While in Santa Fe, we stayed at the Days Inn. When we first started to look for a hotel we checked out all the ones right near the plaza, thinking it would be easier to be able to walk everywhere instead of needing to drive. The prices were very high and we had no luck with Priceline this time. So, we started looking at hotels further out along Cerillos Road. There are all the big US chains along there – Holiday Inn Express, Travelodge, Motel 6, Red Roof Inn, etc. We checked online (Expedia, Kayak) and on the individual websites and called 1-800 (toll free) numbers for the big chains but there were no real deals. Then we picked up a coupon booklet at a gas station while we were in Williams, AZ and found the Days Inn for $44. They honoured that price even though we stayed for 3 days and only gave them one coupon. (There are coupon booklets available free at gas stations and outside some restaurants – like Denny’s – all across America. We’ve used them before and found fabulous deals). It was about a 10 min drive to downtown and parking downtown was super easy. Santa Fe has numerous public parking lots and you can park all day for $9 – so to us it’s not worth paying more to stay downtown and avoid driving.
The room was clean and big enough to be comfortable. The bathroom had a tub/shower combination. It was quiet at night. There is a nice pool area with loungers around the pool and nice landscaping. There are lots of restaurants near-by and a Target conveniently about 5 min. down the road – perfect for all those things you forgot/ran out of (Target is like Walmart or Carrefour). There is a free breakfast with cereal, juice, toast and muffins available in the morning.