Historical Traveller Reviews of Inn Of the Governors Hotel
We just returned from a long Valentine's weekend at Inn of the Governors in Santa Fe where we stayed in a King Superior Room. The Kiva fireplace added the perfect touch of romance and the smell of the pinion wood (which they had an endless supply of) was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and went out of their way to offer any assistance needed.
The rooms were tastefully decorated, the bed was VERY comfortable, ammenities plenty. As I had read in previous posts, the bathroom was small but plenty big enough to shower, dress, etc - just not two at a time. You could not ask for a better location within walking distance to the Plaza. Just one block away.
Probably the only thing that I was somewhat disappointed in was the breakfast. While they did offer a great variety of foods, they were on the lukewarm side. However, we did only eat there one morning and would hate to say that it is always like that.
We will stay there again and highly recommend to all!
BE AWARE in your research for a hotel - During our visit, I noticed that several of the hotels that I had researched, prior to our trip, that said they were within walking distance of the plaza were quite a distance away. In some cases, more than 1/2 mile (the street blocks are long) . Inn of the Governors is probably one of only 4 or 5 within a short walk.
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at the Inn during Labor Day weekend this past year and we were thoroughly happy with the experience. We especially loved the enclosed patio with the kiva fireplace where we had breakfast each morning. And the breakfast buffet is substantial - like a first class Sunday brunch at any fine hotel or restaurant. Very comfortable, Soutwest-inspired touches in the rooms, very cozy. We would - and are planning to - return this summer. Highly recommend this hotel.
Good choice (not top of the line, but just fine)
We stayed at the Inn of the Govenors in Santa Fe on November 5-7, 2004, in one of the hotel's suites. The hotel was nice -- not grand or luxurious, but nice. The suite was roomy, with a kiva fireplace and a small, private balcony. The hotel provides unlimited pinon wood for the fireplaces.
Some parts of the hotel were looking a bit frayed (some worn spots in the carpet in our room and in the hallways, for example), but overall, everything was clean and more than adequate. The location is very good (just a couple of blocks from the Plaza) and parking is *free* -- a big plus. The complimentary breakfast was quite good -- generally, I bypass "breakfast included," but this one featured excellent scrambled eggs with chilies and cheese, salsas, bacon, and a variety of pastries.
Contrary to some of the other reviews I read, I found all of the staff to be very polite and helpful.
I do continue to be amazed, however, that a high dollar tourist destination like Santa Fe does not appear to have a single really outstanding hotel -- at least not that I can tell from reading the reviews at this site.
Great location, ambience, value
We visited the Inn of the Governors for our second honeymoon (after three kids and 19 wedding anniversaries), and it was almost worth the wait. There's a broad range of rooms and prices, but even the standard rooms were quite pleasant and an excellent value. We splurged on an upgrade to a room with a fireplace, an authentic corner kiva. The room had lovely white-curtained windows that opened out for a gracious feel. The lobby was charming, with a lovely spanish tile pool/patio adjoining. A full hot breakfast was included, which was certainly a plus. We're looking forward to a return visit!
We've just returned from a delightful if brief visit to this magical town. We had booked a package that gave us this hotel and it was just fine. It is a motel style hotel and many rooms have balcony access. The rooms are more than adequate and well appointed although daylight is a problem as it clashes with privacy if you do have balcony access. Many room types available, some with firepplaces. Extremely convenient location for the main sites. Excellent complementary breakfast served indoors/outdoors. Our rooms were too hot as management had decided that winter had come despite temperatures in the high 60's. Easy to find and very good value. The Indian lady who sells beads during breakfast is very good value!
I was surprised with the good reviews. I will never go back there.
from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is really pretty, but what kind of service do they think they can give and keep in business like that? I was never so baddly treated in my whole life. I got there after travelling for over a day. My flight had been cancelled and I had to be at the airport for another half a day waiting for people to give up or not show up and for me to have a chance to get into the next flight to Albuquerque. All I wanted when got to the hotel was to go to my room and start having fun from that point on because I had had enough of bad experiences on my way to SF. As soon as I got there at around 8PM the man at the desk disrespectfuly told me to wait while he was chating on his cellular with a friend. After a good 5 minutes waiting I asked him if there was somebody else that could check me in so I could go to my room and rest. He told his friend he would call back because he had a thing to do staring at my face with a sarcastic look. I could not believe. I was too tired to say anything else so I went to the room. When I got there the bed was completely not made. The sheets were all over the bed as if someone had used the room the night before and no one went there to clean it. I called the front desk to get another rom and I was told they were full and I had to be in that one. I asked them to go clean it since I had no other place to stay, and it took them over 1 hour to get I think the bell man to go do the room. The boy obviously knew nothing about cleaning rooms and I had to sleep in my clothes with socks and all in order not to touche the bed that I had seroious dobts had clean sheets. I also had a hard time using the bathroom since it was clear that the room had not been cleaned after the previous guest. I hated my stay there. The next day when I got to talk to the manager I was left with the choice to leave and find my own accomodations or get a 10% discount on my first night for sleeping in an used room. but the worst of all was leaving the desk and hearing the comment of the staff making fun of the fact that they knew I had to take it or go stay miles away from the town since even the hotels in a street far from the plaza were also full. I will never go back there. I dont know where the good remarks came from. It had to be a competely new staff for these other people to have enjoyed it.
