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Where to Stay in Santa Fe
Whether you're visiting Santa Fe for its world-renowned arts scene, its majestic landscape, its unique Native American culture or its many independent boutiques, Travelzoo's SuperSearch can help you find the perfect hotel for your budget. The majority of accommodations are centrally located in Santa Fe's vibrant downtown. Here, you will find numerous historic and cultural institutions, including the Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe Plaza and the New Mexico Museum of Art. The selection of hotels ranges from upscale boutiques complete with full-service spas to quaint inns decorated with Southwestern flare. Another set of accommodations is located just southwest of downtown along Cerrillos Road. Here, you can compare rates at a handful of hotels, discount motels and bed and breakfasts. This area provides tourists with convenient access to the College of Santa Fe, numerous art galleries and several municipal parks. Or get out of town and head north toward the Hyde Memorial State Park. Along the outskirts of this popular hiking and camping destination, you will find several isolated resorts. These lavish establishments offer guests a secluded environment and a host of luxury amenities.
Santa Fe Hotel Tips
Santa Fe plays host to dozens of festivals and community events throughout the year. One of the most significant annual events is the Santa Fe Indian Market. Held every August, Santa Fe's downtown becomes an open-air mall where vendors from throughout the area come to sell American Indian crafts and art. It is considered the world's largest show for Native American artisans and attracts thousands of collectors and tourists. Another hugely popular festival is the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Held in July, the event attracts a range of international folk artists. If you are planning either of these events, make sure to book your hotel reservations far in advance to ensure availability.
Budget travelers may want to book their trips before or after the summer season. You can frequently find discount Santa Fe flights and hotel deals during the shoulder seasons of early spring and late fall.
Santa Fe Hotel Recommendations
If you want to be steps from museums, fine restaurants and Santa Fe's nightlife scene, book reservations at La Fonda. Built in 1922, this historic downtown hotel is located on the Santa Fe Plaza. The establishment is filled with original artwork, from handmade furniture to dramatic canvasses to sculpted corbels. It boasts 170 classic rooms and suites, each richly appointed with designer flourishes and custom touches. Guests can also choose to book one of the hotel's exclusive terrace rooms, which feature stunning views of the cityscape. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, a rooftop outdoor hot tub, on-site boutique shopping and fine dining at La Fonda's award-winning La Plazuela restaurant.
Budget travelers may want to stay outside of Santa Fe's downtown and book reservations at the Santa Fe Sage Inn, located along Cerrillos Road. The hotel is within walking distance of the popular Guadalupe shopping and dining district. Plus, the hotel's complimentary shuttle buses guests to and from many of Santa Fe's museums and galleries. The hotel features 156 Southwestern-style rooms, each featuring custom tin accents. All guests receive a complimentary breakfast each morning. The hotel also boasts an exercise room, an outdoor heated swimming pool and meeting space for up to 50 people. The Santa Fe Sage Inn does offer guests the choice of pet-friendly rooms for an additional fee.
Or stay in seclusion at the Bishop's Lodge Ranch, Resort Hotel & Spa. Located in its own private valley just a few miles north of downtown Santa Fe, this relaxing retreat spans 450 acres and is surrounded by the forests of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The resort features 111 rooms located in 15 separate lodges. Guests have a range of room options from traditional guestrooms to deluxe suites, all of which sport custom furnishings and Southwestern accents. The family-friendly resort provides an array of entertainment options, including hiking, horseback riding, skeet ranges, yoga classes, cookouts, tennis and swimming in the hotel's outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Bishop's Lodge also features a full-service spa, 8,000-square feet of meeting space and two restaurants.
Santa Fe Transportation
Santa Fe Trails is the local transit agency. It operates eight bus routes, which serve most of the city. Most routes originate near Santa Fe Plaza. Visitors flying into Albuquerque can hop a ride on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. This commuter train provides transportation throughout New Mexico. Lines regularly run from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. Downtown Santa Fe is extraordinarily pedestrian friendly. If you are staying in the city's center, you will likely have little need for a car. If you wish to explore the nearby national parks and forests, you can rent a car from one of the city's many rental outlets. The Santa Fe region also boasts many trails and paths constructed specifically for bikers, hikers and horseback riders.
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