Spacious Southwestern Suites in the Heart of Santa Fe
When you walk through downtown Santa Fe, it can feel more like a rustic Old-West town than New Mexico’s thriving capital. Though some modern buildings have sprouted up throughout the city, you’ll still see historical mission churches in the heart of downtown, all set against the ruddy backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Situated in these foothills‚ Villas de Santa Fe welcomes visitors with warm, southwestern-style decor, pueblo-style architecture, and well-appointed rooms that make the property a comfy home base for exploring colorful downtown Santa Fe, which is rich in Native American and Mexican history.
Each carefully designed one-bedroom suite feels more like an apartment than a hotel room. Desert-inspired art hangs on the walls in one of the standard rooms, and you’ll find colorful woven fabrics on the couch in the separate living area. Each suite comes with a partial kitchen, where there’s a full-size refrigerator, a stovetop, and honey-colored wood cabinetry.
After waking up, unwind in the outdoor hot tub or practice chasing after mail carriers on the treadmills at the onsite fitness center. The hotel also has a complimentary shuttle that can zip you around the property, so you can save your energy for a scenic walk through the nearby downtown area.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Old-West Architecture and Fiery Southwestern Cuisine
Located halfway between Albuquerque and Taos, Santa Fe is New Mexico’s historical center, a vibrant mosaic of cultural influences from Native American, Latino, and western traditions. If you only have a day to tour the city’s architectural and artistic attractions, start at the 400-year-old site of St. Francis Cathedral Basilica, where stained-glass windows cast rainbow colors onto the stone floor, then head to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. There, art lovers can delve into work from New Mexico’s best-known artist, getting an up-close look at O’Keeffe’s modernist interpretations of the surrounding landscape.
Fiery chili is a standby garnish for chefs in Santa Fe. On Food Tour New Mexico’s culinary introduction to Santa Fe, you can sample the city’s famous chili and its other zesty southwestern fare from popular local vendors. While in town, be sure to try the Land of Enchantment’s take on the cheeseburger—here, it’s typically topped with a green chili.
New Mexico’s varied terrain and seemingly nonstop sunshine make the area a great place for hiking. Visit the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which have peaks that stand at about 12,000 feet high. Another popular day trip is Bandelier National Monument, about an hour’s drive east through forests and mountains. The park was designated a national monument to protect cliff-side dwellings that are thought to be constructed more than 3,000 years ago by the native Pueblo people.
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