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
They have the friendliest staff--everyone, and I mean everyone, was so friendly and accommodating. I even observed a rude guest and they held their composure, respected this individual's need, and clearly took the higher road. The staff alone would get me to come back to the hotel. This is a rustic boutique hotel. The accommodations are comfortable and well-kept. I will admit I had a bit of an issue with the shower but that was me not knowing how to use it. The next day I was fine. Now I do wish they had safety bars or a mat for the tub. If you shower and prone to slipping or fall, this is something you want to think about but that would not keep me from staying. One person in the reviews said it was over-rated but I disagree -- you are paying for the experience. It is a rustic boutique hotel. They need to be cautious what they do because of compliance with the historic guidelines.
If you want to be in the center of everything that is happening -- this is the best. We attended the annual Indian Mart which was huge. You step out and you are right there.
We spent 2 nights here and we were treated like royalty from the minute we stepped through the front door. Quaint boutique hotel right by the plaza with extremely comfortable king size suites. Yes, the bathroom is smallish but I didn’t spend much vacation time in there. Oh, and it’s pet friendly which is always a perk!
The hotel has a great location next to the plaza, however it’s a bit overrated. It does have a quaint decor, lobby and courtyard. The rooms usually have a private staircase for the second and third floor rooms. The bathrooms are very small only fitting a tub and toilet with a sink outside . Carpets could use replacment as the rooms are dark. Our room did have a private balcony facing the courtyard.
We wanted to stay in a character hotel and soak in the South West vibe during our stay in Santa Fe, and I don't think we could have made a better choice than this place. Our room was a suite with a private balcony, so we could open patio doors on both sides of the room which provided a flood of sunlight and fresh air. The room was spacious and well appointed. The South West theme was tastefully reflected in pretty much everything - architecture, furnishings and so on.
The staff merits special mention. It was clear upon check-in that guest service is a high priority for this establishment. When I asked about a day trip to the village of Chimayo, I was enthusiastically provided with all the information I could possible want, with the front desk attendant even checking online for the business hours of some of the artisan shops we hoped to visit. Every encounter I had with a staff member - front desk, housekeeping (and even the maintenance man I seemed to keep running into) was characterized by a friendly, welcoming nature.
The indoor underground parking is a nice amenity, and the location of this facility, just off the Plaza, is hard to beat. Walking distance to plenty of great restaurants, the Georgia O'Keefe Centre, and much more.
Our stay at the Hotel de Chimayo was everything we had hoped it would be.
Oh my goodness! How did they get good reviews for such dark gloomy rooms that are so worn out and in need of renovation? We were just sick when we saw what we had paid such a premium rate for! The only thing that wasn't repulsive was the good location a couple of blocks from the plaza. Also worst bar ever with tiny, weak drinks.