Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe

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Hotel Chimayo
Living history in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

By Hope S. Philbrick

Rustic yet elegant, historic yet loaded with modern upscale amenities, Hotel Chimayó in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a distinctive boutique hotel that gets you close to the action of the Plaza while transporting you to another place.

In a word, it’s magical.

Hotel ChimayoStay at Hotel Chimayó and you’ll get more than a good night’s sleep—though you will get that, and upon what is arguably one of the world’s best mattresses. You’ll get an authentic, rich, immersive cultural experience alongside all the pampering and amenities you’d expect of an upscale hotel.

“Hotel Chimayó tells the story of the Village of Chimayó, one of the oldest and most sacred New Mexican communities,” says Maresa Thompson, senior marketing & creative director (a.k.a., corporate cowgirl) for Heritage Hotels & Resorts. “A tour guide there goes back 13 generations!”

Founded in the 17th Century as a fortified central plaza, Chimayó is an agricultural community nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, 30 minutes north of Santa Fe. The mission of the hotel and parent company Heritage Hotels & Resorts is to help inform the public about Chimayó history and culture while helping to preserve the heritage for future generations.

The Chimayó community is known for its artistic and culinary traditions, spiritual devotion and familial bonds distinctive artwork. Thus Chimayó-style handcrafted décor, artwork and village crafts, weaving traditions and traditional foods are incorporated into the hotel’s design.

Elements of devotion are included amongst the artwork on display. The hotel partnered with “70 artists to create 500 wooden crosses that are part of the décor,” says Thompson. Though the décor does carry a strong religious bent, it’s rustic and incorporated into the hotel in such a way that it appeals to guests of faith as well as those merely interested in culture and/or art.

Sitting in front of a fire, nibbling on local treats, surrounded by earthy artifacts while nestled on a comfy sofa or bed, it’s impossible to resist the charms of this place.

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Whatever your Santa Fe itinerary entails, Hotel Chimayó is a dreamy place to stay.

Essentials…
  • Located in historic downtown Santa Fe and within easy walking distance of the Santa Fe Plaza
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Multiple room types available
  • Low n’ Slow Lowrider Bar located on site
  • Wet bar, microwave and refrigerator available in select rooms
  • Wood-burning fireplaces in select rooms
  • Underground parking (fees apply); reserved street parking for low riders
  • Pet friendly; $25/per pet per day, dogs under 50 pounds welcome
  • In-room coffee makers with basic supplies
  • Bathtubs standard in guestrooms
  • ADA accessible rooms available
  • 4 p.m. check-in
  • Local Treasures discount brochure provided at check-in
  • Free walking tours of cultural and historic sites in and around the Plaza are hosted by Peter Sinclaire, a 20-year veteran of the area; 75-minute tours are available Saturdays at 10 a.m., May through October
  • Free shuttle service daily from 3-11 p.m., loops four scheduled stops in historic Santa Fe
  • Odds of Encountering Children: Possible, but significantly lower than national chain hotels. Each Heritage Hotel offers special packages, most of which are aimed at adults.

Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe is partnered with the Chimayó Cultural Preservation Association, which aims to preserve the culture of Chimayó by building an archive of historical photographs and documents, gathering oral histories, maintaining historic buildings and increasing community awareness of local history and culture.

More Information…

Hotel ChimayoHotel Chimayó de Santa Fe
125 Washington Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.988.4900

Read more about Heritage Hotels & Resorts
Read our review of Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Read our review of Nativo Lodge
Read our review of Palacio de Marquesa Taos

Learn more about Heritage Hotels & Resorts on Twitter @HeritageHtls, Facebook or at www.hhandr.com.

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HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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