Having read many reviews of hotels in Santa Fe before going, I picked this one and was delighted. I've traveled all over the world and been lucky enough to stay in stellar hotels, as well as my budget picks, but have never encountered a staff (from manager to shuttle driver to housekeepers) that was so uniformly helpful, solicitous and responsive. I heard many guests, on checkout, also remarking what a wonderful stay they had there (I was often on one of the two the hotel-offered computers in the morning, by the reception area, when many people checked out).
The location is easy for parking and access to the Plaza (as well as being next door to Whole Foods), but the free shuttle service was also a big plus. The room was very clean (the reviews criticizing the cleanliness of the rooms seemed very odd, based on what I saw) as were the grounds. The room was perhaps on the small side, but quite large enough. Staff was ever-present and solicitous, often restocking clean towels for the pools, tidying up, etc.
Breakfast was plentiful (French toast, bagel assortment, muffins, donuts, hard-boiled eggs, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, etc.) and always helpful to have included in the room price. I also liked the fact that it started at 6:30, since I am an early riser (as were many there). But, best of all were the constant smiles and pleasant attitude of the staff (especially the lovely lady who welcomed us to breakfast and to afternoon chips, dip, iced tea and lemonade in the reception area!).
The pool is a very creative use of space - and small, so if the pool is your main destination in Santa Fe, this is probably not the best hotel for you. Seating there is limited to a round table with 3-4 chairs, 3-4 lounge chairs and a double seat, but lying on the ground on towels was fine.
There are also many shady outdoor dining tables on the grounds.
Overall - I found the price very reasonable and the experience to be as good as I had hoped. While there are a lot of options for lodging in Santa Fe, this is a great one to choose if you are looking for a clean, pleasant and convenient base for exploring the area.
We went to the opera, Bandelier and Tent Mountain national sites, hiked around the ski area, saw 3 museums, walked around Canyon Road and thoroughly explored every shop in the plaza. We always took the shuttle to and from town to save our strength for other adventures.
Also, I would skip eating at the Sensa restaurant (overpriced and a bit pretentious), by the Plaza, but we had great meals at the Guadeloupe Cafe and El Farol (wonderful tapas assortments).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Santa Fe Sage Inn is an excellent choice for affordable lodging in downtown Santa Fe. The hotel offers 145 attractive, comfortable rooms with free amenities including a "Healthy Start" breakfast, exercise facility, guest laundry, wireless high-speed internet and downtown shuttle services. The Santa Fe Sage Inn is located only six blocks from the historic plaza and across the street from the Railyard Park dining and shopping district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Fe Sage Hotel Santa Fe
- Sage Inn