Hotel St Francis
What We Love
- Sampling extraordinary mixologist Chris Milligan’s creative cocktails at the sceney Secreto Lounge
- Santa Fe’s leafy Plaza and fascinating museums are within a five-minute stroll
- The clean, unfussy room and lobby design provides a refreshing alternative to the sometimes busy “Santa Fe style”
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What To Know
- Prepare for summer crowds: The St. Francis is two blocks from the Plaza, handy for dining and gallery-hopping but busy, too
- The least expensive rooms are smaller and have cozy bathrooms
- If you arrive with a car, factor in the $18 daily parking charge
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The hotel’s striking, spare lobby — recessed lights, wrought iron chandeliers, flickering candles, Moorish archways and a smattering of ancient wooden religious figures — draws on the tranquil, uncluttered aesthetic of the Franciscan missionaries who settled in America’s second-oldest city during the early 1600s. The bar, restaurant, and a delightful loggia overlooking bustling Don Gaspar Avenue (with hanging lanterns and upholstered benches) continue the Spanish Colonial ambience.
Bed and Bath
Beds with down duvets, pillowtop mattresses and Frette linens are the centerpiece of the guestrooms. (One drawback in the smaller rooms, which start at 175 square feet, is that there’s not much space for anything more than the bed.) But the natural colors, hardwood or carpeted floors and handsomely rustic, locally made furniture give the rooms a stylish, unpretentious feel. All of them also have flat-screen TVs, hair dryers and refrigerators. The bathrooms are quite small, and most sinks are in the guestroom itself. Book one of the Deluxe Guest Rooms for more elbow room, tables and reading chairs, and in some cases partial views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
One of the most celebrated mixologists in the Southwest, friendly and knowledgeable bar manager Chris Milligan runs an ambitious cocktail program at the hotel’s inviting Secreto Lounge. On warm evenings enjoy your drink on one of the upholstered benches on the romantic loggia, just off the bar. Favorites from Mulligan’s oft-changing repertoire include a heady smoked-sage margarita using Republic Anejo tequila in a glass rimmed with hickory-smoked salt, and the old-school Satan’s Whiskers, a smooth mix of dry gin, sweet and dry vermouths, and your choice of Curaçao Naranja or Grand Marnier. At Secreto Lounge you can also order food from the hotel’s terrific Tabla de Los Santos restaurant, itself a lovely space with a dining room warmed by a fireplace and a courtyard anchored by a large fountain. The menu focuses on organic seasonal cuisine, such as cedar plank salmon with sweet onion–lemon risotto and green chile–braised short ribs. There’s no spa on-site, but guests in Deluxe Guest Rooms can arrange in-room body and massage work through the hotel’s highly efficient concierge desk, which can also help set up a more extensive spa experience at any of the top-notch facilities around town.
In the Area
Nearly across the street from the St. Francis, the legendary restaurant Café Pasqual’s serves three meals daily but is especially a must for breakfast; don’t miss the griddled polenta with sautéed chorizo, corn and red chile. Close to the city’s ancient Plaza, step inside the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors and the adjacent, contemporary New Mexico History Museum to gain a sense of Santa Fe’s rich tri-cultural heritage. And visit both the New Mexico Museum of Art and Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to view works by the many renowned painters, photographers and sculptors who have been inspired by the City Different. It’s about a half-mile walk to Canyon Road, which winds into the scenic East Side foothills and is lined with world renowned art galleries and some of the finest contemporary restaurants in town, including The Compound and Geronimo.
How to Get There
Had an excellent stay. Fantastic location to step outside and be in the heart of Santa Fe. If you want in the tasting room, bar and restaurant are all one step from the main lobby.
Had read the bedrooms are small and this is correct. Bags of character, very comfortable and stylish in simple elegant decor. Think European historic city experience and you'll love it just as we did.
Very attentive and friendly service. Definitely recommend
Beatiful location and alot of history. First impression was ruined because a staff member needed a mobile porter and practically threw our luggage off into our room touching our thimgs with cleanimg gloves on,gross. We expected the presentation and ambiance to be the same as in the website photos but no effort was made perhaps because it was an out of season stay and they do not go all out. Hotel restaurant was closed. For the price the staff should put in 100% effort every day. Bar served excellent cocktails. Hotel staff should take notes from bar staff on how to be professional and courteous . A/C unit was insufficient.
6th year staying. Disappointed this year, very small/uncomfortable room, dirty floor in room, rest. closed Fri morning the 23rd, shuttle couldn't pick us up after dinner Seems to be going downhill lately. Kinda sad.
I have all good things to say about the hotel. The location could not be better. Has parking, clean, great atmosphere. has a bar, restaurant and tasting room in the lobby worth visiting, the staff was courteous and responsive BUT I happened to get a seriously small room (supposedly a Queen room)....uncomfortably small for my huaband and myself....so if you would like to reserve in this hotel I suggest you do so directly and be upfront about the size of the room....I was travaling with family and some got better spaces.
The City of Santa Fe is very old. It has existed in one form or another for more than 400 years. There is a lot of history here, and some of that history is reflected in its buildings. This hotel, built is 1922, is one of those historical buildings. The structure is beautiful, as are the furnishings, all of which are either very old, or made to look very old. The bar and restaurant ( dinner only ) are beautiful. We had drinks from the bar, and they were very nice. There is good coffee in the lobby starting at 5:00 AM, which I appreciate, as I am an early riser, and the lobby is a pleasant place to drink your coffee, and watch the city come to life. This hotel is dog friendly! We saw many dogs here. There is an extra charge for dogs. There is also free parking.
My feelings about this place go downhill as I walk into the room. Once in the room, you really feel how old this place is. The room was on the small side. The furniture is beautiful, but not very functional. There is not much space to put things on! The floor is an old, original hardwood floor, but the finish was worn off long ago, and you walk on bare wood which is not very comfortable and not very attractive. I am guessing the building did not have electricity when built. The light fixtures and switches look like they were added later. The bathroom is a strange arrangement. It has been nicely updated, but it only holds the bathtub/shower and the toilet. The sink is on the other side of the room. The bathroom door is next to the bed, with the light switch outside of the room. Imagine using the toilet during the night. You open the door, and shine light on the bed, then go to the sink and turn on another light, which lights up the room, to wash your hands. So much for not disturbing the other person in the bed. The one nice thing in the room was the bed. It was very nice, and I slept well.
I would not stay here again. The room was not very comfortable and was not user friendly. But come for dinner, or have a drink in the beautiful bar!