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A charming, upscale Southwestern-style inn with a renowned restaurant and a location right next to Santa Fe Plaza
The Inn of the Anasazi is a tan adobe structure with circular beams jutting out in classic Santa Fe style, and blends in nicely with the many historic buildings around Santa Fe Plaza. It has a prime location beside the Plaza, and offers a genuine Southwestern experience -- because of what's at its doorstep as well as what’s inside.
Past the hand-carved wooden front doors, guests are greeted by a kiva-style fireplace, a ceiling of wooden vigas (rows of pine beams), wrought iron light fixtures, and carved wood furniture. Thirteenth century Anasazi Indian cliff dwellings and pueblos inspired the hotel’s design, and the feel is both rustic and elegant.
Santa Fe's rich artistic heritage is on full display throughout the hotel, down to the smallest details. Door frames are often painted in Native patterns, framed works of art hang in stairways and hallways, and a three-story sandstone structure mimicking the Anasazi Indian building style contains a burbling fountain. A library provides a pleasant sitting area and contains books pertaining to the Southwest.
The Southwestern style is continued in the rooms, as well as the acclaimed Anasazi Restaurant. Outside, there’s a sitting area called The Patio where guests can enjoy a cocktail while observing passerby on their way to and from the Plaza. There are only 60 rooms, and the vibe is intimate and romantic -- but there are few on-site features (the hotel lacks a pool and fitness center). Still, the lovely, authentic decor and fabulous location make this an excellent upscale option.
One block from the Plaza
The Anasazi is located one block from the Plaza on Washington Ave., giving guests the chance to walk to all the attractions that surround Santa Fe’s historic square. The near-constant foot traffic in front of the hotel makes for great people watching from the Patio. However the Anasazi’s prime location means that guests are charged a daily fee for valet parking.
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.
Beautiful Southwestern decor and kiva-style fireplaces
The Anasazi’s 60 rooms combine luxury with rustic Southwestern charm. Pueblo-style wood ceilings, Native American rugs, wrought iron light fixtures, and kiva-style fireplaces make them feel both homey and high-end. Modern tech features include large flat-screen TVs and iPod-docking alarm clocks. Bathrooms are a bit less impressive than the rooms; the terracotta tile floors and white and green tiled shower/tub combos could use fresh grout. Expect Lady Primrose bath products such as Pinon Eucalyptus shampoo.
A cozy library and a small business center
Renowned cuisine at Anasazi Restaurant, and great people watching from The Patio
The luxurious Rosewood Inn, which underwent a major renovation in 2008, is one of Santa Fe’s most desirable hotels. It has an ideal location right by the Santa Fe Plaza, the city's cultural center. Big rooms have charming Southwestern style, with wood floors, beamed ceilings, kiva-style fireplaces, and lots of Native American and regional artwork. The Anasazi Restaurant is one of Santa Fe’s best, and serves Southwestern-influenced American cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. There's no pool or fitness center, though, so those who want more amenities may consider the nearby Inn and Spa at Loretto.