Picurís Pueblo has controlling interest in this handsome Pueblo Revival–style three-story hotel on the Railyard District's edge and a 15-minute walk from the Plaza. The property has two distinct sections, the original main building with light, airy rooms and suites done in traditional Southwestern style, and the posh Hacienda wing, which has 35 spacious, opulent suites with professional butler service--it's a favorite lodging of visiting celebs and dignitaries. The hotel gift shop, Santa Fe's only tribally owned store, has lower prices than many nearby retail stores. Informal talks about Native American history and culture are held in the lobby, and Native American dances take place seasonally.
In the main building, rooms have locally handmade pine furniture, wooden blinds, and Pueblo paintings; many have balconies. In the Hacienda Wing, the suites and rooms have corner fireplaces, leather chairs, minibars stocked with gourmet goodies, and a well-trained butler can assist you with unpacking your suitcase and other services.
The hotel uses popular eco-friendly Bathe-brand shampoos, soaps, and lotions, and bathrooms in the main hotel building have stone counters, red-tile floors, combination tub-showers with glass doors. In the luxury Hacienda Wing, the rangy bathrooms are decidedly fancier, with high-end granite and tile work, walk-in showers, and deep soaking tubs.
Guests can relax on the large patio, outfitted with comfortable lounge furniture, that surrounds the quiet, walled-in outdoor pool and hot tub at Hotel Santa Fe. Surrounded by verdant gardens, it's one of the prettier hotel pools in town.
The hotel's full-service spa offering a nice range of treatments, many of them with a Native American inspiration, including stone balancing massages, Moccasin Dance foot therapy, and white-sage facials.
There's a good-size fitness room with treadmills, free weights, exercise bikes, and elliptical trainers. On Saturdays during the summer months, yoga classes are offered.
Decorated with Native American artwork and crafts and with a romantic patio, Amaya is one of the better hotel restaurants in Santa Fe. The menu focuses on creatively prepared, Native American–inspired dishes, from bison burgers to venison chops.
For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, book a dinner in the property's traditional teepee, which is available for family-style feasts for two to four diners.
There's a full bar, with an extensive selection of cocktails, wine, and craft beer at the hotel's lively and welcoming restaurant, Amaya. The jalapeño margarita is a house specialty.
In the trendy Railyard District and just steps from the Rail Runner train station, Hotel Santa Fe works well for travelers without a car, as it's within walking distance of many area attractions and businesses. A car is helpful, however, for exploring farther afield, and there's a large parking lot (parking is included in the nightly $19 resort fee).
Vinaigrette (5-minute walk) stands out from many Santa Fe restaurants for its menu focused heavily on big meal-size salads with farm-fresh ingredients; you can also pick up tasty gourmet provisions, coffees, desserts, and cool culinary gifts at the restaurant's hip lifestyle store, Modern General, which is next door. For outstanding and authentic Northern New Mexican food and tasty margaritas, from bean-stuffed sopaipillas to blue-corn enchiladas, head to La Choza (10-minute walk), which has a warm and welcoming outdoor patio.
Drop by new and hip Paloma (6-minute walk) for delicious Mexico City–style street tacos, guacamole, and the classic house cocktail (with reposado tequila and grapefruit soda). There's also a good selection of craft beers. Second Street Brewery (6-minute drive) is one of the top craft brewers in the state and is also a nice place to watch live music and enjoy tasty comfort fare.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Whether you opt for a standard room in the moderately priced main hotel building or one of the spacious, luxurious suites in the Hacienda Wing, you can expect comfortable, stylish furnishings and friendly service at this centrally located hotel operated by the Picuris Pueblo. The guest amenities, including the restaurant and spa, are first-rate.