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A historic inn near Santa Fe Plaza with impressive features and an emphasis on local art
The La Posada is one of several upscale inns near Santa Fe Plaza, but it stands out for its dedication to local art, as well as its history -- it dates back to the 19th century, and once catered specifically to artists. Scores of paintings are on display within the hotel and rooms, and there’s even an on-staff curator who rotates paintings seasonally to give the hotel a true gallery feel.
La Posada is situated on a six-acre property featuring many trees, a courtyard with a fountain and fireplace, sculptures, and manicured grounds. The main building was originally a mansion built by Santa Fe merchant Abraham Staab in 1882, and its exterior is classic Santa Fe revival style, with tan adobe walls and extruding pine beams. Additional Pueblo-style buildings housing the rooms surround the main building.
Inside, there's a small lobby, several sitting areas, and a spacious library; nearly every available wall is devoted to showing local works of art. Santa Fe-style decor is featured throughout There red brick floors, traditional viga ceilings, and adobe walls. Fuego Restaurant is located in a beautiful room featuring high ceilings, skylights, wrought iron chandeliers, and a big fireplace. The Staab House Lounge next door serves cocktails and tapas in a bright, stylish space with red walls and colorful art.
The heated outdoor saline pool isn’t huge, but it's still one of the bigger hotel pools in central Santa Fe. The elegant, 4,500 square foot day spa offers a full range of services, as well as a steam room and relaxation lounge. Though La Posada offers impressive features -- especially when compared to boutique competitors such as the Hotel St. Francis, which has neither a pool or spa -- guests will have to pay a mandatory nightly resort fee.
Two blocks from Santa Fe Plaza
The La Posada is located two blocks from the Plaza, putting guests within easy walking distance of Santa Fe’s cultural hub. Canyon Road with its many art galleries is also easily visited on foot. Guests are charged a daily fee for valet parking, and free shuttle service is offered free within a two-mile radius.
Santa Fe means “Holy Faith” in Spanish and is home to about 70,000 people of varying cultural backgrounds including Hispanics, Native Americans, and Anglos. New Mexico’s fourth-largest city is also the nation’s highest capitol and its oldest: It was founded in 1607.
The “City Different,” as it’s known, sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet at the southern edge of the Rockies, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Although the cool summer hiking and skiing in winter offer great reasons to visit, it’s best to keep in mind that the high elevation also means more stress for the body while acclimating. Most people become used to the thinner air after two or three days which means that strenuous physical activity will become easier and less dangerous if you wait a day or two after arriving in town. One more caution - one alcoholic drink at this altitude will equal three drinks at sea level!
The Spanish influence seen so often throughout Santa Fe stems from the missionaries who arrived in the 1600s to convert the local Native American population. Old missions such as the San Miguel can be seen scattered across New Mexico and offer a fascinating glimpse into the region’s history. Often times, these missions are located at or near Native American pueblos, such as Tesuque or Cochiti, which are home to the various Pueblo peoples. Visiting New Mexico’s pueblos offers a chance to interact with the locals, purchase art and wares, and gain a better appreciation of New Mexico’s rich history.
Today, Santa Fe is the nation’s third-largest market for buying and selling art. In addition to the many galleries at the Plaza and along Canyon Road, several museums including the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum (showcasing the painter’s long relationship with New Mexico) celebrate the creative spirit in Santa Fe.
Historic, casita-style rooms with regional decor and modern tech features; some have patios or fireplaces
Each of the 157 rooms at the La Posada is unique, and layouts (and sizes) can vary even within the same room category. The decor, however, is universally charming; rooms are decorated in tasteful, understated Southwestern style, with wood-beamed ceilings, wrought iron light fixtures, coral throws, and local artwork. Their last renovation was in 2008, when they underwent a $6 million overhaul.
Modern tech features include flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and extra electrical outlets at the desks. Bathrooms have pedestal sinks, shower/tub combos, and hotel-brand toiletries.
A day spa, a heated outdoor pool, and free snacks and drinks
Fine dining at Fuego Restaurant, tapas and cocktails at Staab House Lounge, and casual fare at Patio Restaurant
The 4-pearl La Posada de Santa Fe is over a hundred years old, making it one of the the city’s longest-standing inns. It has an excellent location near Santa Fe Plaza, and features attractive Southwestern decor throughout. Its 157 rooms have beamed ceilings, coral throws, regional art, and modern tech features; some have patios or kiva-style fireplaces. The upscale Fuego Restaurant earns high marks, and a curator on staff oversees the hotel's $1 million in local art. The property features are impressive: There's a day spa, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, afternoon tea and cookies, and an outdoor fire where evening s'mores are served. Some rooms are small, however, and there's a nightly resort fee.