While Santa Fe has great hotels, we wanted to get more of a sense of living here, and at the same time did not want to eat every meal in a restaurant. So we found a property management firm that picks exquisite homes or condos, and then finishes them off with absolutely deluxe accoutrements -- Frette sheets, flat screen TVs, gourmet kitchens with top end appliances, art collections...We stayed in Casa Perla, but I think any of Aqui's properties would give you the same high quality experience - and the service from Caroline (Morgan) was perfect. Just what we needed -- not too intrusive, but always spot on. Highly recommended.
SubZero refrigerator, Wolf stove, Bosch dishwasher (the quietest on the market) -- down quilts, air conditioning, rain-style shower head and a hand-held, leather and suede furniture, private garden.
For stays longer than a couple of days, we've become huge fans of vacation rentals. More space, more really useful amenities and lower prices than for a single room were reasons enough to bypass expensive Santa Fe hotel prices for this lovely VRBO condo. $119 plus an $85 cleaning fee for 2 bedrooms, living room, full kitchen dining area, 2 bathrooms and a large, covered deck beat the $165 + 15% tax that our previous favorite motel was asking for by a mile. We didn't NEED two bedrooms but what the heck, it gave us a good spot to throw the luggage and we saved $$ making breakfasts in, reheating restaurant leftovers and not having to wash dirty hiking clothes at a laundromat.
This gorgeous condo was a pleasant mile walk from the plaza, beautifully decorated in warm, comfortable Southwest furnishings and very quiet at night - even though it overlooked a busy highway. Goodies included in-suite laundry, cable TV in master and living room, kiva fireplace, dishwasher plus other kitchen equipment, stereo, nice linens, furnished deck AND the place was spotless. And as if that wasn't enough, it was also owned by the nicest people you'd ever want to do business with.
Sure, there's no room service, pool (in this case) or concierge but who really needs that stuff when you can come "home" to space like this? My other half walked in the door and said that's it - he's so done with hotels!
Great for families, couples or singles traveling together. Do your homework on VRBO or Homeaway, look for rentals with lots of reviews and check cleaning fees, taxes (some include them and some don't), location and extras that may be important to you such as elevators and internet service. And don't everyone reserve this place at once - we'll be cranky if our favorite digs are booked next time we're in town!
Tons more space for lots less $$. Clean, quiet and all the conveniences of home. Vacation rentals range from studio apartments to very large houses so prices vary. This condo ran about $133 (including cleaning fee) per night.
Purely by accident we turned into the courtyard/grounds of the Stage Coach Hotel next door to the Super 8 on Cerrillios. We were only trying to turn around to head back to the north while looking for a place to stay. We decided to see what was available here and ended up staying two nights. It was a great and reasonably priced place to stay, a few miles south of the old town. The best things about this little gem were the grounds with several little seating areas amid southwestern gardens and also the feeling that we were staying in a private estate with a nice privacy wall all around. There can't be more than about 10 rooms and suites totally here. We took a single room for $99 but they have some suites too. This IS NOT a modern facility by any means but that is the kind of place I like to find. Don't come here looking for a pool, breakfast, room service, etc. The managers (husband/wife team) say that the place may be sold and then probably bulldozed to put up some "improvement" but I would love to stay here again if it is still open next time we are in town. They don't advertise and you have to look to find it since the sign out front isn't one of those mega-electronic versions.
Private grounds with several private seating areas with shade and plantings.
Small "old time" motel atmosphere.
Reasonable price for Santa Fe
A wonderful spa with a great restaurant. The Casitas are very spacious and comfortable.
Out of town so you will need a car.
Have stayed there twice for Kammermusik workshops. The workshops typically take 20 - 40 players from all over the USA and abroad for a three to seven days of chamber music playing and instruction under the guidance of professional coaches.
Santa Fe is typically a very expensive city to stay in, especially around the high season. Hostels are usually nice alternatives, but not always the best places.
The Santa Fe hostel though remains my favorite. The hostel itself was pretty clean with comfortable beds in the dorm room, each morning featured a nice breakfast in the lobby area, there was a computer available for internet access (for a one-time $2 fee), a fully-stocked kitchen (with free rice, pasta, cereals) and a very comfortable atmosphere. The staff and fellow travellers were so cool at this place though. Even though I really didn't end up liking Santa Fe, I loved this hostel.
Chore cards for the morning, good/free breakfast
Entering into beautiful Hyde Memorial State Park as it was dark - these photos were taken the next morning and how breathtaking the scenery, serenity (except for some motorcycles that were camping near me), gave me a overlook view of Santa Fe. Apparently has a great picnic area (which I didn't have time to visit), but the campground had quite a few spaces - though up a tedious gravel road with some drainage gullies I nearly fell into that night trying to find a camping spot. NOT recommended to arrive at this site at night. Hyde Park is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and is lush with evergreens, aspen, pines, and shrubs. It's listed to be very populated with deer, raccoon, fox, coyote (which I did hear at night), squirrels, porcupines, butterflies, and birds. Winter time offers lots of sports from cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and sledding. "This park is named after Benjamin Talbot Hyde, devoted educator of America's youth. His family donated the 350 acres which constitute the park to the State of New Mexico in 1934. Situated at an elevation of 8,500 feet in the scenic Sangre de Cristo mountains, it is one of the oldest state parks in New Mexico. Facilities include a picnic area, campground, skating pond, and sledding area" (New Mexico Scenic Historic Marker)
It's a good campground ... given a 3 1/2 on a scale of 5 rating. I slept good. It was quiet at night (with an occasional coyote howl) and very dark. I fell fast asleep leaving my rainfly off so I could gaze up at the amazing stars. It was very cold, down in the 40's ... for a summer camping evening.
