We were initially drawn to the Inn of the Governors by their location (in relation to the plaza and easy access), their parking (central in Santa Fe), and also the inclusion of their breakfast. We weren't disappointed by any of these. The hotel is not glamorous, nor is it spa-like. It is charming and feels small in comparison to La Fonda or the Inn at Loretto. It is relatively quiet (La Fonda seemed like Disney Land - frenetic and noisy!) It is also not as expensive. It's not the cheapest place to stay either. This is an older hotel (I think the original building was built in 1965) that was added on to as it grew in popularity. The lobby has comfortable seating for just hanging out (they have an afternoon tea/sherry hour). The dining area expands to their heated patio where there's an outdoor fireplace. They have a heated pool, too, in a little courtyard area that I imagine in the spring is lush with flowers.
The main building has an elevator - for those who find stairs challenging. We stayed in the main building and had a room with a kiva which was lovely. Others in our party were in an adjoining building and stayed in a mini suite, which was huge, but no fire place.
The bathroom in our room could have been 6-12 inches larger and it would have made a huge difference. It also had a drop ceiling which wouldn't bother anyone under 5'6". However it did make showering a challenge, doing a back dip in order to get your head wet, and the mirror was only able to display your torso, no head. We're not giants and found it amusing, but also wondered if they could make any improvements in this area. This is also the 2nd hotel I've recently stayed where the toiletries (shampoo, body wash and conditioner) were in large bottles. Really smart with regard to waste, etc... Housekeeping was amusing and friendly and ready to serve. I found the bed to be too hard, but no one else in our party complained. Our room was located right next to the elevator and we weren't bothered by it at all - nice and quiet.
The hotel sent us the local Santa Fe guide in advance of our trip. We all found that helpful and a very nice, considerate touch.
The Hotel St. Francis is a half-block away and a great place to have a drink and people watch. Cafe Pasqual's is a little bit further and a great place to dine - casual, but make reservations. Really couldn't beat the location and parking deal. The hotel has all sorts of rooms tucked in all over their property. They've really made the best out of their location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inn of the Governors is a leader in hospitality among Santa Fe Hotels. We provide world-class service, a beautiful downtown location, complimentary Mountain Sunrise full breakfast, free parking and complimentary Tea and Sherry served daily in our lobby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn Of The Governors Hotel Santa Fe
- Hotel Of The Governors
- Of The Governors Hotel