CONCEPT: To enhance the Southwestern feel and authenticity of the guestrooms and public spaces at the Inn of the Anasazi, A Rosewood Hotel to better reflect its unique Santa Fe, NM location. Originally serving as a variety of state buildings, the 57-room property had not been renovated since opening as a hotel in 1990. However, this fact caused surprisingly few problems for the design team.
“The hotel really had great bones… the architecture was carefully crafted and well done. Even though there was not a lot of work on it in the time frame since it opened, the hotel has held up well,” said Susan Butcher, principal of Susan Butcher Design. The name Anasazi is Navajo for ancient ones and the hotel, which targets mostly leisure guests, has been managed by Dallas, TX-based Rosewood Hotels & Resorts since October of 2005.
EXECUTION: The hotel’s guestrooms underwent a comprehensive soft goods renovation, which was completed in early ’07 and the property is just now putting the finishing touches on some of the public space changes, including the addition of an outdoor dining venue called The Patio.
The guestrooms, which feature gas-lit kava fireplaces, were fully restored with ceilings of vigas and latillas. “High ceilings make them feel like small residential rooms,” Butcher said, noting architecturally the hotel stayed “pretty much the same.” Exquisite sandstone walls, native rugs, as well as additional lighting are designed to convey a contemporary design. Butcher said “the textiles were really selected to look like traditional weaving.”
The two-floor hotel closed one floor at a time for the renovation, the last phase of which included the addition of flat-screen TV’s and the replacement of TV cabinets. In the public spaces, the hotel has incorporated The Art Loan program, a revolving collection of locally crafted artwork on display throughout the public areas of the Inn.
RESULT: Approximately $2 million was spent on the renovation. “It’s truly very different. It is incredibly unique to Santa Fe. Our [Rosewood’s] tagline is ‘a sense of place;’ you truly get a sense of Santa Fe,” said Marcie Lieberman, managing director of the hotel.
Butcher said she was also pleased with the finished product. “It’s a collaboration between my design vision based on local vernacular and it had to conform to Rosewood’s standards,” she said.