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Private butlers at your service in gorgeous Native American retreat
Owned by the people of the Picuris Pueblo, the Hacienda is the only Native American-owned hotel in town. The Hacienda is part of the Hotel Santa Fe -- but the 35 special suites are set apart from the rest of the hotel on a secluded four acres. Inside the suites, Native American Art and warm gem-like tones set a truly Southwestern vibe. And the common areas are no different : The culture can be seen in the colorful decor throughout the property, starting with the lobby. Native rugs, pottery, and drums are all on display in the spacious lobby and lounge area. The Picuris Gift Shop in the main hotel lobby offers jewelry and crafts made by the tribe’s artists.
On the top floor, of the Hacienda, a lounge hosts free appetizers in the evening and free continental breakfast in the morning. A deck with views of the city is available outside the lounge. Downstairs is the spa with several treatment rooms and the fitness center. Guests can dine on-site at the Amaya restaurant at the Hotel Santa Fe, and can enjoy the heated pool there as well -- surrounded by towering cottonwood trees.
Across from the Railyard, 6 blocks from the Plaza
The Hacienda is located in a business area 6 blocks from the Plaza. Galleries, shops, and restaurants are available in the immediate area and across the street at the Railyard, a shopping and dining district that also boasts the historic Santa Fe train depot. A free shuttle service is offered in distinctive purple vehicles, although it would be helpful if the shuttle were available after 10 pm.
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 capital and its oldest: It was founded in 1607. It sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet at the southern edge of the Rockies, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, halfway between Taos and Albuquerque.
Hiking in summer and skiing in winter are great reasons to visit, but Santa Fe is also renowned for its local 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 Santa
Modern and luxurious, with private balconies
The 35 suites that make up the Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe are done in a Southwestern theme with beautiful Native American details. You'll spot adobe fireplaces in the corner, colorful rugs, dark wood furniture, and copper lamps atop carved desks. Flat-screen TVs and iPod docks offer up-to-date technology. Living areas and bedrooms are both spacious, as are the tile-and-stone baths with glass-walled walk-in showers. Waffle-style robes and slippers and extra towels are elegant touches, as is the free basket of fruit and truffles with turndown service.
Top-notch spa and a unique "teepee dining" experience
The four-pearl Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe delivers a private, gorgeous retreat on four gorgeous acres -- just six blocks from the Plaza. The Hacienda is the more upscale section of the Hotel Santa Fe, the only hotel in town owned by Native Americans, and the extensive display of Native art gives the public areas a gallery feel. The suites are large and luxurious -- but the "butler service" that separates the Hacienda from the rest of the hotel is far from private -- you'll share just a few butlers with the other 35 guests.
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