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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
If you're visiting Santa Fe, do yourself a favor and stay at the Hotel St. Francis!
I stayed at this property last weekend on a girls trip with my mama. The hotel itself is incredibly beautiful and cozy. We were greeted by Janel, who was an absolute delight. She gave us great recommendations for things to do around town and was extremely kind the entirety of our stay. Jiyoung was also lovely, though we didn't interface with her as much.
The hotel offers valet which was nice, and has a great restaurant (lobster mac and cheese is a must!) It is located right in the plaza making it super walkable to shops, sight seeing, and other eateries. They also host a ghost tour every Saturday which I highly recommend if you're into that sort of thing! Peter is a wonderful story teller and the tour offers a fun way to see the city and learn about its spirited roots.
Thank you so much to all who helped make our trip special. We will definitely be back!
Have not been to Santa Fe for 15 years and we chose to try a new property this time. Inviting drive up but no valet or bellman to be found. Willing to overlook since parking FREE! However, check in was easy and we took the elevator up to the room (with bell desk cart minus human)and found a cozy room, emphasis on intimate. Hotel has been recently renovated so keeping a rustic southwest theme was apparent, although the size/space/layout of the room reminded me of hotels in Paris or other European capitols with scant room to move around. Location was great, easy walk to Plaza and most of the in city locations of interest. Bar was buzzing although we did not dine at the hotel. Valet park service was generally timely for retrieval, occasionally nobody home when returning car (as with check in). Enjoyed the amenities, which included pool and spa at sister properties(the El Dorado for this), but especially looked forward to the morning coffee in the sun drenched lobby, with leisurely time to read the paper and get a second cup.
We were taken back when we noticed a daily $25 fee for "amenities", including the parking and coffee, which were presented as gratis. Phone calls to the manager were unanswered although ultimately these charges were removed. Also asked for a foam pillow to support my aging neck and was told that there were none. I'm not sure why you would present yourself as a luxury hotel without basics, especially since there were 3 sister hotels all within walking distance which DID have these pillows(we checked while at the El Dorado).
Overall a nice experience-I would just be sure you're not in one of their mini-rooms and clarify which amenities will be charged for whether you use them or not
We have been to the bar here several times and it's nice open and friendly. Have not been to restaurant although have heard it is good. Hotel lobby is really nice and cozy. We are not sure about the rooms.