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 city break, from intimate boutiques to modern stays, here are my favorite cool and unique hotels in Santa Fe, New Mexico…
The Inn of Five Graces
One of my favorite places, nestled in the historic Barrio de Analco, the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood in the U.S., is The Inn of The Five Graces. It’s a magical window into Santa Fe’s colorful culture and rich history, offering a warm and sensual experience with traditional clay and stone exteriors and vibrant, earthy interiors.
While visiting, the lobby captivated me with its riot of colors and textures, creating a chic and enchanting atmosphere. Each room felt like a treasure trove, featuring handcrafted artisan furnishings and unique items from the historic Silk Road that once linked Europe and Asia.
I loved how the hotel, filled with artwork and luxury, showcased New Mexico’s Hispanic heritage and blended imaginative styles from both the East and West. The Tibetan-inspired spa provided me with exotic treatments that truly relaxed and refreshed, while the fitness area impressed with its colorful décor and excellent equipment. The property itself boasted secluded stone courtyards with manicured lawns and soothing water fountains.
While staying at this centrally located gem in downtown Santa Fe, I enjoyed being just a short walk away from museums, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and more.
Cultural-inspired creative interiors
Onsite fitness room
Stone courtyard in a pristine garden
No Swimming pool
No valet service
Inn & Spa at Loretto
The Inn and Spa at Loretto quickly became one of my favorite places. I love how it perfectly captures the authentic Southwestern style and culture of New Mexico. While visiting, the iconic adobe architecture of the 136 spacious suites, including the Penthouse suite, immediately immersed me in the region’s charm. The award-winning spa, salon, casual fine dining, gym, and the year-round heated garden pool provided a luxurious and relaxing experience.
During my stay at this unique place, I tried one of the Pueblo-style guest rooms, and the warm, vibrant colors created a romantic and peaceful ambiance. The Terraza rooms, with their sophisticated style, luxurious amenities, and direct outdoor access, offered picturesque mountain or city views from private or shared balconies.
I particularly enjoyed the proximity to the famous Loretto Chapel of Santa Fe, featuring the miraculous staircase. The Inn’s timeless design, influenced by Native American, Mexican, Spanish, and American Western cultures, truly showcased innovative craftsmanship. Some upgraded rooms even featured four-poster king beds, adding an extra touch of luxury to my stay.
Pueblo-inspired guest room's interiors
Romantic and great views
Heated garden pool
Luxurious award-winning spa
Can get booked up easily
Fitness center is a bit dated
Some room views are better than others
Nestled on four acres, The Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe became one of my favorite places, with its 35 luxurious rooms and suites showcasing a captivating collection of Native American art.
While visiting, I fell in love with the authentic Pueblo-style architecture, adorned with Native American decor and warm tones that beautifully embody the Southwest’s rich traditions.
During my stay, I experienced the comfort of spacious seating areas, king beds, and cozy fireplaces in the rooms. The deluxe tile and granite bathrooms, complete with a walk-in shower and plush robes and slippers, added a touch of luxury to my experience. I loved the thoughtful amenities like a CD player, fully stocked minibar, coffee maker, in-room safe, and humidifier.
One of the highlights was the daily complimentary breakfast and wine-and-cheese evening receptions, providing an exquisite touch to my stay. The professional butler service, free WiFi, and 24-hour concierge services enhanced the overall guest experience.
To complete the indulgence, I had access to the luxury spa and a delightful restaurant at the sister property nearby. Exploring Santa Fe’s history in the surrounding neighborhood added a cultural dimension to my stay.
Historic and rich Pueblo-style architecture
Chic and unique decor
Lively Native American artwork
Deluxe Spa offers exotic treatments
Difficult to find parking space
A little far from Downtown
No complimentary water in the room
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
Rancho Encantado quickly became one of my favorite places. Nestled on 57 acres in the Sangre de Cristo foothills, it’s just a stone’s throw from downtown Santa Fe.
