Photo courtesy of Hotel Santa Fe, The Hacienda and Spa
Hotel Santa Fe, The Hacienda and Spa
Visitors to Santa Fe come in search of art and culture, and it’s hard to trump the cultural experience at the Hotel Santa Fe, the Hacienda and Spa. In addition to being a high-end hotel in the hip, recently revitalized Railyard District, this pueblo-style compound is the first of its kind, the only luxury stay to be owned and run primarily by a local Native American tribe—the Picaris Pueblo. No top-tier amenity has been left out—the spa is one of the best in town, the restaurant and lounge is one of Santa Fe’s most acclaimed, the gym offers yoga classes, there’s a free shuttle into town—and the guest experience is unlike that anywhere else, thanks to the extensive private Native American art collection that adorns the walls, the handmade local furniture that fills the rooms, and the responsible presence of traditional Native American culture throughout. The hotel’s gift shop is Santa Fe’s only tribally owned store, selling traditional local handicrafts and art, and events are held throughout the year for guests to learn about Picaris Pueblo culture. And, as if this all weren’t impressive enough, the hotel has a rigorous environmental policy, and its rooms are completely powered by solar energy.
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One of the few hotels in the cool, up-and-coming Railyard District, the Hotel Santa Fe is surrounded by many of Santa Fe’s hip cafés, restaurants, galleries, and bars. Popular local spots embody the neighborhood’s dedication to all aspects of culture; hot spots like La Choza double as both café and gallery. Hip boutiques like Double Take, a vintage shop specializing in cowboy boots, line the streets. The more traditional galleries of Canyon Road are just a short walk away, as are the high-end restaurants and museums of downtown, but the hotel also offers a free shuttle to downtown attractions.
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Rooms: 163 rooms, 100 suites. From $129. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: A relaxed and elegant indoor-outdoor dining room that overlooks the hotel’s gardens, Amaya serves gourmet, seasonal cuisine with regional and Native American influences for three meals a day. Lighter bites and an extensive wine list are served daily in the bar. For special occasions (especially for families), ask about booking a dinner in the tepee, located in the garden. Spa and gym details: The hotel’s renowned spa—one of the oldest in Santa Fe—offers a full range of beauty and wellness treatments; the whole spa takes its inspiration from nature and natural elements, as well as traditional practices from local Native American tribes. The hotel also has an outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as an airy, well-equipped fitness center in which yoga classes are offered seasonally.
Who it's best for: Families, friends, couples, eco-conscious travelers, and anyone interested in local Native American culture. Our favorite rooms: Set apart from the main hotel, the 35 rooms and suites in the Hacienda are a step above the rest in luxury, with private butlers, a separate entrance, and a lounge where free breakfast and an evening wine-and-cheese reception are served. Many of the Hacienda rooms have fireplaces and private balconies, as well. Local highlights: As the hotel is mostly owned and run by the Picuris Pueblo—the only hotel in Santa Fe to be run by a Native American tribe—there’s an emphasis on local, traditional art and culture, with Picuris dance performances held on the patio in the warmer months and cultural talks offered informally in the lobby throughout the year.