Santa Fe Favorites
Visitors to Santa Fe will find that choosing a place to stay is—even more than most destinations—all about location. Ideally, you’ll want to be able to walk to the plaza and other downtown historic areas, yet still get a big dose of New Mexico charm and a quiet night’s sleep. There’s no need to limit your choices to the pricy downtown hotels or the less expensive (but less convenient) motels that line Cerrillos Road. Santa Fe offers some beautiful Bed & Breakfast Inns on streets so quiet and secluded you’ll forget you’re in the heart of town. Best of all, staying in a B&B allows you to experience new corners of Santa Fe’s historic neighborhoods. So let’s take a walk around the edges of downtown Santa Fe: the B&Bs listed below (by no means a complete list!) all charge mid-range rates ($100-250), which vary according to season and size of the accommodation; all are clean, friendly, and full of Santa Fe charm.
320 East Marcy Street
106 E Faithway Street
In a town full of wonderful bed & breakfast inns, two of the loveliest are the brother-sister (literally—see below) properties Hacienda Nicholas and the Madeleine Inn.Hacienda Nicholas, tucked just east of Paseo de Peralta on a tree-lined block of East Marcy Street, offers graceful southwestern architecture and décor: its thick adobe walls, inner courtyard and high ceiling vigas give this inn its classic Santa Fe ambience. Each of its seven bedrooms features large comfortable beds and private baths with Mexican tiles. Luxurious bathrobes, soft cotton sheets and down comforters add to Hacienda Nicholas’s coziness.
Breakfast here is a real treat, featuring freshly ground, locally roasted organic coffee, home-made granola and baked goods, yogurts, fresh fruits, and hot dishes lovingly prepared each morning. Entrées include a vegetable frittata, migas (a Tex-Mex-style egg scramble with salsa, scallions and corn chips), and chile relleno casserole. No-dairy/no wheat dishes, such as a yummy Italian polenta casserole, are also on the menu. In the afternoon, wine and cheeses can be enjoyed in the comfortable great room or outside in the lovely courtyard garden.
Just a few steps through the back courtyard will take you to another era of Santa Fe’s past. The Madeleine Inn, built in 1886 by a railroad tycoon, is one of the few Victorian-era houses still standing in Santa Fe. It’s a beauty: its stained glass windows and polished wood floors call up an era of opulent entertaining; the southwestern touches remind you that these were the height of Santa Fe’s wild-west cowboy days. Baked goods and snacks are available here; join the guests at the Hacienda Nicholas for breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese.
Bonus: Owner Carolyn Lee (who named these inns after her twins, Nicholas and Madeleine) is committed to earth-friendly practices. In her inns you’ll find environmentally safe cleaning products and garden fertilizers, energy-efficient appliances, recycling and water-saving systems. Lee’s Alexander’s Inn (vacation casitas named for her oldest child) and Absolute Nirvana Spa (located next to the Madeleine Inn) also employ green practices.
Amenities: Wireless Internet, telephones with voicemail, cable TV, A/C, guest privileges at the El Gancho Health Club.
Location bonus: Walk west on Marcy Street and you’ll be at the plaza in no time. Head south on Paseo de Peralta or down Faithway Street through winding streets to Canyon Road.
Inn on the Paseo
630 Paseo de Peralta
Just around Paseo from the Hacienda Nicholas is theInn on the Paseo. Although Paseo de Peralta is a major route around downtown Santa Fe, there’s no need to worry too much about noise: daytime traffic is steady but not heavy, and at night is very light in this quiet neighborhood on the northern edge of downtown. Step inside this newly renovated inn and you’ll find a world of color: bright-hued walls and furniture in real southwestern style. All rooms have either king or queen-size beds. There’s a deluxe room with its own fireplace and another with a Jacuzzi. A “family” room with one queen and two twin beds is also available.
The breakfast buffet includes muffins and breads, granola and fresh fruit, juices and coffee. Waffles and oatmeal are also offered. Relax on the sun deck in warm weather or beside the cozy fireplace in winter.
Bonus: The original Southwest art throughout the inn.
Amenities: Wireless Internet, cable TV, A/C, phone, iron and ironing board, hairdryer.
Location bonus: The walkway to the Cross of the Martyrs begins just across the street: enjoy some of the best sunset views in the city from here. The plaza is just a few minutes’ walk south, and the beginning of Canyon Road just a short hike around Paseo.
215 Washington Avenue
Once located in an historic Victorian-era home on Washington Avenue, three years ago theTerritorial Innmoved to The Marcy, a pueblo-style adobe building (once the site of Santa Fe’s first hotel) near the northeast corner of East Marcy Street and Washington Avenue in the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe. Just steps from some of the city’s finest restaurants and a short walk to the plaza and new Convention Center, the Territorial Inn provides a quiet and elegant ambience.
