Santa Fe, New Mexico, home to the third largest art market in the United States, still retains its small town charm. The airport is so small you can hardly find a cab, but you are instantly greeted by the openness of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the horizon. Santa Fe, cited as the inspiration for some of Georgia O’Keefe’s greatest works, is a Spanish-Mexican-Native American cultural melting pot, and a damn good place to eat chillies. Do you know the way to Santa Fe? Let’s go!
Staying at Las Palomas of Santa Fe is luxurious and convenient all in one. Just a 3-block walk from downtown Santa Fe and with free parking, it is easy to see why this adobe hacienda-style hotel is a smart pick. Studio and 1-bedroom casitas (small houses) are available for about 189 USD in the high season (late August to October) and as low as 109 USD in the winter months (December to February).
Upon arriving, you may notice that freshly baked cookies await your check-in. They’re there every day (believe me, I know!), as well as the open invitation for a freshly made cappuccino or tea. This is just one of the many perks that you will find at Las Palomas of Santa Fe.
The rooms are all decorated in Southwestern-style decor, complete with functioning wood-fireplaces. Dry wood rests outside the door of each unit, allowing guests to have daily fires at their leisure. Clean and spacious, even the studios have space enough for a large bathroom as well as a comfortable couch. As each unit is separate to itself (as opposed to being joined by a hallway), there is a greater sense of privacy.
Breakfast fit for a king
The most important meal is breakfast, my father used to always say. At Las Palomas it is easy to see why. Every morning, guests can get an omelette to order, fresh waffles with fruit, home-baked muffins, yogurt, cereals, coffees, and teas. Just be prepared to answer whether you would like the traditional topping of “red, green, or Christmas” chilies on your eggs! Tips are greatly appreciated for the cooks and servers, although it the breakfast is complimentary. Breakfast is served from 7-10 am.
When we visited Las Palomas this February, we were on our honeymoon. The attendant quickly offered us a complimentary bottle of New Mexico made wine! We continued to see this level of openness and graciousness throughout our stay at Las Palomas. Whether asking for advice on what to see, or simply having a conversation, the staff, and people of New Mexico in general, are wonderfully friendly. Also, they gave killer recommendations on where to find more local food such as stuffed chili rellenos.
Access to their sister resort, Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa
Las Palomas also offers free shuttle service to their sister resort, Hotel Hacienda and Spa. There you can partake in relaxing activities such as a jump in the pool (covered in a daily 6 USD resort fee) or a massage (for an additional cost). Though we didn’t get a chance to spend time at Hotel Hacienda, Santa Fe is known for its healing arts. I’m certain a “Santa Fe Stone Balancing” session at 180 USD for 80 minutes, would do the body good.
A relaxing stay to recommend
All in all, I would highly recommend staying at Las Palomas if you are traveling to Santa Fe. Great for all seasons, with an ideal location, excellent accommodations, great complimentary breakfast, and friendly staff, it’s an all-around win. Book your trip to Las Palomas today and start dreaming of the Southwest!