- May 5, 2004
Set on the banks of the Rio Grande River the Hotel Santa Fe is designed to represent the arid landscape of the American South West.
Click on this link for a virtual tour of the exterior of the hotel.
As you approach the hotel it looks as if you are about to enter a drive-in movie theatre showing an old Clint Eastwood Western.
The hotel consists of the main building housing reception
Click on this link for a virtual tour of the lobby area.
as well as the La Cantina restaurant, the Rio Grande bar, a lounge with a huge copper covered wood burning fireplace, the Pow Wow games arcade (extra cost), a childrens play area with activities on certain days and a shop. One of the famous Disney characters makes a personal appearance every morning in the lounge area for photos and autographs. At reception you can also book meals and shows, exchange currency and use the safety deposit boxes. You can park right outside your room.
Surrounding the main building are 49 pueblos built in traditional New Mexico adobe style.
The hotel offers the most affordable accommodation on site. It has 1000 bright and colourful Mexican themed guest rooms (non-smoking rooms and rooms with wheelchair access are available) which can accommodate up to four people in two double beds.
Bunk beds are available in some rooms and cots are available on request. The cheerful decoration includes bright Navajo Indian style geometric patterns on the mirror frame and bed spreads.
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All rooms have a telephone, radio (including Disney fairytales) and television with international channels and, of course, the Disney channel. If you use the telephone to give you an alarm call Mickey himself will wake you up!! Tea and coffee making facilities are available at an extra cost. The en-suite bathrooms all include bath with shower facilities. Towels and soap are provided. A hairdryer is also available on request. Each building has an ice machine.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
At La Cantina European dishes are served up alongside Tex-Mex specialities such as fajitas, burritos and tortillas in a recreation of a Santa Fe market. In the fun "food court" style buffet guests collect their salad from the back of a real Dodge truck which is parked up like a counter and petrol pumps double as drinks dispensers.
The walls are covered with decorative hubcaps.
A childrens menu is also available. Sombreros, cactus and a Grand Canyon mural decorate the dining area beyond.
The restaurant seats 700. Continental breakfast is included in the room price or you can request a Fantasyland breakfast in the Chalet de la Marionnette at no extra cost, which also gets you into the park an hour early. A hot American-style breakfast can also be purchased at a supplement.
Click on this link for a virtual tour of La Cantina
In the Rio Grande bar enjoy one of Disney's imaginative cocktails or maybe another Mexican speciality a Tequila Sunrise. There is also outdoor terraced seating. There is live music or karaoke in the bar most evenings.
Click on this link for a virtual tour of the Rio Grande Bar
The Trading Post offers a good selection of Disney theme park souvenirs as well as snacks and drinks, toiletries and a range of hotel logo products. If you have made purchases in the parks and had them sent to the hotel you can collect them here in the evening. Photos taken with one of the characters in the hotel lobby can also be viewed and collected here.
Next door to the hotel is a petrol station which also sells basic groceries.
In the hotel grounds there is a Mexican playground "Totem Circle", themed on the relics of an Indian village
Check in time is 3 p.m. but if you arrive before that you can leave your luggage here while you head off to the parks. Check out is 11 a.m. but again you may leave your luggage and collect it later when you are ready (or as ready as youll ever be!) to leave.
Shuttle buses leave every 15 minutes or so more frequently at busy times. Or you can walk to the main park in 15 - 20 minutes on the path that runs alongside the Rio Grande between the hotels Santa Fe and Cheyenne, round the edge of Lake Disney and through Disney Village.
There is no pool or air conditioning though all rooms have a ceiling fan.
A very basic but clean and comfortable hotel in the heart of the Magic which provides everything you could need with no frills
There is a separate thread (below) with more details of the 4 themed trails in the grounds of the hotel.
Sincere apologies to anyone whose pictures I have used without permission.