Great Stay at the Inn of the Governors
Last week I was in Santa Fe for a Conference. I stayed for 2 nights at the Inn of the Governors, and I truly enjoyed my stay. The staff was very friendly and accomodating; the room comfortable and roomy, and the free parking was a plus. The tea and sherry was also very welcome in the afternoons. Some other conference attendees stayed at the Inn at Loretto, or the Hotel Santa Fe, and they all complained about less-than-excellent service... all at more expensive hotels than the Inn of the Governors... and I was very happy I was staying at the Inn. It is close to everything. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone planning a trip to Santa Fe.
great little property
my girlfriend & i stayed at the governors the last week in august & just loved it. we normally stay at the inn on the alameda (great too) but were given a 2 nite stay at the governors for a birthday present. from even before we arrived the staff went out of their way to make our birthdays a great time. i had faxed a request for an upgrade if possible because of our birthdays & since my name wasnt on the reservation, they called my work number, which was on the letterhead, the day before our arrival to find out what reservation we were coming in on! when we arrived at the hotel at 10am on a friday, the only upgrade they were going to have was with one king bed and my friend & i choose to keep our room with 2 beds and so instead they got us into a room immediately rather than making us wait until normal check in. i saw this happen to other guests also, so it wasnt just a special for us, but rather the norm.
after walking around for 6 hours to come back to the tea & sherry hour was a blessing. what great cookies they make also. they even have copies of the recipe for everyone, they are so raved over.
we were so tired the first nite that we decided to have a drink & eat in the hotels restuarant and were delighted. not at all touristy or boring, seems to be a hang out for some of the government employees from the capital building and some of the local locals. the drinks were great, food good & prices low.
then when we got back to our room, there was a gift bag from the staff for our happy birthday. when i later thanked the general manager, charlotte, for the nice thought, she said it wasnt me, the front desk does that on their own! (working in a hotel myself, i which i could get that kind of staff) CONGRADULATIONS EVERYONE, we are your slaves & the governors is where we will stay from now on.
LOVED THE INN OF THE GOVERNORS, SANTA FE, NM.
from A TripAdvisor Member
I can heartily reccommend the Inn of the Governors, Santa Fe, where I stayed for 5 days this August. The staff could not have been more welcoming or more helpful, the entire premises were immaculately clean, comfortable & tastefully decorated, the ensuite bathrooms provided lovely toiletries & fluffy bathrobes, & extra towels were available by the poolside. The generous buffet breakfasts with choices to suit everyone's taste were a sheer delight, & complimentary afternoon tea with sherry added a lovely touch of refined living. I shall recommend The Inn to everyone. Ruth F., Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. August 2004.
the Inn was wonderful
We stayed three nights at the Inn of the Governors at the end of a ten day family trip through the southwest. I liked the look of the Inn when I found it on the internet, and was not disappointed. The Inn looks fairly motel-ish when you first approach it from the outside, but the southwestern decor inside was lovely. The rooms had real character - not your standard hotel furniture - with a southwestern style armoire, a four poster queen bed, weathered wood desk and tables, and a decorative tin mirror and accessories in the bathroom. The hotel had so many extra touches that we really appreciated after staying in six hotels in nine days - gourmet coffee and flavored creamer for the in-room coffee pot, luxurious bathrobes in the room, sherry by the pool in the late afternoon, a checkerboard in the lobby, free internet access in the lobby, whipped cream by the coffee pot at the complimentary breakfast, a fridge in the room, and a charming patio with ivy covered walls outside our room. The location is great - just a couple blocks from the Plaza and a reasonable walk to the Canyon Road art gallery area. The complimentary breakfast was more than your average continental breakfast with sausage, southwestern style eggs, and a full array of fruit. We also enjoyed the hotel's Del Charro lounge for a late afternoon lunch - when we saw $4 hamburgers, $5 caesar salad with grilled salmon, and a $5 salmon wrap on the menu we were skeptical, but were delighted to have a delicious lunch at a price of a fast food restaurant. I am very picky about my hotels (I like places with character, and also like to find places that offer good value), and I recommend this hotel.
Top Local Tips for Santa Fe
Park your car!
Once you park, you don't really need your car to see all of the main attractions!
Reasonable dining in Santa Fe
Santa Fe offers a range of dining opportunities from fine, expensive to great quality, low cost. If you're on a budget, with kids, but like good quality food here are some recommendations: For a quick bite on the go, the lunch cart on the plaza has great fajitas $4.50, tamales $1.50 and homemade lemonade $1. Also, we loved Lan's on Don Gaspar by the Inn of the governors. Lunch only, but really delicious Veitnamese food. We ate at Il Vicino a few times. Wood fired, thin crust pizza. Good Salads, very reasonable. For a drink and some bar food Del Charro was good. Drinks are as expensive as anywhere else but their chips, salsa, gaucamole in edible bowls for $3 is a bargain as it the rest of their menu.
Get the book From Santa Fe to O'Keeffe Country by Rhoda Barkan. We have been to the SF area twice and love driving through Abiquiu and the Ghost Ranch to see the sights where she painted her landscapes. the book is invaluable for history, locations, phone numbers and maps.