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Trip Report My weekend in Santa Fe, March 2013

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Last weekend two of my friends and I flew in to Santa Fe (well, actually, Albuquerque) for a fun-filled couple of days. We only get to see each other every few years, and this was a great choice for one of those weekends. So much so, that we are already trying to figure out when we might return, and we all wished we had arranged for a few more days.

Here's what we did, what was really great, what we would have done differently.

We all flew in to ABQ then used a shuttle to go to Santa Fe and back to the airport. For some reason I was under the impression there wasn't parking at the hotel (I don't know, a complete brain failure I guess) and kept reading that parking was difficult, so we decided against renting a car.

If we went again we would either fly all the way to Santa Fe, or fly into ABQ and rent a car. The shuttle was 48 round trip x 3 of us, so nearly $150. In addition, it's hourly, so if you just miss one (which is what happened to us as our flights were late) you are sitting at the airport for another hour, then have a minimum 70 minutes to Santa Fe. In addition, the shuttle drivers have taken speed lessons from turtles.

Still, if you don't want to rent a car it is easy enough to use The Sandia Shuttle www.sandiashuttle.com. You are able to make reservations online, and it seems like they go to most of the hotels in Santa Fe. In town, the taxis are quick to come, and every driver we had was really nice and friendly. Plus, Friday night was $1 cab night where they would pick you up at any restaurant or bar and take you home for $1 (per person). I don't know if that is every Friday or not. There is only one cab company in town: http://www.capitalcitycab.com/


We wanted some place central so we could walk everywhere, and we wanted something where the three of us could talk well into the night (we knew it would happen, like I said, we only see each other every few years) and not have to go out into the hallway and around etc. Ideally we would have liked something like a one bedroom suite with an extra pullout sofa in the living area.

I looked at several lovely places in the area, but ultimately settled on the Inn on the Alameda. I think a number of other places would have worked out too, but here is what settled it. Every single interaction I had with the Inn on the Alameda, both before we arrived and while we were there, they were just so helpful and (seemingly) interested in our having a great time. I can't say this enough. The staff at the Inn on the Alameda are what made it so special in my opinion.

When I called to talk to them about what I wanted, they spent time on the phone and advised what they thought would work best (and no, it wasn't the most expensive option). They gave me a few other tips as well. And, two weeks before we were due, they sent us a really nice Santa Fe Guidebook. When one of our group was going to arrive much earlier than the rest of us, I called and put her on the reservation and they were very nice and accommodating, never acted put out.

The rooms are very nice, the beds very comfortable, nice amenities. There is a wine and cheese happy hour from four to five every evening, and the Happy Hour Guy (as we dubbed him) was just a sweetheart, and it was a real social hour . People weren't sitting in their corners, they were chatting and sharing their days.

The breakfast is included, and is decent. There's quite a spread and you should be able to find something to satisfy you, from sweets to egg dishes to healthy stuff. The Breakfast Lady (we couldn't remember any names, we are terrible people) was also a total sweetheart.

We got adjoining rooms, one with two queens and one with a queen. The rate per room, per night, was $210.

It is right around the corner from Canyon Road, and very easy walking distance to The Plaza.


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