While in New Mexico last weekend, John and I stayed at the La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa. We had a great stay and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel. In fact, this hotel is on the short-list for a (hopefully soon!) return visit.
Location — La Posada is located three blocks away from the Plaza and is essentially at the heart of Santa Fe. The hotel is within walking distance to great dining options, shopping, Canyon Road and major thoroughfares. Additionally, the hotel is within walking distance to state government buildings — although I choose to stay much closer to them when I am traveling for business.
Customer Service — Service at the hotel is phenomenal. From the valets to the concierge, everyone is friendly and more than willing to assist. We had a nice time chatting to different members of the hotel staff and learned a few things about Santa Fe in the process. The hotel concierge reached out to me in advance of our stay to see if he could help us with dining reservations or activities. While we didn’t take him up on the offer, the opportunity for local assistance was greatly appreciated.
Accommodations — I’m going to blame pregnancy-brain because somehow I managed to leave the hotel without pictures of our room. Regardless, we enjoyed our room and felt it really met our needs. All of the rooms at the hotel are unique and are decorated in typical New Mexican style. Our room was centrally located and included a nice balcony with a view of the property. The rest of the hotel is also well-appointed and includes a great bar, library, lounge and impressive reception area. I should mention that the hotel is full of gorgeous art (that can be purchased, if desired). We love art, so we spent some time taking it all in.
Amenities — This hotel has a great deal of amenities, including many that we didn’t have time to use. In addition to a hot tub and pool, the hotel has a great fitness center and spa. Several free classes are offered through the spa, including the yoga class that we took. The hotel also offers two restaurants and room-service options. Every day the hotel offers several free activities, including some aimed at young children. While we were there, the hotel offered a wine and cheese tasting, cookie tasting, smores by the fire pit and a tequila tasting. However, due to our limited time in Santa Fe, we didn’t get a chance to take part in any of these offerings.
Member Recognition — The hotel is not a part of a large chain or hotel group — very typical for Santa Fe. Boutique hotels are the norm for Santa Fe and that is perhaps part of the charm of visiting. That being said, I would love it if SPG would open a property in Santa Fe — architecturally and culturally respectful, of course.