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Inn of the Five Graces
150 E DeVargas Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501   |  
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Ranked #1 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Bethesda, Maryland
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“A Destination Wedding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

125 guests for a wedding across the street at San Miquel, oldest standing church in the US, then reception and gorgeous outdoor dinner at the Inn. We bought out the place for 2 nights, and scattered the other guests nearby. The staff was amazing; I think they went above and beyond for everyone in the wedding party, those staying there and not. They brought in extra help and every guest and attendee said "Wow!" It was all very expensive -- and well worth every penny.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Posted July 20, 2012 on The Nomad Architect Travel Blog (thenomadarchitect.com)

Purple Mountain Majesties

One of the attributes of this great country is its diversity. Geography, culture, food, people. From Miami to Seattle to San Diego to Maine, no country possesses so many different ways for people to enjoy travel and experience different aspects of the melting pot that is the USA. Santa Fe and New Mexico are at the top of the Nomad's list when it comes to travel that is unique, regional and, as yet, not taken over by the banality of "tourist" oriented travel. The Turquoise Trail (Highway 14) takes you the forty five minutes from Albuquerque to Santa Fe through several small, off the beaten path towns and some of the most beautiful desert you will ever see. And the mountains really are purple. As we pulled into the small parking area just off the central plaza of New Mexico's capital city, I was struck by this "real" town of southwestern adobe architecture, its small streets and color everywhere. Best of all, this unique place has a population of only 67,000! Any time you happen on a town that small with an international reputation for interesting culture, great food, fabulous art and amazing history, you have, indeed, landed in a place that any Romantic Nomad can drop anchor.

The Inn of The Five Graces Indeed

Few hotels are as intensely committed to its vision as the Inn of The Five Graces. The very name itself is music to the ears of any Nomad seeking a place to not only lay their weary head but to embrace the exotic environs of a place like Santa Fe. The Five Graces are the very essence of our personal experiences as Nomads of every ilk. Sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. These are the portals of experience we embrace, without thinking, that give our lives meaning. They also are the essence of what unique travel experiences are all about. To say that the proprietors of The Inn of The Five Graces have sought to embrace their vision without flinching would be an understatement. So many phrases can be used to describe this amazing property located on the oldest inhabited "block" in the United States. East Meets West here in the land of the Anasazi.. Imagine Ali Baba meets Georgia O'Keeffe and you have a sense of the aesthetic of The Inn. Replete with an eclectic blend of near eastern furnishings, tapestries, rugs and artwork, this retreat for Discerning Nomads feels magical and real at the same time. Each unit is unique, with no two repeated. We stayed in the Tourmaline Deluxe Suite complete with exquisitely mosaic tiled bath, comfortable living room and kitchen. As an added feature, just off the kitchen area, there was a small walled, shaded courtyard. This was a great place to be served an afternoon glass of your favorite beverage served by one of the many staff who's purpose in life seems to be to ensure your absolute enjoyment of this small twenty four room boutique sleepery

And the beds! Simply put, the beds are the most comfortable I have EVER slept in. At one time, you could purchase the "sleep system" used by the inn for a princely sum. It is clear that the inn is dedicated to the proposition that no expense should be spared to ensure your ultimate comfort when you retire for the evening. And what better way to enjoy the most comfortable beds on earth than to be surrounded by highly detailed and exotic headboards and fine Egyptian cotton sheets finished off with one of a kind comforters and afghan blankets of intricate designs in blazing colors? After a couple of days at this exotic boutique, we began to feel like the chic sheik and sheika of our domain. Sorry, I couldn't resist it!

Of course the true test of any hotel is, ultimately, service. The staff of The Five Graces is, in a word, fabulous. Friendly, always close by but never in the way. From the delicious breakfast served by excellent wait staff in the main courtyard to the wine and hors d'oeuvre served in your own courtyard every afternoon, the professionalism exhibited by every person at the inn is second to none. In addition, they know where everything is in Santa Fe. From the best eateries to the best galleries to the best day trips, no guide book is needed to enjoy all that Santa Fe and its eclectic environment has to offer. Just ask the concierge. They will have all the answers.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry With Georgia O'Keeffe!

