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125 Washington Ave

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Hotel: 505-988-4900

Reservations: 1-855-752-9273

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HOTEL CHIMAYÓ DE SANTA FE

125 Washington Ave.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Email: nmreservations@hhandr.com
Reservations Toll Free: 1-855-752-9273
Phone: 505-988-4900
Fax: 505-983-9322

The rich Southwestern heritage and culture comes to life at this historic Santa Fe hotel. Hotel Chimayó (formerly the Hotel Plaza Real) is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, just a half a block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza and Palace of the Governors museum. Discover world-class art galleries, outdoor craft markets, stunning museums and unique historic landmarks, all within walking distance of Hotel Chimayó. Guests will also appreciate the easy access to a number of annual Santa Fe art festivals, heritage attractions, and special events. Learn more about things to do in Explore Santa Fe section.

TRANSPORTATION

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AIR TRAVEL

Albuquerque International Sunport
The Albuquerque International Sunport (Airport) is 60 miles and offers shuttle service to Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Municipal Airport
The Santa Fe Municipal Airport is only 10 miles from Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe.

Note: Rental cars, taxis and shuttles to Santa Fe are available at the Albuquerque International Sunport (Airport). The Rail Runner Commuter Train runs from Belen, New Mexico through downtown Albuquerque to downtown Santa Fe. Santa Fe tour companies offer guided tours, with transportation included, from the hotel, but these must be scheduled in advance.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

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DRIVING FROM ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 

Take I-25 North from Albuquerque approximately 56 miles to Santa Fe.
Take the Saint Francis Drive (Exit # 282) and go left under the overpass, then merge right on Saint Francis Drive heading north.
Go approximately four miles to the second intersection with Paseo de Peralta, and turn right onto Paseo de Peralta.
Go 3/4 mile and turn right on Washington.
Go three blocks down and Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe is on the left.
Private Parking is available below the hotel. Turn left on Nusbaum St. just before the hotel, and then right into the parking structure below the hotel.

DRIVING FROM THE NORTHERN COMMUNITIES OF TAOS, CHIMAYÓ, LOS ALAMOS AND ESPAÑOLA:

Take US 285 / US 84 South toward Santa Fe.
Follow signs to St. Francis Drive and stay to the right into Santa Fe.
Go to the intersection with Paseo de Peralta, and turn left onto Paseo de Peralta.
Go 3/4 mile and turn right on Washington Avenue.
Go three blocks down and Hotel Chimayó is on the left.
Private Parking is available below the hotel. Turn left on Nusbaum St. just before the hotel, and then right into the parking structure below the hotel.

FROM COLORADO:

Take I-25 South to Santa Fe.
Take exit 282 (St. Francis Drive/also US 285 & 84 North; Directional signs will say Española, Taos) to Alameda Street, approximately four miles.
Go to the intersection with Paseo de Peralta, and turn left onto Paseo de Peralta.
Go 3/4 mile and turn right on Washington Avenue.
Go three blocks down and Hotel Chimayó is on the left.
Private parking is available below the hotel. Turn left on Nusbaum St. just before the hotel, and then right into the parking structure below the hotel.

Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. has come to embody the culture, spirit, and tradition of New Mexico. Our mission is to tell the story of New Mexico to our guests. We are a New Mexico-based, minority-owned company offering a collection of award-winning accommodations. Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. was established in 2005 to develop culturally distinct hotels and resorts. Our collection of distinctive New Mexico resorts and hotels draws from a blend of the Southwest’s Native American, Mexican, Spanish and American Western cultural and historical influences. To enter any of our properties is to enter a world of timeless design and innovative craftsmanship.

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COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

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When you stay at our hotel in downtown Santa Fe, you make a difference in the community. Hotel Chimayo supports cultural and artistic ventures by featuring regionally-inspired design, custom artwork, decor and cuisine. The work of more than 70 local artists is featured at Hotel Chimayo.


Our community support includes:

Community partnerships involvement
Hospitality community programs, cultural programs and events
Various organizations, non-profits and scholarships programs

As a continuation of this tradition of supporting cultural preservation and advancement, we donate a portion of every room night's revenue to culturally and artistically significant endeavors. Through our partnership with the Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association we support their mission of preserving culture and traditions for future generations.

