Inn of Five Graces
Inn of Five Graces
Address: 150 East De Vargas Street
Web Address: http://www.fivegraces.com
Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe was originally inhabited by the Pueblo Indians in the early 1600’s and later by the Spanish. It became a territory in 1846 and a state in 1912. Today its 70,000 population represents a diverse cultural group of Anglos, Latinos and Native Americans. It shows up on every list of “favorite” destinations and is widely hailed for its rich history, striking adobe style architecture and an art community, considered to be the third largest in the country, with over 300 galleries and dealers.
The Inn is part of the acclaimed Relais & Chateau group and owned by Ira and Sylvia Seret, internationally-known importers of unique and exotic architectural elements, rugs, furnishings and antiques. The Inn is a series of buildings most of which surround a beautiful courtyard with fountains and flower gardens. Furnished with treasures from their world-wide travels it is a design marvel, the likes of which you will not see anywhere else. East Indian and Tibetan antiques, oriental carpets, spectacular tile mosaics (designed by Sylvia) create a magical and mysterious ambiance that is both warm and exciting.
There are 24 suites spread around the property including 4 2-bedroom suites. All have fireplaces, sitting areas, kitchenettes, soaking tubs and walk-in showers and are lavishly decorated with colorful silks, hand carved woods, mosaic tiles, oriental rugs and exotic antiques. Plump beds are dressed in luxury linens, bath towels are oversized and thick and bath amenities fill the air with intoxicating aromas. A mini bar comes with freshly made guacamole and chips,
A delicious breakfast is served each morning in the bright dining room, in the courtyard or in your room. The menu includes local specialties as well as egg dishes, French toast, fruits, freshly squeezed juices, granola and more.
A collaboration with Bistro 315 and Wine Bar, just down the street, allows guests to enjoy its classically prepared French cuisine and wine either at the Bistro or at the Inn in room or on the courtyard.
Curbside greeting, swift check-in, being escorted to your room, a call to the room to insure everything is ok, are all hallmarks of Relais property’s service levels. But the real test of great service is how quickly they respond to problems that may arise. I had gone to the fitness center and the TV’s were not working. Who can work out without something to watch? A call to the front desk had someone there in minutes. Satellite settings were re-booted and we had reception.
From $400 including breakfast.
WHAT OTHERS SAY….
Conde Nast Gold List
“Best Hotels in the USA”-USA Today-Travel
Fodor’s Choice Gold Award
WHILE YOU ARE THERE
The spa experience at Five Graces is a celebration of the senses; sight, sound, touch and smell, blending Tibetan and East Indian ideals, traditions and style. The treatments themselves incorporate oil infusions of flowers and herbs and rare plant extracts. The on-property fitness center has a full range of machines and equipment.
Locally, Santa Fe’s rich cultural history affords lots of opportunities for visits to historical sites, ancient ruins and museums. Santa Fe has one of the largest art communities in the country. There are excellent golf courses nearby, hiking trails, white water rafting and fishing. At 7,000 feet above sea level, winter skiing is an option and the downtown area is a shopper’s paradise. Just outside of town is the Camel Rock Casino for the gambling inclined.
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