Where to Stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico
The skyline of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico at dusk | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo
Santa Fe is one of few places where you can experience the rich interplay of Native American, Spanish and USA frontier culture. For a small, easy-to-navigate city, New Mexico’s capital offers an overwhelming number of things to see and do – from taking in the art of Georgia O’Keeffe to riding the Rio Grande rapids, hiking and skiing. These hotels showcase the best of Santa Fe style, a timeless aesthetic inspired by the diverse landscapes and cultures of the Southwest.
The Sage Hotel
3.9/5 (1182 Reviews)
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The Sage effortlessly combines classic Santa Fe style – raw beams, beehive fireplaces, chili pepper strings – with modern boho chic, ie macrame wall hangings, potted succulents and minimalist furnishings. The result is an airy, restful retreat, just across the street from the trendy Railyard District and six blocks from the historic Plaza. Don’t feel like walking? The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service. You can also unwind at in-house Social Kitchen+Bar, which serves Southwestern comfort food like spinach and bacon quesadillas, and burgers topped with green chili and monterey jack cheese.
The Inn of the Five Graces
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Step inside the traditional adobe facade and you’re transported to a royal caravan along the old Silk Road. Every detail of this 25-room hotel is lovingly curated by owner-artist Sylvia Seret, using lush textures and patterns from central and east Asia – kilim rugs, embroidered Uzbeki curtains, antique Indian screens, and mosaics worthy of a Roman bath. Shimmering silks pull aside to reveal modern flat screen TVs, and the rich fragrance of piñon pine emanates from the crackling fireplace – there’s one in every room – reminding you that this Land of Enchantment is deeply rooted in the American Southwest.
The Hacienda & Spa at Hotel Santa Fe
4.7/5 (737 Reviews)
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This three-acre luxury compound lies adjacent to the original Hotel Santa Fe, also majority owned and operated by the Picuris Pueblo tribe. Feast your eyes on the museum-quality art adorning the rooms and grounds, from intricately-painted red, white and black Pueblo pottery to original oil paintings by celebrated Native American artists. Bask in Santa Fe’s 283 days of sunshine beside the outdoor pool, surrounded by flowers, trees and sculptures. At the in-house spa, you can try a White-sage Facial or Moccasin Dance foot therapy in addition to more conventional treatments.
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.8/5 (663 Reviews)
Welcome to luxury Pueblo life at the Inn of the Anasazi, steps from the historic Plaza. The Southwestern touches extend beyond studded leather headboards, kiva fireplaces, and Navajo rugs; each room comes equipped with a humidifier and organic sunscreen. Get a taste of Santa Fe’s rich culinary tradition at the hotel restaurant, consistently ranked among the region’s best. Innovative fusion-fare such as achiote-glazed chicken nachos, and cinnamon-chile rubbed beef medallions integrate Native American, Mexican and European flavors to create a uniquely Southwestern culinary experience.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
Resort, Chain Hotel
4.7/5 (212 Reviews)
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Set on a former dude ranch in the sunlit foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado feels secluded, but is actually just 10 minutes from downtown galleries and restaurants. Plan the expedition of your dreams – traverse the red rocks of Abiquiú in the footsteps of Georgia O’Keeffe, or ride the rapids of the Rio Grande – with the help of the hotel’s Adventure Center. Or stay and enjoy the enchanting mountain views from your private patio or the hillside pool.
La Fonda on the Plaza
Independent Hotel, Luxury
4.7/5 (915 Reviews)
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A stay at La Fonda on the Plaza means taking part in a tradition of hospitality that goes back 400 years, to when Santa Fe was just a remote colonial outpost. Folk-art touches, such as punched-tin armoires and fancifully painted headboards, inject warmth and character into the historic mission-style decor. Sip margaritas and imbibe the sunset from the rooftop Belltower Bar, gazing out over unobstructed views of downtown.
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa
Resort, Chain Hotel
4/5 (810 Reviews)
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Find your muse at Santa Fe’s ‘Art Hotel’. This six-acre former artists’ colony, built around an 1820s second French revival mansion, has hosted the august artistic likes of Georgia O’Keeffe. The main house is connected to a series of 1930s-era adobe casitas by landscaped pathways and sculpture gardens. The sculptures, like all the professionally curated art on display at the hotel and its grounds, are for sale. Any purchase is rewarded with a half-price stay upon your next visit.
Hotel Santa Fe
4.5/5 (944 Reviews)
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The original Hotel Santa Fe, next-door to its more upscale sister, La Hacienda, also pays tribute to the owners’ Native American culture. Art is everywhere – hand-painted Hopi Kachina dolls peek from alcoves, bronze sculptures grace the courtyard, and every wall spotlights bright canvases. You can also purchase local arts and crafts at the hotel gift shop. Although fine paintings, ceramics and textiles are displayed in every room, you won’t feel like you’re sleeping in a museum, thanks to soft leather chairs, rustic pine furnishings and cozy Navajo blankets.
These recommendations were updated on December 22, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.