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Left: Canyon Road, Santa Fe;
Right (top to bottom): Handpainted headboards at La Fonda;
The Hacienda & Spa; Eloisa restaurant at The Drury Plaza Hotel
"We are a very welcoming city that
offers our visitors a real sense of place."
WHERE TO STAY
Santa Fe has over 5,600 rooms and approximately 2,000 are within
a five-block radius of the downtown convention center.
The Drury Plaza Hotel is a newer hotel with 182
contemporary guest rooms and suites, complemented by 20,000
sf of indoor-outdoor meeting space, including a wonderful rooftop
venue with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. At the
magnificent Eloisa restaurant, we feasted on Southwest-inspired
fare such as pastrami tacos, chicken con queso, chaco canyon
salmon (wood-grilled with green chili mashed potatoes and oyster
mushrooms), ahi tuna with creamy saffron risotto and wood-grilled
beef tenderloin with root veggies and a red wine demi-glace.
La Fonda, located right on the plaza where Native American
pottery and jewelry vendors display their works for sale, is a
1920s charmer. We enjoyed an outdoor reception on their
terrace overlooking the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, which
accommodates receptions of up to 225 attendees or 185 seated.
The property has 180 rooms (including 15 luxury rooms) and just
completed a renovation that blended new technology with old world
charm in guest rooms, and also updated their 6,500-sf ballroom.
Hotel Santa Fe, The Hacienda & Spa is the only Native
American-owned property downtown. Many of the staff are from the
Pueblo Indian tribe that owns the property, offering an extra touch of
authenticity, including Native American fusion cuisine. Just a short
10-minute walk to the main plaza, the Hotel Santa Fe portion offers
128 rooms and is value priced. For smaller upscale corporate groups
the Hacienda (a separate building) is a haven of 36 rooms that come
with butler service and a spa that is accessible for all attendees.
The 157-room La Posada de Santa Fe, part of the Tribute
portfolio, is an upscale property where groups of up to 70 meet.
Accommodations are in separate small clusters spread across 6.5
acres and many have wood floors and fireplaces, adding to its charm.
The Inn and Spa at Loretto is another centrally located
downtown hotel. Planners can arrange for art and history talks
around a cozy fireplace at this 157-room and -suite property. The
rooftop suite has great views and outdoor space for small gatherings.
El Dorado Hotel & Spa has the largest conference facilities
of all the accommodations in Santa Fe with 219 guest rooms, 18
suites and a rooftop presidential suite. Meeting and event space
totals 22,000 sf, including a 7,000-sf conference room.
The 158-room Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza was built onto
a 300-year-old hacienda. Up to 360 can be seated in the ballroom,
and the overall meeting space is 7,000 sf.
santafe.org; druryhotels.com; lafondasantafe.com;
santafe.hilton.com; santafedmc.com; eldoradohotel.com
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