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A Weekend Getaway in Santa Fe with the Inn of the Governors

By Kelly Church

Speculated to be built on the former site of the Santa Fe, NM Governor's Mansion, the Inn of the Governors actually has quite a different history. The hotel has debunked the aforementioned myth, showing a history of ice storage, livery stables, an auto shop and a General Motors dealership instead. By the 1960s, Santa Fe's tourism industry began to grow and the Inn of the Governors was built, initially with only 80 rooms. The hotel is centrally located, giving visitors access to all the historical attractions that Santa Fe has to offer.

"We offer many comparable amenities to other quality hotels in the downtown area- complimentary wireless Internet access, irons [and] ironing boards, hairdressers, bellmen service, newspapers, room service, in-room safes, laundry and dry cleaning services, and concierge services," Sam Gerberding, General Manager, says. "We provide added value that sets us apart: a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free parking, complimentary daily tea and sherry served to our guests from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and a beautiful outdoor pool surrounded by garden walls."

Gerberding says the property is also home to Del Charro, a local favorite for house margaritas and what Gerberding calls one of Santa Fe's best green chile burgers. Elements like Del Charro are a not-so-subtle ode to the southwest. The property is built in Territorial Style, running the New Mexico theme throughout the entire hotel. Historical photos, refurbished Mexican pine wooden furniture and southwestern patterns decorate each room. The lobby is considered "family-style," encouraging guests to feel welcome, gather and have conversations.

For visitors to Santa Fe, the Inn of the Governors is located less than three blocks from the city's historic plaza, a hub of attractions and landmarks. Guests can visit The Loretto Chapel, an old Roman Catholic church that is known for its unique spiral staircase, dubbed the Miraculous Stair. The church is now a museum and wedding chapel.

The Palace of the Governors is also located in the historic plaza, a former place of government proceedings for the state. The Palace is now a landmark for the state. Other activities include visiting artist Georgia O'Keefe's museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and St. Francis Cathedral. .

According to the hotel's website, the "Inn of the Governors is the best value in downtown Santa Fe." The property has four room styles to choose from and all come with complimentary parking in downtown Santa Fe.

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