Santa Fe's Most Romantic Hotels Await You and That Special Someone

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By Billie Frank, Santa Fe Local Expert

Santa Fe has an Old World ambiance that is über-romantic and perfect for a getaway with that special someone when you want some alone time. It’s the perfect choice for that special rendezvous for two. The city is a place of destination weddings, marriage proposals and also a popular place for your special celebrations or intimate getaways just because. Santa Fe offers spectacular sunsets, luxury spas, upscale restaurants where you can wine and dine in style. Where do you stay when you want a place conducive to romance? It depends on who you are, your budget and what your idea of what’s romantic. For some it’s the ambiance and service offered by a luxurious Four Diamond hotel such as The Inn of the Five Graces or the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, for others it can be a small gem such as the Inn at Vanessie. If you’re looking for a romantic hotel where you can get some private time with that special person, there’s a lot to choose from. In reality, the best romantic hotel is the one that works for you. What amenities will create that mood for you? Do you want an on-site spa, a soaking tub that fits two in your room or suite? A place that offers intimate dinner options on-site? Here are Santa Fe’s 10 Best Romantic Hotels. Which one works for you?

10. Inn on the Alameda
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The Inn on the Alameda, the closest hotel to Santa Fe's Canyon Road galleries, is a charming property. The inn is a collection of buildings nestled in adobe-walled courtyards filled with lush plantings. Book one of the fireplace suites for your stay. There's something so romantic about cuddling by the fire with that special someone. Want a bit of pampering? Deluxe rooms and suites include nightly turndown service. Two added perks: a lavish breakfast buffet featuring both organic and gluten-free options, all locally-sourced whenever possible, and a daily wine and cheese reception. The property also has two small hot tubs. If you're lucky, you may have one to yourselves. The inn, just a few blocks from the Plaza and steps from the historic Eastside, offers great walking possibilities. Stroll through Old World Santa Fe's past picturesque adobes hidden behind charmingly-gated walls and rustic coyote fences.

9. Hotel Santa Fe, The Hacienda & Spa
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The Hotel Santa Fe, The Hacienda and Spa, the only Native American-owned hotel in the city, offers a warm welcoming setting for your special time away. Each room has inviting Santa Fe décor, but if you want a really memorable time, splurge and stay in The Hacienda, the hotel's exclusive luxury retreat where they even offer full butler service. Go one step further and book their over-the-top Buffalo Suite complete with a Jacuzzi, fireplace and king-sized bed. For a but of pampering, head to the on-site spa. Don't want to leave your romantic lair? Opt for in-room massages. What a really special romantic touch? Arrange for premium amenities such as long-stemmed roses, champagne or chocolate covered strawberries to surprise your special someone when you walk into your room or suite.

8. La Posada de Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa
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La Posada de Santa Fe, set on six secluded acres, offers the benefits of a country retreat alongside the convenience of being in the city. Just blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, you can walk to restaurants, galleries and shops, and retreat when you want to be alone. Book one of the casitas that have both a fireplace and private patio for the ultimate in privacy. In colder weather, outdoor fireplaces burning native piñon wood enhance the city's Old World romantic ambiance. If you love spa treatments, book a Spa Suite. A private elevator leads to the spa where you can indulge your body. Wander the grounds and discover intimate nooks and crannies offering a bit of seclusion, especially after dark. Want a romantic setting for a destination? La Posada can accommodate you and up to 300 of your closest friends.

7. The Inn at Vanessie
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If you're a fan of intimate properties, The Inn at Vanessie may be for you. Tucked away on West Water Street, the former Water Street Inn offers 18 rooms decorated in the southwest style Santa Fe is famous for. Fireplaces create a really romantic ambiance and 16 of their rooms have wood-burning ones. Want to splurge for your lovers' getaway? Choose the Executive Deluxe Suite with its large, luxuriously furnished rooms. If baths are your thing, there even a suite with a soaking tub. The inn offers in-room massages; remember to book in advance. Want to get out of the room? Head over to Vanessie, the restaurant and piano bar right next door. The piano bar is great for a romantic late-night drink with your special someone.