One of the reasons Santa Fe is such an interesting place is its history. Native Americans built a settlement on the site that is today's central plaza around 900 AD. With a blend of many influences, including Native American, Spanish, Mexican and New World Settlers, Santa Fe is truly an exotic blend of cultures evidenced by its food, culture and architecture. At one point, it was even claimed as a part of Texas. With The Inn of The Five Graces as your base of operation, Santa Fe offers the Curious Nomad numerous opportunities for adventure, cultural discovery and sheer enjoyment of a truly unique place. To start with, the inn is only a couple of blocks from the main city plaza. The plaza is always busy with various vendors and local artisans selling their wares. There are also numerous places to grab a snack and sit and enjoy the day. As you walk around the city, you have access to some of the best restaurants in the country that serve both local and international cuisine. The Anasazi Restaurant is a sure winner. Serving a blend of fusion and southwest, it is all good with excellent service. And if you are an art lover, Canyon Road is just a few minutes by foot. This area contains dozens of art galleries featuring some of the finest painting, sculpture and other creations that rival anything found in any big city gallery. One caveat - bring your wallet. These people are serious about their work.

If you can't get enough of all that pricey artwork on Canyon Road, Santa Fe boasts a great museum featuring the works of one of the twentieth century's most important modern artists, The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, just a few steps from the plaza. A darling of the New York art world long before women were recognized in the rarefied world of the art elite, O'Keeffe became one of the leading proponents and creators of the modern aesthetic. Her work produced while in New Mexico is know the world over. O'Keeffe is a must see while in Santa Fe.

Day Trippin' and The High Road To Taos

Because Santa Fe is at the center of interesting places, unparalleled natural beauty and some of the most innovative art studios anywhere, the world becomes your oyster, artistically speaking. One such place that is a must do day trip is the Shidoni Foundry & Galleries. Located about five miles outside of Santa Fe, Shidoni boasts an eight acre sculpture garden, an indoor gallery, the Shidoni metal foundry and the Tesuque Glassworks, where you can see artists in residence creating large and small works of bronze, steel and glass. We were fortunate to find an affordable piece that reminds me of the joys of being a Nomad in the magic land of the sun every time I see it on the shelf.

And of course, no trip to Santa Fe would be complete without an all day visit to Taos. Take the High Road up to enjoy the history and amazing scenery. Plan to take about two hours each way, as you will want to stop often. The small high desert community (population 5,000) is another artists mecca for the Curious Nomad. In addition, it has the Taos Pueblo, a thousand year old Pueblo community that will give you insight into the history and life of the earliest inhabitants of the ancient Southwest. The list of modern architects that have utilized the design motifs of the Pueblo is long and varied. After lunch at one of many local eateries, and more gallery ogling, the Low Road is recommended for your return to Santa Fe for more panoramas. Some say to take the Low Road to Taos and the High Road back to Santa Fe. Either way, its a great way to spend the day.

And finally, for all Nomad Architects, The Loretto Chapel is an absolute must see. Just a few steps from the hotel, this former Roman Catholic Church is famous for its "Miraculous Stair", a wooden helix shaped spiral stair that has baffled architects and designers since it was constructed, allegedly, by French carpenter Francois-Jean "Frenchy" Rochas. Wikipedia states, however, that the Sisters of Loretto credit St. Joseph with its construction. Shrouded in mystery, this architectural construction, a wooden spiral stair with no central support, has developed a life of its own as to builder, designer. connection methods and source of materials used. So much so that an episode of Unsolved Mysteries finally declared that it was, in fact, built by Saint Joseph!

So, if you want to see a slice of America that has been in our consciousness for decades through film, television, writing and art up close and personal, grab a Southwest flight to Albuquerque, hop in the car and plan to have sweet dreams with the one you love at The Inn of The Five Graces. Your senses will thank you and your significant other will forgive you for all those mean things you said to the kids.

