While many area hotels offer a subtle interpretation of Southwestern design (adobe walls, kiva fireplaces, local art), there’s nothing understated about the Inn at the Five Graces. The inn is a showcase for designers Ira and Sylvia Seret’s far-flung finds: Navajo bedspreads, Uzbek and Pakistani rugs and tapestries, iron and woodwork from Mexico, Peru, and India. It’s the epitome of East-meets-West. First opened in 1996 as Serets’ 1001 Nights, the hotel is located on one of the country’s oldest inhabited streets and is comprised of 17th- and 18th-century adobe buildings connected by a maze of courtyards. In 2002, the inn was renamed to reflect Afghan and Tibetan artifacts in its collection and the eastern idea of the five graces (sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste). In 2009, it became a Relais & Chateau property.
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Located on a quiet, residential street, the inn feels tucked away, but it’s just a few blocks from the Plaza and one block from Canyon Road, known for its art galleries. Nearby cultural highlights include the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. If you’re in the mood to road trip, consider the Turquoise Trail, which runs between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Hit up Tia’s Cocina at the Hotel Chimayo for slow-roasted lamb tacos, but don’t miss Atrisco, which, despite its mall setting, has some of the freshest food in town.
Need to Know
Rooms: 20 suites, three rooms, and one villa. From $450. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Dinner is available at the contemporary French 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar, adjacent to the hotel. The menu changes daily but often includes favorites like the seared duck breast with potato galette and country paté. Spa and gym details: The hotel recently added a new fitness facility and plans to open a full-service spa by the middle of 2015. For now, there is a single treatment room offering specialty massages.
Who's it for: While plenty of guests make this intimate hotel their base for exploring downtown Santa Fe’s myriad attractions, you’ll also find couples looking to retreat in this magical hideaway. Our favorite rooms: If you want to splurge, the 2,200-square-foot villa, aka Luminaria House, is the way to go. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, five fireplaces, private outdoors space, and details like a lapis inlaid ceiling and hand-blown chandelier, it is undoubtedly the inn’s crown jewel. Jade, a superior suite, boasts one of the largest mosaic tiled bathrooms, while the spacious Sandalwood suite is in a 17th-century building. Expansive service: Rates include plenty of extras, including minibar snacks, Wi-Fi, valet, gratuities, and breakfast, served in a small dining room on the property, on the garden patio, or in your room.