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“Charming quiet hotel with a short walk to the plaza”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Old Santa Fe Inn

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Old Santa Fe Inn
Ranked #7 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
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“Charming quiet hotel with a short walk to the plaza”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I usually use chain hotels and are never sure what to expect from hotels like this. There was no need to worry this time. It exuded New Mexico charm from the minute we arrived. Our room was very spacious, very clean, and made us feel like we were in colonial New Mexico. There really no negatives about the room except maybe the price, but this is Santa Fe and is going to cost more than other places. It's only a five minute walk from the plaza area but far enough away you don't get any of the noise. The included breakfast was great. It is at the top of our list the next time we visit Santa Fe.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

Stayed here for two nights in July with two adults and two children. Chose hotel based on proximity to plaza. The rate was about 1/3 less than other downtown hotels and included breakfast so I figured it was worth a shot. It is a motel-type setup in a "U" shape - one way in and one way out - which was nice - no cars racing through the lot. The parking area is gravel. The room was clean and had nice amenities - Samsung flat screen tv, Fujitsu air conditioner, tile bathroom, etc. The breakfast had a nice selection, but nothing seemed homemade - not an issue, but a few other reviewers noted they thought it was homemade stuff - I don't think so - the guacamole in the afternoon was not homemade for certain which was disappointing.

PROS: cost (expensive for what you get, but fair relative to other area properties - I have stayed at the Inn on the Alameda and the Eldorado both of which run about $100 more per night); comfortable beds; safe; breakfast included; nice lobby; proximity to plaza - easy four block walk with restaurants and shopping along the way; quiet (we did not hear much street noise); polite staff.

CONS: no pool; gravel lot; narrow parking spaces; poor internet connection (did not work at all on day 2 unless we were physically in the lobby). I think there was a LAN cord in the desk to direct wire to a laptop (but no go for iPads).

Overall, I'd stay here again if I could get a decent rate.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

We just returned from 5 days at this hotel and must say it exceeded our expectations. We based our choice on this website reviewers, so thank you people! Clean room and bathroom, nice size room. Awesome breakfast - fresh, guacamole and chips, cookies and tons of great coffee! But most wonderful were the front desk and management- warm, wonderful and super helpful. And all about 5 min walk from the plaza. Would definitely stay here again. Also parking at no extra charge- Thanks Old Santa Fe Inn!

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 33- nice room.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

My wife, daughter and I recently had our first stay at the Old Santa Fe Inn. We picked the Inn based primarily on its TA reviews, and thankfully those good reviews proved true. What I liked best about the Inn is the way they offered little thoughtful conveniences to the traveler. Some examples include:

* A filtered water dispenser in the hotel so you could fill/refill your own water bottles. This saved us the cost and inconvenience of buying bottled water. Terrific!

* The pull-out couch my daughter used included a built-in inflatable mattress to make it extra comfortable.

* The Starbucks coffee, along with tea and hot chocolate, which are offered in the lobby all day long proved to be a nice treat. The front desk also had fresh lemon water and apples available all day.

* At 4:00 each afternoon, they offer freshly made guacamole and salsa that is truly terrific, along with freshly made cookies.

* The breakfast buffet, which is free for all guests, includes standards such as eggs, sausage, and waffles but also bakery-quality breads for toasting and freshly cut fruit. This was a great way for all three of us to get a nourishing start to the day.

* The front desk staff were always willing to give helpful advice on topics such as where to eat and where to go sightseeing. Danny and Matt were of particular help to us on our trip.

* About a week before we arrived, the Inn sent us a welcome packet including a guide to Santa Fe. Again, just a small but thoughtful thing to do.

* The room included a good-sized safe which provided ample space for storing electronics such as iPads.

* The Inn has ample free parking. If you stay closer to the plaza, you may be in a valet parking only situation.

* The Inn offers free WiFi with no annoying passwords or usage agreements. Yea! However, I must add that we could only get decent reception in our bedroom (and not in the living room).

Other good features of the Inn include:

* A convenient location. The Inn is only four blocks from the plaza and about five blocks (in the other direction) to the Santa Fe Railyard (which houses the terrific farmers’ market and numerous restaurants and shops). We had contemplated staying closer to the plaza, but we found this to be plenty close. This location was also likely quieter at night than those located right on the plaza.

* A great room. We had a Deluxe Suite on the second level because of wanting a separate room for our daughter to sleep in. It was a good-sized suite and included a mini-frig, microwave, and a big walk-in closet -- terrific! The room was quiet but that was likely because we were on the second floor. Most rooms are on the first floor near the parking lot, so I could imagine those would not be as quiet.

So what wasn’t great? Not much, but here are a few things:

* No balcony. The Inn’s website indicates that select rooms include a private balcony. Our room did not and I only saw two other rooms that had balconies and one was of the “Juliet” variety. In other words, don’t count on getting a balcony which is a real shame in Santa Fe where the great weather almost demands time spent relaxing on a balcony or patio. If there is one reason I would even consider choosing a different hotel on my next visit to Santa Fe, this would be it.

No pool. We knew this going in, of course, but it would have been nice to have access to a pool, especially for our daughter.

