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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Brilliant stay. The staff were all courteous and helpful, making everyone feel VIP. The room was perfect, clean and very comfortable. The wood-burning fireplace was the icing on the cake. The staff built a fire as requested and that not only provided a cozy temperature, but also a great relaxing atmosphere conducive for chilling and hanging with friends and family.
This is my second review of this hotel, where we have now stayed three times. Cannot imagine staying anywhere else in Santa Fe. Cannot say enough about the service from all staff, including maintenance who quickly came to help us open a window. The hotel is steps away from the square and the portal where you can find all types of silver and turquoise jewelry, pottery, and on the square arts and crafts. Love the atmosphere, including the St Francis theme so close to the Cathedral and we aren't Catholic. Love the courtyard, rooms and beds comfortable. The sofas and banco benches are not comfortable but that is our only complaint. For the first time we ate upstairs at the adjoining Estevan. Pricy but worth it! The Goat's Milk flan is the best we have every had!
We stayed over a long weekend; the hotel is very comfortable; service is great; ideal location. We get the folk art theme of the decor and approve of the regional emphasis but found the omnipresent Catholic religious symbols, crosses, religious pictures, etc, a little much, especially given the history of suppression of Native American cultures in the area.