Santa Fe offers accommodations for all budgets, from bargain mom ‘n pop motels and chain hotels, to charming boutique hotels, B&Bs and luxurious resorts. Here’s a few we’ve enjoyed.
On our recent visit, we stayed at the historic Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza hotel. Housed in a 300 year old (!!!) hacienda built by the Ortiz family, the magnificent lobby perfectly married southwestern style with accents of old Spain and contemporary art. We enjoyed staying in a spacious Casita; originally horse stables with two foot thick adobe walls, the peaceful Casita was decorated in an elegant blend of rustic Spanish Colonial style and southwest contemporary. The Hilton compound includes a secluded pool courtyard and on-site dining (Ortiz Restaurant serves a locally inspired menu). Courtney and I enjoyed retreating to this calm oasis after hours spent exploring the city.
A bit north of Santa Fe, not far from the Opera, is the luxurious Four Seasons Resort. We journeyed there to enjoy a delicious lunch at Terra, their spacious restaurant/ bar, and sat on the patio surrounded by lush landscaping and views of valley, mesas and mountains under towering clouds. The beautifully landscaped grounds dotted with art and clusters of rooms, creates a peaceful village for travelers who prefer a resort-style experience, with an undeniable southwest style.
On previous visits we stayed at the lovely and elegant St. Francis Hotel, an historic hotel close to the Plaza. And years before, with our little kids, we stayed at the cute (and budget friendly) El Rey Court Inn motel.