This post was contributed by Lisa Crovo Dion
I’ve been spending a fair amount of time in lovely Santa Fe, New Mexico as I’m getting ready to open a new brunch restaurant called Café Mimosa in the Downtown district with my partner, a private chef for a local family in town.
Chef Alex booked me into the Santa Fe Sage Inn while we struggle with permitting issues, work on decorating, and fine tune all the many things that go into a project of this scope.
The Sage Inn has many plusses but on the downside, I’ve yet to get a full night’s sleep due noise issues.
Rooms are motel style on two levels. You can pull up right outside and park in front of your room.
I happen to be on the lower level beneath some active guests who’s every footfall is noticed down below in my room 🙁 I could also hear my next door neighbors quite plainly and much activity in the parking lot.
The other complaint is that the bed has a wooden frame that juts out several inches and I’ve nailed my shin on the corner of that thing a few times…
My advice is to request a level on the second floor and maybe a corner room if one’s available. That should facilitate sounder sleep.
The advantages are many though — affordability, location, and amenities.
In terms of affordability, prices range from approximately $60 for “traditional” double queens and king rooms to $99 for the Sage Suite.
The location on Cerrillos Road places guests close to local favorite destinations like the famous Plaza, the abundant art galleries of Canyon Road, and the popular Railyard District.
A free shuttle to the Plaza and back runs every hour from right out front of the lobby.
While rooms are small and motel-like they have decent grooming products, hair dryers, irons, and flat screens.
Breakfast is included in the price and the outdoor pool is open seasonally.
Just off the lobby and breakfast room is Derailed, a full service bar with a comfortable, inviting lounge and beautiful outdoor seating area equipped with heat lamps.
Derailed offers American comfort food and a full service bar featuring signature margaritas, specialty cocktails, and craft beer. Like so many Santa Fe establishments, daily happy hour is from 4-6pm.
I enjoyed a tasty bowl of creamy roasted red pepper soup and met some friendly locals on my first evening there, one of whom dropped off his resume the next day at our restaurant!
Another bonus for pet lovers is that the Santa Fe Sage Inn is pet friendly.
From their site: “Sage offers amenities for our furry companions, including pet beds (upon request prior to arrival), a “Good Boy/Good Girl’ treats, and eco-friendly, biodegradable waste bags. Adjacent from the hotel are two wonderful pet friendly parks for walking and a dog park just minutes away. Our standard pet fee is $15 per night, per pet.”
Photos by Lisa Crovo Dion
If You Go:
Santa Fe Sage Inn & Suites
725 Cerrillos Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505