Alexander's Inn Bed & Breakfast

529 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
 
  • Introduction

    Alexander's Inn has recently evolved from a Santa Fe Bed & Breakfast of 9 rooms to a unique and much smaller operation. We cater to the guest who seeks more than a vacation rental in Santa Fe yet prefers the autonomy and privacy not found at other inns. Our traditional Santa Fe casitas feature kiva fireplaces, New Mexican furnishings and decor plus full kitchens and patios. They are perfectly suited for family vacations or romantic holidays.Exceptional Value In Downtown Santa Fe

    Looking for the distinctive Southwestern flavor of a Santa Fe hotel, but also seeking more privacy and value than a hotel can offer? Want the perfect New Mexico vacation rental or housing for your perfect Santa Fe wedding? At Alexander's Inn our attention to detail and service ensure that your visit is memorable. Our casitas provide a relaxing oasis for the weary traveler. Enjoy the dappled sunlight of a beautiful summer day on our patios or the warmth of a fire in your kiva fireplace after a great day of incomparable Santa Fe skiing.

    Guests rave about our heavenly beds, made up with fine linens, down comforters and feather pillows. For your utmost comfort and convenience we provide daily maid service, luxuriously soft robes, phones, wireless internet access, cable TV , DVD and CD players and evaporative cooling. Each arriving guest is welcomed with a basket filled with homemade cookies, fresh fruit, coffee & teas, wine, chips & salsa. Guests of Alexander's Inn have membership privileges at the full-service El Gancho Health Club.

     

    We have implemented many changes at the inn as part of our ongoing effort to become the most eco-friendly lodging in Santa Fe. You will enjoy the utmost in comfort and convenience with minimal environmental impact.

    A Peaceful Oasis In The Heart Of Historic Santa Fe

    The original Alexander's Inn, an Arts and Crafts home built in 1903, accommodated Southwest travelers for over twenty years. The main house became home for the Inn's owners in 2006 and the nearby casitas ("little houses") are now short-term vacation rentals. Our other two inns, Hacienda Nicholas and The Madeleine continue to operate as traditional bed & breakfasts.

    As members of the New Mexico Bed and Breakfast Association, we are committed to high standards of excellence in all areas. Visitors seeking an alternative to the larger hotels of Santa Fe New Mexico appreciate the inn's gracious hospitality and warmth, along with our ongoing attention to detail and high degree of personal service.

    We offer spa packages or discounts on services to all guests at our Absolute Nirvana Spa - only a short walk from the casitas. Our staff of master-level therapists offer traditional Asian spa rituals & facials, therapeutic, Thai & hot stone massage, along with luxurious rose petal baths. Absolute Nirvana was recently selected by Conde Nast Traveler as "One of the Hottest New Spas in the World".

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Carolyn Lee for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Guests of Alexander's Inn choose us because we offer a unique blend of vacation rental (the four units are all little houses) with B&B (two of the units offer full breakfast, the other two are much larger and the price includes a basket of regional foot items). We offer daily housekeeping and concierge services for all guests.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Alexander's Inn Vacation Rentals are known for their privacy and quiet, their close proximity to The Plaza and Canyon Road, and the authentic southwestern decor and architecture. We are unique as we are the most eco-friendly in our operations. There is a page on our website detailing all we do that is eco-friendly. Our architecture, fantastic staff, location and eco-friendly operations are what I love most about our inn.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Not sure if there is an absolute #1. Santa Fe is known for its history, culture, arts, food, scenic beauty and outdoor offerings (skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, etc).

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "This is nicer than our own house."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Most people have no idea how much there is to do in Santa Fe. They plan a trip of only a couple of days, but then find there is ever so much more to do and then plan to come again. We have booklets in each room with a full eight days of activities, and even that is only scratching the surface.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Canyon Road Art Galleries, Museums (Georgia O'Keeffe, History Museum, International Folk Art, Wheelwright, Spanish Colonial), visit Puye Cliffs or Bandelier (ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi Indians), take the high road to Taos to see Chimayo and the Taos Pueblo.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The Plaza and Canyon Road, full of shops, galleries, museums and restaurants, are only a few blocks away - an easy walk.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    I love the tapas at La Boca, and The Shed offers the best traditional New Mexican food. Both are just a few blocks away.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    santafe.org and santafe.com - both feature attractions and events.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    There are four casitas (little houses). Three have one bedroom, while one is particularly large and has two bedrooms. They all have sitting rooms/living rooms of various sizes, kitchens (one has a kitchenette) and fireplaces.

    Do you accept pets?

    We welcome pets, and charge $25 per pet per stay.

     

  • Our Spa

    Purify the body and calm the mind with a visit to our award-winning Absolute Nirvana Spa, located just across the street in the quiet back garden of The Madeleine. Our staff consists entirely of Master-Level therapists, all of whom have 16-23 years of experience. We offer traditional Asian spa rituals along with a wide array of facials, therapeutic, Thai & hot stone massage, and luxurious rose petal baths. "One of the Hottest New Spas in the World"- Conde Nast Traveler.

    We invite you to experience an unforgettable romantic getaway with the offer of a spa package at Hacienda Nicholas & Absolute Nirvana. You are welcomed with a dozen red roses and chocolate covered strawberries in your room. Then enjoy a relaxing massage or spa treatment for two, followed by a luxurious rose petal bath in our oversized hand-carved granite tub, a fire burning at your feet. In the evening, sink into a heavenly bed, made up with 100% cotton sheets, down comforter and feather pillows. Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast, featuring natural and organic ingredients. Savor regional favorites such as breakfast enchiladas or blue corn waffles, along with fruit, locally baked breads, yogurt, homemade granola and a hearty hot dish, accompanied by organic locally roasted coffee or tea.