CHIMAYO CULTURAL PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION

The Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association was created to document and preserve the unique history of the Chimayo community. The association is working to build an archive of historical photographs and documents, gather oral histories, maintain historic buildings, and increase community awareness of Chimayo history, culture and traditions.

CHIMAYO MUSEUM

The Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association operates the Chimayo Museum, located in Chimayo, New Mexico at Plaza del Cerro. The location is the center of the original Spanish Colonial settlement established in 1740. The museum is dedicated to educating the community about the history and culture of Chimayo and northern New Mexico. The museum features photographs of the Chimayo area dating back to the 1800s.

Chimayo Museum
13 Plaza Del Cerro
Chimayo, NM 87522
Phone: 505-351-0945
Website: www.chimayomuseum.com

LOS MAESTROS

Los Maestros is an ongoing program of the Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association. It is designed to teach the children of Chimayo the hands-on skills of New Mexican folk art, an artistic heritage that has been passed down for many generations. The art classes are held once a month at the Chimayo Museum. Subjects taught include tinwork, straw applique, traditional wood carving, weaving, micaceous pottery, colcha embroidery and traditional painting on wood and hide. The students range in age between nine and seventeen. They pledge to stay in school, resist drugs and to be respectful and well-mannered during all activities. Los Maestros partners with Hotel Chimayo for their students to sell their artwork at the hotel at semi-annual art fairs and is also connected with the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and Spanish Market. More information here.

CHIMAYÓ ARTISANS

For over 400 years artisans have upheld a tradition of Chimayó art that speaks to the rich tapestry of story and craft in the community.

WEAVING TRADITION IN CHIMAYÓ

The utilitarian craft of weaving introduced by Spanish colonial settlers in the 1700s has been transformed by time and talent into today's rich combination of time-honored symbols with modern aesthetic and techniques. Multi-generational workshops produce stunning tapestries, including those of award-winning artisans Irvin Trujillo of Centinela Traditional Arts, Robert Ortega of Ortega's Weaving Shop, and Karen Martinez and Carlos Martinez.

Chimayó's weavers rely on locally available wool and cotton yarns. The wool is gathered from a local breed of heritage Churro sheep, whose undyed wools display a stunning variation of ecru, cream, brown and black. Many natural plant dyes are used to expand the color palette to include the desert hues of the New Mexico landscape and sky.

CHIMAYÓ ARTISANS

Chimayosos work in local woods, carving rustic, Spanish colonial-style furniture and devotional artwork. Many of these artisans, whose woodcraft has been passed down from grandfather to father to son, create santos and bultos (three-dimensional statues of saints) and retablos (devotional paintings on wood) as striking evidence of the importance of spirituality in Chimayó history and life. Other artists perfect the folk art of straw applique, also called straw inlay, which is exceptionally inlaid on wooden crosses and nativity scenes.

Modern techniques and materials have also found their way into Chimayó art. Many local art galleries showcase Spanish Colonial tinwork, which involves painstakingly hand-punching geometric, floral and religious designs into metal for mirror and picture frames or light fixtures. Oviedo Carvings and Bronze, owned by Marco and Patricia Trujillo, uses the lost wax process in a bronze foundry that produces magnificent, contemporary sculpture.

Of course, Chimayó art also honors its pre-Spanish artistic heritage. Several local art galleries feature both traditional and contemporary local Native American art, including the jewelry, pottery and rugs of the nearby Santa Clara, Pojoaque, Zuni, Jemez, Cochiti and Ohkay Owinge Pueblos, as well as from the more distant Navajo Nation and Acoma Pueblo.

Some local art galleries and studio spaces offer workshops, demonstrations and tours for anyone wanting to know more about how to paint a retablo, spin or weave Churro wool, or photograph the magnificent local landscapes. To learn more, inquire at the Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe concierge desk.

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CUSTOM ARTWORK AND DECOR FROM 70+ LOCAL ARTISTS

More than 400 years of authentic, artistic tradition welcomes guests to Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe, creating an ambiance drawing from the multi-layered story of the community. From the original artwork in every room to the decor and colors of the public areas, the unique traditions of northern New Mexico infuse even the smallest decorative element. More than 70 Chimayó artists contributed their talents to the design and decoration of Hotel Chimayó. Custom artwork, furniture and design details - the best of Chimayó's craftspeople - are everywhere.

Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe offers guests the best of northern New Mexico culture in hotels. Every piece of art - from the bold woven rugs and bed runners to beautiful painted santos, expertly carved retablos and simply beautiful hand-crafted crosses - was made by an artisan from northern New Mexico. These pieces are more than unique art - they are New Mexico artifacts bearing witness the community’s spirituality, traditions originating with Spanish colonial settlers and master craftsmanship. 

INTERIOR DESIGN

Escape to Hotel Chimayó and discover a retreat that reflects local artistic tradition. Each guest room and suite features a warm color palate of browns, creams and blacks, which represent the natural wool colors of the Churro sheep originally brought by Spanish settlers in the 17th century. The design elements are greatly enhanced by wood burning fireplaces, handcrafted crosses, private and shared balconies overlooking the outdoor courtyard, and cross-shaped chandeliers inspired by a candle fixture in Chimayó's an 1880s Chimayó Oratorio, private community chapel.

CHIMAYÓ WEAVING TRADITION

The lobby features stunning woven tapestries by award-winning artisans like Irvin Trujillo of Centinela Traditional Arts, Robert Ortega of Ortega's Weaving Shop, and Karen Martinez and Carlos Martinez. Dating from the 1700s, the utilitarian craft of weaving introduced by Spanish colonial settlers has transformed into today's multi-generational enterprises combining time-established motifs with modern aesthetic and techniques.

These hangings, as well as the woolen yarns displayed nearby, showcase the bold reds, lustrous golds and intense turquoise hues of the New Mexico sky, many created from natural area plant dyes. By contrast, guest rooms incorporate the restful, muted tones of brown, cream, black and ecru into the carpets and hand-woven bed runners in each guest room. Gathered from local heritage Churro sheep, the natural wools in the bed runners are durable as well as beautiful.

Each hotel room and our elegant lobby area showcases the hand-woven textural tradition brought to Chimayó by Spanish colonial ancestors in the 1700s. From handcrafted bed runners to bold wall hangings, the weavings that adorn Hotel Chimayó were created using the same tradition implemented by Chimayó ancestors. Wall weavings were crafted using traditional wools and techniques by acclaimed Chimayó artists including Irvin Trujillo of Centinela Traditional Arts, Robert Ortega of Ortega's Weaving Shop, and Karen Martinez and Carlos Martinez and natural dyes.

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO ART

The art in our guest rooms reflects the rustic, hand-carved style of historical Spanish colonial furniture and architecture: built-in bancos (benches), traditional Spanish trasteros (armoires), and Saltillo-style tile work. As in any respectable Spanish ranchero, private or communal balconies and separate living rooms center on concealed, open-air plaza-like patios.

The Chimayó community contributed over 500 handcrafted, found material crosses to ornament most rooms' carved, wood burning fireplace mantels. The cross-shaped chandeliers take their design from the Plaza del Cerro Oratorio de San Buenaventura, the community chapel built in the early 1800s.

The devotional tradition carries back into the public areas of the hotel in a locally sourced stone lobby altar dedicated to Santiago - St. James - the patron saint of Chimayó, the handcrafted wood carving santos (saints) and retablos (devotional painting), and 12-foot cross standing in the upper courtyard of the hotel's plaza. Made from a single piece of cedar, this cross is a striking reminder of the importance of Chimayó's everyday spirituality.

DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS AT HOTEL CHIMAYÓ DE SANTA FE

