Santa Fe Hotel Prepares For Start Of Construction In Early 2022 | Local News


A Spanish Baroque-style hotel on West San Francisco Street in downtown Santa Fe is set to begin construction in early 2022 with features not envisioned when the project received the city’s initial approvals.

The $ 28 million hotel is slated to open in the summer of 2023, said Joseph Karnes, attorney at Sommer, Karnes & Associates representing Greer Enterprises, which has owned the property for over 100 years and originally developed what is today the Lensic Performing Arts. Center.

The name of the hotel is pending agreement with an operator, Karnes said.

“This is a unique and very exciting opportunity,” said Karnes. “This is not your ordinary standard hotel brand.”

The four-storey, 70-room hotel will be located in the above-ground car park next to the Lensic and across Sandoval Street from the Eldorado Hotel & Spa. Seres Architecture of Santa Fe is the architect of the project.

Greer Enterprises has had false starts for over 20 years for the parking lot which has been in place since 1972.

A drought wiped out a 1999 hotel project. A global financial crisis scuttled a 2008 mixed-use project. The parking issue thwarted a 65-room hotel project in 2017 by Legacy Development & Management, which has since resolved the puzzle of parking.

The West San Francisco Hotel, formerly known as the 200 Block Hotel, will be the first downtown Santa Fe hotel built from the ground up since the Santa Fe Hotel Hacienda in 2001.

“There’s always a demand for another downtown hotel,” said Randy Randall, executive director of Tourism Santa Fe, the city’s convention and visitors bureau. “The location is great. The rapid recovery we have seen in COVID is a testament to the demand for Santa Fe. ”

Randall said he doesn’t see the city center reaching a point of hotel saturation.

“Short-term rentals have literally doubled the number of rooms downtown over the past 15 years,” he said. “It shows that there is elasticity in the market.”

Albquerque-based Legacy Development & Management is completing construction of the Markana Apartments on Richards Avenue and has already developed Hyatt Place Santa Fe. Legacy approached Karnes in 2016 to build a downtown hotel and apartment community outside downtown.

The 0.30-acre property bounded by San Francisco Street, Sandoval and Palace Avenue has proven to be insurmountable for vehicle ramps in an underground parking lot. But Legacy didn’t give up.

“We have to get rid of the ramps. How do you do that? “Karnes recalls a question from Legacy Construction president Faizel Kassam.” Elevator analysis has become elevator analysis. “

Legacy first envisioned parking elevators, where valets “stack” cars on top of each other in garages. He then discovered elevators for commercial vehicles and found one at a hotel in Denver.

Legacy has spoken to the Denver hotel and will install two 21 x 10 x 8 foot ThyssenKrupp vehicle elevators for the two-level, 116-space garage. Guests will not be driving in the elevator or in the garage.

“You drop off your car at the valet [at the front entrance]”Karnes said.” You call your car at the push of a button. The concierge will bring the car to you. You two [you and your car] arrive at the same place at the same time.

Guests can also use the municipal garage across San Francisco Street from the hotel, and the hotel will rent 11 spaces in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe parking lot for oversized vehicles. A valet will collect these vehicles for guests, Karnes said.

The commercial vehicle elevator garage idea for the San Francisco Street hotel predated the pandemic, but since city council approved the project in May 2020, the hotel’s design was still rudimentary. The coronavirus pandemic and rapid innovations in hotel design for the future have informed the San Francisco Street project.

“One of the main things is the hands-free part,” Karnes said. “The customer experience is built into the phone. “

Guests will use a phone app to collect cars, communicate with the concierge and other hotel staff, obtain tourist information, and plan the guest experience inside the hotel. An automated registration system is still under development.

“The pandemic has elevated all aspects of cleaning and sanitizing all aspects of hotels,” Karnes said. “Beside hospitals, hotels are among the indoor environments where guest / visitor expectations for cleanliness are highest. Major brands have adopted new, stricter standards for documenting pre-visit and post-visit cleaning.

When guests make reservations online, they will be informed in fine print about the hands-free aspects of their hotel stay.

“We’ll try to put it big to let you know you’ll be using your phone,” Karnes said.

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