Santa Fe is the rare city that is so laid back that it allows couples to enjoy each other without tripping over trumped up expectations of romance. A “date” in Santa Fe can just as easily mean lacing up hiking boots to take a sunrise hike in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, followed by feasting on bacon-and-green chile breakfast burritos at a local café, as it can strapping on stilettos and dressing up in a tux for a night of tailgating before taking in Carmen at the Santa Fe Opera. The following hotels cater to both extremes and offer a rustic allure that make couples feel completely at home, yet still on vacation. There’s an understated elegance they offer, with touches like piñon fires in an en suite kiva, candlelit meals in a quiet corner of the patio, and room-service champagne brunches, that they make for an unforgettable weekend getaway.
Inn of the Five Graces
With its vibrant colors and textures, twinkling patio lights, and suites with names like “Scheherazade,” this intimate 24-suite hotel on the Barrio de Analco, the oldest inhabited block in the United States, which dates back to 1598, feels straight out of 1001 Arabian Nights. Doubles from $500.
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa
Just a few steps away from the Plaza on historical Palace Avenue, La Posada sits on six acres, the highlight of which is a 132-year-old mansion that locals believe is haunted. The towering elms and cottonwoods, bubbling fountains, hot tub and pool on secluded grounds that are surrounded by cozy adobe rooms, make La Posada the ideal secluded getaway. Doubles from $319.
Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
This is the kind of spot where couples may never leave their casita. The second-story, 600-square-foot Vista Suite has a kiva fireplace, a deep soaking tub, and king beds covered in Italian linens with a view to the Jemez Mountains. Keep in mind, however, that there are hiking and equestrian trails out back. Doubles from $914.
The Inn and Spa at Loretto Penthouse
From this 2,800-square-foot penthouse suite guests have 360-views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains and downtown Santa Fe icons like the Inn at Loretto and St. Francis Cathedral. With five terraces, two baths, a full modern kitchen, there’s plenty of space to spread out. Doubles from $1,000.
Inn on the Alameda
This quiet 72-room inn is the closest hotel to Canyon Road, which is to say that it’s just steps from more than 100 art galleries and fine-dining restaurants like The Compound and Geronimo. Nightly wine and cheese receptions, a lavish breakfast buffet, and cozy, affordable rooms, make this an ideal launch pad for a weekend adventure in Santa Fe. Doubles from $159.