The Hacienda & Spa at Hotel Santa Fe Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The four-pearl Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe delivers a private, gorgeous retreat on four gorgeous acres -- just six blocks from the Plaza. It's the only hotel in town owned by Native Americans, and the extensive display of Native art gives the public areas a gallery feel. The hotel features a top-notch spa, a fitness center, a relaxing outdoor pool, and a tasty on-site restaurant. The suites are large and luxurious, with adobe fireplaces and private balconies, and the butler service -- shared among the 35 guests -- sets it apart from nearby properties.
Inn at Vanessie Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Inn at Vanessie is a boutique bed and breakfast located within walking distance of the Plaza. Rooms are all uniquely decorated with charming Southwestern decor. Free Wi-Fi, robes, and the free hot breakfast offer good value, and the location is perfect for exploring the busy retail area nearby. There's no pool or fitness center, but Vanessie Restaurant gets great reviews and features a professional pianist several nights a week in the lounge.
Luxx Plaza Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Luxx Hotel is a boutique property in the heart of Santa Fe that offers a prime location and an arty ambience. Each guest room is decorated differently, with eclectic furnishings that have a contemporary, Asian-inspired feel. The large flat-screen TVs with Internet capabilities and Blu-ray players are upsides, but the hotel lacks standard amenities such as a fitness center or pool. Also, the property has a self-service vibe, with no valets, porters, or room service available -- and sometimes no staff on hand at all.