Eclectic Hotel with Luxury Rooms and Hip Lounge
Instead of the usual Southwestern decor you’ll find in most Santa Fe hotels, the Luxx Plaza Hotel in downtown Santa Fe features a bold, contemporary look. Lanterns and skylights illuminate midcentury furnishings and abstract paintings in the lobby, and striking artwork enlivens guest rooms. And when you want to see that classic adobe architecture, walk just two blocks south to the Santa Fe Plaza, a National Historic Landmark and the unofficial center of the city.
Individually decorated guest rooms range from standard king and queen rooms to spacious two-room suites. Each has several high-tech amenities, including a Blu-ray player and a flat-screen TV, which operates with Google TV and includes Netflix. While you’re here, you can grab lunch at the onsite Italian café, sample traditional Japanese cuisine at the sushi-and-sake bar next door to the hotel, or relax in the outdoor jacuzzi.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Adobe Architecture and Traditional Southwestern and Multicultural Cuisine
Voted a top U.S. travel destination in Condé Nast Traveler magazine's readers’ poll, Santa Fe's vibrant mosaic of cultural influences includes pieces of Native American, Latino, and Western traditions. You can get an idea of the city's varied background at the Santa Fe Plaza (located one block from the hotel), which has served as the city center for more than 400 years. On a walkthrough, you'll see old buildings made of adobe, the red brick-like material that defines much of Santa Fe's architecture, as well as historic territorial-style homes. Centuries of colorful southwestern artwork are also on display in the New Mexico Museum of Art, which is located in the plaza.
Fiery chili is the signature flavor at many restaurants in Santa Fe, which earned a place on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in the United States in 2011. It's worth it to sign up for a walking food tour of the area, where popular eateries put their own spin on zesty southwestern cuisine.
For more than 300 days a year, Santa Fe soaks in sunshine. Such consistently great weather, paired with New Mexico’s varied terrain, makes the region ideal for hiking and biking. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains have peaks that stand over 13,000 feet high, and they're traced with trails that wind past picturesque meadows filled with Indian paintbrush, purple lupine, and undomesticated landscape painters. From late fall to early spring, up to 300 inches of snow falls on the slopes of the mountains, which offer miles of downhill-skiing and snowboarding trails.