A breakfast buffet is served daily in the sky-lighted courtyard, and includes hot waffles with fresh strawberries and blueberries, fresh breads, croissants and pastries from local bakeries, and a selection of yogurts, fresh fruits and cereals. Afternoon coffee and cookies are provided in the lobby, as well as an evening treat of brandy and chocolates.
Bonus: Top of the Marcy Spa, located on the inn’s second floor, with rooftop hot tubs and massage treatments.
Amenities: Wireless Internet, phones with voicemail, hair dryer, iron and ironing boards, all-day coffee/tea service.
Location bonus: At the Territorial Inn, you’re not close to downtown. You aredowntown.
Adobe Abodeand theAdobeStar Innare hidden away in the tangle of streets east of North Guadalupe Street known as the McKenzie historic district. Just one block from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, these charming little inns feature a mix of southwestern Native American, Hispanic and Anglo themed bedrooms, all with private baths, and lovely Santa Fe-style common rooms. Along with homemade muffins, fruit and juice, both inns offer such hot southwestern-style breakfast entrées as green chile corn soufflé, tamale casserole, and Mexican corn pie. Vacation casitas are also available. These have full kitchens (a basket of breakfast pastries is delivered each morning), wood-burning fireplaces, and queen-size sofa-beds for additional guests.
Bonus: Special packages are available with discounted rates for the O’Keeffe Museum and the Santa Fe School of Cooking.
Amenities: Phone with voicemail, fax services, cable TV, in-room coffee and tea.
Location bonus: Did I mention that these inns are one block from the O’Keeffe Museum? They are also very close to the new Convention Center and a very short walk to the plaza.
604 Agua Fria Street
The Guadalupe Inn, located in the historic Guadalupe district, advises that “if you are looking for a four-star establishment with waiters, bellhops, room service and a hefty price tag, we are not for you.” What they offer instead is the real thing: this is an inn operated by a native Santa Fe family, with lovely bedrooms (each with its own bathroom) filled with furniture built by family members or friends. Breakfast specialties, including huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos, are made from old family recipes. If you’re looking for a truly Santa Fe experience, this is the place.
Several of the Guadalupe Inn’s twelve rooms have fireplaces and/or whirlpool tubs. Also available is a two-bedroom suite. The Guadalupe Inn’s breakfast was voted “Best Breakfast in the Southwest” in the 2005 Arrington's Inn Traveler’s Book of Lists . In addition to the hot southwestern dishes, breakfast features home-baked pastries, French toast, pancakes and eggs made to order, as well as fruit, juice, coffee and tea. “We don’t really use recipes here,” says Henrietta Quintana. “If my sister Delores and I need cooking advice, we just ask our 95-year-old mother!”
Bonus: The Quintana family members who run this inn are warm and friendly, and treat their guests like family (they’ll even teach you to cook their breakfast entrées). They are fountains of information about Santa Fe history as well as local customs and culture. The inn’s rooms are filled with original art by local artists, much of which is for sale.
Amenities: Wireless Internet in the dining room and some of the rooms, telephone, TV, A/C.
Location Bonus: Steps from the historic Santuario de Guadalupe and the Guadalupe Street shops, restaurants and Railyard District, the Guadalupe Inn is only a ten-minute walk to the plaza.
200 West Manhattan
Located on a narrow street that runs between the south end of Paseo de Peralta and the beginning of Sandoval Street,El Paraderooffers attractive and colorful rooms with a variety of bed sizes. The main house was originally an early 19th-century Spanish farmhouse; later remodelings added Territorial and Victorian details. A full breakfast, including such hot specialties as nested eggs with mango pineapple salsa, is served, as is an afternoon tea with homemade cookies. Two suites with kitchenettes, fireplaces, cable TV, and queen bed and sofabeds are available in another historic building on the property. El Paradero is also a good bargain, with room rates running a bit lower than most Santa Fe B&Bs.
Bonus: Family-friendly: suites, adjoining rooms, and rooms with additional sleeping capacity are available. Dogs welcome (prior arrangements must be made).
Amenities: Wireless Internet, evaporative cooling in summer.
Pueblo Bonito Bed and Breakfast Inn
138 West Manhattan
At Pueblo Bonito, the courtyards and thick adobe walls and arches lend an aura of the property’s past as a private estate. Just a short block away from El Paradero, this friendly inn offers a variety of rooms or casitas, named for New Mexico’s Indian tribes. Some casitas have kitchens or kitchenettes; all rooms boast fireplaces as well as private entrances and baths. Breakfast here is a “create-your-own” buffet offering cereals, yogurt, muffins and pastries, fresh fruit, juices, and coffee and tea. An afternoon cocktail hour is enjoyed in the main house’s friendly common room.
Bonus: Hot tub! Another good value, with room rates a bit lower than most Santa Fe B&Bs.
Amenities: Phones, A/C.
Location Bonus: El Paradero and Pueblo Bonito are an easy walk from the Railyard and Guadalupe district to the west, the plaza area to the south, and Canyon Road to the east. Very convenient to the State Capitol building commonly known to locals as the “Roundhouse.”