6. La Fonda on the Plaza
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The newly renovated La Fonda on the Plaza offers history coupled with an iconic southwestern interior dating to the 1920s when it became one of the fabled Harvey House Hotels. It was a joint project between John Gaw Meem, the man often called "the Father of Santa Fe Style," and Mary Jane Coulter, the interior designer for many Harvey properties including the legendary La Posada in Winslow Arizona. The recent renovation updated the rooms while retaining many elements of the original décor. If you want to splurge, the hotel's Terrace accommodations set on their own concierge floor await. The 15 deluxe rooms and suites all feature wood-burning fireplaces and large Jacuzzi tubs perfect for two. Before or after your soak, enjoy an in-room massage. When booking, ask about La Fonda's romance package.

5. Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort Santa Fe
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Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa, set on 450 acres, is just a short ride from the Santa Fe Plaza, but a world away. Drive down the treed lane leading to the historic main building and you'll start to feel yourself unwind. This is a special place! The over-the-top Presidential Suite with two fireplaces and a soaking tub is a great spot for romance. Talk to the reservationist to make sure you book the right room for your getaway. Pamper yourselves with a couple's spa treatment. The private outdoor treatment gardens, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, are the perfect place for couples massages. Want a romantic setting for a wedding? The Lodge, historic chapel, once the private retreat of the legendary Archbishop Lamy, is perfect for a small wedding or a vow renewal ceremony. They can also accommodate larger weddings at the resort.

4. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
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The 58-room Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is the perfect choice for couples who want a luxurious boutique hotel experience. The inn, just steps from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, prides itself on attentive service that includes nightly turndown complete with a treat. Don't want to be disturbed? Call the front desk and ask them to leave your treat outside your door. Order a bottle of your favorite champagne and a selection of handmade truffles and snuggle up in front of your glowing kiva fireplace. To make the occasion even more special, book in-room massages and then have an intimate dinner for two delivered to your room or reserve the intimate lobby living room with its wood burning fireplace or the Wine Cellar and have a candlelit dinner a deux Executive Chef Juan Bochenski will even design a special menu for you with advance notice.

3. Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
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Consider Santa Fe's Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, nestled in the foothills a short drive from the city, for your romantic getaway. The Five Diamond property offers contemporary ambiance paired with luxurious amenities. Check into one of the 65 "casitas," all with wood-burning fireplaces and oversized soaking tubs large enough for two. Want a great sunset view? Book one of the Summit Suites Light a few candles, open a bottle of wine and snuggle up with your honey. Relax and pamper at the on-site spa or even better, book in-room massages, and you won't have to leave your cocoon. Take a romantic sunset hike along the resort's Camino Encantado Trail and sit on one of the trail's bright red benches while you take in the stunning sunset. In colder weather, the warmth of your fireplace and the soaking tub await your return.

2. Inn and Spa at Loretto - Destination Hotels & Resorts
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Enter the dimly lit lobby of the Inn and Spa at Loretto and you'll know you've made a great choice for your romantic getaway. While all the rooms, most with red walls sporting Santa Fe style (many with private balconies), feel romantic, request a Deluxe King or Junior Suite with their welcoming four-poster beds. If you want a fireplace for your lover's getaway, go for one of the suites. Check out their romance packages which change annually or design your own romantic getaway. Book an intimate dinner for two in one of their restaurant's intimate booths (table 13 is a great choice), add massages and a soak in a claw-footed tub and the scene is set for love. Getting married? The Loretto offers a variety of venues and amenities for this special occasion.

1. Inn of the Five Graces

The Inn of the Five Graces is, hands down, the most romantic hotel in Santa Fe. The lush, exotic décor echoes the Silk Road and welcomes couples while setting the stage for romance. Want to spend an amorous night or two with that special someone? Have the staff light a fire in your wood-burning fireplace, light some candles, open a bottle of wine and, voila! Ask for a room or suite with a deep soaking tub (most have them) and bathe by candlelight. Their soft featherbeds have been compared to "sleeping on clouds." The accommodating staff will assist in any way they can to enhance the romance factor. Want rose petals on the bed or in the bath or an intimate dinner a deux in your room? The inn is the perfect choice for a small wedding or for a truly special honeymoon. Enjoy your night of love.