Roughing It Not Your Thing? Check into Santa Fe's Luxury Hotels

What makes a hotel luxurious? Ask five people and you’ll probably get five different answers. For some it’s the level of service including a concierge and bellmen/valets; for others it’s the décor or perhaps the bedding. Décor is an important factor as are bathrooms and their amenities; soaking tubs, walk-in showers and granite or marble double-vanity are considered de rigueur by some discerning guests. Ample closet space with robes for the guests’ use as well as oversized towels and even heated towel racks are important to many. In-room or on property dining with exceptional cuisine and service are also hallmarks of a luxury property. Santa Fe offers luxury a range of luxury accommodations ranging from the sumptuous, Silk Road-inspired rooms and suites at the Inn of the Five Graces to the southwest contemporary accommodations at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado. There are lots of options in between. Want butler service? Head to the Hacienda at the Hotel Santa Fe. Does a duplex penthouse call to you? There’s one at the Inn and Spa at Loretto. History buffs love the historic, refurbished La Fonda on the Plaza, a former Harvey House. Decide what features are important to you in a luxury property and call the hotels directly to ask your important questions. And ask about specific rooms – they’re not all created equal. Lastly, and make sure they lock in your choice. Which one on this list is best for you?

Fairmont Heritage Place, El Corazon de Santa Fe
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If you're looking for a luxury home away from home for your Santa Fe stay, consider Fairmont Heritage Place, El Corazon de Santa Fe. This upscale property, part of the chain's Heritage Place concept, offers fractional and full ownerships rents a...  Read More

Want the excitement of a casino combined with luxury accommodations? Buffalo Thunder Resort, north of Santa Fe, offers over 395 guestrooms making it the largest hotel in Santa Fe County. Owned by the Pojoaque Pueblo and operated by Hilton Hotels...  Read More

Inn at Vanessie
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If you're a fan of intimate properties, the Inn at Vanessie, tucked away on West Water Street about a ten-minute walk from the Santa Fe Plaza, is an unexpected gem. The luxury boutique inn offers 18 rooms and suites, each uniquely decorated in...  Read More

La Fonda on the Plaza
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Want the ultimate in luxury in Santa Fe's most historic hotel? Opt for the Terrace Concierge Level accommodations at this Four-Diamond property. The 15 deluxe rooms and suites in this boutique "hotel within a hotel" with its own concierge boast...  Read More

If the ultimate in service and attention to detail is important to you, head for the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. The recently refurbished inn, just steps from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, melds Santa Fe-style with a more modern, sophisticated...  Read More

The Hacienda & Spa at Hotel Santa Fe
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Want to be pampered by a butler? Check into The Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe. The Native American-owned hotel's exclusive 35-room and suite retreat offers butler service daily from 6am to 10pm. The specially trained butlers pamper guests and...  Read More

Want to be out of town in the quiet countryside? Opt for Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado. The boutique property, about a 15-minute ride from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, seems like it's in another world. The 65 contemporary casitas offer...  Read More

Inn and Spa at Loretto
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This Four-Diamond hotel on the historic Santa Fe Trail is one of the most photographed buildings in the downtown area. Its distinctive pueblo-inspired design has makes it a favorite of photographers. The interior, designed to reflect Santa Fe...  Read More

Inn of the Five Graces

Santa Fe meets the Silk Road at the sumptuous Inn of the Five Graces. This Relais and Chateaux property, set on one of the city's most historic streets, offers discerning guests an experience like no other. Room decor is a mélange of antique...  Read More


Meet Billie Frank

Billie Frank is a freelance travel, food and feature writer based in Santa Fe New Mexico. Her blog, Santa Fe Travelers, is a treasure trove of information on the oldest capital city in the...  More About Billie

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