The Silver Saddle is everything we love in vintage motels: Clean, historic, pet-friendly, good location, quirky and cheerful. Staying there we felt like locals, not like tourists. It has a real flavor of Santa Fe.
From my very first interaction with the property, when I first spoke with Dawn on the phone and via e-mail to finalize our reservations, to our arrival and check-in with Miguel, we felt like valued customers and very welcomed. The motel has some pet-friendly rooms and a reasonable pet fee. We stayed in the Willie Nelson Room (always big love for Willie Nelson so this was for sure a bonus!), which was very fresh, clean, and nicely appointed. The bathroom was great: good amount of space and storage and a nice big walk-in shower, recently re-tiled. The air conditioning worked well and the heavy block-walled room stayed nice and cool even during a hot week.
Our king bed was firm and felt new, and we enjoyed the flat-screen TV, many channels, and the in-room wi-fi access. The room had a mini-fridge and when we requested use of a microwave to nuke some ears of corn on the cob, Miguel brought us our own to use for the duration of our stay. The lobby is a fun hang out, as well as the courtyard behind the lobby. They’re both furnished in kitschy chic Santa Fe style, with mismatched vintage tables, cool artifacts and stocked with colorful coffee cups. Breakfast each morning was always great: pastries, bagels, cinnamon toast, fruit, fresh juice and coffee and hard-boiled eggs. We were always well fueled- up for each day’s adventures!
The motel is on busy Cerrillos Road, a few miles from historic downtown—a bit out of walking distance, though it’s a simple bus ride. The No. 2 bus stops just outside of the motel, and I enjoyed riding it back and forth to the Plaza, rolling like a local and making new friends on public transportation. The motel neighborhood is decent, with lots of casual food options within walking distance, including our fave, the delicious Jarochos Taqueria truck parked right next door in front of the very cool Jackalope mercantile. Also nearby- a Smith’s Grocery, if you wanna stock your fridge and picnic basket.
Thank you Dawn, for being so charming, fun and wonderful. What a hoot. And Miguel, always courteous and helpful. The motel building is well-kept and the grounds are also well-tended with flowers and a great little picnic/smoking area (we don’t smoke, though we did enjoy picnicking at the tables). The neighboring Jackalope Mercantile is a world within itself, with several buildings full of fun Santa Fe furnishings, plants, pottery, art, unusual souvenirs, and assorted artisan vendors. They also have a barnyard section full of doves, fancy chickens and a friendly burro.
I recommend Silver Saddle for anyone looking for an authentic yet affordable taste of Santa Fe. We stayed there three nights and enjoyed our visit to this interesting and artistic city very much.
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