We stayed at Inn on the Alameda for two nights in early July. Our expectations were high because of the reviews on Tripadvisor. As usual, the reviews were spot-on, which is why I always consult Tripadvisor before planning a trip. Our pleasant experience with the Inn on the Alameda really began the day after we made our reservation when the Inn's Manager personally called to introduce herself and confirm our reservation. She also asked if we had any special requests or needed any information about the Inn on the Alameda and/or Santa Fe. The Inn on the Alameda is in a perfect location, about 1 1/2 blocks from the Canyon Road galleries and about 3 blocks from the Plaza. We arrived in time for the 4:00 p.m. Happy Hour, when the Inn serves guests complimentary wine, beer, cheese, fruit, crackers/bread, veggies and dip. Mixed drinks and fancier beers and wines are also available for purchase at a reasonable price. The complimentary wines and beers are very good. During Happy Hour, all guests are in the same area and this gives everyone a chance to mingle. We first went to our room at the conclusion of Happy Hour, when we discovered that the Inn had upgraded us to a Suite (actually, suite 141 which we loved)! At check-in, the person at the desk greeted us in a friendly manner, gave us a parking pass, showed us where to park and also gave us several maps and other information about Santa Fe. She also gave us a personal, handwritten note from the Manager of the Inn, welcoming us to the property and advising us of our upgrade. Manager calling to chat about our trip and writing a personal note to welcome us to the property? Unheard of but true. I suspected that we were receiving very special treatment because I told the Manager that we heard about the Inn on Tripadvisor but later I noticed that everyone who checked in also received a personal handwritten note from the Manager. This is just the way the Inn does business and you can tell that the Manager and the staff proudly take the comfort and satisfaction of the Inn's guests very seriously. We went back to the bar area before going to dinner; the bartender was so nice and helpful. She informed us that the bar would be closing that evening at 9 but offered to put wine in a bucket of ice and deliver it to our room just in case we wanted some upon our return to the Inn. We declined her offer because we knew we were tired and would not drink the wine but her offer was so nice and sincere. Seriously, everyone on the staff at the Inn makes you feel like you are the only ones staying at the Inn and that you are very, very important people, which we are not. Our Suite (141) was part of a row of approximately 6 suites in two free standing buildings. Our suite had a front porch with two chairs and a table. The porch was covered and also had some beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers in front, making us feel like we were in a home rather than an Inn. As for the suite, I wish I had taken pictures but visualize this: you walk in to find a very, very large room with a partial see-through partition that divides the bedroom from the living area. To the right are a very comfortable sofa, chair and coffee table with a fireplace in the right front corner. To the left are a wet bar and mini-fridge. The bathroom, which is about the size of a full bath in a 1970's Oklahoma house, is located behind a door on the left, about where the partition stands. I assume the adjoining suite has its bathroom on the right as the bathroom in our suite was about the same length as the living area. Our suite had a comfortable king size bed with plenty of pillows. The ice machine was right next door to our suite, in a building by itself between Suites 141 and 142 and the four other suites. The Inn is not fancy at all, nor is it the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. However, it the most welcoming and cozy. It is clean and comfy. What more could one want? Well, we found out the next morning when we visited the Inn's buffet breakfast, which is included in the room price. We did not intend to eat breakfast at the Inn because we thought it was a basic continental breakfast with various pastries and fruit. We were so wrong. One room (the Happy Hour room) did have continental breakfast with muffins, toast, english muffins, fruit, bagels, coffee, juice, water, tea, etc. However, in another room there was a bar top with two different types of quiche, bacon, eggs to order and muffins, toast, juice, etc (everything that was in the other room). We were in a hurry so we just grabbed a blueberry muffin, a banana and some coffee, thinking that we would try the breakfast the next morning. Unfortunately we left very early the next morning before the Inn served breakfast; not partaking in the Inn's breakfast was really my only regret of our vacation. Note that the muffins were not just ordinary muffins - there were all sorts of muffins like blueberry, chocolate, carrot, zucchini, etc. Since we never had the breakfast, I cannot say what else might have been available but the muffin that we did have was very good. I also overheard other guests saying how much they enjoyed their breakfasts. Our time in Santa Fe was limited (2 nights, one day) and I am not sure that we will return because Santa Fe is not really our kind of place. However, I could see going back solely for the pampering experience of staying at the Inn on the Alameda, where they truly make you feel special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico, between the historic Plaza and the art-filled galleries of Canyon Road, the Inn on the Alameda is the ideal downtown Santa Fe lodging location. With this cozy inn as your home base, you can explore our town’s unique attractions, unique museums, fine dining, distinctive boutiques and local festivities. An ample continental breakfast with organic. vegan and gluten-free selections is included with every stay, as is a relaxing afternoon wine hour daily. Wi-fi and parking are always free, and one pet under 30# is welcome with a nightly fee in pet-specific rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn On The Alameda Hotel Santa Fe
- Hotel On The Alameda
- On The Alameda Hotel
- Inn Alameda