New Mexico Hotels
Hotel St. Francis
210 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe
Named for the city's patron saint, and holding the all-important distinction of being Santa Fe's oldest hotel, the St. Francis (which is conveniently located just a block off the plaza) is one of Santa Fe's many historic landmarks. The design here takes great pains to honor the style of early Franciscan missionary settlers, with features like an antique baptismal font in the lobby, candles along the walkways, and iron crosses hung in the stairwells. The rooms themselves, while small and simply decorated, are decked out with luxury details like Frette sheets, pillowtop mattresses, and marble bathrooms.
4803 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque
This sweet, 25-room hacienda-style hotel in Albuquerque offers unfussy elegance among kitchen gardens and dreamy lavender fields (which supply their in-house line of bath and beauty products). Their homey, Rio Grande Valley cuisine is inspired seasonally and sourced locally—so much so that they call their menu field-to-fork. Clean, classic, and comfy rooms make it hard to get out of bed, but one big plate of pork carnitas with fresh tortillas may be all the motivation you need.
198 State Rd. 592, Santa Fe
Sprawled across fifty-seven acres in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, this Four Seasons resort is both spacious and cozy at once. Pretty much any amenity you’d expect from a Four Seasons property is a given, plus the Santa Fe-specific perfection of an adobe fireplace in every room, which can be lit on demand with a phone call to the concierge. Plentiful sage and lavender plants contribute to its paradise-like vibe—although expansive, unimpeded views of the mountains and the mesas of the Rio Grande River Valley don’t hurt, either. Make sure to dine at Terra, their stylish restaurant, which is a destination in and of itself.
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
113 Washington Ave., Santa Fe
This boutique hotel was opened with a traditional blessing ceremony, proving it’s not just its name that honors the area’s early native Anasazi tribe—it’s also reflected in the Inn’s ethos and interiors. Textiles, paintings, carvings, and baskets handmade by local Native American talent fill this intimate space, where adobe walls, rich wood floors, and kiva fireplaces are found in every room. The building, a former Santa Fe penitentiary, was renovated with the environment in mind; the toilets and showers are environmentally sound and the toiletries are organic. The rooms are small-ish, but there’s a cozy communal living room with a fireplace where you can order a cocktail after 11am. And the Plaza is just steps away.
The Inn of the Five Graces
150 E. DeVargas St., Downtown
While the adobe suites here were built hundreds of years ago, there’s nothing even remotely old-world (or neutral) about the décor at this Santa Fe haven: Each room is kitted out with a mix of bright, hand-tiled mosaics and the owners’ finds from Turkey, Tibet, and Afghanistan. The well-traveled owners, Ira and Sylvia Seret, named the hotel after the Tibetan philosophy that we are all lucky to have five senses (graces) with which to experience the world. While it’s located right in the middle of town, making it the perfect hub for exploring the area, the hotel’s Ayurvedic spa is a huge draw, too. There’s plenty to see nearby, from the San Miguel Mission across the street (the oldest in the states), to the art galleries down Canyon Road. There, you’ll see traditional Southwestern crafts mixed with art from the international gallery circuit.
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