Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe
What We Love
- It's a one-minute walk to the historic Plaza
- Hotel art is created by hispanic artisans from Chimayo, New Mexico
- Locals love the funky bar, where the decor is custom crafted from reclaimed hubcaps and steering wheels
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What To Know
- The guestrooms are adequate in size, but the bathrooms are on the small side
- You may have to walk along a short outdoor walkway to reach your room
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
New Mexico territorial. The three-story adobe structure is enhanced by fruit trees and hanging ristras made from dried red chiles. The small lobby area is adorned with Chimayo weavings, skeins of wool, votive candles, tin sconces, retablos (paintings of saints) and carved New Mexico furniture.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are sparsely decorated with New Mexican wooden dressers, large King beds with plenty of plump pillows and two night tables. The suites’ small sitting areas are furnished with Southwestern-style armchairs, desks, coffee tables, Chimayo woven carpeting and wood-burning fireplaces. The tiled bathrooms are on the small side but are kitted out with bath products from Gilchrist & Soames.
A free shuttle departs hourly for a sister hotel across town that has a free gym and pool and a spa. When the restaurant reopens there will be breakfast, room service and a light menu in the bar. But the hotel’s most enticing feature is its location: Everything in downtown Santa Fe is within walking distance.
In the Area
Across the street is the New Mexico History Museum, which features exhibits about everything from cowboys and Indians to outlaws, scofflaws and women of the West. Next door, at the Inn of the Anasazi, savor the creative Latin American/Southwestern–accented cuisine of Argentinian-born rising star chef Juan Bochenski. His tapas-style patio menu is something to text home about. A few blocks away are French bistro fare and an extensive French/California wine list at small, trendy Bouche. Ask owner/chef Charles Dale for recommendations for the custom cheese platter. For an authentic New Mexico breakfast, go local: the Plaza Café (request chile on the side if you can’t take the heat) and Jalapeños (order any breakfast burrito). And for cheap, fast, satisfying native food, the Burrito Company is just down the block.
How to Get There
What a wonderful city and area, this hotel is in a perfect location! The courtyard is gorgeous and the fire in our fireplace was so relaxing! The only set back, the 25.00 a day fee that many hotels are doing I was not impressed with.
We stayed here on a recommendation from a friend. Enjoyed our stay because the ambience was wonderful. I would have given this five stars but the front desk staf was not very helpful ie. didn’t tell us how to get to our room and that fact that out room was up 2 1/2 flights of stairs. We had to haul our bags up the stairs I would recommend asking for a room on the first level if you have issues with climbing stairs. The room itself was nice but a little worn. Again the ambiance was very nice. We had a small balcony that faced over a courtyard. But there was some areas that the paint was peeling on the trim, the bathroom sink was slow to drain and the caulking around the tub was cracked with chips on the bathtub itself. The place just needs some maintenance work. On the upside it was close to the plaza and in walking distance to great restaurants, galleries and shops. The also have self parking which was nice.
Location, location, location! This hotel is very near several sites. Bar was very friendly with great music. Parking under the hotel included. Be very aware that only a couple of rooms on second floor has elevator service. If your room is towards the back half bottom floors are 1 flight and second story is 2 flights up. Once in the room it's charming southwest style and space is great. Bathroom is small with sink outside the bathroom. Hotel is older with a little touch up needed in painting. Rooms towards back (230 was ours) don't get room service till almost 5pm.
If you are looking for a wonderful and romantic experience in the heart of Santa Fe this hotel is it. I booked fireplace suite for a weekend getaway to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The hotel staff definitely made our weekend getaway memorable. From the dinner reservations Pamela made for us at the Bull Ring (where she let them know it was our anniversary) to the candles, wine and chocolate covered strawberries Zachary Z. had placed in our room when we got back from dinner; and the proximity of the hotel to the plaza all made it a wonderful anniversary for my wife and I. And to top it off they even built us a fire in the fire burning fireplace. We will definitely be back!
We recently completed a 5 night stay while on vacation. I must point out the inadequacy of the parking situation. While it is true that the hotel has an underground garage, the parking spaces are extremely narrow due to large diameter concrete support columns and the number of spaces is not sufficient when the hotel has a large number of guests. The hotel's solution when the garage is full is to have guests park in a queue behind other parked cars and the to leave keys with the front desk in case the car needs to be moved to let another guest out.
The hotel is not completely wheelchair accessible. The are no elevators for the rooms in the back half of the hotel. They are accessed via a 14 step staircase so take this into account if you have much luggage.
The restaurant is only open in the evenings. Obviously, this means no breakfast options on-site.
The 25 dollar "spa fee" listed on the website is a per-day fee. It would more transparent to add it into the listed daily room rate.
Restocking of bottled water (a "spa fee item") as well as coffee cups and toiletries was spotty and often had to be requested.
WiFi speed (another "spa fee" item) is mediocre.
The hotel is convenient to the square but, unfortunately, does not seem to be good value for money.