No spa, pool, or restaurant (though guests can use amenities at partner businesses nearby)
Wi-Fi connection is sometimes unreliable
SINCE OUR VISIT, THE RESIDENCE CLUB AT EL CORAZON RE-OPENED AS THE FAIRMONT HERITAGE PLACE, EL CORAZON DE SANTA FE. The Residence Club at El Corazon is a collection of shared-ownership vacation homes in a gated community -- an elegant, fully equipped sanctum just two blocks from the Plaza. The luxurious and spacious two-bedroom condos contain every convenience of home and are furnished with the most modern appliances and gorgeous furniture. Since these are essentially private homes, there is no restaurant, spa, or pool on-site, but these amenities are available at partner businesses.
The grounds consist of the parking lot and a few walkways in between the buildings, so there’s no places to linger beyond your residence -- no common areas or lounges. The Clubhouse -- which basically serves as a hotel lobby -- holds the front desk, a small coffee station, and a tiny business center. In 2012, the tiny clubhouse and reception area were expanded and revamped, and an on-site fitness center was added.
The residences themselves -- called Terra and Montana -- are traditional tan stucco buildings typical of the Southwest's Spanish Pueblo Revival architecture. However, the club has partnered with local spas and resorts to provide access to a pool and fitness center, and discounts are given at nearby spas and restaurants.
When Fairmont Hotels and Resorts took over in 2012, the company announced partnerships with more businesses, as well as "club-to-hotel exchange" offers. The exchanges give residents the VIP treatment at all Fairmont properties with event access and complimentary amenities.
The El Corazon is conveniently located only two blocks from the Plaza and the multitude of shops, restaurants, and other attractions to be found there. It’s easy walking distance to must-sees such as the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the St. Francis Cathedral. The free self-parking makes it easy to drive to farther-flung destinations.
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 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
10-minute drive from Santa Fe Municipal Airport
1.5-hour drive from Albuquerque International Airport
5-minute walk to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
5-minute walk to the New Mexico Museum of Art
5-minute walk to the Plaza, the shopping and cultural center of town
5-minute walk 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
15-minute drive to Santa Fe Country Club (golf course)
30-minute drive to the El Rancho de las Golondrinas (a living history museum)
Modern, handsome decor and all the comfort of a private home
The 22 two-bedroom condos are luxury Santa Fe-style homes, with gorgeous details and state-of-the-art appliances. Leather sofas mix with wood portals and furniture pieces to create the perfect living area. Gourmet kitchens come with stainless steel fridges and appliances, granite counters. The floors are slate, the walls clay plaster. The same keen eye was given to the details: wood vigas in the ceilings, Native American-style rugs and cushions, copper-hued lamps, and kiva fireplaces. These are truly luxurious, modern homes. The dark slate floors have radiant heating. Baths have granite countertops, jetted tubs, and glass-walled showers.
Gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances
Kiva-style fireplaces in master bedroom
Large living areas with fireplaces
Spacious master baths with jetted tubs
Gorgeous, luxe furniture and decor
Heated, slate floors; clay walls
Private terrace or courtyard
Terra condos are single-level, 1,150-square-foot units
Montana condos are split-level, 1,500- to 1,850-square-foot units