The design of an ancient pueblo contains the plush accommodations of a contemporary Southwestern hotel.
Few building in Santa Fe have a more distinct or oft-photographed exterior than this multi-story hotel that's built to resemble one of the region's historic pueblos, with its dramatic stepped exterior and many rooms with large balconies looking toward the historic Plaza, a couple of blocks away, and the skyscraping Sangre de Cristo mountains to the east. The Loretto contains 145 rooms and suites, most of them extremely large. They're decked with huge handcrafted beds with fine linens, and colorful Southwestern-print upholstered chairs and elegant wood furnishings. The helpful staff can direct you to any of the dozens of fine restaurants within a five-minute walk from the hotel, or book you a table at the Loretto's own Baleen restaurant, which serves commendable contemporary food. Opt for a massage or facial at the sybaritic SpaTerre, whose signature Balinese and Thai treatments include an aromatic massage with desert-sage oils. The historic Plaza and dozens of great galleries and shops are within easy walking distance.