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Inn at Vanessie
Ranked #27 of 61 Hotels in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 28, 2007

We've stayed at many world-class resorts, but the personal service here remains unbeaten. Having the breakfast menu of my choice, arrive in my room at a time I have chosen, to be enjoyed leisurely on my private outdoor patio... this is one of my favorite things about Water Street Inn. Followed, of course, by the home-baked bedtime snack we find on the bed when we come back to the room at night. And don't forget the smell of pinion pine burning in our room's fireplace as we fall asleep. I truly love this place!

Stayed: August 2007
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Reviewed August 22, 2007

Visiting Santa Fe always means staying at the Water Street Inn. My wife and I have stayed there for Indian Market since the second year they were open. The Inn is located close to the square so you can forget about needing your car. Over the years we have stayed in half of the rooms and have enjoyed each for different reasons. Happy hour is always pleasant because you meet other guests and posibly discover
new restaurants you haven't tried or get to know what is happening right then in town.

Summer or winter, this is our home away from home when in Santa Fe.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 14, 2007

We spent 3 nights and 3 days in Santa Fe at this B & B. The room we had was called the Atayla suite and was not connected to the main inn. That was nice because we were served a very nice, fresh continental breakfast each morning in our room by the staff. We also enjoyed evening cocktails and appetizers on the patio and had a chance to talk with the other guests and the staff. The gals on staff were great with their recommendations for restaurants. We had great meals there, that were not overly expensive. We did stay in a room with a small enclosed sunroom and a patio, which we didn't use because it was too cold. My recommendation is not to pay for this, unless the weather is much warmer. Then it would have been great to use. However, we did use the kiva fireplace!! The temperature control was a little off. Otherwise, very nice, but small room.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2006

I thought the INN was Great, I dont know what the other people who stated the Service was cold was completely wrong! When we arrived we got a little lost but were able to call the Inn and they guided us to the parking lot. Breakfast was great and happy hour was delightful to say the least! Mindy and Justina took great care of us and we felt right at home! Close to downtown, parking, and in house knowledge of this little town was very helpful and appreciated! We will definetly return to such a Treasure!!

  • Stayed: September 2006
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Reviewed September 8, 2006

Our room was beautiful, spacious, and very comfortable. As someone mentioned earlier, the breakfast was just OK.

I know people rave about the service, but it wasn't our experience. The woman who checked us in was very cold and seemed annoyed that we showed up (it was just around 6pm). Our room was across from a bar and the music kept up pretty late.

If you want to be downtown, walking distance to everything, and stay out late, the location is perfect. If you want to get to bed early, you might want to look elsewhere

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JG166
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Reviewed May 20, 2006

We traveled to Santa Fe in January for an extended weekend trip with two other couples. One of the couples regularly stays at the Water Street Inn, so we stayed here at their recommendation. We weren't disappointed with our choice. The rooms are very nicely decorated, the bathrooms are very clean and decorated with Mexican tiles. We stayed in two rooms because the room we had originally reserved had a plumbing problem when we arrived. We were upgraded for one night and then returned to our original room after that first night - this issue was handled very professionally by the staff and turned a potential negative into a positive as we got to see some of the variety that the Inn had to offer in the way of accomodations.

We really enjoyed the choice to either dine in the dining room or have room service. Breakfast was basically a glorified continental breakfast and could have used a bit more variety, but I have to disagree with the previous reviewer who said the food was unimpressive. It was very good quality and fresh during our stay. While we would have enjoyed the choice of a hot entree, we were very satisfied with the quality and quantity of the food provided.

The evening happy hour was fun and a nice way to meet the other guests while gathered in the common room around a roaring fire. One night we had margaritas and quesadillas, the other nights we had local wine and hot appetizers. The alcohol and food helped to loosen up the conversations and get the night started on a happy note. One night we commandeered the common room after happy hour and held our own private wine tasting - great fun.

Regarding the hot tub, I will agree with the poster who said that it is situated in a somewhat dark enclosure that was not initially enticing, but we ventured a little further than the previous poster and found it was actually quite pleasant. The hot tub is very large and can seat 3-4 couples. It was very clean. The room was also ringed with little Christmas lights which we turned on and which made for a much improved appearance to the enclosure. To sum up my views, the room could use a bit of a sprucing up, but it is quite servicable and not the negative portrayed below.

Overall, I would recommend this Inn to others and think you will enjoy your stay. It is in a great location within a couple of short blocks to the square and close to many restaurants.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed August 23, 2005

I spent three nights at the Water Street in August 2005 to attend the Santa Fe Opera. We stayed in Room 2 on the ground floor. The room was very comfortable and well appointed, as was the bathroom. The bed was extremely comfortable. All of the various inn keepers we dealt with were most helpful and pleasant, with one even lending me her mobile phone when my calling card did not work for long distance calls. The one Happy Hour we were able to attend was a great way to chat with other guests and relax.

There were, however, some problems that would preclude me from rating the Inn as highly as other reviewers. The main one was that the air conditioning unit for the building was on the roof of our room. It cycled through all day and night, and would have been intolerable had we not been there during a comparatively cool spell. The a/c in the bathroom consisted of cold air blasting out at floor level with no relief - not a major issue, but very noticeable. Breakfast was adequate, but no more. You complete a form on arrival, choosing what you want, when you want it and where you want it. You can make changes each day, but the menu is pretty basic. We tried the bagel, croissant and muffin and found them of low quality and perhaps even stale. The OJ was definitely not fresh squeezed and the water for tea was not even close to boiling.

I haven't stayed in any other B&Bs in Santa Fe, but I can't imagine that Water Street is up there with the best. Pleasant, but.......

  • Stayed: August 2005
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Additional Information about Inn at Vanessie

Address: 427 W Water St, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1858 (Formerly Water Street Inn)
Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range: $147 - $342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Inn at Vanessie 4.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inn at Vanessie is an award winning, authentic adobe Inn located two blocks to the Plaza area. The 11 spacious rooms are exquisitely appointed with southwest art, artifacts and textures. Amenities include private baths, fireplaces, TV/VCR/DVD, CD players, wireless internet access, telephone with voice mail, hair dryers and robes. The stunning suites have private gardens with fountains and sun rooms. Fantastic jacuzzi, happy hour at our bar Vanessie -- an Inn with a fun atmosphere! ... more   less 
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