Breakfast burritos. OK, I’m being really picky here, and I know I already praised the breakfast buffet, but I had come to the Inn expecting a great breakfast burrito bar based on other reviews and in this, I was sorely disappointed. The eggs seem to come from a mix and then sit in a chafing dish for hours. Needless to say, these do not provide a good foundation to a great breakfast burrito. There are store-bought tortillas which you can heat on a griddle which are fine and there are pinto beans in crock pot which are also fine. There is shredded cheese and sausage patties, if you like. But any decent breakfast burrito in Santa Fe needs green chile sauce, right? Unfortunately, there are only canned green chiles to be found. Well, at least there is red chile sauce, right? Nope, there is a picante-like salsa that is not half as good as the salsa they serve in the afternoons.

These small quibbles aside, we loved our stay at the Inn and will strongly consider it on future visits to Santa Fe.

Room Tip: Second floor units will likely be quieter and be sure to ask for a balcony if you want one.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Greeley, CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

Just ended a three-night stay and agree with many other posters that this is a great find in Santa Fe. Old Santa Fe Inn is a completely renovated motel near the heart of Santa Fe Plaza. With two teens, we were happy we booked the deluxe room (#41 upstairs, no elevator) with a separate living area and small kitchenette (sink, microwave, coffee maker, mini-fridge). We love to enjoy happy hour on our own and really appreciated the nice sized private rooftop balcony with table and 4 chairs beyond the double doors of our living room - we overlooked the Plaza area and mountains behind it, perfect for sunrise coffee or late afternoon wine.

The rooms were very comfortable and the kiva fireplace was a beautiful touch.The bedroom had its own TV. Everything was clean. Our son found the pull out sofa (it inflated!) to be one of the best he's slept on. Rooms were quiet - we heard absolutely no noise from any adjoining rooms. The only suggestions I'd make would be 1. more shelf space is needed in the bathroom (had to take toiletries back and forth from the bedroom desk), 2. extra blankets for those who might have different sleeping needs than the rest in the room, and 3. a set of wine glasses in the kitchenette. Also, if you're using the kitchenette area you'll need to bring your own paper plates/plastic utensils, paper towel/napkins, and dishwashing soap. We picked these up at a local grocery store for picnic lunches and happy hours on the balcony.

Service is really great. Check in was smooth and Matt at the front desk marked all the hot spots within walking distance on our map. Free Starbucks coffee, free cookies and chips and guacamole in the afternoon make a nice extra touch. Breakfast burrito bar (and waffles/standard items too) was included and very tasty from 7 to 9:30 am. Wifi is free and worked in most areas of our unit; better reception closer to the center of the complex. Free parking, which is a blessing in Santa Fe - what a mess to try to park in that area! Only a few easy blocks to the Plaza and all the central sights.

Overall, a great place to stay and worth the extra cost for the deluxe room with balcony if you actually spend any time in your room. We'll definitely be back!

Room Tip: Deluxe room 41 had a kitchenette (sink, microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker), separate living room...
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Chickasha, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

I would have to rate this Hotel 5*+. It was THE BEST experience we've had in a LONG time. The location to the Plaza couldn't have been better for the price. The staff was very polite and accommodating. Great free full breakfast. Cookies and chips and salsa were served daily for NO extra charge. Very clean rooms! We stayed in room #1. When we went in we were afraid there would be traffic noise, but we heard NOTHING during the night! I would HIGHLY recommend this place for a great trip to Santa Fe, NM. We will definitely book there on our next.......and next.......etc trips!!!

Room Tip: You could NOT go wrong with ANY room here. We did have some upstairs neighbors who walked rather hea...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oceanside, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stayed here over the July 4th weekend and I was very pleased with the inn. You can't beat the proximity to the main town square. There are many good restaurants nearby. There is no extra fee to park your car. The rooms have a nice southwest feel-the bed was comfortable (I 'm very fussy about that). The free snacks and coffee in the afternoon will tide you over til dinner. I would go back.

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Property: Old Santa Fe Inn
Address: 201 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
#4 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
#6 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Old Santa Fe Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Locally-owned and managed, and selected as one of the ten classic and reinvented motels in the United States, Old Santa Fe Inn is located only four blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Santa Fe. Our Inn also has free parking and free 100MBps Internet access. Imagine a slower pace…..a more peaceful tempo..…a time when artists and writers were just discovering the charm of Santa Fe, the oldest Capitol city in the United States....Old Santa Fe Inn captures that feeling of warmth and hospitality from a simpler time.We're located only four blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza on Historic Route 66 and three blocks from the Railrunner train station, you will easily walk to the best of what Santa Fe has to offer. The colorful history of Santa Fe is reflected in our guest room furnishings, which are patterned from historic collections of New Mexican antique furniture and textiles, and the famous woodcuts of beloved local artist Willard Clark that decorate the walls are reminiscent of his heyday…a time when noteworthy artists and writers were attracted to and lived in Santa Fe. Parking right outside your door, 16 Mbps high speed internet access, our expanded business and fitness centers, and morning breakfast burritos are all complimentary. Many rooms feature a kiva-style fireplace and a private balcony or patio area, and our suites offer separate living areas, jetted tubs, microwaves and refrigerators. All rooms and suites feature flat screen televisions (with HBO) and wireless and wired Internet access.As you can tell by our high TripAdvisor ranking, we value your patronage and will offer you the best guest service in Santa Fe. Please stay with us at Old Santa Fe Inn. ... more   less 
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