This comfortable and reasonably priced inn is on a busy road, but at least this stretch of Paseo de Peralta is just two lanes wide and is in a semiresidential neighborhood a short walk from the Plaza. The two early 20th-century houses are joined by a modern lobby with a pitched ceiling, where the breakfast is served—in warm weather you can dine on the sundeck. The staff is laid-back and friendly (and regularly making upgrades and improvements to the rooms), and there's free parking, which is fairly hard to come by in Downtown Santa Fe.
Rooms are simple but stylish, and although some of them are on the cozy side, but they are clean and light, many with hardwood floors and all with pleasing Southwestern furnishings, contemporary pastel color schemes, and soft Italian linens—top units have fireplaces and private patios. All have individual climate control with air-conditioning, which many smaller Santa Fe inns lack. Several rooms have private outside entrances.
For a bit more quiet and privacy, book one of the rooms in back—including the Anasazi, Garden Suite, Spanish Colonial, Botanics, Santa Fe, Indian Market, Ski New Mexico, and Desert Flowers rooms—which also have access to the deck or garden patio.
The bathrooms are attractive, if generally a bit small, and have pedestal sinks, good shelving to store your toiletries, rain shower heads, and either shower-tub combinations or walk-in showers in some units.
The attractive common areas include a spacious lobby lounge with a soaring cathedral ceiling, a fireplace, and plenty of comfortable seating, and a sunny breakfast room. On summer days, guests tend to take advantage of the attractive rear deck, which has tables shaded by patio umbrellas, and a covered patio with outdoor sofas.
There's no restaurant, but a full breakfast is included in the rates. It's served in a cheery common breakfast room or, on nice days, on the pretty back deck, and it always includes juices, fruit, yogurt, and a hot dish, such as waffles with fruit compote or breakfast tamales.
Although you won't find a bar, the several indoor and outdoor common spaces are comfortable spots to relax with a glass of wine and mingle with guests. The inn is close to several grocery and liquor stores.
Although the inn has sufficient (and free) off-street parking for all of its guests, and a car is useful for exploring the surrounding region, it is possible to stay here and see much of central Santa Fe without wheels. Many key attractions and shops are within an easy, pleasant walk, and Uber and cabs are easy to call for longer trips.
Just a block from the Plaza, The Shed (5-minute walk) is a beloved venue for authentic Northern New Mexican cuisine, such as green-chile corn chowder and blue-corn enchiladas with pozole. A stylish, art-filled restaurant specializing in the regional cuisine of interior Mexico, Sazón (10-minute walk) specializes in complex mole sauces and also stocks an extensive selection of artisan tequilas and mezcals.
A stylish spot for cocktails and light bar food set on the rooftop of the handsome Drury Plaza hotel, Bar Alto (4-minute walk) features a popular daily happy hour and offers panoramic views of the Downtown and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Stop by the Draft Station (6-minute walk) to try some of New Mexico's justly renowned craft beers. Seating is on a balcony overlooking the Plaza.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The thoughtful innkeepers of this 18-room B&B work hard to tend to guests' every need and have steadily upgraded the accommodations, adding new furnishings, repainting rooms, and providing all the comforts you need for a comfy stay in the heart of Santa Fe's historic Downtown, but at reasonable rates. The generous breakfast and extensive common lounge areas, both inside and outside, are an added draw.