At our rental home, we had a beautiful terrace surrounded by gardens overlooking the east side of Santa Fe towards the mountains. On one evening, we were treated to the most incredible light show. Thunderstorms are common in the high desert, and on this one particular evening, lightning strikes were occuring every couple of seconds in different parts of the sky. That is not something we see in California, so to us, this light show was quite fascinating. It wasn't raining and the evening was balmy, so my family and I hung out on the terrace and enjoyed the show.
When we travel with our teenage son and daughter, we like to rent homes because the total cost often ends up being less expensive than two hotel rooms. The kids have space to hang out and we can all relax together in the evening, watching movies, eating ice cream or playing games.
We rented a 3 bedroom home from The Management Group. Like most homes, it was built in the typical Santa Fe adobe style. The home was beautifully decorated in Southwestern style. It had every comfort of home and then some. The location was also perfect. We were only about 5 blocks away from downtown Santa Fe and about 3 blocks away from Canyon Road.
When I am on vacation, I'll usually chart out a favorite running route. From this house on Hillside Avenue, each morning I would run out to Canyon Road, along the river, up Copper Canyon Road, past the college and up a residential road on the side of the mountain for an incredible view of Santa Fe.
The company that managed the rental of this home, The Management Group, was very professional. They carry a very good inventory of vacation rentals. I will definitely use them again.
This photo shows the living room of the house we rented in Santa Fe. Since we had our two teenagers in tow, renting a house was perfect for this vacation. We were within walking distance of downtown Santa Fe, but our teenagers didn't always want to head downtown every time we wanted to. Having a house made it possible for them to just hang out at the house, read, watch TV, do the things teenagers prefer to do, as opposed to tag along with their parents on another sightseeing excusion.
This home is available through The Management Group (property #377).
The house was modern but built in typical Santa Fe style. In both the living room and the family room upstairs were Santa Fe style kiva fireplaces. The kiva fireplace is immensely popular in Santa Fe and is modeled after the kiva fireplaces built in the native pueblos.
The house had everything we could ever need for our stay - a well-equipped kitchen with a large supply of dishes, cooking equipment and glasses. I was particularly impressed by the extensive collection of Cutco knives. There were 2 plasma TVs, a stereo, 3 bedrooms, lots of pillows and even wireless high speed internet access.
We had a great time here. We booked on-line at their site (http://www.nm-inn.com/) and were well treated by Ms. Amy Bobrick the owner.
We rented the Lodge Room, which had a nice in-room kiva, great queen sized bed and it's own full bath. It also had a small terrace just outside the room, which looked out on a spectacular terraced garden. The mountains are just outside the large window in this room, and because it's the end room you get a bit more privacy. The walls can be kinda thin, as I could hear the smoring from the adjoining room.
The breakfasts were all homemade and fresh daily. Ask for the salmon and wildrice quiche..
yum! Fresh fruit, coffee and cereal and juice are included.
A fridge is available for use by all guests ( nee
Inn-mates) and we enjoyed the discussions over breakfast with the other guests.
My wife and I would recommend those visiting
Santa Fe to stay here. The prices were reasonable; it was located appox 5 mins from the Plaza by car, and the setting and views are
Great views; good location; privacy; very clean and quiet. Newly refurbished hacienda style home which was redone 2 years ago.
This place is the best I've ever stayed in for the price. Nightly Indian ceremonial dance (tip 'em at least $20). No better way to wind down after a long day of sightseeing and shopping. Food is excellent. Located halfway between the plaza and Taos Puelbo ruins.
Big pool, lounge w/ big screen, enclosed hot tub.
This was my first hostel experience. Pretty interesting really and considering the price - it is something I will certainly do again.
the Dorm rooms sleep about 8 people apiece and those cost 15 dollars per night. Yes - you have to pick a chore each morning but if you can bust them out you can get it done in 15 or 20 minutes.
They have an outside smoking area and the parking lot resembles a lot of used cars for sale. Parts cars - not the kind you take home.
One drawback is that it's far from the town center. If it was closer though - it wouldn't be so cheap would it?
the people that you get to meet
Casitas de las Palomas is a 100-year-old adobe compound that is both charming and very centrally located - we walked everywhere, from Canyon Rd to the town centre and back. It's also great value for money. The owner is friendly and very helpful. Can't wait till we get the chance to return.
Decorated in the Southwestern style, La Fonda Inn is really cool. The decor inside and out shows quality, while the restaurants and facilities are great. Not to mention the proximity to the Plaza!
The St. Francis Hotel was kind of neat, if you the old historic hotel kind of thing blows your skirt up.
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