Ristras - The dozens of ristras that hang around Hotel Chimayó speak to the traditional Native American method of drying chile, by stringing them together and hanging them.
Woven rugs - The vibrant woven rugs in our lobby are authentic and unique art created by Irvin Trujillo. The Trujillo family has preserved the weaving tradition brought by the Spanish colonialists. These examples of New Mexico artwork in our lobby showcase the bold reds, golds and turquoise of the New Mexico sky.
Bed runners - Our striking bed runners were woven from natural wool gathered from local Churro sheep.
Retablos - The religious paintings that surround our lobby fireplace were created by local artists. Each retablo tells a different story.
Santos - The carved depictions of the Virgin Mary in our lobby are traditional Hispanic carvings. Santos are commonly found in former Spanish colonies.
Cross-shaped chandeliers - These pieces in our guest rooms are inspired by a candle fixture in the Plaza del Cerro Oratorio de San Buenaventura, the community chapel built in the early 1800s.
Wool skeins - The colorful skeins of wool that hang over the front desk speak to the tradition of dying wool by hand and by using dyes naturally produced by vegetables.
Wood crosses - Hand-made crosses hang above fireplaces in our rooms. These were also made by artisans from Chimayó.
Bancos - Our lobby and many of our suites feature bancos, or built-in seating, decorated with beautiful weavings. 
Weavings on Lobby Seating - The chairs in the lobby feature custom weavings by Robert Ortega from Chimayó.
Viga & latilla ceilings - The wooden beams seen spanning the ceiling of our restaurant space are characteristic of older adobe buildings, as are the latillas, seen between the vigas.
Courtyard - A brick courtyard sits central to our rooms.
Guest Room Photos - From the Museum of NM Archive Collection

LOWRIDER DESIGN AND CULTURE AT LOW 'N SLOW LOWRIDER BAR

Named after the book "Low 'n Slow - Lowriding in New Mexico" by Jack Parsons and Carmella Padilla, the Low 'n Slow Lowrider Bar at the Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe reflects the unique, contemporary style and artistry of the lowrider culture of Chimayó and northern New Mexico. The watering hole (with selected food options) reminds visitors that if the Santuario de Chimayó is the Lourdes of America, so Chimayó is the Lourdes of lowriders.

Low 'n Slow refers to the cruising style of a custom automobile whose body hovers only inches from the ground. The bar displays Jack Parson's dynamic, enigmatic photographs of a culture where faith, family and creativity find expression in distinctive custom cars. Authentic lowrider elements were specially crafted by expert Chimayosos: diamond-tuck upholstery on chairs and booths, chrome hubcap and steering wheel light fixtures and tables, and the religious iconography and other designs airbrushed into glossy car hoods.

Lowrider style begins on the street outside the bar with an exclusive "Lowrider Only" reserved parking space for classic Chevys that ride like Cadillacs. Inside and on the outdoor patio, sample innovative concoctions from award-winning mixologists.

Photography - Our unique photography by Jack Parsons shows authentic Lowrider masterpieces and their artists and owners. The artists celebrate everything from their families to their spirituality in their work, and the resulting Lowriders can be seen on streets of Northern New Mexico. 
Chain-link Steering Wheel tables - The detailing of our tables mirrors the steering wheels of many Lowriders.
Booths - Our booths are styled in look and comfort after upholstered Lowrider seats.
Hubcap lighting & detailing - Hubcaps adorn lighting fixtures and our walls. 

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YOUR CHARIOT AWAITS FOR A TOUR AROUND SANTA FE

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Hotel Chimayó is now offering lowrider tours where visitors can enjoy the historic sites of the Plaza area and Canyon Road from the back of a 1964 Chevy Impala.

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SPRING STRIPES & THE PERFECT ENCHILADA

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You know what I don’t love about Spring?  The fact that one day the weather is sunny and bright …  and then the next day it’s overcast and chilly.

And speaking of chilly ~ did you know that here in New Mexico there’s yet another kind of chile and I’m talking about, of course,  RED  or  GREEN.  Chile (see how I did that there?)  is spelled with an E and not an I and it just so happens to be the KEY ingredient in the PERFECT enchilada.

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CHECK-IN /CHECK-OUT

Check-in time is 4 p.m. and Check-out is 11 a.m.

AMENITY FEE

$25 - Includes garage parking, morning coffee available upon request, Wifi, and in-room bottled water.

PARKING

Private Underground Parking

PHOTOGRAPHY

Guests may take photos during their stay. Professional or staged photos must be arranged or scheduled/approved through hotel management.

SMOKING

Hotel Chimayo is a non-smoking hotel. If there is evidence of smoking in a guest room, we will charge a fee of $200 plus tax to cover cleaning costs.

WIFI

WiFi is included in the amenity fee.

PETS

Hotel Chimayo welcomes dogs up to 65 lbs. Other pets are not permitted. There is a pet fee of $75 per stay. There is an additional fee of $35 for the second dog. Please contact reservations at 1-855-752-9273 with any questions.

MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT

Guests must be at least 21 years old to make a reservation. Exceptions are made for active military with proper military ID if under the age of 21.