Much of Santa Fe’s architecture feels lifted from (or, at any rate, inspired by) historic pueblos, but the Inn on the Alameda takes the impression several steps further, set as it is on two lush, riverside acres just on the edge of downtown. Rooms are arranged around serene courtyards whose stucco walls feature flowering vines, and communal areas like the well-stocked library—with its roaring fireplace for those chilly desert nights—and romantically candlelit lounge patio make it feel more like an old (if, admittedly, luxurious) family compound than the intimate boutique hotel it is. All areas are outfitted with rustically refined Southwestern decor—Native American textiles, Mission-style wood furniture, and local artwork—that blend modern and traditional worlds, a philosophy also embodied in the inn’s dedication to understatedly superlative service, which includes free breakfast, wine and cheese each evening, and a free shuttle around town. Oh, and an extra perk that makes guests feel even more like locals? The inn is the closest hotel to the gallery-lined Canyon Road.
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Overlooking the creek along the Alameda, one of Santa Fe’s main thoroughfares, the Inn on the Alameda is especially popular with art-loving travelers, as it’s just a block off Canyon Road, the historic street now known for its myriad art galleries and cafés. Iconic restaurants like Geronimo are as popular for their fresh, local cuisine as they are for their patios’ people-watching. Renowned galleries like the Gerald Peters Gallery are as impressive as any museum for their collections of Southwestern artists (though the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is actually located downtown), and art bookstores like Photo-Eye stock rare and out-of-print editions popular with collectors. Downtown—with its many high-end restaurants and boutiques—is also less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
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Rooms: 72 rooms, 12 suites. From $159. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: In addition to an impressive breakfast spread and an afternoon wine and cheese hour—both included in all stays—the inn is home to the elegantly rustic Agoyo Lounge, which serves an extensive wine menu and gourmet dishes from local ingredients in its relaxed dining room and on the breezy, romantic patio. Spa and gym details: While the hotel does not have a spa, it does have a fully equipped fitness center and an outdoor hot tub, and the indulgent spa-style robes in each room make a soak in the tub feel especially restorative.
Who it's best for: Art lovers, groups of friends on a weekend adventure, and couples seeking peace and quiet. Our favorite rooms: The Santa Fe Suites are the most romantic and luxurious lodgings in the house, with private entrances, walled-off private courtyards, and atmospheric kiva fireplaces. Be sure to ask for one off the Alameda for the quietest stay. Getting around: While the inn is within walking distance of all of historic Santa Fe’s sights, it also offers a free shuttle around the downtown area, for those who’d rather rest their feet.