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Top hotel room: Rancho de San Juan

Black Mesa Suite

Top hotel room: Rancho de San Juan

Black Mesa Suite

Black Mesa courtyard suite. Photo courtesy Rancho de San Juan

I am comfortable at Rancho de San Juan, with its Spanish Hacienda styling, gourmet food, and grand showcasing of modern art. A little less than 40 miles out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, there’s something extra special about Rancho.

The owners tout their private country estate as an “elegant house party in an elegant hideaway” and that’s exactly how it feels. When you are there, you are owners’ guest. I’ve never met two more wonderful innkeepers than the owners of Rancho de San Juan.

Reception Living Room

Reception living room. Photo courtesy Rancho de San Juan

I’ve visited on two occasions and I’ve stayed in the Black Mesa courtyard suiteboth times. It sort of feels as if it’s my own private suite now. The king bed is wonderful with butter soft linens. I love the Frette robes and always use mine after I climb out of the over-sized Air Tub late in the evening, with a fire burning in the fireplace, warming the room. In addition to the fireplace in the small living area, there’s a selection of CDs for the evenings (there are no TVs, which is one of the awesome things about Rancho), and the artwork on the walls is gorgeous. In fact, the artwork throughout the property, both inside and out, is amazing. Rancho de San Juan serves as a gallery for some of the Southwest’s best artisans.

Eating at Rancho de San Juan was almost as much of a pleasure as sleeping in my suite. The gourmet meals were created with an obvious passion for food. The restaurant had a remarkable wine list for such a small inn. While dinners were elegant, they were still New Mexico-casual and comfortable. The gourmet breakfasts were the perfect way to start the day.

Rancho de San Juan is only about 38 miles out of Santa Fe and definitely worth the trip. I’d love to go hide out there for a couple more days. This award-winning inn is one of a kind, created with love.

Rancho Entry

Entry of Rancho de San Juan. Photo courtesy Rancho de San Juan

Rancho de San Juan
US Highway 285 between Española & Ojo Caliente, 3.5 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 84/285
505-753-6818
http://www.ranchodesanjuan.com

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