La Posada de Santa Fe is not your typical resort getaway. At 6 acres and 157 rooms, it is a relatively small property. It is also a historic property, meaning the buildings have some age to them. Rooms are contained in numerous small buildings (casitas), so just about every room has it's own exterior entry - no long hallways here. The property was also extensively remodeled Having said that, there are some things to be aware of.
The remodel is now showing a bit of its own age, and is probably due for a refresh. Because of the historic nature of the property, each casita, and each room, are unique. Some show their age more than others, but in all my stays I've never been in one that is bad. However, the remodelers did appear to take some short cuts - such as doors with years of painting on them (over the hinges, etc.) rather than being properly stripped and refinished. Not a big deal, but not the quality one would expect to see in a high-end resort.
Bathrooms are often the weak link in hotels, expensive and cheap. While attempts have been made to keep La Posada up-to-date, a couple of mistakes were made. Then bathroom window in our room appeared to be non-insulated, so in the winter it transmits a lot of cold air into the bathroom.
A design error that too many hotels make is the use of the curved shower curtain rod. Maybe this gives the user the feeling the shower is larger than it actually is? Regardless, the result is usually that the curvature adds enough linear inches to make a standard shower curtain too short to keep water from splashing on the floor. Either do away with the curved rod or order curtains that are long enough to completely keep water inside the shower.
When staying at a resort like La Posada, be aware that you will most likely be charged a resort fee. La Posada discloses this upfront - a $30 daily resort fee, but offsets it with a $40 daily breakfast credit. Chances are you won't have EVERY breakfast at the hotel, but it is one way to minimize this fee.
Personally, I am not happy that US hotels large and small appear to be adding this non-negotiable fee to their rates. It probably offsets the lost revenue they used to get from telephone sue, minibar purchases, etc. But ALWAYS check first to see if there is a resort fee added on top of your room rate.
While La Posada does offer free valet parking, self-parking does not appear to be an option. Like I said, the property is small and parking is limited. (Although before the remodel, one could park close to their room.) They do not charge for valet parking, although that cost may be figured into the resort fee, as well as Wi-Fi (unfortunately slow) and other items.
You are also charged $1/day for donation to the restoration of a nearby park. A nice idea, but, again, this fee is not generally disclosed upfront and I suspect there is no option to have it removed.
La Posada lacks some of amenities you might find in a larger property - dining choices are limited (and generally upscale) and I did not see a "gift shop" for general travel sundries.
La Posada is a fine, older property, within walking distance of many local amenities, shopping, and dining. I've stayed there numerous times over a 20 year period and will return. However, note that it does come with some minor drawbacks (maintenance/upkeep, on-site amenities, parking, additional fees). None of these are "deal breakers", so check out La Posada with these in mind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Posada de Santa Fe, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, is affiliated with Starwood Hotels and Resorts and participates in the SPG loyalty program. "The Art Hotel of Santa Fe", is a historic property and the only resort downtown. Nestled on six acres in the heart of Santa Fe, just steps from the historic Plaza and Canyon Road, La Posada is the ultimate destination for leisure and business travel with exquisite indoor and outdoor venues for groups, meetings, weddings, and social events. Discover a captivating blend of adobe-style architecture and local artwork, a year-round outdoor pool, exceptional spa, award-winning cuisine and genuine hospitality from our seasoned professionals. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Posada De Santa Fe Hotel Santa Fe
- La Posada De Santa Fe Resort And Spa