La Fonda Bell Tower Bar at Sunset — Photo courtesy of La Fonda
Santa Fe is proof that not only romance still exists in the world but magic as well. So when you're exploring options for a romantic vacay with your honey, Santa Fe should be at the very top of your list! Everything about this charming city, which just so happens to be the oldest capitol in America, beckons, exhilarates and captures your heart – from the lush landscape to the world-class art galleries, shops and cuisine, Santa Fe truly has it all. Finding the perfect hotel for your special getaway is all that’s left to do. We know what a challenge you have in store, so we’ve narrowed down your search to the six most romantic hotels:
Once a Harvey House, 90-year-old La Fonda On the Plaza is probably the most historic of all of the hotels and has made an enormous effort to retain its links to the past, including its charming architecture and artwork, while moving elegantly into the modern world. Couples will be delighted with the new 14-room private wing that offers access to a luxurious rooftop terrace and hot tub. It really doesn’t get any more romantic than sharing a hot tub with your sweetie on a chilly evening beneath the most magnificent blanket of stars. La Fonda always seems to be bustling with excitement, which is largely due to the Galleria shops, restaurants and live music. For the best view in Santa Fe, make sure to enjoy a cocktail at the Bell Tower bar during sunset. If you’re looking for the perfect place to propose… this is it!
Fairytale Wedding at Bishop's Lodge — Photo courtesy of Bishop's Lodge
The Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa is the ideal destination for active couples, particularly those who love hiking and horseback riding. Only 10 minutes from Santa Fe, nestled in the foothills, you’ll enjoy the privacy of their rustic yet contemporary rooms, the history of the property, the beautiful landscape and the Las Fuentes Restaurant and Bar, which is serving some of the most delicious cuisine you’ll have in your entire life, made by Executive Chef, Christopher Mclean, who has cooked for royalty and presidents. Nature lovers will enjoy identifying the indigenous plants, trees and herbs as well as fossils throughout the property. We recommend an invigorating horseback ride with one of their expert guides or a romantic couple’s massage in an authentic teepee, or both! We bet you’ve never done that before?! For couples who need to bring the kids along, Bishop’s Lodge thankfully offers a day camp and other fun activities for children. Hallelujah!
Winter Wonderland at Loretto — Photo courtesy of Loretto
Located at the end of The Santa Fe Trail, The Inn and Spa at Loretto is a gorgeous pueblo-style boutique hotel that manages to incorporate a Southwestern motif that is both classy and casual. The Loretto is also the only hotel in the area that offers a penthouse suite. Suite or no, these elegantly cozy rooms offer breathtaking views of Santa Fe and the surrounding mountains. Make sure to take time to relax by the fireplace in the lounge with one of their signature organic cocktails before enjoying a romantic dinner at their four star restaurant, Luminaria. Before or after dinner, enjoy a Zen Flower facial (or any number of their delightful spa treatments) and a leisurely walk through town sight-seeing and shopping. If you enjoy a little thrill in your romance, be sure to ask about the walking ghost tour. The famed Loretto Chapel next door is the site of a mysterious staircase built, some think, by St. Joseph himself. We wish we were there right now!
Eldorado's Presidential Suite — Photo courtesy of Eldorado
The Eldorado Hotel and Spa, located in the heart of downtown, is a grand hotel with a bright contemporary style that bespeaks of elegance and sophistication. When you first walk into the Eldorado, you are stunned by the enormous gallery room, which is host to live entertainment every fourth Friday of the month as well as artist events and dessert receptions. In fact, couples in need of significant space for a wedding reception, should look no further. The Eldorado even has a lavish ballroom. For some serious relaxation, make sure to take advantage of the spectacular Nidah Spa. We suggest the Turquoise gemstone treatment. There’s nothing better to put you into a romantic mood. Dinner at Old House, their steakhouse, is also a must! They have a 28-day aged ribeye that might just become the love of your life, if only for a moment.
The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is yet another marvelous luxury hotel, one that offers guests an elegant take on pueblo life with newly renovated rooms and excellent New Mexican cuisine.
The Inn of the Five Graces is a vibrant Southwestern-style twenty-two suite Inn located in a quiet historic neighborhood near Canyon Road – quaint and colorful with all the usual amenities, including a spa and fabulous restaurant.