by Eileen Ogintz
The award-winning Inn and Spa at Loretto, located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, goes to great effort to make sure guests have an authentic Southwest experience, from the dÃ©cor, the restaurant and the public species. Artisan wall dÃ©cor is inspired by Native American cultures of New Mexico in the pueblo-style hotel and historic artwork pay homage to the hotel’s history . Guest rooms feature one king sized bed or two double beds. There are one and two bedroom suites available, some with balconies. Guests enjoy the spa bathrobes and slippers, flat screen TVS with movie channels, iPod docking stations, rooms with kiva fireplaces, heated outdoor pool and he Spa at Loretto. The Living Room at Loretto features plush leather sofas, comfortable chairs and a fire place. Watch a favorite game or sit outside around the fire pit in the sculpture garden with coffee or a light bite. The Luminaria Restaurant & Patio is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Our Editor Loves
- Downtown Santa Fe
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
We reserved a Grande King room at the Inn & Spa at Loretto for 2 nights in October and were disappointed.
Cons: Parking is free on site, but must be done by a valet. If you need access to your vehicle (even to get an extra pair of shoes from the trunk) during your stay a valet must bring your vehicle to the lobby entrance.
The rooms are dark, almost cave-like. Management needs to paint the walls in a lighter color and add more lighting.
The bathroom is very small; if someone is standing in front of the sink, you cannot open the bathroom door without hitting that person with the edge of the door.
The closet is inconveniently located in the bathroom.
The room was spacious, but a lot of the space was wasted and could be used for a bench for luggage, coat racks, another sofa, etc.
It was cold in the room at night; the glass in the windows are only single pane. The heating unit roared when it operated.
$30 per day resort fee???
Pros: Close to the Square with its many shops and restaurants
Hotel staff were friendly.
Finally, even though there are receptacles labeled for recyclables, don't bother; I observed the housekeeper dump both the trash and recyclables into one large trash bag on her cart.
Very comfortable and well appointed. 2 issues: We encountered an infestation of box elder bugs in our hotel room. I guess we weren't forceful enough initially about our frustration. After speaking with the manager in person after several days of dealing with killing the harmless but annoying bugs; we were told we could have had another room on the opposite side of the hotel. The manager took care of the resort fee and comped 1 breakfast and dinner.
2nd issue: The name indicates to me that there is a spa. There are rooms dedicated for treatments and a pool but no other spa like facilities. I thought that was odd.
Over all a very nice, comfortable hotel which is walking distance to everything.