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Hipster big-city rooftop bars got nothin’ on the Spanish Mission quasi-churchy vibe and Southwest sunset views of the Bell Tower Bar at La Fonda Santa Fe. A favorite of tourists and Santa Fe locals alike, the Bell Tower shut down the first half of 2013 for upgrades as part of the complete overhaul to the hotel. When it reopens July 15 (you heard it here first), the bar will boast quite a few new features -- most importantly (in our eyes at least) an actual bell to occupy that historic belfry. Also a light bites menu served out of a new tower-level prep kitchen, because Happy Hour crowds can’t subsist on booze and views alone.
La Posada de Santa Fe situated in the heart of historic Santa Fe, New Mexico refuses to turn down the heat during the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta September 26-30, 2012.
Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, and chef tours are among the many events at the upcoming 22nd Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta. Ninety nationwide wineries will come to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants. In celebration of the Wine & Chile Fiesta, La Posada is, of course, offering a special limited-time only Wine & Chile Fiesta Package.
How's this for romance? The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is luring couples with a "Sense of Romance" package that would spark even the dullest flame of desire between a pair of nuns. Yes, dinner by candlelight. Yes, a bed of roses. Yes, those Sangre de Cristo mountains in the background.
And, for fun, an hour appointment with the hotel's Romance Expert, a designated concierge who presides over the Front Desk spouting fathomless knowledge about the ins and outs of true amor. Or, in more accessible terms: where to dine, what spa treatment to book, and where to go stargazing.
The kiva fireplace. The best bit of the room
A hotel that has soap in the shape of a rock has to be good, right? That kind of attention to detail is going to make for a spot on stay. Said soap rock was what we found when we checked into our room at La Posada De Santa Fe Resort recently. Did the rest of the experience measure up? Here goes.
Our hopes were high on arrival to the hotel. We’d called in advance, asking whether it’d be possible for a parcel to be sent to us care of the hotel, and spoken to a concierge who sounded charming and efficient. Then our taxi driver told us La Posada was one of the best hotels in Santa Fe. It better had, we thought, since we paid $188 on Jetsetter (our room should have set us back around $300 though).
Check in was quick and easy, with a friendly man assigning us our room. There was free spa handcream at the check in desk – a nice touch in snowy Santa Fe. We walked to our room through cozy wood-panelled corridors, past the restaurant, bar, and a couple of sitting rooms strewn with art. Then outside, through the snowy courtyard and gardens. All atmospheric. Then we hit room 107, a Fireplace King.
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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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We're thinking that the La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa made a stack of dough out of their $5,000 painting deal, because they're currently spending $6.2 million on a renovation. Due to be completed by May this year, the redesign also includes a new restaurant.
The redesign on the interior includes the influence of indigenous cultures--the Museum of New Mexico Foundation got involved to design indigenous fabrics and prints for the guest rooms and public areas. They're also going for a more customer-friendly feel in the lobby, including individual check-in desks rather than one long check-in counter.
The new restaurant is the Viga, which will be open for all meals and have a casual atmosphere. This will leave their four-diamond restaurant Fuego to get a furniture upgrade and to concentrate on serving fine dinners only. It will also get a new street entrance so non-hotel guests can easily access the restaurant. Or is that so that hotel guests don't feel disturbed by any locals? Whatever the case, you can check it out yourself from next month.
Last time we heard from La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa they wanted us to drop some serious coin on art to score a free night. Now they've put together a much more reasonable package for ski bums. Two days worth of lift tickets, breakfasts and accommodations for two are starting at $476 a night, and you'll get a massage, too.
The Ski Santa Fe resort is just 16 miles north of town, situated on a 12,053-foot-high mountain. That gives 'em plenty of room for 67 runs and a 1,700+ vertical drop. Right now, temperatures are just below freezing, and there's five feet of snow on the ground.
The hotel deal nets you a 10 percent savings over what you'd pay a la carte. (Your "resort fee" and parking are included in the price.) The only problem, of course, is that you'll have to fight over who gets that single massage.