Fodor's Expert Review Santa Fe Sage Inn & Suites

725 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, USA See on Map

On the southern edge of the Railyard District, this smartly renovated motel offers affordable comfort and surprisingly attractive (given the low rates) Southwestern decor within walking distance of the Plaza (an attractive 15-minute walk), although you can also get back and forth easily using the hotel's complimentary Downtown shuttle service. Continental breakfast is included, and the business center and exercise room are open 24 hours.


Rooms capture the region's Spanish Colonial, with punched-tin accents, Navajo-pattern throw pillows and blankets, carved-wood headboards, and . Suites are both larger and a bit fancier, with higher-end furnishings, two full bathrooms, and access to a large shared patio and garden. Every room has irons and boards, hairdryers, flat-screen TVs with premium channels, and other amenities you'd expect at a comparable or even slightly more expensive chain hotel.

Get a room upstairs and in one of the rear buildings for the most privacy and quiet.


The bathrooms, though on the small side, are well-outfitted with decent-quality towels, and counters with punched-tin accents. Each has eco-friendly bath products. They're about what you'd expect in this price range.


Although primarily a place to check-in, the lobby is bright and airy with attractive and comfortable armchairs and sofas, a desk with a couple of computers, and plenty of Southwest artworks and decorative touches.


The small, heated oval pool is a great spot for a refreshing swim and is flanked by attractive lounge chairs and wrought-iron tables.


There's a well-maintained exercise room with updated equipment--it's better than a lot of gyms in budget-oriented hotels.


The hotel's restaurant, Derailed, is a casual and convenient spot for casual comfort food, from pulled-pork sliders to Asian-inspired veggie bowls. Included in the rates are is a extensive breakfast buffet, served in an attractive breakfast room with a kiva fireplaces and featuring waffles, bagels, fresh fruit, yogurt, and a few other staples. You can also stock up on snacks and other supplies at Whole Foods, which is next door.


The on-site restaurant and bar has a popular happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. daily--it's a good time to save a little money on the well-crafted margaritas as well as some of the bar food. Craft beers are another of the bar's specialties.


Getting Around

Within walking distance of the Rail Runner train station as well as a number of key attractions, restaurants, and shops, the Sage Inn is well-suited to travelers without cars--it even provides a complimentary shuttle service throughout the Downtown. There's Uber and taxis for longer trips, although a car is also ideal if you're planning to spend much time venturing out into the surrounding region. Parking is just $5 nightly.


Vinaigrette (3-minute walk) stands out from many Santa Fe restaurants for its menu focused heavily on big meal-size salads with farm-fresh ingredients; you can also pick up tasty gourmet provisions, coffees, desserts, and cool culinary gifts at the restaurant's hip lifestyle store, Modern General, which is next door. For outstanding and authentic Northern New Mexican food and tasty margaritas, head to La Choza (6-minute walk), which has a warm and welcoming outdoor patio.


A great spot for live music and locally brewed beers, Second Street Brewery (6-minute walk) also serves tasty bar fare. Venture over to trendy Santa Fe Spirits Tasting Room (10-minute walk) to sample locally crafted calvados-style apple brandy, single-malt whiskey, and artisan gin.


The current owners of Santa Fe Sage Inn & Suites took what had been a serviceable and nondescript budget motel and have steadily upgraded it and added great amenities, including a very good little restaurant and bar, over the years. Now it's one of the best values among Downtown hotels, and it's also an easy walk from the hip and up-and-coming Railyard District.




Phones: 505-982–5952; 866-433–0335

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