16 Santa Fe Hotels Right in the Heart of Everything

Andrew Collins | February 06, 2018

One of the oldest cities in North America, Santa Fe is also a relatively small and compact city with an abundance of noteworthy historic attractions, fantastic restaurants, stylish boutiques, historic hotels, and acclaimed galleries in its downtown core. That said, a big reason for visiting Santa Fe is to explore the many intriguing sites and natural wonders in the greater area. With that in mind, it's absolutely possible to enjoy a visit to Santa Fe without a car, as you can rely on cabs, Uber, and local tour operators for trips farther afield. But if you are here without a car, choose one of these excellent downtown hotels in the heart of Santa Fe, all of which have plenty to see and do within walking distance.


Old Santa Fe Inn

Why it made the list

A terrific boutique inn that's equally close to the Railyard District and the Plaza, the Old Santa Fe Inn is a great choice if you want to be close to the city's top attractions and finest restaurants. It's also within walking distance the Rail Runner train station.

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Inn at Vanessie

Why it made the list

A few blocks west of the Plaza and north of the Railyard District, this luxurious boutique inn also adjoins an excellent restaurant and popular piano cabaret. Several excellent restaurants along North Guadalupe Street—Fire & Hops, Dolina Bakery, Taco Fundación—are a short stroll to the north.

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Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe

Why it made the list

This mid- to upscale boutique hotel with excellent bars and a popular restaurant on-site is just a block north of Santa Fe's historic Plaza. Free walking tours of the city leave from the hotel's front portal on Saturday mornings at 10 am.

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Pueblo Bonito Bed & Breakfast Inn

Why it made the list

This 18-room historic inn is one of the top values in the city center. It's on the border between two great neighborhoods, South Capitol and the Railyard District, and the legendary grocery store, Kaune's, is a short stroll away and is stocked with gourmet food and fine wines and craft beers.

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Hotel Santa Fe

Why it made the list

The snazziest lodging in the up-and-coming Railyard District, Hotel Santa Fe is steps from the Rail Runner train station and also just a stroll from a slew of great restaurants and galleries as well as the Santa Fe Farmers Market and SITE Santa Fe museum.

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El Farolito

Why it made the list

This tony bed-and-breakfast inn has a great location in the historic South Capitol neighborhood, and just a short walk from the up-and-coming Railyard District, which abounds with galleries and lively eateries. There's also a terrific upscale grocery, Kaune's, just a few blocks away, in case you need to stock up on fine wines and gourmet goods.

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Inn of the Governors

Why it made the list

One of the best values of any hotel in the Downtown core, Inn of the Governors lies just across the street from a leafy little park adjoining the Santa Fe River. It's an easy walk from here to the Plaza and its many nearby museums, along with the Railyard District and SITE Santa Fe.

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Casa de Tres Lunas

Why it made the list

This small, charming inn is set along Paseo de Peralta, the main thoroughfare encircling the downtown core, meaning it's just a five-minute stroll to the Plaza and a similarly short amble to Canyon Road's famous galleries.

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Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel

Why it made the list

A perfect choice if you're seeking an upscale, but not exorbitantly pricey, chain property that's both a few blocks from the Plaza and the same distance from the trendy Railyard District, the Hilton also has a variety of great restaurants, galleries, and boutiques within a couple of blocks as well as the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

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Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Why it made the list

Santa Fe's largest hotel is within view of the stunning Lensic Performing Arts Center, within a stone's throw of about a dozen great bars and restaurants, and just a five-minute walk west of the Plaza.

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Inn of the Five Graces

Why it made the list

You can just about see the New Mexico State Capitol building from this stunning, luxury boutique inn on the oldest street in Santa Fe. It's a quick hop from here to the Plaza.

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Inn and Spa at Loretto

Why it made the list

You'll be just a few steps from historic Loretto Chapel and the famed San Miguel Mission when you book at room at this snazzy hotel with an adobe architectural style that resembles one of the state's famed pueblos. The Plaza is just a 5-minute walk, too.

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La Posada de Santa Fe

Why it made the list

One of the best accommodations in town if you want to be close to Canyon Road's dozens of galleries, La Posada is a handsome resort with plenty of amenities right on the property, including two restaurants and two hotels and one of the city's best spas.

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Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Why it made the list

The only way to get closer to the historic Plaza, and adjacent Palace of the Governors, is to camp out on a bench. The Inn of the Anasazi is just a stone's throw away and also a short walk from Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and such beloved restaurants as The Shed, La Boca, and Casa Sena

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Hotel St. Francis

Why it made the list

You don't even need to leave the hotel to find the best cocktail bar, Secreto Lounge, and winery tasting room, Gruet, in Santa Fe—both are located just off the lobby of this historic beauty that's also a mere five-minute walk from the Plaza.

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La Fonda on the Plaza

Why it made the list

The true heart of Santa Fe's soul, both culturally and geographically, La Fonda overlooks the Plaza and is steps from Loretto Chapel, Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

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