This was a road trip. We live in West Texas and my mom and her husband resides in Ruidoso, NM. On Monday, May 21, 2012, we drove the 5 hour distance from our house to her house and spent the night. The next morning, we got up early and drove an additional 4.5 hours to Santa Fe, NM for a 3 night stay.
After a very long search for an affordable place to stay in the Plaza area, I finally booked the Hotel Chimayo from Travelocity. The room rate was $145.00 per night, but they had a special of buy 3 nights; get the second night free, which averaged the rate to $97.00 per night. However, this rate was for a room with stairs to access theloft area and 2 double beds. No other options given.
At check-in I asked for a room with no stairs and a king bed, but was told nothing was available, so DH and I made do. Thought the hotel was nice. It was very quiet. Didn’t see too many people there. The location is perfect to get to everything in the Plaza area. We were glad we had a car though. The Plaza seemed a little limited and having a car to move around more freely was beneficial, but we did walk a lot.
Our room was 105. The door opens from the main corridor on ground level, but as soon as the door is open, we were met with a flight of stairs to get to a loft area where the room is actually located. I do have a bum knee and I don’t do stairs well, but the stairs angle was not too bad, and it wasn’t like we were constantly walking up and down the stairs. In the future though, I would not choose to stay at a room with any stairs.
The room was rather small. The armoire cabinet, which held the TV, had too much depth, so getting by to get to the other bed or the door to the balcony was a little difficult. The bathroom is tiny. We could barely get inside before hitting the commode to shut the door. They should really take off the door and add a pocket door instead. The sink was out of the bathroom in a little corner. There was a small frig and coffee maker available, but only with de-café coffee. DH asked the front desk for regular coffee, but was informed they were out. We did forget to bring toothpaste, and they gave us a few sample Colgate packets. The room was fine for what we paid. DH enjoyed sitting on the balcony, but there was not much of a view. It held a little bistro table and 3 chairs. I would suggest that they put in a ceiling fan and place a mirror over the desk instead of a picture, so it can be used as a vanity since the bathroom is so tiny. The double beds were quite comfortable with down comforters and several pillows for each bed
Parking is $14.00 per day + tax of $1.15. Really? Tax on parking. I thought that was a little strange. So, it was $45 and some change for a 3 night stay. The parking was underground and the door to get to the elevator was open to anyone. They should really make that door key card accessible only to guests.
We did not eat at the hotel’s restaurant; Tia Concina, but did visit the bar; Low 'n Slow Low-rider Bar. I printed a coupon from the internet for a free guacamole appetizer with purchase of 2 specialty drinks, which was valued at $9.00. We both had a $10.50 jalapeño margarita, which was to die for, with the guacamole and chips that were very good. We added salsa for an additional $3.00. All was very good. The next night, we returned to the bar for a nightcap jalapeño margarita. There was a different bartender on staff and he made them terrible. It’s like he forgot to put in the syrup to make it sweet and I know he didn’t add the Grand Mariner.
We enjoyed our stay and would consider this hotel again, but only for a room with no stairs and a reasonable rate. I would try Tia Concina restaurant next time also.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Picturesque Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, a boutique hotel, offers luxurious accommodations with original artwork which celebrates the unique heritage of Chimayo. The enchanting guest room suites feature bancos, fireplaces, private or communal balconies and separate living rooms centered on an open-air plaza patio. Just a short walk from the hotel are some of the most treasured Santa Fe attractions such as the State Capitol, the Palace of the Governors, the striking St. Francis Cathedral Basilica, and the Loretto Chapel, which houses the Miraculous Spiral Staircase. "Hotels supporting cultural causes." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Real Santa Fe
- Plaza Real Hotel