Near the Plaza and Canyon Road is one of the Southwest's best small hotels. Alameda means \"tree-lined lane,\" and this one perfectly complements the inn's location by the gurgling Santa Fe River. The adobe architecture and enclosed courtyards strewn with climbing rose vines combine a relaxed New Mexico country atmosphere with the luxury and amenities of a top-notch hotel, from afternoon wine and cheese to free local and toll-free calls. Many employees have worked here for years, and the dedication shows in the outstanding, friendly service.
The inn offers some great package deals that can include anything from tickets to Meow Wolf to passes good for admission to local museums.
Rooms are set among several small adobe buildings connected by landscaped paths and have a Southwestern color scheme, handmade armoires and headboards, triple-sheeted beds with luxurious Italian cotton bedding, coffeemakers with organic beans, and ceramic lamps and tiles—many have patios and kiva fireplaces. Suites have large sitting rooms with leather sofas or loveseats, and the majority have private outdoor entrances.
With pleasant, soft lighting and modern tilework, the bathrooms at Inn on the Alameda carry out the property's casually upscale vibe. They're not overly fancy, but some of the suites do have deep soaking tubs.
One of the inn's greatest assets is its handsomely furnished and inviting lobby, with latilla-and-viga-beam ceilings, a wood-burning kiva fireplace, and comfy seating that ranges from Mexican-style sofas to rocking chairs with upholstered seats. Guests often spend time here and in the adjoining Agoyo Lounge, a casual restaurant and bar that also hosts a complimentary afternoon social hour, with drinks and snacks, daily from 4 until 5 pm.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel has no pool, but there are hot tubs.
The inn has a medium-size exercise room with well-maintained equipment.
Just off the lobby, casual Agoyo Lounge is serves an extensive complimentary breakfast buffet in the morning, featuring smoked salmon, fresh fruit, pastries, and a number of hot egg dishes. In the evening, following the complimentary social hour, the lounge is offers a la carte dining to guests. It's a good option for reasonably priced nachos, Cobb salads, chipotle salmon tacos, and and Moroccan-seasoned lamb sliders.
The inn is set along peaceful Alameda Street, which parallels historic Canyon Road on the city's charming East Side and is just a 10-minute walk from the Plaza. You can get to most local attractions and businesses on foot, but the inn also has ample free parking (a rarity in Downtown Santa Fe). If you're without a car, Uber and cabs are the most practical way to get to farther-afield attractions like Meow Wolf and Pecos National Historical Park.
You can expect superb service and exquisitely prepared contemporary at upscale Geronimo (10-minute walk), which occupies a beautiful mid-18th-century house amid the many art galleries on Canyon Road. Stroll to The Shed (8-minute walk) for outstanding classic New Mexican fare and top-shelf margaritas.
The stylish and intimate bar Tonic (10-minute walk) is a lovely place to listen to live jazz bands and sip well-crafted cocktails. Sample the exceptional New Mexico–produced sparkling wines as well as a first-rate Pinot Noir at inviting and modern Gruet Winery Santa Fe Tasting Room (10-minute walk), which is just off the lobby of Downtown's Hotel St. Francis.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Although it's not as fancy as some of the other upscale properties in town, this exceptionally well-run boutique hotel offers beautifully furnished, light-filled contemporary rooms with a terrific East Side location that's a short walk from both Canyon Road galleries and downtown museums and businesses. Perks abound, from free parking to a hugely popular afternoon social hour featuring cocktails and snacks.