The Hotel Santa Fe

Santa Fe has many hotels that promise a uniquely Southwestern experience.  Some deliver, some don’t.  This time, I chose to stay at the Hotel Santa Fe.  They deliver.

The Hotel Santa Fe has the distinction of being the only Native American-owned hotel in the downtown area.  The hotel architecture, interior design, and impressive art collection provides an authentic experience of the culture and creativity of the Pueblo people.

Southwestern Architecture & Interior Design

Upon arrival, the first impact is the stunning Pueblo-style architecture which immediately sets the hotel apart from the generic chain hotels.   The romance of this style gets me every time:  The architecture features warm earth tones, stepped flat roofs, exposed timbers, rounded corners, terraces and dried chile ristras hanging from wood posts.  

I was even more impressed with the hospitality at check-in.  Each time I encountered hotel staff during my stay, their genuine warmth and availability created an atmosphere of relaxation which was just perfect after a long, leisurely day exploring the city.

The main lobby reflects the rich, earthy Pueblo-style with warm white stucco walls, rustic wood-beamed ceilings, and a crackling central fireplace with a scent of smoky piñon.  The interior décor continues in the guest rooms which are immaculate, comfortable, and blissfully quiet despite the hotel’s central location.  But if all that doesn’t put you into the local groove, the hotel’s lounge offers live music – Spanish guitar and Native flute – on Friday and Saturday nights.

Excellent Location and Amenities

The Hotel Santa Fe is just steps away from the Railyard, a shopping and entertainment area (more on that in another post!), and a pleasant walk away from the Santa Fe Plaza.  So, once you’ve arrived, you can leave your car parked safely in the hotel’s parking lot for your entire stay.

Though my two-night stay was brief, I look forward to returning to experience some of the hotel’s many amenities:   The Spa at Hotel Santa Fe offers healing, holistic services for both men and women, such as warm stone massages and skin treatments incorporating high desert fragrances and native sage.  Amaya, the hotel’s restaurant, focuses on Northern New Mexican cuisine and boasts fresh, local ingredients.   Sounds good, right?  But – get this – the hotel also offers private teepee dining by reservation!  In a stroke of genius, Amaya has created an unforgettable dining adventure complete with animal hides, traditional southwestern blankets, and rich, local cuisine.

The destination also offers meeting spaces for corporate events.  I crashed one briefly (oops, my bad!) and can confirm that the rooms are warm and inviting.

Great Value for Price

While many travelers visit Santa Fe in the summer for all the arts festivals, seeing Santa Fe in the winter is a treat:  Brilliant blue skies, crisp breezes, and snow-covered mountains in the distance made for a dazzling setting.  The Hotel Santa Fe’s “Spring Break” 20% discount was a great bonus, too!   (Heads-up, if you’re looking for a last-minute travel bargain!) 

The Hotel Santa Fe has earned my highest recommendation.  It’s a surprisingly affordable bit of luxury offering a true Southwestern experience at a convenient location.

The Hotel Santa Fe

1501 Paseo del Peralta

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Phone:  (855) 825-9876