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5 Hotels for Santa Fe Virgins

December 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM | by | ()

Planning a Southwestern getaway this winter? We've got you covered. Fresh from a recent trip out to the country's oldest capital city ourselves, we decided to put together a quick list of the 5 best hotels for first-time visitors to Santa Fe.

First up is La Posada, a charming upscale hotel that's spread over six acres. We've visited this place before, and though the only thing that wowed us was the soap, we think there's still plenty to love. Like: simple but cozy rooms, kiva fireplaces, super-friendly staff, and two seriously happenin' hotel restaurants, called Staab House and Fuego.

Fun fact: every evening, the hotel hosts fun, free events like tequila tastings, wine and cheese tastings, and live music. Don't worry, no one will blame you for showing up to dinner tipsy.

Rooms start at $140/night.

Read on to hear about the rest!

Located across from the newly revitalized Railyard, Hotel Santa Fe is in fact the only Native American-owned hotel in the city. That explains the abundance of Native American-crafted textiles, paintings and artifacts dotted through the hotel's two buildings, plus the Native flute performances that happen several nights a week in the dining room.

Fun fact: For fancier digs, book one of the hotel's Hacienda suites ($179/night), each with a separate living room, fireplace, leather furnishings, and butler service.

Rooms start at $119/night.


One of Santa Fe's best-known spots is La Fonda, which, according to the website, "sits on the oldest hotel corner in America," though the building itself went up in the 1920s. The hotel is scheduled for a major renovation, with work targeting the rooms, hallways, and exterior. Good thing, considering how much history is contained inside the art-filled hotel's walls.

Fun fact: Up on the hotel's roof, you'll find the Bell Tower Bar (open May-October), which overlooks all of Santa Fe and the surrounding mountains, and offers beer, wine, and margaritas. One sunset viewed from here, and you'll never want to leave.

Rooms start at $89/night.


Consistently voted one of the best hotel spas by Conde Nast Traveler, the Inn & Spa at Loretto certainly has a lot going for it. It's located right next to (and named after) the city's famous Loretto Chapel, the fireplace lobby is one of the coziest we've ever seen, and its restaurant, Luminaria, serves top-notch Southwestern cuisine like Tortilla Soup, Salmon "A la plancha", and Roasted Chicken with poblano chiles.

Fun fact: Book a treatment in the hotel's spa and get turned upside down in a zero gravity chair. It's just as fun as it sounds!

Rooms start at $152/night.


Santa Fe's largest hotel, the Eldorado is by no means less special than its smaller, quainter counterparts. Many rooms offer large balconies that back up to stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, and many more have wood-burning fireplaces. Of course, guests are asked to call down for assistance before trying to light the fires themselves, but the option is there if you need it. Downstairs, off the lobby, the swanky Agave Lounge is the spot to be on a Saturday night.

Fun fact: A Maxim writer enthusiastically named this one of the best hotel pools in the country, though even hotel owners admit they're not sure why. The pool itself is only slightly larger than a kiddie paddle pool.

Rooms start at $185/night.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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