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A relaxed, Southwestern-style lodge with live entertainment
The Lodge at Santa Fe is the vision of owner Jim Long, a native New Mexican. On the outside, the lodge features appealing sandstone walls and wood beams. The hilltop location provides great views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. A laid-back scene can be found at the spacious outdoor seasonal pool and Jacuzzi. The lodge has more of a buzz at night, both in the colorful Los Cuates Restaurant and the lounge. There is also an 160-seat theater that hosts live entertainment, including flamenco dancers. The lodge is also a popular event space, especially for weddings at the on-site Spanish-style chapel.
Outside the old town, one mile from the Plaza
The Lodge at Santa Fe is located outside of the old town, about one mile from the Plaza. A free shuttle connects guests to the Plaza every hour or by request. The hotel also offers free self-parking.
Santa Fe sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet at the southern edge of the Rockies, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Tourists are attracted by cool summer hiking and skiing in winter, but keep in mind that this high elevation requires some time to acclimate. A Spanish architectural influence is seen throughout Santa Fe, and stems from the missionaries that 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.
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, celebrate the creative spirit of Santa Fe.
The Lodge at Santa Fe has 127 rooms with Southwestern-style decor. This mid-range property features patterned carpeting, carved light wood furniture, and coffeemakers. There are some dated touches at the lodge, including old tube TVs. However, rooms are spacious and certain rooms -- such as those in the Kiva Wing -- are very spacious at 500 to 700 square feet. Views are excellent from the second floor on the mountain side (facing east) while other rooms may only overlook the pool or the parking lot.
The Lodge at Santa Fe is a short drive away from Santa Fe, but has plenty of its own features, too. The seasonal outdoor pool and Jacuzzi is a relaxing space to soak up the sun. The fitness center, while small, has a few decent cardio machines. Guests that are seeking live entertainment might appreciate the 160-seat Maria Benitez Theatre, while couples might want to consider planning a ceremony at the on-site Spanish-style wedding chapel.
Los Cuates Restaurant and The Lodge Bar
Los Cuates Restaurant serves New Mexican fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the second floor of the hotel. Takeout is also available for guests that prefer to dine in their rooms. Excellent views of the city lights and Sangre de Cristo Mountains are available both inside and out. The adjacent Lodge Bar opens daily in the evenings.
The Lodge at Santa Fe is a mid-range hotel without the frills of a destination resort. The 127 rooms and 25 suites are spacious, comfortable, and feature Southwestern-style decor. A 2008 renovation brought some updated decor including Pueblo-style artwork and adobe fireplaces (in some rooms). Room perks include coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi (though some guests complain about a weak signal), and mountain views. Some rooms also have balconies and separate tubs and showers. A free shuttle brings guests to the nearby Plaza and there's a good New Mexican restaurant on-site. There are additional hotel highlights such as a lobby with a wood-burning fireplace, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, a small fitness center, free parking, and a wedding chapel.