Memories To You All

D.L. Stafford
thenomadARCHITECT

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  • Stayed August 2011, 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 Reviewed July 15, 2012

Even before you arrive, the staff contacts you to see if they can help arrange details for your stay in Santa Fe. I found their advice sound, but I already had some ideas in mind. They arranged everything we wanted.
The Inn is magical. The old adobe and stone buildings have been kept intact and updated. The units are small suites with living and sleeping areas. All are uniquely decorated with treasures that the Serets have found along the Silk Road countries. We didn't want to leave our quarters!
Breakfasts are included and you may chose whatever you want from the menu. Each night at turndown, you get a small treat.
The staff are truly interested in you and want to make your stay in Santa Fe special. There is a personal touch and we valued the interest. Do stay here if you want something special.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Fair Haven, New Jersey
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

My wife and I stayed here over Memorial day weekend. The service was superb. The room (Lavender) was decorated so beautifully we wished we could carbon copy it in our home (seriously). We started a fire in our fireplace which was very romantic. Breakfast was great. It's located in the heart of Santa Fe, so once you're parked you don't need your car unless you're going to Taos Pueblo. We will definitely stay here when we return to Santa Fe.

Our only criticism is that they encouraged us to go on a walking tour of Santa Fe with a local guide. The guide, while nice, had very little information to share. It was little more than a walk. Halfway through just about everyone had broken off to do there own thing. It's not a big deal, but when you're only in town for a weekend a couple of hours makes a difference.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Greenwich, Connecticut
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Beautifully decorated rooms and facility. Wonderfully supportive staff and service. Easy walking distance to galleries, restaurants, and shops.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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 Reviewed July 9, 2012

My partner and I went to Santa Fe for a long weekend to attend the Santa Fe Opera and check out the art scene. We found the Inn of the Five Graces on TripAdvisor and truly found it to be a unique experience. We're attracted to boutique hotels for their attention to customer service and this Inn certainly surpassed our expectations. The proprietors, Ira and Silvia, have created a very special- magical place. Each room is uniquely designed with art, furnishing and designs from the near-east and Asia. As a matter of fact, I noticed that Silvia created each mosaic pattern and design in our bathroom- a very intricate and beautiful pattern.
While the aesthetics of the Inn were incredible, so was the service from the super friendly, knowledgeable and eclectic staff. I appreciated their attention to our needs and desire to make sure that our trip was as wonderful as possible. Their concierge planned our itinerary in advance of our stay so that when we arrived, we were all set to go--- making the long weekend getaway perfect. Down the road from the Inn, the proprietors have a shop called Seret & Sons where we were able to purchase unique, limited edition furnishing from Tibet and southeast Asia. So, I will definitely come visit the Inn again upon my next visit to Santa Fe.
Kudos to Ira & Silvia and the remarkable staff!!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

From beginning to end and top to bottom, the Inn creates a very special experience. On the basics, everything was terrific. Our room (Jasmine) was spacious, uniquely appointed and very comfortable/cozy. It had an outside sitting area which was a great place to enjoy a glass of wine in the afternoon. Every person with whom we interacted was super nice and helpful. The location was convenient to everything w/o suffering from the bustle of the central square area.

What made the stay special was a bunch of thoughtful small touches including, fresh/homemade salsa upon arrival; fresh made cookies every night; no-charge mini bar; delicious breakfast served by very friendly staff in a tranquil courtyard; free wi-fi; extensive wine list, delivered to your room; etc... Everything was authentic and high quality. Even when checking out, the bill came with a couple of cookies for the road and a weather report for our hometown.

All in all, one of the best places we've stayed the past decade.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Address: 150 E DeVargas Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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#1 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
#24 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn of the Five Graces combines luxury with an aura of mystery. With an ethnic décor enhanced by East Indian and Tibetan antiques, oriental carpets and nomadic textiles combined with Southwest architecture, the interiors feature many handcrafted pieces as well as spectacular tile mosaics. Passionate about this land with its wealth of Indian legends, the owners invite you to embark on a sensory voyage to fully savour this melting pot of cultures and colours. ... more   less 
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