While visiting, I fell in love with the unrivaled charm of this romantic resort, perfect for both couples and families. The rooms are a testament to lavish design, adorned with elegant Southwestern elements. My stay offered the choice of city, patio, or mountain views.
Opting for a suite, I experienced rustic opulence with separate living and sleeping areas. The queen-size sofabed and marble bathroom with a soaking tub added a touch of luxury. The heated floors were a delightful surprise.
The highlight for me was the world-class spa. The hotel’s amenities, including a pool, hot tub, sauna, gym, business center, and a restaurant with regional cuisine, left me thoroughly impressed.
During my stay, I tried out various excursions organized by the resort, from hiking and biking to historical and cultural tours. The concierge team went above and beyond, customizing exclusive and memorable experiences. The in-house adventure architect, with expertise in Santa Fe’s land, art, history, and heritage, guided me through an enriching journey.
Discerning upscale hotel design
Scenic mountain and city views
Outdoor pool; Onsite gym; Spa and sauna
Not for the budget-friendly crowd
Check in from 4pm
Breakfast is not included
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
While visiting downtown Santa Fe, I discovered the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, and it quickly became one of my favorite places. Celebrating the region’s creative spirit and authentic traditions, this elegant hotel provides a modern interpretation of Pueblo life that I love.
During my stay, the impeccable luxury and service stood out, making everything seamless and enjoyable. The concierge service, valet parking, in-room massage and aromatherapy treatments, nightly turndown service, and the 24-hour fitness center with Peloton bikes were some incredible services I experienced. The availability of a press reader, complimentary WiFi, kids’ activities, dog-friendly facilities, sightseeing tours, and private expeditions added to the overall charm.
The Anasazi Restaurant, Patio, and Anasazi Bar and Lounge within the hotel served gourmet culinary dishes of the Southwest with a contemporary flair, creating a delightful dining experience.
The 58 sophisticated rooms, designed with traditional wooden ceilings and furnished with handcrafted artifacts, provided a cozy retreat. My room included a work desk, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and an iPod docking station, and an en suite bathroom with a hairdryer.
What impressed me most was how the hotel seamlessly combined local Southwestern culture with world-class amenities, offering a timeless retreat with unique experiences.
Ultra chic design
In-room massages and gym
In-house Anasazi offers gourmet dishes
Popular Southwestern breakfast
High prices of Minibar
Parking can be tricky
Added pet costs are high
La Posada De Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa
One of my favorite places, known as “The Art Hotel of Santa Fe,” is La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa. I love this resort for its rich history of art appreciation and curation, as showcased through its Gallery Collection—an expertly curated celebration of American painting and sculpture.
While visiting this beautiful spot set on six landscaped acres just steps from the historic Plaza, I experienced the seamless merger of Southwest history with upscale amenities. The resort, a member of Historic Hotels of America, takes pride in celebrating Santa Fe’s artistic history, offering unique guest experiences that create the ultimate New Mexico getaway.
During my stay at La Posada, I tried the world-class services, indulging in an award-winning spa, a refreshing pool, a well-equipped fitness center, and an exceptional restaurant serving gourmet dishes. The attention to detail and commitment to preserving the cultural essence of Santa Fe made my experience truly memorable.
Showcases art and sculptures
Poolside hot tub
Award-winning spa with exotic treatments
Bathrooms can be small
Breakfast not included
Not for budget-friendly crowd
Casa de Tres Lunas (House of Three Moons)
Built in the early 1900s, Casa de Tres Lunas became one of my favorite places to stay in the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe. Walking distance from the Santa Fe Plaza and the renowned Canyon Road art district, the charm of this boutique Inn captured my heart.
The hotel suites effortlessly blend old-world charm with modern luxuries, creating a unique and elegant atmosphere. During my stay, I loved the high thread-count linens, the warmth of wood-burning fireplaces, and the convenience of free WiFi. The air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, CD/DVD players, and iPod docking stations added a touch of contemporary comfort.
