actually booked this hotel because of its serene, museum-like lobby filled with religious objects and relics. The historic photos on the second floor were amazing.

We had a ground-floor, doggie-friendly room which was sufficiently large, clean and bright, with tall ceilings and nice linens.

We had dinner in the hotel's restaurant, the "La Table de Los Santos", and our waiter Carlos was a delight! He was sweet and funny and made a terrific experience for us. The dinner and dessert was excellent.

This hotel and restaurant are also perfectly located in the Santa Fe Plaza area.

A big thumbs up, and as always we are grateful for their dog friendly policy.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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AlderKaitlin, Front Office Manager at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Hello PTown4545 and thank you for taking the time to give us a review. We're so glad to hear we helped you enjoy your visit to Santa Fe! Our property is the oldest hotel in the city, and we love the fact that you appreciated its serenity and charm as well as its historic significance. Carlos and all the rest of our friendly staff would love to welcome you and your pup back to Hotel St Francis the next time you have a Santa Fe adventure. Alder Seaman
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

I am a native Santa Fean, but my parents still live in the city. Recently, I had to travel there on business and needed to be close to the city central. The St. Francis is *very* centrally located and on previous trips I had spent time in their bar and restaurant and thought it would be nice to stay there as everyone in town knows where it is and I thought it would be a nice place to meet people.

I hadn't been there in about a decade and I was very surprised when I walked through the door. Since my previous time there, it has been acquired by a locally owned hotel chain and the interior has been completely revamped to represent a "mission-style" feel, complete with stone floor, candlesticks and sculptures of St. Francis. It's as if a "hush" descends on you when you walk through the door.

My room was an economy space, but ample enough for a single person and complete with a closet and television, a sink and bathroom, and quite honestly, the nicest shower head I've ever experienced in any hotel. (A big bonus after a day's worth of meetings, let me tell you!) Downstairs, the bar was a delight - it is now called "Secreto" and it offers a fabulous bar menu of delightful cocktails comprised of top shelf liquors and a variety of fruits including mangoes, oranges, blueberries - well, I didn't have the gumption to try them all, much as I wanted to! All are served by "mixologist" Chris Milligan, a delightful chap with a flair for making a drink and keeping up chatter with the variety of guests around the bar.

Because of the sheer volume of fine dining choices in Santa Fe, I didn't make it to the hotel dining room for dinner - but on my final day I enjoyed a hearty (and affordable, around $10) breakfast of poached eggs on a bed of steamed spinach. (It had a fancy name but I've forgotten it. All of the staff throughout the hotel was smiling and friendly, but special thanks go to Gerick, a young man who checked me in and out and was careful to inform me about the many attractions in Santa Fe.

All told - aces. I would stay there again and would recommend to others that they do the same. Price was right and the location? Unbeatable.

Room Tip: I didn't make a room selection but was placed above the south side (?) parking lot. It was just...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HHandR, Hotel St.Francis Front Desk at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Thank you for choosing Hotel St. Francis and taking the time to share your experience with us. We are happy to know that our location, Secreto Bar, and staff accommodated you during your stay. Our staff takes pride in the hotel and our guest service. We would like to welcome you back during future visits to Santa Fe to enjoy our mission style ambiance. Jarenda Ortiz
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Bandung, Indonesia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Absolutely delightful visit to Santa Fe, and perfect hotel for us. A big cheers to Inger - what a legend ! Thank you for a very special stay, we are so pleased we chose this hotel and will definately be back in the future - it is a great place to be at the end of a long day riding through New Mexico counrtyside.

Room Tip: Front rooms are lovely with the morning sun shining through on a chilly winter day.
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Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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HHandR, Hotel St. Francis Front Desk at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are happy to know Inger made your stay so special. We would like to welcome you back to enjoy a delightful day in the countryside of Santa Fe. Jarenda Ortiz
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Address: 210 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Santa Fe
#24 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel St. Francis 4*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Named for the patron saint of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the newly remodeled Hotel St. Francis pays respect to the origins of the city with its unique interior. With a palette of natural colors reflecting the days of Santa Fe and handcrafted wood furniture by local artisans, staying at the hotel is a cultural experience. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, its recent restoration and renovation expanded the amenities to entertain travelers from across the world. The hotel is located just steps away from the historic Santa Fe plaza. Whether you're planning a weekend escape, a business retreat, or a lavish wedding, the Hotel St. Francis is the ideal destination. "Hotels supporting cultural causes." ... more   less 
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