In the past the La Posada Resort was my default property recommendation for visitors to Santa Fe. But shortly after arrival at La Posada, I suspected that I wasn't in for a repeat of my wonderful previous visits. Located 2-3 blocks from the plaza this is the largest property I reviewed in Santa Fe.
At the front desk I was handed my key-card along with a poorly photocopied sheet of paper describing this once iconic Santa Fe hotel. My room number was hastily written at the top of the page. The flier describing the hotel had typos and in places was so lightly printed I could barely read it. La Posada website link.
Another bad sign was an eaten apple core on the patio area outside of the room. Not long after entering the room I took off my shoes and quickly noticed a big wet spot on the carpet. I called the front desk and they called back telling me that housekeeping knew it was wet. They had cleaned a spot earlier in the day. They said it should be dry by now. I requested that someone bring some towels to soak up some of remaining water. They got most of it up but the next morning it was still damp. I'm still amazed that a resort of this caliber would put a guest into a room with a known problem.
Room #138 was categorized as a "Classic" room. It was a bit dark but the bed was very comfortable with nice linens and the room was quiet. The AC was a little loud but I didn't need it. The room was decorated nicely with items appropriate to the Southwest adobe style of the resort. I liked the adjustable goose neck LED reading light on the bedside lamp.
The room had plenty of storage and closet space. One oddity however: a newrefrigerator was sitting on the floor against one wall with its marketing sticker on the front selling me on its features and specifications. Very tacky! I wonder why they didn't place the refrigerator into the base of the TV cabinet. It appears to have been designed to hold a fridge.
It included a small but usable desk with a beautiful mirror above it. My WiFi signal was marginal and download speeds were slow. RESORT FEE $30. Checkout was 11am. I called to ask about checkout time and no offer was given to extend it. I asked for an extra hour and they agreed. In room coffee with tea and cocoa was available. After messing with the "broken" coffee pot I realized it wasn't plugged in. Pre-programmed buttons on phone for Reception, Concierge, etc. did not work.
The grounds are pleasant with paths that snake around the property leading to the various guest rooms. A large central fountain is beautiful at night. A variety of art work is placed along the walking paths as are moving wind sculptures. Santa Fe has lots of beautiful artwork, here is a link to some art tour info.
I did not dine at the La Posada's Fuego Restaurant. I walked into town for dinner. Room service is available. The hotel's Stabb House Lounge is located in the historic central house which is a historic Santa Fe spot.
I cannot recommend the La Posada De Santa Fe at this time. This used to be an amazing resort and one of the best in Santa Fe. I would now suggest you consider other options. This disappointing visit won't remove the memory of an amazing winter weekend several years earlier however. Maybe they can make a comeback.