Santa Fe is a wholly unique place for people to visit. There is a reason that we mention that fact in every blog. Anyone who has been here can and will testify to the fact that visiting Santa Fe feels like a trip to another time and place. The tri-cultural background, distinct culinary palate, historical significance, beautiful vistas, wilderness and ruins to explore provide Santa Fe with a level of depth, universality, and immersion that no other place in the country can truly offer. This is something we are insistently passionate about here at Two Casitas, and in fact, it is the reason that we started the business in the first place. We wanted to provide visitors to our town with the most authentic and immersive experience, because we know that doing so would encourage and spread the love of Santa Fe with everyone who stayed in our homes. before I discuss the reasons that I believe that vacation rentals are the ultimate way to stay in Santa Fe, I am going to run through all of the alternative options that Santa Fe has to offer, and try to provide some quick pros and cons.
Hotels are the old standby, and they have their obvious advantages. Places like La Fonda, Inn at the Alameda, and The Eldorado Hotel have been in Santa Fe for years, and have amassed a strong reputation, and a considerable influence over our city’s tourism industry. Santa Fe is filled with both high and low-end hotels, and for the most part, you generally get what you pay for as far as amenities and luxury are concerned. No matter which price range you go with, you will always get consistency, and that is the best things that hotels have to offer. Unfortunately, while hotels offer a certain level of security and will guarantee to meet your expectations, even the nicest suites can often feel sterile and uninspired. Some people prefer that feeling, but if you want to get the full Santa Fe experience, it is easy to feel detached.
Bed and Breakfasts:
Bed and Breakfasts are somewhat of a middle-ground between a hotel and a vacation rental. They often exist in smaller compounds, and have the huge bonus of providing meals to their guests. Places like Inn of the Turquoise Bear, Four Kachinas, and El Farolito have been filling a niche market in Santa Fe for some time, and they do provide a level of pampering and intimacy that is harder to get in hotels. While they generally feel homier than a hotel, they still can feel like a contained environment. Because you pay for it, you will also feel obligated to take advantage of the food services provided in-house, which may limit your exploration into the full diversity of our local cuisine. However, I can attest to the fact that the food that they serve is usually excellent and convenient.
Because you are reading this on a vacation rental blog, you are probably detecting a certain bias towards vacation rentals, and that is absolutely true! We started this business because we believe that Santa Fe tourism is best experienced when staying at a vacation rental. When you stay with Two Casitas, specifically, our goal is to make you feel 100% at home. Our homes are regular houses in regular Santa Fe neighborhoods, so you can truly feel like a local. Santa Fe’s unique layout means that we can offer this feeling along with proximity to The Plaza, The Railyard, and Canyon Road. All of our homes also feature a fully equipped kitchen, so you have the option to make home-cooked meals. We can also hire you a private chef that will cook in your home, and give you an intimate and personalized Santa Fe culinary experience. We feature free laundry in most of our homes as well. We ensure that staying in Santa Fe with Two Casitas will leave you wanting nothing. Many of our homes are authentic old adobes, and will make you feel like you’re living in another time and place. Our homes are professionally cleaned, and we keep the highests standards of maintenance and quality furnishings.
At the end of the day, coming to Santa Fe will always be a wonderful experience. However, experienced travelers know that lodging makes a big difference in your overall comfort and immersion, and Two Casitas provides the best lodgings that Santa Fe has to offer.