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Left: Dusk falls on the Eldorado Below: La Posada patio "We get strong corporate business because they know the consistency they're receiving with the Hilton brand" the three sisters of New Mexican cuisine, corn, beans and squash. We tasted such treats as Biscochitos, the buttery state cookie flavored with cinnamon and anise. The school's two rooms are frequently used for demonstrations for 100 pax. SANTA FE HOTELS The 158-room Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel is the only branded downtown property in Santa Fe. The entire property, with exception to the three historic casitas, or extended stay villas, was recently taken down to the studs and rebuilt. Light renovations were given to the casitas located in a separate building that once housed horse stables. "We get strong corporate business because they know the consistency they're receiving with the Hilton brand," says Suzanne Taylor, director of sales/marketing. There are two Southwest-imbued restaurants: El Canon and Pinon Grill. Two ballrooms bind the old and new aspects of the hotel, including the 2,000-sf historic ballroom and a 3,100-sf space in the newly rebuilt section. Dr. Gilles Widawski, president of Netzsch Instruments North America, chose Santa Fe for numerous reasons including its tucked away ambiance. "Our group attends many international conferences," he says. "A common comment we've gotten is that they're tired of going to the same convention cities.... Santa Fe's history and remoteness is a draw." The proximity of Eldorado Hotel & Spa to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is a plus for groups wanting to capitalize on Santa Fe's artsy vibe. The hotel's renovated expansive lobby showcases art from seven galleries. The Eldorado has the largest amount of meeting space in town, according to General Manager Norbert Relecker. "You can do a dinner for 150 guests on our Presidential Suite's 2,000-sf patio with 360-degree views of downtown Santa Fe and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains." The Eldorado has over 23,000 sf of space, including the rebuilt open-air Pavilion courtyard with seating for 400 banquet and 700 reception. During cooler seasons, the space can be enclosed and heated. At Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa in the heart of the Guadalupe Railyard District, we enjoyed breakfast next to a teepee on a patio designed for 150 guests. While there, the governor of the Picuris Pueblo tribe blessed us as the soothing notes of a flutist floated in the air. The 4-diamond hotel with 7,000 sf of meeting space is the only Santa Fe property owned by Native Americans. The main 133-room hotel sits on three acres. The Pueblo-style Hacienda building is an exclusive 35-room addition that includes 24/7 butler service and a private lounge for dining and drinks. It was at the Hotel Santa Fe that our group first saw handicap lifts at the pool and hot tub. La Fonda On The Plaza represents 90 years of history as a cultural destination, but it was time for a makeover," says Ed Pulsifer, director of sales. Every floor was gutted and rebuilt with modern technology, while maintaining the 1920s architecture. "About 70% of our business is returnees," Pulsifer says. "We have the largest ballroom outside of the convention center at 6,500 sf, more than 21,000 sf of function space, 179 renovated rooms, a new rooftop Belltower Bar, and we are the only hotel directly on the historic plaza." What awed our group about the 4-diamond property was the newly-designed 3,000-sf terrace overlooking the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. The potted flowers surrounding a large fountain, classic statues and rich mosaic tiling add elegance to cocktail receptions and dinners. The 6-acre La Posada of Santa Fe Resort & Spa is justifiably nicknamed "The Art Hotel." Art curator Sara Eyestone presides over more than 600 pieces selectively displayed throughout the 4-diamond property. Of the 157 rooms in the hotel, 119 are historic, retaining features such as traditional viga and latilla ceilings and kiva fireplaces. The hotel offers an exclusive Collectors Rate program with half rates and waived resort fees for each art purchase. Cocktail receptions for 180 are often held on the lawn, which can be tented for cooler nights.; | 61

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue November-December 2013

Planner's Pick: Hartford
Fresh Meets: MGM Resorts
Bureau Buzz: Las Vegas
Good Business: Hyatt, Hilton, Fairmont
Sea Shores: Silversea Cruises
Cool, Cultured & Creative
Imex America
Special Section: Asia Pacific
On Location: Hard Rock San Diego
Santa Fe
On Location: InterContinental Costa Rica
On Location: Marriott Orlando
On Location: Hilton Orlando
South Walton, Florida
Check Out: Moon Palace Cancun

Prevue November-December 2013