Don’t be fooled by the fact that the Inn of The Governors looks like a tarted up Best Western from the outside. It is one of the best places to stay in Santa Fe (and we have stayed at most of them.)
From the outside this hotel looks like a traditional motor lodge with parking at the front door of each room. Yes, it has flowers on all the rails and nice plantings, but on the outside it is what it is.
Inside, the lobby is a cozy, active place where there is Internet access, tea and sherry every afternoon, and a sumptuous breakfast (included in the room rate) every morning. There is a delightful, heated pool just off the lobby with high walls that makes it a very private place.
The staff is friendly and helpful, though our request for a bellman to help us with our luggage was unmet (we got a prompt apology.)
Our room (a deluxe) was large and had a desk, leather chair and matching couch (which rolled out to a queen), a fireplace (which we did not need in early July) and plenty of wonderful authentic southwestern art throughout the room. We had a small balcony in our second storey room which afforded us a view of the distant mountains and the not so distant parking lot. I recommend requesting a second floor room.
The sheets were comfortable and the pillows plentiful (we had 10 in our room!). There is a nice mini-bar, cheap bottled water, and a coffee maker. We had free wireless Internet access from our room, though I understand this may not be true of all the rooms.
I am not sure what all these folks who complained that they couldn’t turn around in their bathroom were talking about. It is not a huge bathroom, but is plenty big enough and is decorated with attractive Mexican tiles. In our room we had a sink in the bathroom and a second sink in the vanity area outside the bathroom. The bath amenities were Gilchrist & Soames and were fully replenished every day during our three-night stay. The hotel provides top quality robes. It also has hangers that are not attached to the rod (a pet peeve.)
One grumpy correspondent complained of noise. We kept our balcony door open every night (and we were there when the Opera was opening and the town was hopping) and had no problems with noise, other than a slightly noisy trash truck one morning. The a/c is rather loud but we used it only to cool our west-facing room down in the late afternoon when we returned from a day out.
The hotel has a fabulous location just south of the Plaza and very much a part of the traditional town center. You can walk everywhere in town from the hotel and the Canyon Road galleries start just a few blocks away.
If you care what your hotel looks like from the outside, go to the nearby Inn at Loretto or the Eldorado, both beautiful multi-storey adobe structures. But if you want a comfortable, top flight hotel experience in a convenient location, try the Inn of the Governors.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inn of the Governors is a leader in hospitality among Santa Fe Hotels. We provide world-class service, a beautiful downtown location, complimentary Mountain Sunrise full breakfast, free parking and complimentary Tea and Sherry served daily in our lobby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn Of The Governors Hotel Santa Fe
- Hotel Of The Governors
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