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Colorful Southwestern decor and the Del Charro Saloon within three blocks of the Plaza
The Inn of the Governors goes above and beyond what one might expect from a reasonably priced mid-range hotel. The rooms are clean and attractive (if not quite luxurious), and generous freebies include Wi-Fi, a hot breakfast buffet, and afternoon tea and sherry.
The Plaza is only three blocks away, so guests can explore the area on foot without worrying about finding a parking space -- though parking is free in a covered garage. Other amenities include a year-round heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi and an outdoor garden patio with seating. The pool is nice, but not large enough for laps.
Rooms and interior spaces are all decorated in the Santa Fe style with patterned carpeting, Native American rugs, and other Southwestern art. The effect is homey and welcoming without the stuffiness and formality sometimes found in higher-priced inns.
Although there are plenty of good restaurants within walking distance, the Del Charro Saloon offers good food and a crackling fireplace in a fun atmosphere (it is a favorite among locals).
Three blocks from the Plaza
The Inn of the Governors is located three blocks from the Plaza. Many restaurants and retail shops are available within walking distance.
Santa Fe means “Holy Faith” in Spanish and is home to about 70,000 people of varying cultural backgrounds including Hispanics, Native Americans, and Anglos. New Mexico’s 4th-largest city is also the nation’s highest capitol and its oldest: It was founded in 1607.
The “City Different” as it’s known sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet at the southern edge of the Rockies, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Although the cool summer hiking and skiing in winter offer great reasons to visit, it’s best to keep in mind that the high elevation also means more stress for the body while acclimating. Most people become used to the thinner air after two or three days which means that strenuous physical activity will become easier and less dangerous if you wait a day or two after arriving in town. One more caution - one alcoholic drink at this altitude will equal three drinks at sea level!
The Spanish influence seen so often throughout Santa Fe stems from the missionaries who arrived in the 1600s to convert the local Native American population. Old missions such as the San Miguel can be seen scattered across New Mexico and offer a fascinating glimpse into the region’s history. Often times, these missions are located at or near Native American pueblos, such as Tesuque or Cochiti, which are home to the various Pueblo peoples. Visiting New Mexico’s pueblos offers a chance to interact with the locals, purchase art and wares, and gain a better appreciation of New Mexico’s rich history.
Today, Santa Fe is the nation’s 3rd-largest market for buying and selling art. In addition to the many galleries at the Plaza and along Canyon Road, several museums including the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (showcasing the painter’s long relationship with New Mexico) celebrate the creative spirit in Santa Fe.
Clean and cozy with free Wi-Fi and colorful Santa Fe decor
The Inn of the Governors offers 100 rooms spread out between the main hotel building, the Traditional wing, and the Governors wing. Rooms in the main hotel have interior entrances (versus the motel-style exterior entrances of the two wings).
Rooms are decorated in Santa Fe style, with colorful Native American rugs and pottery, wrought-iron light fixtures, and patterned bedding. Local tinwork and rough-hewn hand-carved wood furniture add to the charm. Additional amenities include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and robes; most rooms have wood-burning kiva fireplaces.
Good selection of freebies, plus a heated outdoor pool
Free hot breakfast buffet and afternoon tea and sherry, plus a popular restaurant
The Inn of the Governors is an competitively priced upper-mid-range hotel three blocks from the Plaza. Colorful Santa Fe-style decor gives the rooms and interior spaces a cozy, authentic feel, and the hopping Del Charro Saloon attracts the locals and serves tasty eats. A free breakfast buffet, afternoon tea and sherry, and free covered parking all add good value to this charming hotel -- and the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi are nice perks (though the pool is on the small side).