New Mexico’s groovy capital, is known for its endless supply of sunny days, its Pueblo-style architecture, its excellent restaurants and its cool but relaxed vibe. It’s also a creative hub with indie art installations, trendy bars and unique boutique hotels sitting alongside interesting culture, great museums and art galleries galore. If you want to find somewhere special for your New Mexico break, here are the best cool and unusual hotels in Santa Fe (in no particular order)…
1. La Fonda on the Plaza – a charming one of a kind hotel that offers breathtaking mountain views and a cool atmosphere
La Fonda on the Plaza is a luxurious hotel with a 400-year-old historic heritage. Built in 1922, influenced by famous architect, the hotel features renowned Santa Fe restaurant, La Plazuela, along with other authentic elements of the historic Santa Fe Plaza.
The landmark boasts beautiful beams with hand-carved interiors, stained glass windows and an awe-inspiring 25-feet cathedral ceiling. These original features add a unique charm and aurora to the remarkable landmark hotel. La Plazuela is situated on the hotel’s original 1920’s outdoor patio, with its original skylights, 400 painted windows, terracotta tile and hammered tin chandeliers in the event venues. The Bell Tower, is a rooftop bar with stunning sunset views.
Due to its colourful history and eclectic interiors, La Fonda on the Plaza has been described as “the essence of the city’s exuberant soul.” Rooms have hand-craved interiors and hand-painted furniture, as well as modern luxuries like plush bed and bath linens, mini-fridges, coffee machines and more. Suites come with separate living areas, fireplaces, patios, and balconies. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, outdoor pool, hot tub, and 24-hour parking. The hotel is also famous for its boutique art collection, with original painting by the best Pueblo artists hanging in each guest room.
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2. The Inn of Five Graces – a uniquely decorated and very Instagrammble inn based in a historic part of Santa Fe
Nestled in the historic Barrio de Analco, the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood in the U.S., The Inn of The Five Graces offers a window into Santa Fe’s colorful culture and rich history. The hotel offers a warm and sensual experience with its traditional clay and stone exteriors and earthy, vibrant interiors.
The lobby comprises a riot of colors and textures that create a chic and magical atmosphere. Each room displays handcrafted artisan furnishings and one-of-a-kind treasures from the historic Silk Road that once linked Europe and Asia. Filled with artwork and luxury, the hotel showcases New Mexico’s Hispanic heritage and an imaginative style that combines the East and West.
The Tibetan-inspired spa offers exotic treatments to relax and refresh. Even the fitness area is designed with colorful décor and excellent equipment. Other spaces include venues for gatherings, meetings, celebrations, and even weddings. The property includes secluded stone courtyards with manicured lawns and calming water fountains.
Being in the center of downtown Santa Fe, this unique hotel is extremely well-located, just walking distance from museums, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and more. So whether you want to celebrate, relax or discover this exuberant city, the hotel’s in-house 24-hour concierge is at your service.
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3. La Posada De Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa – an extraordinary hotel that features a spa and an outdoor pool
Known as “The Art Hotel of Santa Fe,” La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa showcases its rich
history of art appreciation and curation through its Gallery Collection, a professionally curated celebration of American painting and sculpture.
Set on six beautifully landscaped acres just steps from the historic Plaza, La Posada is a luxury resort known for merging Southwest history with upscale amenities. The hotel offers world-class services, features an award-winning spa, pool, fitness center, and an exception restaurant with gourmet dishes. As a member of Historic Hotels of America, this resort celebrates Santa Fe’s artistic history and prides itself in offering unique guest experiences to create the ultimate New Mexico getaway.
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4. Casa de Tres Lunas (House of Three Moons) – one of the coolest funky pet-friendly inns, perfect for a spring break
Built in the early 1900s, Casa de Tres Lunas is an elegant and unusual boutique Inn in the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe. This lovely property is located just walking distance from the Santa Fe Plaza and the famous Canyon Road art district, spotted with museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The hotel suites are designed to effortless blend old-world charm and antiquities with new-world luxuries. All suites include high thread-count linens, wood-burning fireplaces, free WiFi, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, CD/DVD players and iPod docking stations, coffee and snacks, bathrobes, and a hairdryer. A salon and spa are located next door.
The hotel interiors provide a private setting with a southwestern ambiance. A stay at Casa de Tres Lunas is sure to give you a memorable Santa Fe experience.
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5. Hotel Santa Fe – a stunning Native American-owned hotel where you can enjoy a peaceful stay
As the only Native American-owned hotel in downtown Santa Fe, Hotel Santa Fe presents a one-of-a-kind relaxed yet intense immersion into the art, architecture, music, and language of the Pueblo people. Opened in the early 1990s, Hotel Santa Fe is drenched in honorable culture and history.
The hotel offers a truly authentic experience, from being welcome with tunes of a native flute to enjoying the handcrafted natural pine furnishings of the guest rooms. Rooms have king-size beds, finished with triple sheeting and down comforters, and have fully stocked minibars and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms include granite vanities and plush bathrobes.
