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Santa Fe has become one of the most unique and memorable travel destinations in the U.S., with so many authentic shops, cultural events, and historic attractions to explore. So, it should come as no surprise that the places to stay here are just as unique and historical. These are our top picks for places to stay in Santa Fe when you take a trip to the Southwest.
This award-winning hotel has 24 suites and celebrates cultures from all over the world. The décor here is truly stunning with intricate tile, lush textiles, wood-burning kiva fireplaces, and private balconies attached to some rooms. In addition to the various suite options, Luminaria Villa is a two-bedroom villa with five fireplaces and 2,000 square feet of space. The suites are arranged around several courtyards that are romantic and relaxing. There is also a spa here that offers massage, complimentary breakfast that’s made to order and served in your suite, and the 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar that serves classic French cuisine.
Inn of the Governors is a southwest-style hotel that’s charming and in downtown Santa Fe. You’ll be right by the plaza district and just a few blocks from the city’s top museums, shops, and restaurants when you stay here. Guests enjoy complimentary breakfast, free downtown parking, a year-around heated outdoor pool, tea and sherry hour between 4 pm and 5 pm each afternoon, and Wi-Fi internet. All these little perks make the Inn of the Governors one of the best value downtown hotels in the city. Also, Del Charro is a popular bar and restaurant that specializes in green chile cheeseburgers and margaritas.
This is a hotel that embraces New Mexico traditions and a retreat atmosphere, and it’s the only Native American owned hotel in the city. The onsite restaurant is Amaya, which serves contemporary dishes with local ingredients. There’s also a spa here that offers Native American-inspired treatments. It’s also fun to browse the multi-million-dollar collection of Native American art in the art gallery here. Meanwhile, guests will appreciate the outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, seasonal yoga instruction, arts and crafts gift shop, pet-friendly rooms, and private teepee dining experiences. Dinners are offered in the hotel’s traditional teepee for two to four guests between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Package deals offered include ski packages, spa packages, and arts and culture packages to suit your vacation style.
This Four Seasons offers a romantic and adventurous getaway in a boutique hotel setting with 65 rooms. There’s a southwest-inspired spa here, a restaurant that serves local ingredients, and lots of outdoor adventure nearby. The resort is located on 57 acres in the Sangre de Cristo Foothills and is about 10 minutes from the galleries and shops in downtown Santa Fe. This is a great place to stay if you want a peaceful retreat away from the busyness of the city, and each room has its own private terrace and fireplace. Guests enjoy complimentary transportation to and from the downtown plaza, complimentary standard Wi-Fi, a pool and spa, and fitness center. This is also a good hotel to stay at if you have children because there’s a children’s program here, cribs and roll-away beds upon request, and meals at the restaurant are free for kids under five.
Every room at the Inn on the Alameda celebrates the southwestern style of Santa Fe, and some rooms have balconies and patios to step outside for some fresh air. You can also book suites here that include a kiva fireplace, wet bar, and separate sitting area. This hotel opened up in the 1980s, and the staff prides itself on treating every guest like family. Guests enjoy a breakfast buffet and afternoon happy hour while staying here, and the list of all-inclusive amenities includes complimentary shuttles and free parking too. Some rooms here are pet-friendly, and the Agoyo Lounge is the onsite restaurant that offers New Mexican and New American dishes. This hotel is in the heart of the city so it’s easy to walk to all the top attractions and galleries. Package deals include admission tickets to the Meow Wolf and Museum of New Mexico.
The Inn and Spa at Loretto is a boutique luxury hotel that is a block from the Santa Fe Plaza and Canyon Road. It’s also about nine miles from the airport. There are 136 guest rooms here, including a penthouse suite. Onsite you’ll also find a spa, causal fine dining, heated garden pool, boutique shops, and galleries. The hotel itself is built with iconic architecture in mind and lots of local artwork on the walls inside. Amenities include valet parking, a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary walking weekend tours, and a secluded garden with an outdoor fire pit. Dogs up to 65 pounds are allowed here for a fee of $75 per stay for every two dogs.
Las Palomas is a charming hotel with eclectic décor, original artwork, and a welcoming vibe. Guests enjoy a continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, free self-parking, free espresso drinks and cookies all day, and shuttle service to the downtown area. This is a kid-friendly and dog-friendly place to stay that offers free local coffee in the lobby and advice about the best outdoor adventures nearby as well.
This luxury hotel combines the best of southwestern style and five-star elegance and has 58 guest rooms. There’s an onsite restaurant and wine cellar here, as well as a patio for al fresco dining and a bar known for margaritas and classic cocktails. When you stay here, you can also get an in-room massage with aromatherapy treatment and exercise at the fitness center.
La Fonda is also a charming hotel and the only one located on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. There are 180 guest rooms and suites here, as well as Wi-Fi, original artwork, and a business center. There are three dining and drinking establishments onsite, and massages offered in the spa and in the individual guest rooms for extra privacy.