For some that could translate into massive reception areas, 24-hour concierge service and liveried valet parking but for the nearly 1,000 hyper-critical and seasoned travelers who took part in voting for the 2011 Fodor's Top 100 Hotels in the World, it had more to do with organic produce grown mere yards from the kitchen, the intoxicating scent of freshly distilled lavender oil and even the antics of a goat named Periwinkle.
Los Poblanos Inn & Organic Farm is pleased to announce its having been named one of "Fodor's 100 Hotels," for 2011, a designation given to the top 100 "best in category" hotels in the world. Los Poblanos was the only New Mexico property to win an award and was, in fact, one of only twenty-nine properties in the United States, in any category, to be so honored by Fodor's .
Privately owned by the Rembe family, the 25-acre inn and organic farm also boasts a cultural center and conference facilities that marry state-of-the art technology with historic architecture, antiques and exquisite examples of colonial and legendary New Mexico craftsmanship by the likes of architect John Gaw Meem, wood carver Gustave Baumann, painter Peter Hurd, tin artist Robert Woodman and photographer Laura Gilpin.
Designed in 1932 and built in 1934, the property has hosted and, for 77 years, served as the "home away from home" for some of the country's leading thinkers, movers and shakers. Today, politicians, celebrities, foodies, authors and philosophers find their way to Los Poblanos for an environment that includes wide open space, an unparalleled view of the Sandias, superlative food and, inevitably, a sense of having exhaled.
And, in the case of the aromatic and culinary lavender that Los Poblanos has become famous for, inhaled. Each of the twenty guest rooms, unique in their understated luxury, are augmented by the Inn's own toiletries made on-site with organic essential oil distilled from fresh lavender grown in the fields just yards away.
In the last few months, the Inn has celebrated the completion of property additions that include twenty guest rooms, a saltwater pool, augmented conference facilities, an exercise room, even more gardens and an expanded Farm Shop.
According to family member and director Matthew Rembe, winning the Fodor's 100 designation was a wonderful surprise...but a surprise nonetheless.
"While we certainly strive hard to meet and exceed the expectations of all of our guests, we're also aware that many of them are seasoned world travelers, accustomed to luxury properties all over the globe. While some travelers tend to prefer - and even stick to - luxury chain hotels as a means of 'regulating' their accommodation experience regardless of locale, we're that anti-brand, intimate and authentic experience that chains simply can't offer. With more than fifty percent of our guests repeat customers, we take pride in offering the one-of-a-kind, 'local flavor' experience that Fodor's saw as unique. We're humbled to be on the same list with such legendary properties as the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles and Blackberry Farm in Tennessee. "
Under the guidance and talent of Chef Jonathan Perno, Los Poblanos Inn & Organic Farm is also recognized for its superb cuisine and an ever-changing menu based on the farm's harvest for the day and locally sourced meats, cheeses and specialty products unique to central New Mexico.
For guests to have the opportunity to steep themselves in history, beauty and perhaps a more graceful period is part of Los Poblanos' - and New Mexico's - great charm, suggests Tourism Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson.
"There is this wonderful secret that is New Mexico and visitors often feel that they've stepped into a period of time that still celebrates grace, culture, history and warmth. Los Poblanos Inn is a great example of that; there's this wonderful understated luxury that is layered with a reverence for history, culture and the Inn's relationship with the land.
The inclusion of Los Poblanos Inn into the Fodor's 100 means that the secret's out," continues Jacobson. "New Mexico is full of these wonderful surprises that visitors revel in. Los Poblanos is a great example of the opportunity to be pampered through palate and hospitality but also to recharge your mind and soul through simply exquisite surroundings."
Earlier this year Los Poblanos Inn and Organic Farm was selected by Condé Nast Johansens Guides as a “Recommended Property.” The United Kingdom-based Johansens Guide, used by international travelers for 28 years, features properties spanning 65 countries.