Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe Opens for Business

New restaurant and rooftop bar to open in coming months

Date August 13, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Author Staff

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Lodging & Travel

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This week marks the official opening of the Drury Plaza Hotel in downtown Santa Fe. At the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Palace Avenue, the newly renovated hotel sits on five acres just off the Santa Fe Plaza. 

“We have had a successful week welcoming our first group of guests,” said Tauseen Malik, General Manager of the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, in a media release. “The feedback has been very positive, especially about our spacious, light-filled rooms and our great, friendly staff."

For nine consecutive years, Drury Hotels has ranked in the top slot for Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Mid-Scale Hotel Chains by J.D. Power, noted the media release. "We are proud to be bringing that top service to Santa Fe," said Malik. 

The hotel's fifth floor will boast a pool, hot tub and fitness room and is scheduled to open during the week of August 18, according to the press release. "The top floor of our beautiful property is really the crown jewel with some of the most beautiful views of the city of Santa Fe," said Malik.

The construction and completion of the Drury Hotel is the result of hundreds of collaborators – from the construction crew, the Drury Hotel corporate team, the local sales team, housekeeping, marketing, and more, according to the press release.

Industry partners, the New Mexico Tourism Department, Tourism Santa Fe and the City of Santa Fe provided critical support in the hotel's development, added Malik.

The Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe will host numerous upcoming events, including the Women’s International Study Center’s symposium, with more than 300 panelists and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16. It will also host Santa Fe’s inaugural cyclocross event, the Santa Fe Reporter Super Spoke, on Saturday, September 20.

The hotel has 182 guestrooms; a restaurant; a year-round, heated rooftop bar and pool with stupendous views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains; and 17,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space and retail and gallery space. Forty percent of the site is devoted to open space, and five acres of dormant space at the intersection of East Palace Avenue and Paseo de Peralta will be transformed into beautiful pedestrian walkways and gardens. The pedestrian promenade through the property will link historic Cathedral Park to Canyon Road.

Galleries and an outdoor sculpture park will be located at the main entrance to the hotel. Palace Avenue Arts, a specific Drury brand established by art dealer Bobby Beals, has been installing paintings and sculptures.

“The art lover appreciates the story of an artist,” said Beals. “We will be having many events, creating opportunities for the guests of and visitors to Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe to meet the artists of the collection.”

Inspired by the Spanish missions of New Mexico, each of the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe’s 182 guestrooms reflects authentic Territorial Style, and features spacious, light-filled sitting areas and oversize bathrooms. Many rooms have fireplaces and balconies, and many have jetted tubs. The deluxe rooms and suites have seating areas with wood-tile floors. Each deluxe bathroom has both a freestanding glass shower and a separate soaker tub, and 90 of them feature custom-made sliding barn doors.

The hotel’s restaurant, Eloisa, which will open this fall on the main floor, will be operated by lauded chef John Rivera Sedlar. Eloisa will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and will serve Southwestern Latin fusion cuisine. Sedlar was named “the Father of Modern Southwest Cuisine” by Gourmet magazine, and has competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.” He guest-taught at the Culinary Institute of America, and is the author of many cookbooks, including “Modern Southwest Cuisine,” “Tamales,” and “The Tamale Poster.”

"Tourism is a tremendous economic driver in the state of New Mexico,” added Malik. “As we officially open our doors today, we join the New Mexico tourism community to bring more people to our beautiful state. Our award-winning hospitality service is sure to be an asset to the industry as a whole.”

Compiled from a Drury Plaza Hotel press release.

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