Villas de Santa Fe Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Downtown Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Pros

  • All rooms are spacious suites
  • Heated pool and Jacuzzi, and a modern fitness center
  • Decent location, 5 blocks from Plaza
  • Free shuttle within 3 miles and to airport
  • Free self-parking
  • Fully equipped kitchens with state-of-the-art appliances
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Pool table and game room
  • Free coffee and tea in lobby (though not in rooms)

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • No spa or restaurant on-site
  • Pool and Jacuzzi are on the small side
  • Room decor is a little drab and dark
  • Immediate neighborhood is a little run-down; not much around

Bottom Line

The mid-range Villas de Santa Fe may be one of the best values in town. The all-suite condos are large, clean, and have the latest tech features, as well as kitchenettes with Cuisinart appliances. A free shuttle is offered within three miles, which helps avoid the headache of parking at the Plaza (which is five blocks away). But the pool area isn't big -- and there is no restaurant at the hotel.

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 Scene

Mid-range property on a busy street, with traditional Santa Fe style

The four buildings of the Villas de Santa Fe are nondescript on the outside, with tan stucco and turquoise accents. A busy street divides the property, and there is a sort of "vacant" feel around it, with not a lot of storefronts or restaurants. Once inside the lobby, though, the character of the Villas is revealed -- with classic Santa Fe styling that includes red tile floors, stained wood ceiling beams, Native American rugs, and art from local artists.

The main building housing the lobby is where the actions is -- here's where you'll find a coffee bar, a fireplace, a game room, a two-computer business center, and a pool table right next to the laundry room. There are plenty of leather sofas and a large flat-screen TV to watch.

Out back, the red-decked pool area is walled in for privacy, so there isn't much to look at while lounging.

 Location

On a busy street in downtown Santa Fe -- but just five blocks from the Plaza

The Villas de Santa Fe is located in a mixed-residential area five blocks from the Plaza, the retail center of town. The immediate area isn't much to look at, but just a 10-minute walk away you'll find galleries, shops, restaurants, and attractions such as the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and the Palace of the Governors. A large grocery store is also within walking distance, making it easy to take advantage of the kitchenettes and save by dining in. A free shuttle service is offered within three miles, which encompasses the Plaza area. The shuttle also provides transport to and from Santa Fe Municipal Airport.

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 capital, and its oldest: It was founded in 1607. It sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet at the southern edge of the Rockies, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, halfway between Taos and Albuquerque.

Hiking in summer and skiing in winter are great reasons to visit, but Santa Fe is also renowned for its local 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 Santa Fe's creative spirit.

  • 10-minute drive from Santa Fe Municipal Airport
  • 1.5-hour drive from Albuquerque International Airport
  • 10-minute walk to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
  • 10-minute walk to the New Mexico Museum of Art
  • 10-minute walk to the Plaza, the shopping and cultural center of town
  • 10-minute drive to the Palace of the Governors, oldest continuously occupied public building in the nation
  • 15-minute drive to Canyon Road, home to over 100 art galleries and studios
  • 15-minute drive to Tesuque Pueblo, a Native American pueblo
  • 15-minute drive to the Santa Fe Opera House
  • 20-minute drive to Santa Fe Country Club (golf course)
  • 30-minute drive to the El Rancho de las Golondrinas (a living history museum)
  • 30-minute drive to Ski Santa Fe

 Rooms

Condo-style suites with kitchenettes are spacious but a bit generic and drab

The spacious condo-style suites (the smallest option, the one-bedroom standard, is 530 square feet) are filled with plenty of seating -- plush fabric and leather couches, chairs, and ottomans. And a separate living room, bedroom, and kitchen really create a homey environment. But don't expect any Santa Fe styling happening here -- the decor is a little generic, with a simple and clean brown-and-yellow theme that features dark wood furniture against light-colored walls.

The kitchens are more modern, with granite counters and Cuisinart appliances. They're also well-equipped, with full fridges, microwaves, dishwashers, and a full set of cookware, dishes, and silverware. And the baths are big and modern, with marble tile -- though some guests complain about low water pressure in the shower.

  • All rooms are big suites with separate living areas, bedrooms, and kitchens
  • Flat-screen TVs and iPod-docking clocks
  • Fully equipped kitchens with Cuisinart appliances
  • Upgrading from the One-Bedroom to the One-Bedroom Deluxe gets you an extra 100 square feet of space -- and a fireplace.
  • Two-Bedrooms have 1150 square feet of space.

 Features

Heated pool (though it's small), a fitness center, library, and coffee bar

  • Heated pool and Jacuzzi are on the small side
  • Large, open fitness center -- but it only has six machines
  • Free self-parking
  • Free shuttle to anywhere in three-mile radius
  • Barbecue grills available for use
  • Coin-operated laundry room
  • Pool table and arcade/game room in main building
  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • No restaurant but free coffee in lobby coffee bar

 Food

No dining on-site, but plenty nearby

The Villas does not serve food, but there is a coffee bar in the lobby. Numerous restaurants are available within walking distance at the Plaza.

 Bottom Line

The mid-range Villas de Santa Fe may be one of the best values in town. The all-suite condos are large, clean, and have the latest tech features, as well as kitchenettes with Cuisinart appliances. A free shuttle is offered within three miles, which helps avoid the headache of parking at the Plaza (which is five blocks away). But the pool area isn't big -- and there is no restaurant at the hotel.

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Address

  • 400 Griffin Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Room Types

  • 1 Bedroom Deluxe
  • 1 Bedroom Suite
  • 2 Bedroom Suite

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Number of Rooms: 105
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown Santa Fe, Santa Fe
Address: 400 Griffin Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
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