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Inviting spaces and free food within three blocks of the Plaza
This charming hotel offers lots of freebies, a prime location, and an authentic Santa Fe vibe.
The rooms and interior spaces embody the Santa Fe style, with adobe fireplaces, hand-carved wood furniture, and wrought iron touches throughout. Outside, the grounds largely consist of the parking lot, which is surrounded on three sides by the U-shaped hotel. A covered wagon and chili pepper ristras add a touch of personality to the exterior.
In the dining room, which is also decorated in the Southwestern style, a free hot breakfast is served daily -- with a burrito bar included. Free Starbucks coffee, hot cocoa, and afternoon cookies are also offered. An adobe, kiva-style fireplace adds warmth to the room, which also features a splashing fountain. A small courtyard outside has several tables, so that guests can enjoy their food al fresco.
The hotel also offers a small, 24-hour fitness center with newer equipment, but no pool or Jacuzzi.
Three blocks from the Plaza, within walking distance of shops and restaurants
The Old Santa Fe Inn is located three blocks from the Plaza, across the street from the capitol building and a veteran's memorial. Many restaurants and retail shops are within walking distance. Self-parking is free. No shuttle service is offered.
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 fourth-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 third-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’Keefe Museum (showcasing the painter’s long relationship with New Mexico) celebrate the creative spirit in Santa Fe.
Clean and comfortable, with free Wi-Fi and traditional Santa Fe decor
Rooms are exceptionally clean and attractive. Decor reflects the Santa Fe style, with an earthy color scheme, regional artwork, and rough-hewn, hand-carved wood furniture. Nice perks include free Wi-Fi and Cuisinart coffeemakers with free coffee and tea. Some rooms have been updated with flat-screen TVs, while others still have tube TVs. Bathrooms feature tile floors and lots of counter space.
A 24-hour fitness center, but no pool or Jacuzzi
Free hot breakfast with burrito bar and other freebies
The Old Santa Fe Inn is a mid-range property with an upscale feel, thanks to perks such as a free breakfast burrito bar, afternoon cookies, and Starbucks coffee. Rooms look clean and fresh, with earthy color schemes and rustic wood furnishings that make for an authentic Santa Fe vibe. The property's prime location is another draw, as it stands just three blocks from the Plaza. Even though it's among the most reasonably priced hotels in the downtown area, the Old Santa Fe Inn exudes the charm and regional spirit of its more expensive -- and historic -- competitors.