Best Things to Do Santa Fe, New Mexico


There are ample lodging options in Santa Fe, including several luxurious hotels within walking distance from downtown and the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Among the best is the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, with an elegant Southwestern décor and modernly furnished rooms. Perhaps the most storied accommodation is La Fonda on the Plaza, located on the southeastern corner of the Plaza. La Fonda, or "inn," has stood ground here since 1610, and the current incarnation features individually decorated rooms, a lively downstairs bar and a bird's-eye view of life on the Plaza and St. Francis Cathedral.

Other notable options downtown include the Eldorado Hotel & Spa, the historic La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and SpaThe Inn & Spa at Loretto and the Hotel St. Francis. Each provides a unique vision of Santa Fe through its art, architecture and style. The Drury Plaza, opened in 2014, was the first new downtown hotel in 18 years. Two other options include Hotel Santa Fe, The Hacienda & Spa (the city's only Native American owned-property) and Santa Fe Sage Inn featuring restaurant and bar Derailed.

More modest lodging can be found along Cerrillos Road, which runs southwest from the city center and is home to chain restaurants, big-box stores, and a number of local gems. Book a room at Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe or, as an alternative to the chain hotels, consider staying at El Rey Inn, which features one-story casitas surrounded by lush gardens.

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