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Built around a historic Victorian mansion, La Posada is part of Starwood's upscale Tribute Portfolio brand and is one of the more expansive full-service resorts in Santa Fe, offering a slew of activities and a top-notch spa. Rooms on the beautiful, quiet grounds of this hotel vary, but extensive renovations have enhanced all of them to a level of luxury befitting the somewhat steep rates. The property boasts excellent bar and common areas, including well-regarded bars and restaurants.
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You Should Know At $30 per night, La Posada has one of the highest resort fees in town. It covers valet or self parking, Internet access, fitness and yoga classes and access to the spa and spa tub, and a number of additional services, but you may want to consider staying elsewhere if you're not planning to use most of these features.
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Accommodations are set among a few different buildings, some of them dating back to the 18th century—they're connected by prettily landscaped paths. They vary quite a bit in size but are all beautifully appointed, in the style of historic casitas, and most have latilla-and-viga-beam ceilings, leather couches, Navajo-pattern rugs, and fireplaces. In each unit you'll find a flat-screen TVs and mp3 player. The resort's main building contains a handful of luxurious, high-ceiling Victorian rooms, and Deluxe Spa Rooms are close to the spa and have large balconies and gas fireplaces.
The stylish bathrooms at La Posada, which are done in marble or granite with wrought-iron scones and typically have either showers or combination shower-tubs, although the posh Deluxe Spa Rooms have deep tubs and separate showers as well as double sinks. The hotel uses luxurious C.O. Bigelow bath products.
With high latilla-and-viga wood-beam ceilings, plush leather sofas and arm chairs, a fireplace, and a fantastic museum-quality collection of Southwestern art and sculpture, the lobby and adjoining common spaces at La Posada are designed for guests to relax in. All of the artwork is available for purchase.
The resort's tree-shaded, landscaped grounds are anchored by a large, curvaceous saline-water heated pool and hot tub that's open year-round. You'll find ample, attractive lounge seating around the pool, and there's a small seasonal bar.
La Posada has one of the most extensive and relaxing spas in Santa Fe, 4,500-square-foot Spa Sage, which offers a full slate of treatments—including salon services—in soothing, well-appointed treatment rooms. On warm days, you can relax before or after your treatment on a rooftop terrace and garden.
Adjacent to Spa Sage, the 24-hour fitness center has state-of-the-art equipment, and a bank of windows lets in plenty of sunlight. Weekend yoga and pilates classes are offered.
The resort has a few different options for both meals and light snacking, all of them in or adjacent to the historic main building, which occupies a three-story 1882 Second Empire–style mansion. The main restaurant, Julia, opened in 2017 and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a cosmopolitan space warmed by a fireplace and decorated with many pieces from the hotel's fabulous collection. The emphasis is on upscale modern American fare, including creatively prepared steaks and seafood. You can also enjoy light tapas in the atmospheric side bar, Julia's Social Club. And seasonally throughout the day, the Patio Restaurant offers al fresco dining in a garden courtyard.
Set in handsome, fireplace-lighted sitting room in the Victorian mansion that anchors the resort, Staab House is one of the most inviting bars in Santa Fe, serving a full slate of creative cocktails, and with a romantic patio that's lovely for sipping and stargazing on summer nights. In the intimate bar, Julia's Social Club, the wine list if focused on Iberian and South American bottles, and a Spanish guitarist performs on Friday evenings.
Set in the heart of historic Downtown Santa Fe, a few blocks east of the Plaza and a short stroll from Canyon Road, La Posada is an easy resort to stay in for visitors without a car, as many key attractions, restaurants, and shops are easy to visit on foot. A car is handy for touring the surrounding region (parking is included in the resort fee), but you can also use Uber and cabs, which are easy to call here.
For juicy green-chile cheeseburgers and other meat-centric fare in a retro '50s-style space, head to Santa Fe Bite (8-minute walk). Serving artful contemporary fare, such as sweet corn–lobster crepes and New Mexican rack of lamb with parmesan-polenta cakes and a Merlot-lamb reduction, Geronimo (15-minute walk) is one of the most celebrated restaurants in the Southwest—it's set in a gorgeous 18th-century house amid the galleries of Canyon Road.
Both the sidewalk patio and scene-y inside seating at the Anasazi Bar and Lounge (6-minute walk) are memorable milieus for sipping expertly crafted cocktails and snacking on exceptional contemporary cuisine. With a balcony overlooking the Plaza, the Draft Station (7-minute walk) carries an extensive selection of IPAs, porters, pilsners, and other New Mexico microbrews.