Inn and Spa at Loretto Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This upscale property has a long-standing reputation as one of the finer -- and most romantic -- inns in Santa Fe. A historic chapel adjoins the hotel (a popular spot for weddings), and couples love the rooms that offer a combination of luxe amenities and Pueblo Indian-style decor (and almost all have balconies, with stellar views from the upper floors). But the real highlights of this luxurious hotel are the stylish Luminaria Restaurant that is renowned for its fresh, organic cuisine and The Spa at Loretto, popular for its varied array of treatments.
Inn at Vanessie Rating: 3.5 Pearls
he Inn at Vanessie is a boutique, 11-room bed and breakfast located within walking distance of the Plaza. Rooms are among the most charming and romantic available in this price category, with Southwestern decor and in some, extras such as fireplaces and patios. Free Wi-Fi and a free hot breakfast add 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 a professional pianist plays several nights a week in the lounge.
Ten Thousand Waves Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Ten Thousand Waves is a small, secluded property with a Japanese-style spa and 12 guest rooms nestled in a mountainside pine forest just outside of Santa Fe. The grounds are dotted with soaking tubs and cold plunges -- and professional therapists are on hand to perform many types of massages and treatments. Rooms have a sexy, contemporary Asian look and are big and comfortable.