The Best Hotels to Book in New Mexico

If youre looking to explore the peak of New Mexicos deserts and mountains, book a weekend at the Tamaya Resort to stay in the thick of it
If you're looking to explore the peak of New Mexico's deserts and mountains, book a weekend at the Tamaya Resort to stay in the thick of it | © Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa / Expedia
Mark Nayler

Although usually associated with desert scenery, New Mexico is home to a wide variety of landscapes – including snow-capped mountains, vast prairies and forests of gigantic cottonwood trees. It’s also increasingly known for its award-winning wineries, as well as a spicy cuisine that showcases native ingredients – such as red and green chiles and piñon nuts. Here’s where to stay in New Mexico if you’re planning a visit, from spa resorts in Santa Fe to lodges in the Taos Ski Valley – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, for tequila enthusiasts in Santa Fe

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

The interior of the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
© Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi / Expedia
Tequila fans are spoiled at Rosewood’s Anasazi, where complimentary bottles await every guest and food-paired tastings are held at Santa Fe’s only Tequila Table. Accommodation showcases the staples of Southwestern architecture – with cylindrical wooden ceiling beams, locally-produced art and furniture and gaslit kiva fireplaces – and one of the suites comes with a large balcony. The bar and restaurant present New Mexico in a glass and on a plate: don’t miss the Silver Coin margaritas or the chicken or beef fajitas.

2. The Inn of the Five Graces, for vibrant design in Santa Fe

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A room at the Inn of the Five Graces
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As one of New Mexico’s most colorful and design-conscious B&Bs, the bathrooms at the Five Graces are works of art – decorated from floor to ceiling with stone mosaics of onyx, marble, lapis and jade. The rooms and suites are no less dazzling, featuring carved-wood fittings, one-off Silk Road antiques and East-meets-West furniture and fabrics. Breakfasts of homemade granola, fruit and locally-roasted coffee are served in a Moorish-style dining room – and the affiliated 315 Restaurant, situated opposite, specializes in French cuisine.

3. La Fonda on the Plaza, for central convenience in Santa Fe

Independent Hotel, Luxury

A room at La Fonda on the Plaza
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The only hotel on Santa Fe’s historic main square is home to the Belltower rooftop bar, where cocktails and snacks accompany the best sunset views in town. The entertainment offering is completed by La Fiesta Lounge, which hosts live music every night – and La Plazuela Restaurant, in which the specialties are tortilla soup and pan-fried trout. Rooms showcase hand-painted headboards and locally crafted furniture – add-ons include kiva fireplaces and balconies overlooking Santa Fe’s most historic churches and the mountains beyond.

5. Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, for adventure seekers in Santa Fe

Resort, Chain Hotel

The fire pit area of the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
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Ideal for sporty and adrenaline-seeking travelers, this five-star Four Seasons has an in-house Adventure Center – offering everything from a daily hike on the Camino Encantado Trail to hot air ballooning and white water rafting on the Rio Grande. All casitas and suites feature verandas with mountain views, kiva fireplaces and a desert-inspired palette of browns and oranges. Come sunset, take a seat around the firepit and order a Terratini – a spicy cocktail made with green or red chile and New Mexican vodka.

6. The Hacienda and Spa at Hotel, for native traditions in Santa Fe

Spa Hotel

One of the double rooms at the Hacienda and Spa at Hotel
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A luxurious offshoot of Santa Fe’s only Native American-owned hotel, the Hacienda offers 35 cozy, kiva-warmed rooms decorated with artwork celebrating the culture of New Mexico’s 19 pueblos. Wellness amenities include a pool and jacuzzi set in gardens scattered with Native American sculptures and a spa scented with sage, lavender and piñon sap. Private dining can be booked in a teepee while the main restaurant does classic regional fare – alongside international dishes such as fish and chips and seared duck breast.

7. The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, for alpine deluxe in Taos Ski Valley

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The outdoor area and fire pit of the Blake at Taos Ski Valley
© The Blake at Taos Ski Valley / Expedia

This Alpine-style lodge is geared towards an energetic holiday in the surrounding mountains – whether on bikes or foot during summer or skis and snowboards throughout colder months. Rooms and suites maintain the mountain-retreat theme – with furry cushions, wooden fittings, electric open fires and views over the slopes and pine forests. Adjust to the 2,800m (9,186ft) elevation in the spa’s Oxygen Bar – before heading to Restaurant 192 for apres ski aperitifs, locally-brewed beers, pizzas and flatbreads.

8. Hotel Chaco, for boutique chic in Albuquerque

Boutique Hotel

One of the rooms at the Hotel Chaco
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Built out of pale sandstone from the New Mexico-Colorado border, this central Albuquerque boutique serves as a hotel and artistic hub – housing minimalist rooms inspired by Navajo weaving culture as well as a collection of works by Native American artists. The rooftop restaurant showcases the creations of acclaimed French chef Christian Monchatre: standouts include the crispy falafel in curry sauce and the beef filet mignon. Enjoy New Mexico wines and views of the Sandia Mountains from the Crafted Cafe.

9. Ojo Spa Resort, for natural springs in Santa Fe

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The outdoor area and pools of the Ojo Spa Resort
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Hydrotherapy at this Santa Fe resort is provided by several thermal baths and the town’s largest saltwater pool – all of which are supplied by a natural spring and shaded by enormous cottonwood trees. Other benefits of a stay include a Puppy Patch – in which all the temporary residents are adoptable – a coop of Silkie Chickens that can be fed and petted and an archery and hatchet-throwing range. Traditional adobe rooms and casitas come with private terraces overlooking the pools and gardens.

10. Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, for horse lovers in Santa Ana Pueblo

Resort, Chain Hotel

A couple of hot air balloons flying over the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa at sunset
© Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa / Expedia

Golf and equine enthusiasts, this is your place – an all-inclusive resort in the Santa Ana pueblo with a Gary Panks-designed course and a rehab center for rescued horses. Spend a day on the greens or hacking through the desert – before tequila flights and sunset views at the Rio Grande Lounge, followed by a meal of vibrant New Mexican dishes at the Santa Ana Cafe. Cruiser bikes and helmets can be rented from reception for no extra cost and Albuquerque is a half-hour drive away.

For more plush places to stay, check out our pick of the best luxury hotels in Albuquerque, New Mexico, bookable on Culture Trip.

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