One of my favorite aspects was the attention to detail, from the thoughtful provision of coffee and snacks to the cozy bathrobes and a hairdryer for added convenience. The proximity of a salon and spa next door enhanced the overall experience.
The interiors of Casa de Tres Lunas create a private retreat with a distinctive southwestern ambiance. My time here was filled with a sense of tranquility and cultural richness.
Pretty garden patio
Some rooms have kitchens
Romantic outdoor fireplace
Near a main road
Gets booked up quickly
Shower pressure can be low
La Fonda on the Plaza
La Fonda on the Plaza quickly became one of my favorite places, thanks to its rich 400-year-old heritage. Built in 1922 by an acclaimed architect, this luxurious hotel showcases the essence of Santa Fe’s vibrant history. While visiting, I marveled at the beautiful beams, hand-carved interiors, stained glass windows, and a breathtaking 25-foot cathedral ceiling, all of which added a unique charm to this remarkable landmark.
I couldn’t resist experiencing the renowned Santa Fe restaurant, La Plazuela, located on the original 1920s outdoor patio. The ambiance was truly enchanting, with original skylights and hammered tin chandeliers in the event venues. I loved spending evenings at the Bell Tower.
The rooms at La Fonda on the Plaza are a testament to its colorful history and eclectic interiors. I loved the hand-carved interiors, hand-painted furniture, and modern luxuries such as plush bed and bath linens, mini-fridges, and coffee machines. The suites provided a luxurious retreat. During my stay, I took advantage of amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, a hot tub, and convenient 24-hour parking.
What truly set this hotel apart was its boutique art collection, featuring original paintings by the best Pueblo artists in each guest room.
400-years-old vintage heritage
Hand-carved old-charming interior
Art collection and stained glass windows
rooftop hot tub and spa
Bar service can be a little slow
Parking can be pricey
Not many gluten-free options
Inn of the Governors
During my stay at the Inn of the Governors, I found it to be one of my favorite places, providing a true “Home in the Heart of Santa Fe.” Tucked away in the perfect downtown spot, it offered a charming and intimate experience, ideal for both relaxation and exploration.
The craftsmanship of the hotel impressed me, featuring hand-carved interiors, local tinwork, and captivating Spanish artwork. The traditional rooms, painted in vibrant hues and adorned in a rustic Southwestern style, showcased showers adorned with beautiful Talavera tiles.
My room boasted king-size beds with triple sheeting, a well-stocked minibar, in-room safes, a convenient mini-fridge, and even a fireplace for added coziness. The thoughtful amenities, including plush bathrobes and quality toiletries, along with high-speed WiFi, ensured maximum comfort throughout my stay.
What I loved most was the daily hot sunrise breakfast and the warm welcome reception. The outdoor year-round heated swimming pool was a delightful touch.
Unique hand-carved interiors
Stunning Spanish artwork
Captivating sunrise breakfast
Heated swimming pool
Parking can be a little tight
Rooms can be dark
Some rooms have better views than others
Hotel Santa Fe
Hotel Santa Fe is one of my favorite places in downtown Santa Fe. As the only Native American-owned hotel, it offers a unique and immersive experience of the rich culture of the Pueblo people. When I visited in the early 1990s, I was captivated by the deep connection to art, architecture, music, and language.
The native flute melodies welcomed me, setting the tone for an authentic stay. The guest rooms, adorned with handcrafted natural pine furnishings, exuded a warm and inviting atmosphere. The king-size beds with triple sheeting and down comforters made my stay exceptionally comfortable, and the fully stocked minibars and free Wi-Fi added modern convenience.
The attention to detail extended to the bathrooms, featuring granite vanities and plush bathrobes. During my stay, I had the opportunity to explore the spa, outdoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center, and even participated in rejuvenating yoga sessions.
