Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, New Mexico

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New Mexico is pure magic. It’s one of my favorite places on earth.

Every time I’m there, I feel deep soul-healing. Those high desert landscapes are what my soul looks like, I think. I’m so completely at peace with the mountains and wind and all of it.

So I was definitely looking forward to staying at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya, nestled 25 minutes north of Albuquerque and 45 minutes south of Santa Fe in northern New Mexico.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Review

This little sign is where the magic began

Two friends and I drove here non-stop from Dallas – a solid 10-hour drive. We left at 4am, stopping only in Amarillo for an early lunch. A few hours later, we drove through the cute town of Bernalillo and into the 550 acres of the resort, technically located in Santa Ana Pueblo.

This is a wonderful, special resort. I highly recommend staying here if you ever get the opportunity. Here’s my experience and how I stayed for completely free! 

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Review – Arrival and check-in

The hotel was under renovation when I was there, to improve the lobby. But honestly, it was already so gorgeous I don’t know how they planned to make it better.

Signs directed us to the check-in desk. The desk agents were so welcoming and friendly. They offered us margaritas while they checked us in.

I booked 2 nights with 2 separate reservations: one with Hyatt points and another with my annual free night certificate, thanks to my Chase Hyatt card (I used my last one in Austin).

 

Hallways of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya

One of the nights was for an ADA room with wheelchair access and bars in the bathroom, which I didn’t mind. But I explained we’d be happy in that room, or another if they wanted to keep it open.

The desk agent happily moved us into a bigger room with a fantastic full view of the Sandia mountains! My heart fluttered as I thought about those graceful, somber mountains waiting right outside.

The room

We headed to room 2109.

View upon walking in

Not a huge room, but enough space for us. It was well-decorated and had lots of New Mexican touches, from the carpet to the wall art to the little abode divider in the bathroom. I loved the wood floors and earth tone colors.

The room and beds

Hallway closet, luggage rack, hangers, safe, ironing setup, extra bedding

Little fridge and Tazo tea/Starbucks coffee selections

TV and desk area

The beds were super comfy! Mine had a chair next to it, and was closest to the balcony. It did get chilly at night, but the heat in the room was plenty sufficient. And it got warm during the day, so we cracked the balcony door to let in some fresh desert air.

My bed

Chair and balcony

View from the balcony (!!!)

Check out that view! I spent several long moments taking in the sunshine. 🙂

View of the room from the window – loved the wall art

Bathroom

Tiled shower and toiletries

Bathroom extras

Again, not a huge room, but more than enough for us.

The wifi was fast, although I didn’t use it much. Everything was very clean and quiet. That’s all I ever look for in a room, really: clean, quiet, and fast wifi. On all counts, the hotel delivered with our room.

The property

This resort spans a massive 550 acres and has:

  • Walking trails
  • Stable for rescued horses
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Gift shop
  • Market
  • Fitness center

The grounds

I couldn’t wait to explore the paths along the Rio Grande! There are several walking trails that form a big loop around the perimeter.

One of the walking trails

Views along the path

Overlooking the Rio Grande and backlit AF

The trails weave through forests and along the river. There’s also a “fitness trail” with spots to do situps, pullups, stretches, etc.

Though it was mid-January, I loved seeing the stark trees, grass, and leaves on the ground. It was sunny with nary a cloud in the sky, and so perfect and fresh out there.

Look what I found!

We even encountered some tumbleweeds, a perfect Southwestern symbol.

The trails are arranged in a way that you can easily get back to the hotel. Or you can keep wandering into other parts of the forest. We took a few of the trails and looped back to the hotel after a couple of hours.

River and mountains

We only saw one other person the entire time, so we had all the trails pretty much to ourselves. Talk about a retreat! You also get mountain views when the trail gets near the river. Just sublime.

View of the resort from the trail. Isn’t it so cute?

The grounds were well-maintained and felt very safe. I could’ve easily spent more time just following each trail.

The hotel

Here are few more snaps from around the hotel.

Huge lobby seating area

More seating

The bar, where we enjoyed local craft brews

From top to bottom, the hotel is exceptionally decorated with native art and has tons of Southwestern (and New Mexican) accents, like clay pots, weavings, and patterned art.

We ate in the hotel restaurant for breakfast both days. It was a touch pricey, but wow: the food was delicious. Here’s the breakfast menu. We also had dinner at the Corn Maiden restaurant, but my tummy was queasy so all I could hold was a soup. Even that was great, though.

Overall, I loved the property. Being so close to nature was exactly what I wanted. Plus, we took a day trip to Santa Fe and got there in 45 minutes, from the hotel parking lot to the square in the center of town.

It’s also only 25 minutes to Albuquerque if you’d rather see the museums, breweries, and sights there instead.

How I stayed for free

Link: Chase Hyatt card

Link: 5 Hyatt Category 4 Hotels Where the Hyatt Card Annual Free Night Rocks

With the Chase Hyatt card, you get a free night each year at a Category 1 through 4 hotel on your anniversary when you pay the card’s $75 annual fee.

I’ve always gotten outsized value from this perk. And have used it to stay in New Orleans, Austin, and now in New Mexico. One year when I couldn’t use it, I treated family to a stay at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. And I wrote about 4 hotels where the value really shines.

One of my nights at the Tamaya would’ve cost ~$226 after taxes.

Would much rather pay $75!

In this case, I got 3 times the value from the annual fee!

Save money seeing the hot air balloons in the sky over ABQ

I also found a room during the 2018 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, when rooms are going for nearly $350 a night.

Use your cert to save year-round

This would be an incredible use of the free night! It’s valid here because the Tamaya is a Category 4 hotel, which usually requires 15,000 Hyatt points per night.

I sent Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt to book the other night. I already had some points in there from other stays, so I just topped it up and redeemed the free night.

How I booked the 2 nights at the Tamaya

My total out-of-pocket cost for 2 nights was $0. Free. And so worth it.

Here’s my referral for the Chase Hyatt card if you want to apply and pick up some points! This card is NOT subject to the 5/24 rule. And because of the free night certificate, it’s a forever keeper. I’ve always gotten outsized value from this benefit alone. Not to mention the bonus offers that pop up sometimes.

As long as the free night remains, it’s a no-brainer to keep.

Bottom line

Man, this stay was so satisfying. I loved the rural location, the huge grounds, the decor, the staff, the food. Really everything about it, beginning to end.

I was sad to leave New Mexico. But I’m grateful the Hyatt Regency Tamaya is a part of my memories now. I’m also happy about not paying one red cent for the 2 nights I enjoyed there.

The Chase Hyatt card continually proves to be a keeper. As long as I can get an occasional room upgrade and a free night every year, I’ll keep it.

I would definitely, 100% stay at this hotel again. I bet it’s stunning in the fall. Perhaps next time I can stay longer and use it as a base for Albuquerque instead of Santa Fe. Now that it’s on my radar, I won’t soon forget it. Stay here if you get the chance. It’s entirely beautiful, and so worth it.

If you’ve stayed here, how does your experience compare? Would you consider staying in the mountains of New Mexico for a few days? 

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  1. I used my free night certificate in Nashville and it was a great location, right in downtown! Lots within walking distance especially if you are a country fan.

    • Nashville is almost always a great place to use points and free night certs! I’m from north Mississippi originally, so I have a soft spot for Nashville. And I LOVE country music. Especially classic country! 🙂

      Excellent use for your cert. Thanks for the idea – I might have to copy you! 😉

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