Located a couple of blocks from De Vargas shopping center and within walking distance of the Santa Fe main plaza (river walk, the capitol building, Canyon Road art gallery walk, etc), we did not have to start the car up during our whole week there. This was an ideal setting for us.
This is a Diamond Resorts property and, to our surprise, timeshare/vacation ownership high pressure presentations were not something this resort does; our stay was especially pleasant because of this. Instead, the resort staff was pleasant, helpful, courteous, and the facility was small-scale and comfortable.
The attractive light brown buildings were trimmed in the Santa Fe turquoise color so popular here. This vacation property never felt congested and there was plenty of parking. It is popular with travelers from California, Arizona, and Colorado but there were many license plates from Kansas, Louisiana, Florida, and Illinois (other far away states, too).
The property itself consists of a main office and 2 buildings (a small street separates the buildings). The in-ground hydro-spa and 2 barbeques, as well as outdoor tables and chairs, lounge chairs are all located on the enclosed grounds adjacent to the 3-floor building across the street from the office. The in-ground spa is limited to those age 18 and older. To use the barbeques,, a trip through the building's hallway is necessary (kind of inconvenient). Resort staff says this is the only way to access these amenities.
A small pool is adjacent to the main office building. That building houses a pool table in a separate room, a laundry room ($1.50 each wash and dry), a small fitness room, computers in the lobby area, coffee in the morning, and newspaper machine outside by the front door.
The room itself, although on the small-ish side, certainly was adequate and nicely done. Furnishings, artwork, cabinetry, carpeting, window coverings were all higher-end and quite attractive. A comfortable bed and quiet evenings made for a very pleasant week. A little deck off the living room was big enough for the 2 chairs. Thee is an elevator.
The kitchenette has 2 burners (no oven), microwave, toaster, blender, etc. (all was there). Kitchen utensils consisted of a pot and a fry pan. As we were on a long road trip, we packed along a slightly bigger fry pan (just in case) and that made a big difference.
We spoke with another guest who said he exchanged in through Interval International and he was in the building with access to the spa, barbeques, tables and chairs, lounges, etc. Everyone one in that building has mid-week tidy service.
We came in through Platinum Interchange and were assigned a room on one of the 2 (of 4) floors in the other building. These floors (3 and 4) are where the RCI and Platinum Interchange people are housed. An info sheet tells you that both of these floors do not get mid-week tidy service unless they pay an additional $40. The up-side is, no one comes to your room and the down-side is you empty your own trash, and we also washed our own towels as needed. If you need supplies (tissue paper, etc.) the office will give them to you.
A very short walk away, De Vargas shopping center filled all our needs: Albertson's and Sprout's grocery stores, Ross, Subway, Panda Express, Starbucks, loads of restaurants, man interesting shops, and even a Humane Society store (Barkin Boutique) with a wide range of things, including amazing art work by a local artist at greatly reduced prices (he volunteers his art for the "cause").
Late afternoon, head up Bishop's Lodge Road to Artist Road (check it on the map) and locate the Fort Marcy Compound (large condo complex, really large!). Off the road is a wonderful place to hike and walk down the stairs down close to the main plaza. The sunset views are truly amazing! It is a refined walk on paved paths and steps (no hiking through scrub brush) and very popular. It is a city facility.
This area is so very walkable and we could not have been happier with our choice of places to stay. We already made our return reservation for next year. We'll be back! You betcha!
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- Villas De Santa Fe Hotel Santa Fe
- Hotel De Santa Fe
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