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Santa Claran Hotel - Espanola

Stay at Santa Claran Hotel in Española, NM

Southwestern Hotel with Casino and Bowling Alley

Recently built by the modern-day Santa Clara tribe, the hotel showcases a blend of Native American and New Mexican influences, from the kiva fireplace in the lobby to handwoven rugs and local artwork in the guest rooms. The hotel’s major draw is its entertainment venues. Its casino has more than 750 slot machines and themed games such as Deal or No Deal. Table games here stick to the classics—blackjack, craps, and roulette. A sports bar on one end of the casino floor is decked out with several flat-panel TVs playing the day’s sporting events.

Carved into a 200-foot rock wall minutes from the hotel and overlooking the community of Española, the Puye Cliff Dwellings are a set of caves that can only be reached by a series of steps and ladders. The ancestral home of the Santa Clara Pueblo tribe, the dwellings date back to the 13th century. Today, you can see them during guided tours of the well-preserved historical site, which also features ancient carvings and Pueblo ruins. The canyon is located about 10 minutes from the Santa Claran Hotel.

Elsewhere on the property, you can bowl in a 24-lane alley or listen to local musicians and DJs play at The “O” Bar & Tapas. The upscale lounge is one of many places to grab a bite at the hotel. Other dining options include a café and The Black Mesa Steakhouse, which won the 2009 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for its wine list.

Española, New Mexico: Artsy, Small Town Close to Pueblos

About halfway between Santa Fe and Taos, the small town of Española makes a good staging ground for exploring north-central New Mexico. The town was originally founded in the 1880s as a stop on the railway line headed to Denver. But over the years, it has become a destination in its own right, thanks in part to its cuisine and culture. The food here is known for being inexpensive, authentically New Mexican, and “never watered down for interlopers’ tastes,” according to Moon Travel Guides. Nearby cultural attractions include a number of Pueblo Indian communities, which are all good places to pick up Native American artwork, such as distinctive black-and-red Santa Claran pottery.

Automobile art is another popular draw in Española. Known by some as the “lowrider capital of the world,” the town is filled with souped-up, late-model cars decked out in chrome rims, metal-chain steering wheels, and hoods with elaborate murals. To see more traditional creations, stroll through the galleries of the Bond House Museum, a Victorian-era adobe home with turn-of-the-20th-century fixtures and woodwork. The nearby Santa Cruz Church, built in 1733, has several examples of Spanish colonial religious art.

If you want to stay active, Black Mesa Golf Course is just minutes from the Santa Claran Hotel. Set in sandstone foothills, the 18-hole layout has a rough-hewn look that prompted Golf Magazine to rank it among America’s top 50 courses.

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  • Casino
  • Bowling alley
  • Three restaurants
  • Lobby coffee bar
  • Fitness center
  • Free Internet

The Fine Print

  • 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate, no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed
  • Must provide first and last name upon purchase, which will be provided to Santa Claran Hotel
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Valid only for night(s) purchased
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Guests must notify hotel after reservation to book additional occupants
  • 11.5% tax added at purchase
  • Credit card required at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard King Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: N/A

Standard Double Queen Room

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each additional guest 18 or older; no charge for children 17 or younger

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $15 per night
  • Smoking policy: smoking rooms are available upon request by calling the property.
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $50 per stay.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request by calling the property.
  • Room upgrades: may upgrade to one-bedroom king suite for an additional $50 per night

Getting There

  • By plane: 34 miles from Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF)
  • By car: 25 miles north of Santa Fe, NM

Customer Reviews

5 Ratings

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Ben S. ·
Reviewed August 25, 2013
Staff was friendly & checking out.


Joseph V. ·
Reviewed August 25, 2013
Everything! Great place! Great restaurant!


Deanna F. ·
Reviewed August 25, 2013
very clean, friendly staff, nice rooms
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