The 9 Best Santa Fe Hotels of 2019

Hit the desert in comfort with these hotel picks

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The Rundown

01 of 09

Best Overall: La Posada de Santa Fe

La Posada de Santa Fe
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Built from an 1880’s mansion and a member of the Historic Hotels of America, La Posada de Santa Fe preserves antique features and local character while still providing a modern resort experience. Located just outside the city center, guests can easily walk to nearby shops, restaurants, and attractions.

In the courtyard, a heated saline pool and whirlpool spa are open throughout the year, with a poolside bar dispensing drinks and snacks to guests relaxing on the sun loungers. There is also a rooftop terrace with garden and mountain views. A weekly schedule of activities includes afternoon teas, tequila tastings, social cheese, and wine receptions, yoga classes, and fireside s’mores toasting.

At the Spa Sage, all visits start with a white sage cleansing ceremony followed by treatments such as blue corn exfoliations, Ayurvedic herbal regenerations, adobe mud wraps and a variety of massage types.

The Julia restaurant and bar is set in an elegant space and offers a gourmet menu featuring dishes such as roast quail, smoked trout and buffalo ribs.

02 of 09

Best for Luxury: The Inn of The Five Graces

Inn of the Five Graces

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Located next to the State Capitol building just outside the city center, the Inn of The Five Graces has a quieter setting than many other nearby hotels while still offering access to the restaurants, shops, and attractions of downtown with an easy two-minute walk.

Vibrant bedding, antique furniture, and artworks in traditional designs on the walls add character to guest rooms, of which many have a fireplace and bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower.

The spa is visually stunning, with colorful tile mosaics in Native American designs, intricate latticework windows, and marble-lined hallways. The spa services are just as indulgent as the setting, with Ayurvedic treatments using oils infused with herbs and flowers, Himalayan salt stone massages, ginger sugar scrubs, and aromatic steam room experiences.

Complimentary breakfast includes a made-to-order meal accompanied by artisan bread, homemade granola and freshly brewed coffee. The breakfast room is quaint and cozy, with detailed wall mosaics and a large wood-burning fireplace, while through French doors a sunny courtyard with fountains makes a lovely spot to dine in pleasant weather.

Next door to the hotel, the 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar serves gourmet French cuisine and offers room service to the hotel during business hours.

03 of 09

Best Budget: El Rey Court

El Rey Court

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Located in the geographical heart of Santa Fe, El Rey Court offers convenient access to many of Santa Fe’s attractions and great transport links to areas outside town. Built on the path of the original Route 66, the hotel is constructed in the traditional adobe fashion of the area and has been an iconic local landmark since opening its doors in 1936.

The hotel buildings are set around a central courtyard, which features a terrace with a swimming pool, a separate garden terrace with hot tubs, and tables and benches set under shady trees for outdoor dining.

Drinks are available from the La Reina bar, which offers regional spirits in the form of tequila, mezcals and handcrafted agave cocktails, as well as a decent selection of wines, craft beers, and conventional liquors. Although there is no on-site restaurant, there are many casual restaurants and cafes within easy walking distance.

The rooms are uniquely decorated with locally made artwork, with many having wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor spaces.

04 of 09

Best Boutique: Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Eldorado

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The Eldorado Hotel & Spa provides a luxury boutique experience in the historic downtown of Santa Fe. The décor throughout the hotel is described as New Mexico Pueblo Revival, with contemporary artworks by a local Navajo artist adorning the walls.

The Nidah Spa provides an indulgent experience, with signature therapies including the spun gold massage, which uses warm chamomile oil infused with flecks of gold. Other treatments include cactus toning wraps, salt and sugar scrubs and Himalayan hot stone massages.

The hotel will soon be opening a brand-new rooftop pool, which will feature a main pool, two hot tubs, sun loungers, and cabanas. Shared platters, gourmet entrees, and handcrafted cocktails can be had at the Agave restaurant and lounge, and the Cava lounge acts as a focus for light bites and drinks in a social community space.

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05 of 09

Best for Families: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

Four Seasons

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Set amid the rugged foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe makes an ideal base for exploring the harsh but beautiful desert landscape. Experienced tour guides lead excursions into the surrounding countryside, exploring rocky outcrops, wildflower meadows, seasonal streamlines and weather-carved canyons on foot, mountain bike, and horseback.

Tours are also educational, uncovering a wealth of information about the geological history of the region and the rich cultural heritage of the indigenous First Nations peoples. Other activities that can be arranged through the Adventure Center include white water rafting, golfing, fly fishing and hot air ballooning.

