This plush, oft-photographed, pueblo-inspired property attracts a loyal clientele, many of whom swear by the friendly staff and admire the elegant and artful decorating. The six-story hotel, which indeed bears a resemblance to some of New Mexico's ancient pueblos, sits at a prominent corner along historic Old Santa Fe Trail, just a quick stroll from the historic Plaza as well as Canyon Road's art galleries and the trendy Railyard Arts District. The Loretto contains a slew of amenities, including an excellent restaurant, a fine spa, an outdoor pool, and a small arcade of galleries and interesting shops.
Rooms are among the largest of any Downtown property and contain vibrantly upholstered, handcrafted furnishings, and sumptuous slate-floor bathrooms—many have large balconies, accessed through French doors, overlooking Downtown. Other nice touches include an iPod dock, spa robes and slippers, and a complimentary newspaper each day.
Bathrooms are done in traditional Southwestern style, with tile floors and bath/shower combos, and some have double sinks.
YOU SHOULD KNOW For an upscale hotel, bathrooms feel a bit ordinary, small, and dated, and they also lack counter space.
The spacious lobby contains leather couches and a popular cocktail bar, and high-end architectural details—including beam ceilings, a grand fireplace, and Southwestern artwork from several prominent local galleries—make these public spaces a pleasure to relax in. From the lobby, large doors lead to the pool area and gardens.
The hotel's artist-in-residence program provides guests with the chance to interact with a local artist in the lobby's Loretto studio.
There's a large rectangular outdoor pool—a rarity in the historic center of Santa Fe—just off the lobby. Comfortable, modern patio furniture lines the pool area, which also adjoins a green lawn and fragrant gardens.
The Spa at Loretto is decorated with Southwestern antiques and has a lounge anchored by a kiva fireplace that's illuminated with candles. A wide range of both Japanese and more Southwestern-inspired treatments and services are offered, from facials and pedicures to a full "I want it My Way" day package that includes three treatments. Chakra balancing and reiki are also available.
The fitness center is open 24 hours and is outfitted with ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, resistance machines, and free weights.
The hotel's handsome restaurant, Luminaria, serves creative Southwestern fare, such as filet mignon with blue corn enchiladas and red chile. You can dine in the attractive interior space with white-washed pine floors, latilla-beam ceilings, and tables made from reclaimed-barn wood, or during the warmer months on the tranquil tree-shaded patio hung with twinkling lanterns. Three meals are served, and Sunday brunch is a favorite with hotel guests and locals.
Adjoining the warm and gracious art-filled lobby, the Living Room Lounge, offers a number of specialty cocktails—including a popular strawberry-jalapeño margarita.
There are few more enchanting spots on a crisp Santa Fe winter evening for desserts and after-dinner drinks than by the fireplace in the Living Room lounge. Dive into the gooey-delicious banana chocolate bread pudding, or sample a platter of artisan cheeses.
The hotel is right off of one of the main thoroughfares into the city center, Old Santa Fe Trail, and an easy walk from the historic Plaza as well as the trendy Railyard District, which both abound with attractions, galleries, and restaurants. A car or Uber is handy for exploring farther afield, to Museum Hill or Meow Wolf, for example.
Just a block from the hotel, Sazon (3-minute walk) earns raves for its modern pan–Latin American fare, from Oaxacan-style taquitos with baby grasshoppers to steaks and seafood with flavorful sauces. Stroll by the many fine art galleries along Canyon Road to reach the refined Compound Restaurant (15-minute walk), an upscale option for lunch or dinner serving such tantalizing contemporary international dishes as sweetbreads and foie gras with Spanish sherry and guinea hen with porcini gnocchi and shaved black truffle.
Enjoy the well-curated selection of French wines at 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar (5-minute walk), which also serves tasty appetizers at the bar, including . Secreto Bar (5-minute walk), inside the Hotel St. Francis, serves some of the most creative cocktails in town—you can also sip outstanding New Mexico sparkling wine just across the lobby of the St. Francis in the Gruet Winery Tasting Room.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Loretto captures the creative spirit of Santa Fe with its singular pueblo-inspired architecture and its location just a few steps from the city's fabled Loretto Chapel. And it continues the theme by showcasing the exceptional paintings and sculptures of some of New Mexico's top contemporary artists, and featuring first-rate Southwestern fare and cocktails in its lively restaurant and bar.