We booked this hotel for one night, our first of our week-long trip. We were on a budget, and booked a standard room. The hotel is right in downtown Santa Fe, within walking distance of almost everything, so I was willing to pay a higher price for a smaller room. My first impression of the hotel was positive- as the lobby and outdoor lounge area were very nicely decorated. The lobby was really stunning; candles lit all around, high ceilings with arched entranceways to the other sections of the lobby, antique light fixtures with dim lights casting soft shadows all over the seating area, even a fireplace- it felt as though you had stepped into the past. It all oozed Southwest charm and history. Check-in was quick and we made our way up to the room, excited.
But when we opened the door, we were a little surprised. The door opened up right next to the head of the bed, and there was a sink across from the bed and the door. The room was very, very small, which was semi-expected, as this is an old hotel. I could have dealt with the size issue, but I felt that in other areas, it was clearly form over function. For instance, the sink only had two settings, fire hose, or light dribble. Anytime I needed to wash my hands, brush my teeth, or wash my face, everything was soaking wet; my clothes, the whole basin around the sink, and even the floor. The room's only mirror was behind the sink, and a dim light hung overhead. I found it difficult to see well enough to try and get ready to go out There wasn't anywhere to sit but the bed, which was comfortable but firm, with lots of saggy feather pillows.
And thank goodness my boyfriend and I are very close, because there was no privacy whatsoever! The toilet/shower room was directly off the bedroom, pretty much next to the bed. It was beyond tight!! You had to pick up the bathmat to open or close the door. There was a shower with no tub. The shower looked nice and modern, but it was so dark, I couldn't tell. Honestly, I could barely see, and there was not enough space for toiletries in the shower stall- most everything had to go on the floor. And thank goodness I put a towel down on the floor, because water went everywhere. The bathroom was really my biggest issue. Not having a sink near the toilet is also odd in my opinion. The view was of other rooms, right into their windows. Also you had to pay for parking, but they did offer free Wi-Fi. Overall, I was glad we only had to stay one night, as it was just too uncomfortable. If you do choose this hotel, I would definitely suggest getting a non- standard room... as I'm sure other parts of the hotel are just as good as everyone says in their reviews. If not, try the Inn of Governors right down the street- it looked pretty great- even had a pool
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Named for the patron saint of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the newly remodeled Hotel St. Francis pays respect to the origins of the city with its unique interior. With a palette of natural colors reflecting the days of Santa Fe and handcrafted wood furniture by local artisans, staying at the hotel is a cultural experience. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, its recent restoration and renovation expanded the amenities to entertain travelers from across the world. The hotel is located just steps away from the historic Santa Fe plaza. Whether you're planning a weekend escape, a business retreat, or a lavish wedding, the Hotel St. Francis is the ideal destination. "Hotels supporting cultural causes." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel St Francis
- St Francis Hotel