The hotel went above and beyond with its services. The convenience of a shuttle service made exploring the city seamless. What stood out for me was the on-site gourmet restaurant, a culinary delight, and the award-winning collection of Native American Art.
Native American art
music and architecture
spa and gardens
On-site gift shop featuring hand-made crafts
Native American-inspired cuisine
No coffee maker in the rooms
Some rooms can be small
Some outside noise
WorldMark Santa Fe
WorldMark Santa Fe became one of my favorite places, a chic boutique-style resort immersed in rustic charm in a heritage neighborhood. I love this unique experience of staying in one of its 32 guest rooms.
I enjoyed the cozy ambiance enhanced by a gas fireplace and entertainment on an LCD TV with a DVD player. The free WiFi made it easy to stay connected, and the mini kitchen, equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, stovetops, and coffee maker, added a homey touch. Complimentary toiletries were a thoughtful addition.
I tried the complimentary laundry facility, a convenient amenity, and appreciated the vending machine for quick snacks. The outdoor area, perfect for barbecues and socializing, became a favorite spot. The lobby exuded a lovely atmosphere, and the business center was handy for any work needs. The 24-hour front desk ensured a seamless and comfortable stay.
I discovered the strategic location, providing easy access to Downtown Santa Fe and its artistic wonders. Exploring museums, 250 galleries, and the vibrant streets of Canyon Road was a delightful experience.
An authentic Santa Fe building
Rooms have kitchenettes
Charming and cozy interiors
Kitchens could be better equipped
Parking can be tight
WiFi is extra
Bishop's Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection
Nestled on 317 acres bordering Santa Fe National Forest, Bishop’s Lodge captivated me instantly. Just minutes from downtown Santa Fe, this 150-year-old landmark hotel became one of my favorite places.
While visiting, I immersed myself in its soulful retreat, meticulously restored to preserve its rich Southwestern heritage. Nature-driven adventures, visual arts, ancient healing practices, culinary journeys, and memorable celebrations awaited.
My stay included charming guest rooms, multi-bedroom residences, and a unique 12-bedroom Bunkhouse. Crafted from reclaimed barn wood, the bunkhouse featured an open main room, vaulted ceilings, and a two-story stone fireplace.
Each residence, whether a cozy room or a spacious Bunkhouse, felt like a home away from home. Living rooms, dining areas, kitchens, bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms, and private terraces offered comfort and relaxation.
Bishop’s Lodge boasted a cocktail bar and a restaurant with an exclusive, engaging menu. I loved trying the unusual adventure activities, from sunrise horseback rides to forest hiking trails. Private lessons in soothing sound meditation and insights into Santa Fe’s history through art tours and museum visits enriched my experience.
Vintage and luxurious interior
Lively funky and traditional ambiance
Guest rooms have classic Saltillo tiles and some have great views
Forest hiking trails
Not for the budget-friendly crowd
Can be noisy
Food can be pricey
Santa Fe Motel & Inn
Santa Fe Motel & Inn is one of my favorite places, just a short stroll from the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. I love this comforting property, once family residences in “Old Santa Fe,” now transformed into charming patio rooms.
While staying at this historic gem, I enjoyed the thick adobe walls, traditional Saltillo tile floors, and the unique Talavera tile baths. My room featured a cozy seating area, a flat-screen cable TV, an iPod docking station, a coffee maker, and a bathroom with all the essentials, including a hairdryer.
I tried one of the select rooms with a kitchenette—complete with a dining area, microwave, refrigerator, and stovetop. All the rooms are family-friendly, and some of the patio rooms even have pet-friendly outdoor entrances.
Every morning, I experienced the delight of an English breakfast, courtesy of the hotel. The free parking and business center added to the convenience. The inviting atmosphere and hospitable staff made my visit truly comfortable.
