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Fodor's Expert Review Residence Inn

1698 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, USA See on Map

This adobe-clad Marriott extended-stay compound consists of clusters of two-story adobe town houses with pitched roofs and tall chimneys. All units have kitchens, and the central pool and inclusive meal services add to the value. It's right off a major intersection about 3 miles south of the Plaza, but it's set back far enough so that there's no traffic noise.

room

Rooms at this Marriott extended-stay property are ideally suited to families or groups traveling together, as each sleeps at least four guests and has a well-designed kitchen with utensils, pots and pans, stainless-steel appliances, and granite counters. Best bets for families are the penthouse suites, which each have a loft bedroom and a separate sitting area (with a curtain divider) that has a Murphy bed. All units have wood-burning fireplaces, sturdy work desks, and many have balconies.

Ask for one of the second-floor end units that face north or east for the best mountain views.

bathroom

Bathrooms, which feature Paul Mitchell bath products, are typical of what you'd expect of a mid- to upper-end chain property, with wide granite counters and shower-tub combinations. The hammered-metal-frame mirrors lend a touch of Southwest style. The penthouse suites have two bathrooms.

lobby

The spacious lobby is a pleasant place to hang out, socialize, and watch TV. There are plenty of chairs, a fireplace, and good lighting, and to one side you'll find a work desk with a guest computer and printer.

pool

The hotel has a quiet outdoor pool and whirlpool tub situated in the center of the complex, surrounded by guest accommodations on all sides. It's sheltered from street noise and is nicely landscaped.

gym

The good-size fitness room has clean, modern equipment, including two treadmills, two other cardio machines, and a good range of weights. Outside, there's also a "sport court" that can be used for basketball or tennis—you can borrow equipment from the front desk.

dining

Although there's not a full-service restaurant per se, the property does have some complimentary dining options, including the complimentary Residence Inn Mix, offered Monday through Wednesday, featuring adult beverages and tasty snacks, and held either out on the patio (where there's a grill) or in the lobby. Also, a hot breakfast is provided each morning, featuring egg dishes, waffles, fruit, cereals, and other fixings. The hotel offers a grocery-shopping service, which is helpful if you wish to be ready to use your kitchen the minute you arrive. There's also a small on-site convenience store.

drinking

There's no bar, but during the Monday–Wednesday Residence Inn Mix, complimentary beer, wine, and cocktails are served. Each unit has a full kitchen, which is handy for enjoying drinks in your suite.

LOCATION

Getting Around

This is one of the few properties in Santa Fe's midtown area, which puts it within a 10-minute drive of both the Plaza and major museums as well as the shopping centers and restaurants out on Cerrillos Road. It's also just off a main road that leads right to Interstate 25. This makes it very convenient if you have a car (there's free parking), but not ideal otherwise, as there's not much to see and do within walking distance.

Restaurants

A casually elegant Indian restaurant that specializes in the paper-thin crepe-like dishes for which it's named, Paper Dosa (5-minute drive) ranks among the best Asian restaurants in the state. One of Santa Fe's cheeriest spots for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Harry's Roadhouse (7-minute drive) has a diverse menu that emphasizes upscale American and Southwestern comfort fare. In the morning you might try the excellent breakfast migas with chorizo, while the fried catfish with grits is a favorite for dinner. The desserts are house-made and delicious.

Bars

Loyal Hound (2-minute drive) is a quick hop away and serves a great selection of craft cocktails and fine wines, along with tasty bar fare. Old-school Tiny's Restaurant & Lounge (5-minute drive) feels a bit like a scene from an old movie, with its nostalgic '50s interior—locals and visitors love dropping by for the live entertainment and stiff drinks.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Among both chain and extended-stay properties in Santa Fe, the Residence Inn stands out for its brightly furnished rooms and state-of-the-art in-room kitchen appliances as well as for having excellent common facilities, including a quiet pool, a nice little gym, and a sport court where you can shoot hoops or play tennis. The location is great for being near the Plaza but set a little away from the crowds.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Pet Friendly
Casual
Residential Area
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 505-988–7300;800-331–3131

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