The hotel includes a spa, outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, and offers yoga sessions, private dining experiences, concierge services, and a shuttle service. There is also an on-site gourmet restaurant and an award-winning collection of Native American Art.
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6. WorldMark Santa Fe – a modern resort perfect for Millenials and Gen Zs
WorldMark Santa Fe is a chic boutique-style resort set amongst rustic architecture in a heritage neighborhood. Each of its 32 guest rooms is unique and offers an unusual immersive experience into Santa Fe’s rich culture.
Rooms include a gas fireplace, an LCD TV and DVD player, free wifi, a mini kitchen, with a refrigerator, a microwave, a dishwasher, stovetops, and coffee maker, and free toiletries. The hotel has a complimentary laundry facility, a vending machine, an outdoor area for a barbeque or socializing, a lovely lobby, a business center, and a 24-hour front desk that will ensure you have a comfortable stay.
Staying at this well-placed hotel gives you easy access to Downtown Santa Fe and all its artistic glory – at museums, at 250 galleries, and simply along the colorful streets of Canyon Road.
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7. Santa Fe Motel & Inn – a lively, chic and popular hotel where guests can benefit from a business center and free parking
Only a short distance from Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe Motel & Inn is a casual, comforting property. Once serving as “Old Santa Fe” family residences, the historic homes have been remodeled as popular patio rooms.
The structure is made of thick adobe walls with the traditional Saltillo tile floors and custom Talavera tile baths. Rooms feature a separate seating area, a flat-screen cable TV, an iPod docking station, a coffee-maker, and an en suite bathroom equipped with a hairdryer. Select rooms offer a kitchenette, with a dining area, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a stovetop. All rooms are family-friendly and some patio rooms, with outdoor entrances, are pet-friendly.
The hotel serves English breakfast daily, offers free parking, and includes a business center. The hotel is inviting and homey and the staff is helpful and hospital, making a visit to this property truly comfortable.
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8. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi – a top-rated hotel that offers fireplaces in all rooms
Based in prime downtown Santa Fe, the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi celebrates the creative spirit and authentic traditions of the region, offering guests an elegantly modern take on Pueblo life.
With unparalleled luxury and service, the hotel offers exquisite services and goes above and beyond to make your stay seamless. Concierge service, valet parking, in-room massage and aromatherapy treatments, nightly turndown service, 24-hour fitness center with Peloton bikes, exercise equipment, press reader, complimentary WiFi, kids activities, dog-friendly facilities, sightseeing tours, and private expeditions are just some of the incredible services offered here. The hotel’s in-house restaurant, The Anasazi Restaurant, Patio, and Anasazi Bar and Lounge serve gourmet culinary dishes of the Southwest with contemporary flair.
This upscale hotel comprises 58 sophisticated rooms that are designed with traditional wooden ceilings and furnished with handcrafted artifacts. Rooms include a work desk, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and an iPod docking station, an en suite bathroom with a hairdryer. The hotel combines local Southwestern culture with world-class amenities to offer guests a timeless retreat with unique experiences. The hotel also arranges art, history, and other cultural experiences upon request.
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9. Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection – a trendy lodge based in a serene area, where you can make the most of a wellness center
Situated on 317 secluded acres bordering Santa Fe National Forest and just minutes from downtown Santa Fe, Bishop’s Lodge is a 150-year-old legendary landmark hotel. This soulful retreat, soaked in rich culture, has undergone restoration to preserve its remarkable Southwestern heritage for the next generation.
Discover the vibrant local culture through nature-driven adventures, visual arts, ancient healing arts, culinary journeys, and memorable celebrations. The property includes charming guest rooms, multi-bedroom residences, and a 12-bedroom Bunkhouse. The bunkhouse is furbished from reclaimed barn wood and features an open main room, vaulted ceilings, and a 2-story stone fireplace. All residences include living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms, with ensuite bathrooms and private terraces, to give guests a home away from away.
The property has a cocktail bar and a restaurant with an exclusive, engaging menu. Guests can embark on unusual adventure activities like sunrise or sunset horseback rides and forest hiking trails, take private lesions like soothing sound meditation, or learn about Santa Fe’s fascinating history through art tours and museum visits.
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10. The Hacienda – a stunning hotel and spa that offers out of the ordinary features
Set on 4 acres, The Hacienda is Hotel Santa Fe’s secluded and exclusive retreat of 35 luxury rooms and suites, featuring an elaborate collection of Native American art.
Designed in authentic Pueblo-style architecture, The Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe displays Native American decor, artwork, and warm tones that reflect the beauty and traditions of its Southwest location. Rooms are furnished with king beds, spacious seating areas, cozy fireplaces, deluxe tile and granite bathroom with a walk-in shower, plush robes and slippers, and upgraded bath amenities. Other features include a CD player, a fully stocked minibar, a coffee maker, an in-room safe, and a humidifier.