In winter months, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are available. The large pool is open year-round, and a fitness center has gym equipment and classes in Pilates and Yoga.

The spa offers a full range of services, including Native American cleansing rituals in a luxury tepee.

Children under five eat for free at the fine dining Terra restaurant, and babysitting services are available to watch children while parents socialize over drinks around the outdoor firepit at the bar.

06 of 09

Best for Couples: La Fonda on the Plaza

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La Fonda on the Plaza is a centrally located hotel close to the central plaza by the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi and the Loretto Chapel. All the rooms are uniquely furnished, with artistic touches in the hand-painted headboards and artisan furnishings, and many have fireplaces and private balconies, with the luxury Terrace Suite coming with an outdoor hot tub.

The spa offers a full range of services, including couples’ massages, Polynesian noni body wraps, and chakra balancing rituals. Other hotel amenities include a heated outdoor pool, an adjoining hot tub, and a steam room. A fitness center has a variety of aerobic machines and free weights.

Sunset drinks are best enjoyed at the fifth-floor Bell Tower Bar, which has sweeping views over the city skyline and nearby mountains. In a central courtyard terrace, enclosed by a glass skylight ceiling, La Plazuela restaurant serves specialty New Mexican cuisine with entrees such as watermelon and goat cheese and quail breast tacos and mains including duck penne and enchiladas del norte.

Afterward, guests can mingle over drinks at La Fiesta Lounge, which makes signature margaritas and hosts live music seven nights a week.

07 of 09

Best for Luxury: Ten Thousand Waves

Ten Thousand Waves

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Set at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Ten Thousand Waves is a luxury spa resort modeled on those found around the mountain hot springs of Japan. Sliding screen doors and cherry blossom artworks add an Oriental touch to the guest rooms, many of which come with fireplaces and private courtyards.

The spa emphasizes Japanese peace and harmony with nature, with treatment rooms set around a beautifully landscaped garden of rocks, pools, and waterfalls. There are a variety of hydrotherapy pool areas, which include hot tubs, cold plunges, saunas and steam rooms. Massages include Shiatsu, hot stone and four hands techniques, and salt glow and herbal wrap treatments are just some of the spa services on offer.

The Izanami restaurant does an upscale izakaya dining service, with a focus on a relaxed pace of service and small plate meals that are ideal for sharing. The very finest of ingredients are used to prepare the meals, with many of the raw ingredients being provided by local organic producers.

The resort is also the closest lodging to the Santa Fe ski area, making it an ideal base for a winter ski escape.

08 of 09

Best for Location: Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

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Located in the historic center of Santa Fe, the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is less than one block from the main plaza and is surrounded by museums, theaters, and art galleries. Cafes, restaurants, and bars can be found on every street corner, making for a bustling and vibrant atmosphere day and night.

The hotel has a tasteful blend of traditional design and modern style, with the adobe walls and aged wooden beams of the exterior giving way to stone-lined walls, hardwood floors and large fireplaces inside the hotel.

Rooms are designed in a more modern fashion while incorporating indigenous design elements. Massage and aromatherapy services can be provided to guests in the comfort of their rooms, with Swedish, sports and deep tissue massages all available, and there is a 24-hour fitness center.

The Anasazi Restaurant uses traditional influences in its innovative modern cuisine, offering dishes such as bison chateaubriand, smoked duck breast, and pistachio-crusted lamb chops.

The bar lounge is known for its classic cocktails, including the Silver Dollar margaritas, and there is also a wine cellar that can be reserved for private dining experiences.

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09 of 09

Best B&B: Hacienda Nicholas Bed and Breakfast

Hacienda Nicholas Bed and Breakfast

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Consisting of low adobe buildings set on a quiet, tree-lined residential street, the Hacienda Nicholas Bed and Breakfast provides visitors with a warm and welcoming vibe. As well as the traditional rooms, made homey with hand-made down quilts, wooden fittings, and wood-burning fireplaces, there are also private suites.

Breakfast consists of a hot entrée such as waffles or breakfast burritos, accompanied by home-baked bread, fruit salads, granola and cups of locally roasted organic coffee. In the evening guests are treated to freshly-baked cookies and a wine and cheese tasting.

The Absolute Nirvana Spa provides Balinese-inspired treatments alongside Thai and hot stone massages. Guests can also play a complimentary game of tennis at the Shellaberger Tennis Center and work out at the El Gancho Health and Tennis Club for a small fee.

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