I had two stays at La Posada in a week in late September and early October, 2013. They bracketed a hiking trip I was on which began and ended in Santa Fe.
This is usually a pretty quiet time of year in the New Mexico capital. In September and October, we are past the Indian Market in mid-July and the Opera Season in late July & August. We are also before the winter attractions of Thanksgiving and Christmas, which bring large crowds to town. During my visit to the area the big attractions were the Aspens turning, splashing their festival yellow across the mountainsides, and the balloon festival in Albuquerque. (Some festival participants and visitors stay in Santa Fe as it is only an hour’s drive away.)
In both of my visits, I really had a good experience. La Posada is situated a couple blocks east and slightly uphill of the Santa Fe Plaza on East Palace Street, so access to the heart and soul of the town is almost right outside your door. One block toward the plaza from the hotel is the churchyard for St. Francis Cathedral, complete, on weekends, with a thriving artists market, echoing the same down the street at the Palace of the Governors, where each weekend (and to some degree during the week) local native crafters sell their silver, turquoise and other beautiful jewelry and art work. This is just one way of saying that La Posada is convenient to all the attractions downtown Santa Fe has to offer, from the outdoor vendors, to restaurants, to fine art galleries and much, much more.
La Posada also has plenty to offer on its own. The property itself is fairly small, but beautifully landscaped and both the rooms I stayed in were quiet and private. Great bathrooms! Cozy beds! I didn’t try the spa services on either stay, but heard from others that they were quite good. The fitness room was a bit cramped, but each time I used it I was the only person in the place. This may be attributable to the time of year.
The decor is “vintage” Santa Fe. The lobby and several portions of the main house (where reception, the bar and restaurant are located), were once part of an old hacienda (soaring ceilings and viga beaming, terra cotta tile flooring and leather furniture you can sink into). The place is filled with local art (for sale if you’re interested) and New Mexican charm. This older building surrounds a large patio, where al fresco dining is the norm, even in winter. The rooms are situated along winding paths that form a sort of outer circle meandering around the property. There are plenty of trees, which make the property (along with most of the historic area of Santa Fe) something of an oasis.
Other than a few breakfasts and one cocktail party, I did not dine at La Posada over the four combined nights I stayed there. LOVED their free coffee bar in the mornings, though. They offered real “Mayan” hot chocolate! Combine that with a bit of coffee and set yourself down by the large kiva-style fireplace in the lobby and you have something close to a perfect start to your day. While I was there, the nights were getting noticeably cooler and the mornings were quite crisp - perfect for this kind of start to the day’s activities.
Although I did not interact with a great number of the staff or personnel, all were unfailingly polite and knowledgeable about both the hotel complex and Historic Santa Fe. Great restaurant recommendations, clear instructions for walking pretty much all of the historic area from La Posada and a lot of patience made for very enjoyable exchanges whenever they occurred.
And although the gold (or should I say “turquoise”?) standard will always be La Fonda for me, I would not hesitate to suggest La Posada de Santa Fe as a quiet respite in the heart of Santa Fe.
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