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We've seen plenty of weird and wonderful hotel soaps in our time, but nothing quite as cool as this: the rock soap that greeted us as we checked into La Posada De Santa Fe Resort last night.
There was a normal, pebble-shaped soap in the soap dish - so far, so normal - but then on the shelf by the basin we spied this lump of rock. Was it a pumice stone to grate your feet? An ornament? A random piece of rock? No, it was indeed a bar of soap shaped like a rock.
Yay, another hotel anniversary that gives us gimmicky discounts! Today it’s the turn of the Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe which is celebrating its 25th birthday next month.
To celebrate – here’s the really gimmicky one – they’re offering anyone who stayed at the hotel during its first ever month (April 1986) to return for a night at the original rate they paid – which ends up at around $30 per night (it’s called the Turn Back The Clocks deal). Sadly, there’s no cheating the system – the onus is on you to provide proof, such as a photo of you there, “dated receipt” (uhh, surely nobody is that anal as to keep a receipt for 25 years?) or “other proof”. And, if you’re thinking that that’s unlikely, think again – the offer has already received several takers (we guess the days of scrapbooking your every photo, food bag and receipt from your holidays has to come in handy at some point).
But never fear, because the hotel also has something up its sleeve for those of us who didn’t have the fortune to stay back in those heady days of 1996: a straightforward 25 percent off rates throughout April, bringing rates down to $169. Tempted? They’re throwing in a free box of chocolates with every room. Now you are, right?
We gave you the lowdown on some hot—as in red-chile hot—drinks at Secreto Bar in the Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe. But of course, we had to check out the rest of the hotel, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
How did the hotel stack up? Find out after the jump.
In New Mexico, chiles—the unofficial state fruit, yeah, fruit—are piled on every dish, from burgers to enchiladas. And at the Hotel St. Francis' Secreto Bar and Loggia in Santa Fe, it's even used in cocktails.
The Spicy Secreto sports a rim of housemade red chile salt that adds a little fire to the drink. The savory cocktail is also made with Cabana Cachaca, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, cane syrup, lime and jalapeño juices—in case the red chile rim wasn't enough heat for you—with a fresh cucumber garnish.
To celebrate the oft-forgotten, but nonetheless significant 23rd birthday, the Inn On The Alameda is giving away the third consecutive night for only $23. (Birthday rates are a trend. We're calling it.)
We found a room with two queens and a patio for only $140 in January which comes out to a nice $303 (plus taxes and fees, probs) for a long getaway weekend in the dead of winter. Not bad. Especially considering these amenities:
Lavish continental breakfast
Afternoon wine and cheese reception
Free wi-fi access
Parking at no charge
Lobby Library with books and games
Three Nights in Santa Fe For Two
$199 per person
Considering a mini-vacation to the Southwest? Consider the Eldorado Hotel & Spa. The hotel is offering guests who book a three-night stay the third night free. Rates start at $199 a night. The deal is good through December 21, 2008 and based on availability. Book online or or call 1(800) 955-4455. Use code PROSTA when booking.
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