Offering the ultimate guest experience, The Hacienda has daily complimentary breakfast and wine-and-cheese evening receptions, a professional butler service, free WiFi, and 24-hour concierge services. Guests can enjoy access to the luxury spa and delicious restaurant at the nearby sister property, as well as explore Santa Fe’s history in the surrounding neighborhood.
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11. Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe – a luxury retreat which is one of the best places to stay in Santa Fe
Positioned on 57 vast acres in the Sangre de Cristo foothills, and just a short distance from downtown Santa Fe, Rancho Encantado has an unrivaled charm.
This romantic resort is ideal for couples and families, alike. Rooms are lavishly designed with elegant, tasteful Southwestern elements and offer either city, patio, or mountain views. Suites offer rustic opulence and feature separate living, dining, and sleeping areas, as well as queen-size sofabed, marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, heated floors, and spectacular views from the private terraces or patios.
The hotel has a world-class spa that offers healing treatments using indigenous ingredients and cutting-edge techniques. The hotel also features a pool, hot tub, sauna, gym, business center and a restaurant with regional cuisine and a bar. The resort organizes a variety of excursions such as hiking, biking, and various historical and cultural tours. The concierge team customizes exclusive, memorable experiences and an in-house adventure architect is specifically qualified to guide guests through Santa Fe’s land, art, history, and heritage.
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12. Inn & Spa at Loretto – a hip, trendy and artistic hotel located in the heart of Santa Fe
The Inn and Spa at Loretto is a luxury boutique hotel that embodies the authentic Southwestern style and culture of New Mexico. The structure features iconic adobe architecture with 136 spacious suites including a Penthouse suite, an award-winning spa, salon, casual fine dining, gym, and a year-round heated garden pool, as well as many quirky onsite galleries and boutiques.
Pueblo-style guest rooms are decorated in warm, vibrant colors to create a romantic and peaceful ambiance. The Terraza rooms include the same sophisticated style and luxurious amenities but also include direct outdoor access and picturesque mountain or city views through private or shared balconies. Some upgraded rooms feature four-poster king beds.
Located adjacent to the famous Loretto Chapel of Santa Fe that features the miraculous staircase, the Inn displays timeless design and innovative craftsmanship influenced by Native American, Mexican, Spanish, and American Western cultures.
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13. Inn of the Governors – one of the most impressive boutique style inns in Santa Fe, favorite amongst couples
Providing its guests a “Home in the Heart of Santa Fe”, the Inn of the Governors, is a charming and intimate full-service hotel. This gem is hidden in the ideal spot in downtown Santa Fe, perfect for both relaxing and exploring.
The hotel is beautifully constructed with hand-carved interiors, local tinwork, and Spanish artwork. The hotel’s traditional rooms are painted in bright colors and decorated in a rustic Southwestern style and the showers are decorated with Talavera tiles. For maximum comfort, room amenities include king-size beds with triple sheeting, a minibar, in-room safes, mini-fridge, fireplaces, bathrobes and toiletries, and highspeed WiFi.
This quaint establishment offers a daily hot sunrise breakfast and welcomes reception with Sherry and Biscochitos. There is an outdoor year-round heated swimming pool and free on-site parking.
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14. Inn at Vanessie – an authentic but fun hotel that features an onsite restaurant and a funky vibe
The Inn at Vanessie is an ideally placed property that offers comfort and convenience. The adobe-style hotel is built in a two-story building, with locally-inspired aesthetics. This authentic inn comprises 21 spacious rooms, each of which is individually and uniquely designed. Each room has a distinct theme and is appointed with warm wood and iron furnishings, decorated with engaging artwork, and finished with fine linens.
The hotel offers concierge services, complimentary parking, free WiFi, pet services, and an on-site restaurant with an award-winning menu. Home to the critically acclaimed, Vanessie Restaurant & Piano Bar, the hotel offers guests the ultimate dining experience and world-famous live music and entertainment.
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15. Villas de Santa Fe By Diamond Resorts – a vibrant aparthotel that is within close proximity to amazing attractions
Located in the heart of magical downtown Santa Fe, often known as the “Land of Enchantment”, Villas de Santa Fe by Diamond Resort provides an authentic Southwestern getaway in the middle of a city with a legendary history and vibrant culture.
With its prime location, true southern hospitality, and spacious room, it is no surprise that Villas de Santa Fe is a favorite amongst families. The hotel offers one- or two-bedroom suites with separate living and dining areas, private bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, in-room laundry, and other amenities.
The hotel showcases classic Spanish colonial architecture with its rich wood and bright-colored interiors. The indoor décor showcases the traditional Santa Fe vibe with authentic furnishings, a cozy fireplace, and a library. Hotel facilities include a heated outdoor pool, two hot tubs, lounge areas, a 24-hour fitness center, barbecue pits, and manicured gardens. A kid-friendly games room is another reason why this is one of the best Santa Fe hotels for families.
Looking to immerse yourself in nature or dive deep into the local culture Villas de Santa Fe is a family-friendly resort that has it all!
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