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“Historic unique hotel with relaxed feel” 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
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54 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Historic unique hotel with relaxed feel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

We loved the privilege of being able to stay in the oldest hotel in Santa Fe. Comparing this hotel with some of the bigger newer ones is like comparing apples with oranges. Don't expect a conventional hotel. It is old, quaint, has lovely historic photos on the walls and friendly staff. There is a spacious indoor lobby and outdoor seating on the large street porch. We had a deluxe queen room on a corner on the second floor and joy of joys, could open the windows on each side and get fresh air and hear the quiet street noise. Bathroom was basic but adequate. Towels although clean, had a distinct unattractive gray appearance. There is no room service but the on site privately run restaurant is excellent and the bar has the best barman in town. A coffee machine and amply supply of coffee was supplied to the room on request. It is one minute from the plaza and a wonderful collection of restaurants. If you want a unique experience in the centre of town consider this hotel.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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TNLAlbuquerque, General Manager at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Dear b walker,
Thank you for your review of The Hotel St Francis, and your feedback of our beautiful historic property. We are privileged to have wonderful staff, and the best location for all guests. Our restaurant has amazing cuisine, and we are honored you enjoyed Secreto bar. I am addressing the concern on the color of our towels and thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will make the necessary improvements for all guests to enjoy. We look forward to your return.
Sincerely,
Helga Byndas
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Rating summary
  • 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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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The location of this charming hotel was excellent. I liked the look and feel of the hotel. The decor was nice. I felt comfortable sitting on the porch and in the lobby having drinks.The room was nice but really small, The bed was comfy it took up most of the room. No security chain on my room door and the door opened just a couple of feet from bed.
Really bad lighting in bathroom and at vanity sink. Also no real mirror for that last minute back view check.
The shower in the next room or the room above me served as my alarm clock each morning. Also, not sure how often the linen is changed but not once during my three night stay was the linen changed. Never replenished the little amenities of lotion etc. The iron in my room didn't work and I left a note for housekeeping they removed it but it wasn't replaced. My room was on the second floor facing the parking lot. The first night I was concerned because when I looked out the window about a dozen motorcycles were parked under my room window but they must have left while I was out so i didn't need to worry about the engines revving.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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TNLAlbuquerque, General Manager at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Dear Joanne H,
Thank you for the valuable feedback you provided in your review for the Hotel St Francis. We are pleased you found the property charming as the Hotel St Francis has a lot of history and culture as the oldest hotel in Santa Fe. I have addressed the concerns you noted on your review and thank you for bringing them to our attention. We look forward to having you as our guest again in the future.

Sincerely,
Helga Byndas
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new braunfels
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We love the feel of the St. Francis and it's location is superb to all our favorite places and restaurants. The staff was wonderful and provided every special request we made to make my sister's birthday surprise a memorable experience. The only reason I give this hotel 4.5 instead of 5 is because the room was a tad bit small, but the bed and bath were still great. We will return again and again. (this was our 2nd time to use this hotel)

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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AlderKaitlin, Front Office Manager at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, May 22, 2014
Hello janie-allen and thank you for coming to stay with us again and again! We're thrilled to know that our stellar location and staff made a difference for you and your sister's birthday celebrations. We would love to offer you a very reasonable upgrade to one of our deluxe rooms during your next stay, and all of us look forward to welcoming you back again. Sincerely, Alder Seaman
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I so wanted to give this charming hotel a higher rating, but couldn't bring myself to do so. I'll start with the positives...location is awesome! Loved being so close to downtown, walking distance to so much, downtown, Canyon Rd, restaurants. Quaintness is this hotels middle name. We enjoyed some time in the lobby, due to our room being on the "cozy" side. The lobby ambiance is second to none. Jeremy checked us in and could not have been nicer. All the staff that we encountered could not have been nicer actually. Now for the flip side...room was incrediably tiny, noise outside of our room, #116, was awful! Trash being dumped in the dumpster late at night, early morning trash pick up and some sort of drilling right outside our window, very early, was not so great. It was the only one night get away my husband and I have had in over a year...not quiet what we had in mind. We did complain about the early morning noise, which we know they did not have control over, but putting anyone in this room, if others are available, verges on cruel! They did comp our parking as compensation...but did not make up for the lack of sleep to get through the next day. On a side note, Cafe Pasquels across the street, is wonderful!! If you stay at Hotel St. Francis, and you are given room 116, ask for a different one!

