The hotel is unassuming on a quiet side street two blocks from the Plaza where all the interesting street activity centers. There is parking for guests which I think was free for us because of our meeting but is $9 daily on their web site. The web site pictures give an accurate impression of the hotel. The entry is flanked by veranda set back from the street separated by tall arches and a wrought iron waist high fence where there is bar service. The lobby has high ceilings and unpolished off-white marble floors with high arches. The center piece is an enormous goblet shaped stone water container with Holy Water surrounded by candles that are about 8 inches in diameter and up to 3 feet tall. The hotel workers light the candles in the evening with an unromantic but efficient propane torch. To the left is an enormous fireplace with chairs and sofas. To the right are more rustic tables and chairs along with their restaurant. Check in is to the right of the entrance. It was reasonably quick. Rooms are on the main floor (to the left of the entrance through an archway) and up either an open stairway or elevator. The arches, flooring and layout were quite reminiscent of the hotel that I reviewed here on Trip Advisor a few years ago in Verona, Italy. My room was on the third floor. It was small but extremely quiet. The floor was wood, comfortably warm to bare feet. There was a closet with two bathrobes, a large armoire hiding a TV (they have satellite TV) and a small refrigerator (empty) with 4 large drawers where the hotel guide, phone books etc were kept. There was one large chair of rough wood with a leather seat. It was not very comfortable. There was no desk which was a little bit of a problem, but creating a lounge chair out of the 9 down and 1 foam pillow on top of the enormous king bed took care of setting up a way to use my lap top. (Then it was a matter of staying awake.) Air conditioning was fine though the outside temperature was temperate anyway. Two windows let in a great amount of light, and neither window looked directly into any other window. (Room 330). The bathroom, on the other hand was dimly lit but had a reasonable tub/shower and toilet. The wash basin was in the main room. The bathroom floor was raised about 4-5 inches (also reminiscent of Europe) so this particular room was not ADA compliant. Linens, sheets and pillows were wonderful. The internet access was free and blazingly fast. The keyed safe in the closet is big enough for a 14 inch laptop, it just takes some maneuvering to get into. There is no ironing board or iron, but there seems to be some sort of steamer which I did not try. They have a main meeting room which was well set up and more spacious for a small meeting than I'm used to. Food catering was extremely attentive, and the food was very good. The unattended fitness center is a single small room with treadmill, reclining bike and weight machine with a single wall mounted television right above the treadmill. There were free weights, but it was too small a space to really use those. It was a short 3-4 block walk to the bottom of Canyon Road. I thought the location perfect. Check out was painless. I would definitely return in the future.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel St Francis
- St Francis Hotel