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“Beautiful Boutique Historical Hotel” 5 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, New Mexico
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful Boutique Historical Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2010

When you book this hotel know that you will be staying at a unique historical hotel. The entire hotel is exceptionally clean and the staff is very accommodating. The atmosphere of this hotel is top notch. Each afternoon after a long day of shopping we would sit out on the patio and enjoy the amazing speciality drinks from El Secreto bar. The rooms are smaller but to be expected due to the age of the hotel however they offer all upgraded amenitys that would be expected at a high end hotel. The room was gorgeous and the bed was very comfortable. The linens were amazing! We had two meals in the restaurant, breakfast and dinner. For breakfast I highly recommend the Pinon French Toast and for dinner the Pork Chop was amazing. This is not your typical stuffy big box hotel. The St Francis offers a unique elegant and relaxing one of a kind experience.
Things to do and location. We had a car but hardly used it. We were able to walk to everything except 10,000 waves (amazing spa in the mountain). Don't miss the Cathedral, Canyon Road or Mable St Brewery they offer great local beer.
Overall I can't say enough good about this hotel and Santa Fe. This by far was one of the best most memorable vacations we have ever taken.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Hotel St Francis on the final night of our week long journey through Northern New Mexico. We booked the Hotel at the very last minute after checking into the Sunrise Springs Hotel just outside of Santa Fe, and finding it to be disappointing and creepy. I simply chose this hotel based on the review in our Frommers Travel Book and a little good vibes, I said "St Francis hasn't led me astray so far, so lets go with it!"

What a wonderful surprise! We checked in late after spending an hour under the care of the Ten Thousand Waves Spa and feeling generally blissed out. The calm, serene, clean palatte of the lobby decor was perfectly aligned with our chilled out mood. My husband remarked that it reminded him of some of the super-designy hotels that we've stayed at in other cities.

Our room was small but so cozy, clean and again--- tastefully decorated. The bathroom was large in comparison. The room had an understated elegance we found to be appealing.

The internet was by far the fastest that I've ever had at a hotel period. This was AWESOME. I was able to download my tv shows and podcasts before leaving for the airport the following day.

The only complaint that I can make was that our air conditioning may not have been on when we checked into the room, and we didnt realize it could be adjusted until the next morning, so we may have slept a bit warmer than we would have preferred.

I commend The Hotel St Francis for using locally made decor and furniture. No tacky played out Southwestern decor here---just clean minimalism with a southwestern twist.

Oh, we also loved the photo exhibition on the second floor. I wish we could come back again, the hotel was great.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edmond, Oklahoma
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2010

If you are looking for something a bit unique this is the place. The hotel is beautifully furnished and exceptionally clean. The room was small, but we were only there for one night and we spent most of our time walking the plaza and enjoying the city. It was wonderful to return to a quaint room with one of the most comfortable beds we've ever had in a hotel. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2010

Before booking our trip, we read the reviews on TA and we expecting a small room. Small is an understatement! I have stayed in Midtown Manhattan at a boutique hotel and had a room twice as big. After placing the two suitcases on the floor, my wife and I had to take turns walking around the room b/c it was too small. Bathroom, forget it. If I was overweight I would not be able to fit in the shower (with no light btw). As we checked out after our first night, the housekeeper even commented that the hotel had gone down hill after the renovation. Oh, forgot to mention how uncomfortable the bed was. Traditional queen room was the size of my bathroom at home. Lobby was increadible, too bad the rooms are not. Breakfast was nice, killer Christmas style breakfast burrito. On the plus side, the front desk staff was very helpful and helped us check out after our first night. Walked over to Hilton and got a nicer room for a lot less!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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RoomsMgr, Manager at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, July 20, 2010
Thank you for sharing your experience. Our goal is to always portray the product best to clients looking to stay with our hotel. Although there are many different rooms types in our inventory all of the rooms share the same common design of the room. Same quality bed, frette linen, same quality furniture by local artisans from Santa Fe, and currently. Each room has the enjoyment of tranquility. Hotel St Francis is an historic hotel in which rooms were originally built small. In fact, this particular room type (the queen) was sold in the 1920 with the option of purchase without a bathroom. At the end of the hallway, there was community bathroom that was available to all guests. In time, bathrooms were installed into each sleeping room and this took away some of the space. The hotel has rooms with more items in the room; please keep this mind while shopping this hotel. Our staff will be more than glad to provide more information to you. This queen room is our most basic room type, where guest may chose the ambiance and cost is more important than the size room.
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Portland, Oregon
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

Being a single traveler, I'm used to small rooms, especially in Europe, but the cubicle-sized room at the St. Francis tops my list of "too much for too little." For starters, the only place to sit was in the bathroom. Yup, no chairs in the sleeping room. And no place to put much of anything: something the hotel management has already figured out since all their promotional material and local guidebooks, usually left on a desk or table, were tucked away in the bottom of the two drawers in the built-in amoir. Sure, there was a sink, mounted on a 2-foot square wash stand a few feet from the bed, but no place to put any toiletries. All-in-all, this is a hotel best experienced from a passing car.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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RoomsMgr, Manager at Hotel St. Francis, responded to this review, July 20, 2010
We are thankful for the guest to have experience of traveling to Europe. It is common that this hotel receives parallel comparison to that region. In fact, the linage of Santa Fe's history goes back to Europe. The placement of guidebooks and promotional material are deliberately placed in the drawers. It is our goal to display the room with the most simplistic and attractive look. We chose to have those items available but not allow them to take away from the beauty of the room. The room is a queen and is a small room. We encourage guest to look at booking rooms designated with "deluxe" in our description. These rooms, generally, have more options, space, and amenities. The queen is a basic room and is available for those looking for simplicity. The photo in our listing is a queen room.
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Ossining, New York
1 review
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2010

My husband and I had our small wedding at the hotel on June 29th. We had family who also stayed at the hotel. I can't say enough good things about this beautiful hotel and the wonderful staff who took care of our every need, from orchastrating the details to leaving champagne and other goodies as a surprise in our room the night of the wedding. The food was divine, the setting beautiful and we really enjoyed sitting outside watching the world go by as we enjoyed drinks on the patio. Very romantic and elegant. and perfect for our needs.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2010

We happened upon the St. Francis for their Sunday brunch and were astounded to be served both bountiful and delicious food while dining almost all by ourselves. We had a wonderful window table in the historic dining room so we could watch the hoards of people standing in line across the street awaiting even a seat, while we were served our great food by an attentive and professional staff. By the time we finished, we were laughing because some of the people we had first seem were still waiting to go inside the other restaurant. The St. Francis is such a classy setting and offers a wide range of food at very reasonable prices, so we really believe we hit the jackpot that Sunday!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
#26 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
#29 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel St. Francis 4*
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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