Submitted on 21-10-2016
The entrance to the hotel from Sandoval Street has an area to drive through, and a parking lot (which costs about $19 per night to park). As you drive up, couches with fire pits line the fringe leading up to the blue double doors. The first doors open up automatically to a long foyer area with luggage carts. Once you open the second doors, you are greeted by a large area with two high tables and chairs, couches and the fireplace. There are visible beams in the ceiling of the hotel, keeping i...
The entrance to the hotel from Sandoval Street has an area to drive through, and a parking lot (which costs about $19 per night to park). As you drive up, couches with fire pits line the fringe leading up to the blue double doors. The first doors open up automatically to a long foyer area with luggage carts. Once you open the second doors, you are greeted by a large area with two high tables and chairs, couches and the fireplace. There are visible beams in the ceiling of the hotel, keeping in style with the Spanish elegance of the hacienda, and the area is warm, welcoming and cozy.
To the left is the reception, where you can check in and ask questions. The receptionists were helpful and went out of their way to make sure that the guest's needs were met. In particular, at the end of my stay, I was waiting for the shuttle bus to take me from the hotel to the airport in Albuquerque, and the gentleman working at reception had come out to the front to help direct cars from the pass through area. He asked me if I was doing all right, seeing that I was worried as the shuttle was late, and it appeared that it had stopped across the street. Once I explained my concern, he asked me for the confirmation number from the shuttle company, crossed the street, talked to the driver, and returned to tell me that the shuttle is in fact going to stop at the Hilton. I truly appreciated that he did that for me and put my mind at ease.
On the right of the entrance, there is a table with water and juice served to guests staying at the hotel.
The receptionist that I spoke with at the beginning of my stay mentioned that the hotel's entrances are actually on the second floor, because the hotel is located on a slight incline. My room was on the same floor, located right next to the elevator.
I entered through the door to the hallway of the room. On my right hand side, there was a large closet, which held a bathrobe, ironing board, iron, hangers for clothes, and on the shelves there was an extra pillow and blanket. Next to the closet, further down on the right, there was a black cabinet, which held the Keurig with teas and coffees, and a refrigerator. After asking the receptionist and doing a little more searching, I found the safe inside the bottom drawer of that black cabinet. On the cream white counter top, there was a tray with plastic cups and an ice holder. The note mentioned the place in the hotel where the ice can be found, and that I could also request the ice from the reception desk.
On the left hand side, by the door way, there was an opened sliding door that lead to the bathroom. Looking into the bathroom, in front of me there was a vanity with a large, rectangular mirror, which lit up. By the faucet, there was a metal tray holding the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, and a facial bar. All the items were from Peter Thomas Roth and have vitamins to nourish the skin, which is a good thing considering that the weather in Santa Fe is dry. Underneath the sink, there were three sizes of towels, neatly folded, and a basket that held shower caps, a hair dryer, and other items. To the left of the vanity, was a huge, tiled shower with a seating area, and to the right of the vanity, there was a wall which separated the toilet from the rest of the bathroom.
Entering further into the room, I could immediately see the bed with four pillows, and a note left on the covers, on the left hand side. To the left and right of the bed, there were night stands with lamps. One of the night stands had an alarm clock into which I could plug in an iPhone. The other night stand (on the right side of the bed) had a telephone, and outlets on the side so that I could plug in other items. Next to that night stand, there was a tall, reddish-brown corner couch with lots of beautifully crafted pillow, and two paintings above it. Near the couch, there was a coffee table.
A few paces from the couch was the desk with chairs, a lamp, and outlets on the side of the desk to plug my laptop into. A painting of rock formations hangs above it. Next to the desk there was a white dresser, with a TV on top. I didn't utilize the TV at all, so I do not know what channels they have available, but there is a list provided. From the window behind the desk, I could see the outdoor swimming pool.
The furniture of the room was in the Southwestern Style, with dark red wood, rich colors, folk art (the pillows), and metal (the white dresser had the round metal pieces in a pattern). The bed was comfortable to sleep in at night, and the pillows were fluffy so I only used one while sleeping. While I prefer to work on my laptop at the desk, the chair was so soft, that I sunk down and it was uncomfortable to work from. So I moved to and got cozy on the couch, which was the perfect place to work after a long day. You have to pay in order to use the internet at this location.
The location of the hotel was wonderful because it is a five minute walk from the plaza, which is the downtown area, so I was close to the restaurants and attractions. At the same time, the area around the hotel is quiet, and soothing even though it is by a major road.