Top 15 Cool and Unique Hotels in Santa Fe 2023

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…

Best For Unique Design

The Inn of Five Graces

Unique boutique hotel in Santa Fe

Chic places to stay in Santa Fe

Best places to stay in Santa Fe

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.

Pros

Cultural-inspired creative interiors

Onsite fitness room

Stone courtyard in a pristine garden

Tibetan-inspired spa

Cons

Luxury prices

No Swimming pool

No valet service

Best For Couples

Inn & Spa at Loretto

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Luxury hotel in Santa Fe

Cool hotel in Santa Fe

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.

Pros

Pueblo-inspired guest room's interiors

Romantic and great views

Heated garden pool

Luxurious award-winning spa

Cons

Can get booked up easily

Fitness center is a bit dated

Some room views are better than others

Best For Boutique

The Hacienda

The Hacienda & Spa - Santa Fe

Charming boutique inn Santa Fe

Upscale inn in Santa Fe

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.

Pros

Historic and rich Pueblo-style architecture

Chic and unique decor

Lively Native American artwork

Deluxe Spa offers exotic treatments

Cons

Difficult to find parking space

A little far from Downtown

No complimentary water in the room

Best For Mountain Views

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

5 Star hotel in Santa Fe

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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.

Pros

Discerning upscale hotel design

Lavish guestrooms

Scenic mountain and city views

Outdoor pool; Onsite gym; Spa and sauna

Cons

Not for the budget-friendly crowd

Check in from 4pm

Breakfast is not included

Best For Breakfast

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

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Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi - Santa Fe

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.

Pros

Ultra chic design

In-room massages and gym

In-house Anasazi offers gourmet dishes

Popular Southwestern breakfast

Cons

High prices of Minibar

Parking can be tricky

Added pet costs are high

Best For Cuisine

La Posada De Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa

La Posada De Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa1

Trendy hotel Santa Fe

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.

Pros

Showcases art and sculptures

Poolside hot tub

Fine dining

Award-winning spa with exotic treatments

Cons

Bathrooms can be small

Breakfast not included

Not for budget-friendly crowd

Best For Pet-friendly

Casa de Tres Lunas (House of Three Moons)

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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.

Pros

Pretty garden patio

Some rooms have kitchens

Romantic outdoor fireplace

Pet services

Cons

Near a main road

Gets booked up quickly

Shower pressure can be low

Best For Location

La Fonda on the Plaza

La Fonda on the Plaza - Santa Fe1

La Fonda on the Plaza - Santa Fe

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.

Pros

400-years-old vintage heritage

Hand-carved old-charming interior

Art collection and stained glass windows

Outdoor pool

rooftop hot tub and spa

Cons

Bar service can be a little slow

Parking can be pricey

Not many gluten-free options

Best For Swimming Pool

Inn of the Governors

Inn of the Governors - Santa Fe1

Inn of the Governors - Santa Fe

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. 

Pros

Unique hand-carved interiors

Stunning Spanish artwork

Captivating sunrise breakfast

Heated swimming pool

Cons

Parking can be a little tight

Rooms can be dark

Some rooms have better views than others

Best For Spa

Hotel Santa Fe

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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.

Pros

Native American art

music and architecture

Pool

hot tub

spa and gardens

On-site gift shop featuring hand-made crafts

Native American-inspired cuisine

Cons

No coffee maker in the rooms

Some rooms can be small

Some outside noise

Best For Architecture

WorldMark Santa Fe

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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.

Pros

An authentic Santa Fe building

Rooms have kitchenettes

Charming and cozy interiors

BBQ facilities

Cons

Kitchens could be better equipped

Parking can be tight

WiFi is extra

Best For Resort

Bishop's Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection

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Hip hotel in Santa Fe

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.

Pros

Vintage and luxurious interior

Lively funky and traditional ambiance

Guest rooms have classic Saltillo tiles and some have great views

Forest hiking trails

Cons

Not for the budget-friendly crowd

Can be noisy

Food can be pricey

Best For Budget-friendly

Santa Fe Motel & Inn

Santa Fe Motel & Inn1

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.

Pros

Unique interiors

Reasonably priced

Some rooms have kitchenettes

Great downtown location

Cons

Faint outside noise in rooms

Parking can be tricky

Pets are charged extra

Best For Cozy Inn

Inn at Vanessie

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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.

Pros

Soundproofed rooms

Some rooms offer a fireplace

Piano bar and live music

Charming art

Cons

No onsite restaurant

Some rooms can be small

Rooms can be dark

Best For Longer Stays and families

Villas de Santa Fe By Diamond Resorts

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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.

Pros

Apartment style accommodation

Vintage Spanish architecture

Outdoor heated pool and garden

Perfect for families with kids

Cons

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 NameLocationFitness FacilitiesPrice Range (per night)Distance to Attractions (km)Nearby Restaurants
The Inn of Five Graces150 East DeVargas StreetYes$1353-$16990.56
Inn & Spa at Loretto211 Old Santa Fe TrailYes$354-$4230.47
The Hacienda537 South Guadalupe StreetYes$516-$6190.47
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe198 State Road 592Yes$1391- $26904.61
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi113 Washington AvenueYes$876 - $15180.111
La Posada De Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa330 East Palace AvenueYes$328 - $6220.45
Casa de Tres Lunas (House of Three Moons)719 and 711 Paseo de PeraltaNo$357 - $7260.85
La Fonda on the Plaza100 East San Francisco StreetYes$256 - $4200.34
Inn of the Governors101 West Alameda StreetYes$333 - $3670.63
Hotel Santa Fe, Hacienda & Spa1501 Paseo de PeraltaYes$400 - $6140.33
WorldMark Santa Fe138 Park Avenue, Santa FeYes$170-$1990.44
Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection43 Lodge Circle, DYes$3096 ( booking.com)
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Santa Fe Motel & Inn510 Cerrillos RoadNo$677-$8160.35
Inn at Vanessie427 West Water StreetNo$1261 (booking.com)0,36
Villas de Santa Fe By Diamond Resorts400 Griffin StYes$1371-$15220.22

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