Some rooms have kitchenettes
Great downtown location
Faint outside noise in rooms
Parking can be tricky
Pets are charged extra
Inn at Vanessie
The Inn at Vanessie became one of my favorite places during my stay. This ideally placed property blends comfort with convenience. As I stepped into the adobe-style two-story building, the locally-inspired aesthetics immediately caught my eye.
My experience in this authentic inn unfolded in one of the 21 spacious rooms, each uniquely designed with its own theme. Warm wood and iron furnishings, engaging artwork, and fine linens gave the room a distinct personality.
The hotel’s amenities were impressive — concierge services, complimentary parking, free WiFi, and even pet services. What stood out was the on-site restaurant, Vanessie Restaurant & Piano Bar. While visiting, I had the pleasure of indulging in its award-winning menu. The live music and entertainment, known worldwide, turned my dining experience into a memorable evening.
Some rooms offer a fireplace
Piano bar and live music
No onsite restaurant
Some rooms can be small
Rooms can be dark
Villas de Santa Fe By Diamond Resorts
In the heart of enchanting downtown Santa Fe, one of my favorite places is Villas de Santa Fe by Diamond Resort. It’s a true Southwestern retreat in a city with a rich history and vibrant culture.
During my stay, I loved its prime location, genuine southern hospitality, and spacious rooms—perfect for families. I opted for a two-bedroom suite, complete with separate living and dining areas, private bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, and in-room laundry.
The hotel’s charm lies in its classic Spanish colonial architecture, boasting rich wood and vibrant interiors. The indoor spaces capture the essence of Santa Fe, featuring authentic furnishings, a welcoming fireplace, and a cozy library.
I explored the facilities, including a heated outdoor pool, two hot tubs, inviting lounge areas, a 24-hour fitness center, barbecue pits, and beautifully manicured gardens. For families like mine, the kid-friendly games room was a delightful addition, making Villas de Santa Fe stand out as one of the best Santa Fe hotels.
Whether I wanted to embrace nature or dive into local culture, Villas de Santa Fe, with its family-friendly atmosphere, offered it all.
Apartment style accommodation
Vintage Spanish architecture
Outdoor heated pool and garden
Perfect for families with kids
Parking can be crowded
Check is 10am
Some outside noise
Best Hotels in Santa Fe Ranked
These are the top 15 cool and unique hotels in Santa Fe; we have ranked them in a table for you. The table will reveal pertinent information concerning the hotel’s location, fitness amenities, pricing, proximity to attractions, and dining options. You have the option to arrange the table according to your individual preferences:
Hotel Name Location Fitness Facilities Price Range (per night) Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
The Inn of Five Graces 150 East DeVargas Street Yes $1353-$1699 0.5 6
Inn & Spa at Loretto 211 Old Santa Fe Trail Yes $354-$423 0.4 7
The Hacienda 537 South Guadalupe Street Yes $516-$619 0.4 7
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe 198 State Road 592 Yes $1391- $2690 4.6 1
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi 113 Washington Avenue Yes $876 - $1518 0.1 11
La Posada De Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa 330 East Palace Avenue Yes $328 - $622 0.4 5
Casa de Tres Lunas (House of Three Moons) 719 and 711 Paseo de Peralta No $357 - $726 0.8 5
La Fonda on the Plaza 100 East San Francisco Street Yes $256 - $420 0.3 4
Inn of the Governors 101 West Alameda Street Yes $333 - $367 0.6 3
Hotel Santa Fe, Hacienda & Spa 1501 Paseo de Peralta Yes $400 - $614 0.3 3
WorldMark Santa Fe 138 Park Avenue, Santa Fe Yes $170-$199 0.4 4
Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection 43 Lodge Circle, D Yes $3096 ( booking.com)
(4 night stay)
Santa Fe Motel & Inn 510 Cerrillos Road No $677-$816 0.3 5
Inn at Vanessie 427 West Water Street No $1261 (booking.com) 0,3 6
Villas de Santa Fe By Diamond Resorts 400 Griffin St Yes $1371-$1522 0.2 2
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