New York, New York
January 8, 2005
Campanilla is a well-kept secret among frequent Santa Fe visitors, so it’s always quiet, and the compound staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. There are 15 "units"—one- and two-bedroom villas, some two-story—and all are beautifully furnished, with every amenity to make your unit a wonderful, relaxing "home" to return to after a long day seeing the sights. All are outfitted with authentic Mexican tile, artful touches of Southwestern decor, televisions/VCRs, full kitchens, working kiva fireplaces, and private entrances. The larger units have small backyards and upstairs balconies, and all have patios accessible from the living room and/or kitchen with grills and outdoor tables and chairs. The units are always spotless, the kitchens are fully stocked, and there’s even a washer and dryer in every unit. And before you start worrying that this sounds like a timeshare in Nuevo Vallarta, let me add that Campanilla units are wonderfully tasteful, private, and top-quality, down to every last detail. Visit their website (click the link above) to see photos.
Of course, because Campanilla is a small community of units, there is no continental breakfast, no concierge, no spa, and no fitness facilities. But without all that hubbub, it truly feels like you’re staying in the Santa Fe vacation home you wish you had, and you’ll leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. Besides, you can save a little money by preparing a meal or two (or just eating breakfast) in your kitchen, and you can unwind at the end of the day by renting a movie, having tea or a glass of wine on your patio, or visiting the enclosed open-air hot tub, which is never crowded and is usually empty.
The price tag for all that? It’s not as bad as you’d think: one-bedrooms run from $145 to $210 per night, and two-bedrooms will set you back between $195 and $275, depending on the season. Weekly rates offer even more value. That’s less than many of the luxury hotels directly on the Plaza, and here, instead of a nice room in a beautiful hotel, you’ll get a beautiful, private Southwestern villa that you’ll never want to leave.
From journal Santa Fe: Jewel of the Southwest