Every year my wife and I spend our anniversary at the Inn. The staff and rooms are the benchmark by which we measure other hotels. Everyone at the hotel from the brilliant and charming concierge, Mary, to the prompt and friendly valet is courteous, professional and simply wonderful.
This year we had dinner at the hotel's restaurant, Luminaria, for the first time. The ambiance was a nicely subdued blend of southwestern, cape cod and rustic (if you can imagine that). We had a table facing both the patio and fireplace which couldn't be beat, though they had comfortable booths with high walls offering greater intimacy.
My wife and I have spent a lot of time in fine restaurants around the world and though we aren't experts we are attuned to the subtile differences between well done fine dining and the veneer of quality some high priced restaurants pass off. The service and food Luminaria are premier.
Luminaria not only left nothing to be desired but set a high water mark. Our waitress for dinner, Melissa, was spectacular and like a movie-star: Charming, insightful, and perfectly attentive while unobtrusive.
Although the prix fixe looked delicious we were happy to have opted for a arugula and watercress salad followed by the blackend salmon and beef short ribs. Little could have complimented the short ribs as well as the Marietta Petit Sirah reccomended by Melissa.
The short ribs were the ideal blend of a savory crust and fork tender braised beef served with succulent demi-glace, both of which were perfectly balanced by the creamy cheese grits and pearl onions. My wife loved the pan seared blackend salmon filet and onion risotto, especially the risotto (she is still raving about it!).
The unexpected amose bouche was a grilled shrimp with a spectacular citrus ajoli and after dinner we were surprised with a mouth-watering dark chocolate truffle mignardise that would have complimented an espresso as well as it did the red wine.
The bread basket contained a nice variety of savory breads, including a uniquely delicious chipotli flaovred biscotti-style biscuit and muffin that I wish I'd gotten more of.
Of all the wonderful places to eat in Santa Fe, Luminaria should not be missed or casually overlooked.
If you are budget conscious, you can join the hotel's free "Legacy Club" on their website to get 20% off on the meals and maybe even the spa treatments.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An exquisite Santa Fe, New Mexico hotel reflecting the culture and sophistication of its historic setting, the Inn and Spa at Loretto features 136 guestrooms, a full-service spa, casual fine dining, art galleries and a tranquil garden. The Inn is ideally located in the heart of Santa Fe, near the Palace of the Governors and just one block from historic Santa Fe Plaza's galleries, museums, restaurants and boutiques. Effortlessly blending old-world charm with world-class splendor, this Santa Fe luxury hotel is one of the state's most photographed buildings. Built at the end of the historic Old Santa Fe Trail high in the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Inn and Spa at Loretto is an architectural recreation of the Taos Pueblo, a national historic landmark. ... more less
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