Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The scent of spring lilacs drifts in from the patio. The puff of breeze ruffles the maps and brochures beside me on the bed. Warm evening sun slants into our room at Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Two hours earlier, Pat and I had driven the speed limit to get to Santa Fe in time for Friday night gallery hopping on Canyon Road. Just a block from this world-famous commercial art gallery district and three blocks from Santa Fe’s historic Plaza, I knew the Inn on the Alameda would be a quick stroll from our primary touring objectives. The plan was to check in, dump the bags and hit the pavement immediately. And when I’m on an art-related mission, I usually execute it as though I’m storming Juno Beach. Santa Fe has much magic, though, and our strict schedule evaporated the minute we stepped out of the car at Inn on the Alameda.
Immediately we were enchanted by the Inn’s leafy garden setting beside the Santa Fe River and its charming Pueblo-style architecture. Inside, warm woods, a kiva fireplace and authentic decorative elements in the lobby library spoke of simplicity and Southwest aesthetic. The Inn’s intimate scale, only 72 rooms, made check-in a matter of moments. Staff invited us to join other guests sharing the day’s experiences and making evening plans over complimentary wines and cheeses at the Inn’s daily reception. We lingered long in the easeful, welcoming atmosphere.
Much later, in our spacious pine-ceiling’d suite, a bird peeps outside the open balcony door and again I’m struck at how this urban hotel at the heart of a UNESCO Creative City feels so much like a country retreat.
The sun lowers, shadows grow longer, patterns shift. Leaves rustle, Pat turns a page of his book on the patio. I shove my guidebooks off the bed and sink into crisp pillows. Canyon Road will still be there in an hour. For now I’ll sleep, bathed in serenity and the scent of lilacs.
303 East Alameda
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
1 (505) 984-2121
1 (800) 289-2122
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