Room Tip: Don't get room 116.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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, May 18, 2014
Hello Vicki P! Thank you for your review! It's so nice to know our location and character hit high notes for you during your stay with us. We do indeed have a historic quaintness, nestled into downtown Santa Fe. Our rooms definitely have a range of sizes and layouts due to the historic nature of the property and we are glad you made use of our lovely lobby. Should you visit us again please feel free to ask about our very reasonable upgrade rates to deluxe accommodations. It's understandable that you had some noise issues and our top notch staff hopes to welcome you back to a quiet and spacious room next time you visit the "city different". Thank you, Alder Seaman
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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145 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Please note that we stayed here two separate times on our recent trip, so I am writing two separate reviews.

We stay here each time we are in Santa Fe and really like this place. The people are very helpful, and the location is excellent. On this stay, we had a ground floor deluxe king (room 105,) and it was great. The sleep quality is excellent with comfy beds, quiet central air, and very little incoming noise. The rooms are designed to look like a monastery, but if you need an iron, coffee-maker or full-length mirror, just ask. Clean and convenient. Check for promotions. With a "get the 3rd night free", it was more affordable.

The restaurant is wonderful, too, so please see the separate review of Tabla de los Santos.

Room Tip: Ground floor deluxe king rooms are definitely our preference.
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlderKaitlin, Front Office Manager at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear NewPlaceFan, thank you for coming to stay (twice) at our historic Hotel St Francis! We're glad you got such a great deal and enjoyed the friendly guest service, not to mention the unbeatable location and luxury beds and linens. Our hotel staff and Tabla's staff all look forward to welcoming you back for more convenient and comfortable stays in the near future! Alder Seaman
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Cape Charles, Virginia
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This hotel has great bones but is a bit worn around the edges. Location was wonderful and convenient but the restaurant attached to the hotel is privately owned so no coffee or convenience of charging to the room. Rooms are very small and the small vessel sink outside the bath offered no space for toiletries. There were hassles with our reservation being lost so time was spent verifying that instead od enjoying Santa Fe. Room has really poor climate control so room was very warm, windows had no screens so leaving them open was not a great option. There is only a very small lot next to the hotel for parking which is charged at $11/night. The hotel did comp this for us as a perk for loosing our reservation. And the night clerk was very helpful bringing toothbrushes and paste to our room, would not accept a tip for doing so.
Luckily we were only I town for one night, would probably not stay here again..

Room Tip: If you decide to stay here and want room to move around a deluxe room is a must.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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AlderKaitlin, Front Office Manager at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, May 17, 2014
Dear BHSabbi, thank you for taking the time to post a review about your stay at our historic property. It's nice to hear you enjoyed the simple charm, service, and great downtown location of Hotel St Francis! We appreciate all your feedback regarding the rooms and should you decide to come and stay with us again please feel free to inquire about our deluxe guest accommodations as well. Sincerely, Alder Seaman
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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67 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This is a beautiful and well maintained hotel. Lots of historical decor including beautiful old photos on each landing of the gigantic stairway. The staff are wonderfully friendly and helpful. The location can't be beat. The room was clean and comfy. I'm afraid that we were not impressed with the shower. Clean but water was Luke warm and the shower head was the rain style with little pressure behind it. So, hard to rinse soap out of your hair. Other than that, our stay was great and we will recommend it to family and friends.

Room Tip: Try to get room with view of old town
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 16, 2014
Hello MsKelliH! We thank you for staying with us and recommending us to your family and friends. We have a great staff and we really pride ourselves on our guest service; it's nice to hear you enjoyed interacting with all of us! Thank you for the feedback regarding your shower; this is good for us to know so we can train our staff to help with this kind of situation in the future. Come back and see us for another peaceful stay; we look forward to welcoming you back. Sincerely, Alder Seaman
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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:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Santa Fe
#23 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
#26 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
#26 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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