  • Eco-Friendly Accommodations in Santa Fe

    We are committed to incorporating sustainable earth policies and practices in the running of our inns, vacation rentals and Absolute Nirvana Spa. We have implemented the following changes and will continue to make advances in our endeavor to be a truly eco-friendly inn in Santa Fe.

    All cleaning agents and chemicals used to clean guestrooms have been replaced by all natural, environmentally safe products. We use no bleach, dyes or perfumed detergents in our laundry and are searching for a truly effective and bio-degradable laundry soap at the moment. 80% of our electricity is wind-generated.  We encourage guests to keep towels and linens for up to three days in an effort to reduce water consumption. Only hand towels and wash cloths are replaced daily, unless otherwise desired by our guests.  All new appliances purchased are energy and water-efficient models.Our gardens are watered with a drip system to further reduce water consumption.

    Our spa is a cultivator Member of The Green Spa Network and endeavors to be as eco-friendly as possible.  We recycle all allowable glass, paper and plastic.  Wherever possible, we use compact fluorescent light bulbs, which use 1/3 the energy of incandescent bulbs. These compact fluorescent bulbs are then recycled. Motion detector lights are used wherever possible to eliminate the waste of all-night outdoor lighting, though path lights are still used for added safety.

    All toilets have been replaced with low-flow toilets, and all faucets and showers have flow restrictors, allowing for a comfortable and water-efficient shower. Our stationary is printed on recycled paper, using soy-based ink.  In an effort to eliminate the waste of small plastic amenity bottles, we have placed dispensers in each bathroom which are filled with all natural soap, shower gel, lotion, shampoo and conditioner.  Paper cups have been replaced with glass or plastic cups, and bottled water has been replaced by filtered water.  We use only earth-friendly and non-toxic fertilizers in our gardens.  As rooms are re-painted, we use only environmentally-responsible paint products (no VOC's used).

  • About Santa Fe

    For more than 300 years, visitors have been drawn to the extraordinary light, diverse cultures and incomparable scenery that makes Santa Fe unique. The grande dame of the Southwest, Santa Fe is the nation's oldest and highest capitol city with an abundance of art galleries, world-class restaurants, museums and recreational activities to please the most sophisticated visitor. As the end of the both Old Santa Fe Trail and El Camino Real, the trade route from Mexico, the city has a long tradition of hospitality for travelers.

    A pleasant 5 block walk down Palace will take you to The Plaza, the bustling heart of the city. You'll stroll past 19th century pitched-roof bungalows and adobe family compounds, some owned by descendants of the Spanish settlers who built them. The Episcopal Church of the Holy Faith, completed in 1882, shows its Gothic influence. Across the street at La Posada, some say the Staab House, a Victorian mansion is still occupied by Julia Staab's ghost.

    Another historic home, Sena Plaza, was once the house of a New Mexico governor and his large family. The compound retains the nostalgia of Spanish Santa Fe with its beautifully landscaped interior courtyard and balconies.

    The Palace of the Governors, which gives our street its name, is one of New Mexico's most treasured landmarks. Built in 1610, it's the oldest public building in the United States and New Mexico's premiere history museum. Under the portal, you can buy Native American jewelry, pottery and other arts and crafts. The artists comprise a living exhibit; some trace their ancestry to the Pueblo people who near the Plaza centuries ago.

    Head southeast just 3 blocks and you'll quickly discover the galleries, shops and restaurants of Canyon Road. Originally a burro trail for wood haulers on their way to the Plaza, this area became home to a group of painters from the East Coast who fell in love with the city's light, mountain vistas and historic ambiance. Most modern visitors feel the same romance.

    Feel like an outdoor adventure? Ask us about hiking, biking, rafting, skiing, snowboarding and horseback riding in the area. Want to explore Indian ruins or find a trout stream? Need opera tickets, a seat at a Santa Fe Chamber Music concert or tips on Santa Fe nightlife? Looking for a first-rate margarita? Need help visiting nearby Pueblos or touring scenic Georgia O'Keeffe country. Just ask..

    Here are just a few links to popular area attractions to inspire you:

     

  • Directions

    Check-In Directions FOR CASA JUNIPER & CASA PINON

    Before going to your casa, we ask that you first check in with us at our main office at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, located at 106 Faithway Street. There you will be given directions as well as your keys. Please let us know if you will be arriving after 6pm.

    From Interstate 25

    • From I-25 exit St. Francis Drive and stay in the right lane
    • Follow St. Francis into town and turn right onto Cerrillos Rd
    • From Cerrillos turn right on Paseo de Peralta
    • Follow Paseo de Peralta to Palace Avenue and turn right on Palace
    • From there, turn left at the first street - Faith Way (just past the church)
    • The Madeleine is the last house on your right

    From the North, Highway 285 and Taos

    • From Highway 285 follow the signs to the Downtown Plaza
    • Turn left at Paseo de Peralta
    • Then turn right on Otero Street and go up about two blocks to Palace Avenue
    • Turn left on Palace Avenue and then left on Faithway Street (just past the church)
    • The Madeleine is the last house on your right
 
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