El Rey Inn
1862 Cerrillos Rd., 800/521-1349, 505/982-1931 elreyinnsantafe.com
A Southwest oasis that locals love to recommend. Its quiet 86 rooms, contoured white walls, and vibrant gardens suggest Old Mexico rather than New Mexico. Slip into the tiled outdoor pool and you might even forget you're in the desert. From $75 in low season, $89 in high season.
Grant Corner Inn
122 Grant Ave., 800/964-9003, 505/983-6678 grantcornerinn.com
A romantic retreat just off the Plaza, with brass and four-poster beds, antique quilts, and second-story porches; it oozes colonial charm. The daily breakfasts and afternoon teas justifiably draw locals as well as inn guests. From $130 in low season, $145 in high season.
Hotel St. Francis
210 Don Gaspar Ave., 800/529-5700, 505/983-5700 hotelstfrancis.com
A beloved downtown landmark since 1880 with Old Victorian decor. Daily afternoon tea served in the spacious, elegant lobby also belongs to another era. Got questions? Revered concierge Inger Boudouris knows everything about Santa Fe. From $129 in low season, $149 in high season.
Inn on the Alameda
303 E. Alameda St., 888/984-2121, 505/984-2121 inn-alameda.com
A downtown inn tucked behind adobe walls, with 71 rooms showcasing the essence of Santa Fe style-rustic wood furniture, balconies, hand-hewn vigas, round kiva fireplaces, and stained wooden gates leading to brilliant gardens abloom in spring and summer. It's so peaceful, it's easy to oversleep and miss the hefty breakfast spread. From $130 in low season, $215 in high season.
Inn on the Paseo
630 Paseo de Peralta, 800/457-9045, 505/984-8200
Small and sweet, with 18 southwestern-style rooms, contemporary art, and a community breakfast table where hearty meals fuel the day. Step out the door into the stream of the city and walk to any downtown attraction. From $79 during low season, $109 in high season.
138 W. Manhattan Ave., 800/461-4599, 505/984-8001 pueblobonitoinn.com
Originally a judge's estate and later an apartment complex for struggling artists and rising politicians, the 18-room adobe B&B charges more than yesteryear's $35 monthly rate, but it's still a bargain. From $85 in low season, $130 in high season.
Territorial Inn at the Marcy
105 E. Marcy St., 866/230-7737, 505/989-7737 territorialinn.com
Fourteen eclectic guest rooms featuring turn-of-the-century furnishings and an inviting lobby with wingback chairs that practically require relaxation with a snifter of brandy. Indulge in the spa and gourmet breakfasts. From $69 in low season, $139 in high season.
106 E. Faithway St., 888/321-5123, 505/982-3465 madeleineinn.com
An 1886, three-story Victorian estate at the top of a sleepy side street; it has turrets, a clay roof, and other ornate architectural features that sprang up in Santa Fe once the railroad arrived. Settle into one of five old-fashioned rooms that reflect an earlier, slower era. From $120 in low season, $145 in high season.
La Fonda 100 E. San Francisco St., 800/523-5002, 505/982-5511 lafondasantafe.com
Formerly a famed Harvey House, the hotel's 167 rooms epitomize Santa Fe style, but that's just one reason this multitiered historic adobe hotel streams with guests year-round. Anchoring the corner of downtown Santa Fe Plaza, it's a hotspot. From $219 in low season, $299 in high season.
La Posada de Santa Fe
330 E. Palace Ave., 866/331-7625, 505/986-0000 laposada.rockresorts.com
A pricey renovation transformed these Pueblo Revival-style adobe casitas into a downtown luxury resort with high-end spa and restaurant. To steep in history, hang out in the library and lounge at the Staab House, an 1880s brick mansion built by a Santa Fe merchant whose wife reportedly still haunts the halls. From $139 in low season, $209 in high season, plus resort and parking fees.
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