Inn on the Alameda FAQs
September 26, 2012
Although so many of our guests return to us again and again – yes, that’s over 40% of you – we know that those new to the Inn probably have a few questions. So we thought we’d offer the answers to some Inn on the Alameda FAQs!
What does all-inclusive mean with respect to the Inn?
It means simply that there are no additional fees when you stay at the Inn. We include the breakfast and the wine hour and the parking and the WiFi. We endeavor to provide all the amenities for a seamless stay, but regardless of where you decide to stay on your Santa Fe vacation, do yourself the favor of asking in advance what is included and what’s extra.
Where is the Inn located?
We think we have the best spot in Santa Fe (of course, we will admit to being a bit prejudiced!). The Inn is the closest hotel to the Canyon Road galleries, and it’s a 5 to 10 minute walk to the Plaza. The real advantage is that we are across the street from the Santa Fe River (predictably dry most of the year) on the edge of a residential neighborhood, so the setting is tree-lined and low-slung.
What’s in the Inn’s breakfast?
When we first opened in 1986, the Inn on the Alameda was envisioned as a European-style Inn, a model that usually included a continental breakfast. Despite being blessed with 3-acres of land in the heart of Santa Fe, we did not start with a kitchen or a restaurant, and as we grew, we did not feel the need to add one, especially since we sit in the midst of so many fine dining options. That being said, however, we have always recognized the fact that a good breakfast is the right start to a day in New Mexico. Over the years, our complimentary continental buffet – served daily from 7 to 11 a.m. – has evolved to include organic items (our coffee, dairy items, non-dairy milks and yogurts and granola), gluten-free selections for those with gluten challenges and vegan items for those who have chosen the vegan lifestyle. And although the breakfast has to be billed as continental, you can still get a slice of organic, locally-sourced gluten-free fritatta topped with NM red chile sauce! While we can’t be all things to all people, we continue to search for ways to satisfy the discerning palates of our guests.
What’s the wine hour?
As we grew through the years, we realized that without a restaurant on property, guests who arrived tired and hungry had a real need for a bit of sustenance. That realization was the genesis of our afternoon wine hour. Timed as a check-in amenity, rather than a happy hour, the reception runs from 4 to 5 p.m. every day and offers an array of tasty tidbits; enjoyed with a glass of sangria, wine or beer, it will tide appetites over until dinner. No need for a tired traveler to dine at 5, since our guests can just head on over to relax for an hour in our Agoyo Room Lounge!
The parking and the WiFi are free?
Yes! We travel, too, and nothing is more frustrating that having to pay for an amenity that is obviously right there.
Does the Inn have a concierge?
While we appreciate the creativity and commitment that a concierge brings to any hotel, we have found it more effective to train all of our Front Desk to speak knowledgeably about Santa Fe travel. And it helps that our staff is so tenured. Need dinner reservations? No problem. Want to compare the merits of a walking tour? Our staff has taken them. Wonder what’s at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum or SITE Santa Fe? We’ll tell you. All we ask is that you let us be your Santa Fe!
What will I find in my guestroom?
All of our rooms and suites have triple sheeting on the beds with 300-count Italian linens. All the rooms have coffee makers, irons, ironing board and hairdryers. Our Deluxe Rooms and Suites also have in-room refrigerators and in-room safes, but the space in our Traditional Rooms does not allow for these. Our all-natural bath amenities are made by Gilchrist and Soames, and you don’t need to bring a bathrobe, because we have those in all our rooms, too!
Do all the rooms have a patio or balcony?
The answer here is “No.” We have a few rooms at lower rates, precisely because they do not have patios or balconies, so if cost is the most important factor in making a travel decision, skip the patio and sit in our courtyard instead!
Do all the rooms have fireplaces?
Again, “No.” While fireplaces are so representative of the the Santa Fe experience, we chose to offer smaller rooms without fireplaces so that we are better able to suit all budgets. If a kiva fireplace is what you dream of when you think Santa Fe, however, then be sure to reserve one of our Deluxe Rooms, which have either a wood-burning or a gas fireplace. And in season, our beautiful Lobby and the cozy Agoyo Room always offer a fireplace to cuddle by with a good book and a cup of coffee.
Will I get a better price if I book online?
Emphatically, “No.” It has always been our position to maintain rate integrity across all the many channels available for making a reservation. We are more than happy to spend time on the phone discussing your options, but if you are in a hurry, be assured that our best rate will always be available on our own website as well.
When is the best time to visit the Inn?
Santa Fe offers different charms all throughout the year. And like any desirable destination, rates will vary from season to season. Opera lovers come in July and August to hear the renowned Santa Fe Opera company perform in its outdoor theater. Hikers like the autumn when the aspen leaves turn golden up in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. But here’s a little hint: come between October 28, 2012 and February 28, 2013, and you’ll really save, since we are again offering our annual anniversary rate of only $27 for the third consecutive night of any stay, all rooms, all suites (yes, black-out include holidays and special event).
Anything else you want to know? Just call us and ask…we’re always happy to share Santa Fe, our home town!