A November 2002 trip
to Santa Fe by MissKitty
Quote: Santa Fe is pretentious, trendy, and overpriced. It is also down-to-earth, inexpensive, and unchanging. Ancient and new, beautiful and welcoming, Santa Fe is a wonderful Thanksgiving destination. Few tourists, lower hotel prices, and lots of excuses for sitting in front of a pinon-scented fire and having a fortifing cocktail.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2003
Chapelle Street Casitas
209 Chapelle Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 715 6861
The inn has 86 rooms, all different and with prices ranging from $75 to over $200, depending upon the size of room, season, and location within the inn complex. I have stayed in several different rooms, and once came for Thanksgiving with 10 family members spread out through various rooms and suites. All of the rooms I have seen are clean, well-decorated, and comfortable. Some rooms have full kitchens, separate bedrooms, and living areas. The staff is very helpful when matching your needs to their variety of accommodation choices.
The grounds are beautiful, and great care has been taken to preserve the historic aspects of the inn, while combining modern conveniences. There is a lovely, sunny breakfast room where a generous continental breakfast is served free of charge, and a cozy lobby with a fireplace burning during the cooler months.
There is an outdoor pool for the warmer months, and a hot tub and sauna are available year-round. The hot tub is especially nice, and is enclosed in a courtyard, with a fireplace burning during the winter.
The entire facility is non-smoking, beautifully maintained, and a great bargain. Many locals book rooms at the El Rey for visiting relatives and friends at holiday time, so reserve early if you are planning a trip to Santa Fe at Thanksgiving or Christmas.
El Rey Inn
1862 CERRILLOS ROAD
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502
Restaurant | "The Palace Restaurant and Saloon"
The food is superb and creative. The menu offers a wide variety of excellent steak preparations, New Mexico lamb, fresh seafood flown in daily, and homemade breads, pasta, and desserts. There are many Northern Italian selections on the menu, which is to be expected, since the owners are natives of Lake Como, Italy.
Begin your meal with a variety of soups, salads, or pates. The duckling pate with lingonberry confit and venison pate with cranberry sauce are wonderful. Our meal of chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms, fontina cheese, and Italian ham, and fresh Rocky Mountain trout with lemon white wine sauce were exquisitely prepared and presented. We didn't have room for any of the luscious selections from the dessert cart, but we'll try to plan better next time.
The wine list is excellent, and the saloon is comfortable and friendly. Although Santa Fe offers a rich palette of Southwestern food, the Palace is a welcome change of pace, especially if you are in a romantic mood.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2003
Palace Restaurant and Saloon
142 West Palace Ave.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
+1 505 982 9891
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