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Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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What to Expect at the Inn of the Five Graces:

An exotically decorated boutique hotel set in charming stone-and-adobe buildings from the 1600’s, the Inn of the Five Graces is very private yet intensely social and attracts well-heeled travelers.

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Guests mingle in common rooms and courtyards over breakfast and daily happy hours. There’s a guest library and Web-connected computer but no fitness area. Rooms, all non-smoking, are serviced twice daily. A 10 percent service charge covers snacks, happy hour, parking, and tips.

Guest Rooms at the Inn of the Five Graces:

“The Orient meets the Old West” describes 22 seductive suites sumptuously furnished with intricately carved furniture, animal sculptures, ethnic rugs, and embroidered textiles from India, Bali, and Mexico.

Invitingly dressed beds are downy cocoons. Bathrooms are mosaic-tiled. Amenities include TV, CD, full closets and delectable sage-scented toiletries. Fridges are stocked with goodies like Perrier, paté, and Snickers bars. Rooms have shaded patios and/or balconies.

Dining at the Inn of the Five Graces:

Included daily is a home-cooked breakfast with good bread, strong coffee, and a Southwestern entrée such as green-chile quiche. A convivial happy hour in late afternoon features cheese and freely poured wine.

The friendly but not intrusive staff knows Santa Fe well and makes insider restaurant recommendations and reservations.

Weddings and Honeymoons at the Inn of the Five Graces:

There are no dedicated wedding packages, but the Inn’s ultra-romantic setting is ideal for exchanging or renewing vows. Paths and courtyards may be covered with Oriental carpets, strewn with rose petals and tented with shimmering fabric.

Couples are treated to candles, Champagne and Asian red incense that captures marriage luck. The staff can help make arrangements with local clergy, etc. Romantic getaway packages highlight Sante Fe pursuits such as cooking, photography and gallery-going.

Nearby the Inn of the Five Graces:

This hotel is set a short walk from Santa Fe’s historic center, the Plaza, and its restaurants, museums, theaters, and shops. A daily walking tour for guests points out historic and artistic landmarks.

You’ll need a car to reach the Santa Fe Opera, hiking destinations, Pueblo Indian ruins, funky dive restaurants, and music clubs. Santa Fe is an hour north of Albuquerque and its Sunport airport.

Is the Inn of the Five Graces Right for You?:

If you yearn for an experience where no luxury has been overlooked and your name is known by the staff as well as guests you’ve met at happy hour, The Inn of the Five Graces ought to be your Santa Fe address. Ditto, if you’re an antiques or art lover tired of cookie-cutter décor. The same goes for history buffs, who will be thrilled to lodge in time-honored adobes in Santa Fe’s oldest neighborhood, the Barrio de Analco.

Where to Find More Information About the Eldorado Hotel:

Inn of the Five Graces
150 East DeVargas St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505-992-0957

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For more information and reservations:
Inn of the Five Graces Web Site

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