Hotels in New Mexico
Midway between the balloon museum and tramway, the swanky Sandia Resort & Casino has handsomely appointed rooms with deep soaking tubs and panoramic views of the mountains and Rio Grande Valley.
This happily over-the-top, 24-suite compound has a Thousand and One Nights aesthetic, so minimalists beware: the units here, which occupy vintage adobe buildings along a short stretch of the city's oldest street, are all whimsically cluttered with ornate bric-a-brac, tapestries, and tiles from Tu
At the base of Lift 4, halfway up the mountain, schuss into the Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant to warm up by a traditional Kachelofen tile stove.
Occupying a 225-acre compound at the foot of Black Mesa (a 40-minute drive north of Santa Fe and an hour south from Taos), New Mexico's only Relais & Châteaux property is a spectacular desert getaway.
You need to book well ahead for a chance to visit the mysterious Lightning Field, a gridlike sculpture by Walter De Maria comprising some 400 stainless-steel poles. You can view the artwork only by spending the night.
Across from the Georgia O'Keefe museum, and steps from the Plaza and Canyon Road, Eldorado Hotel carries the Pueblo Revival style through its cathedral-ceiling lobby and into each of the 219 rooms. Renovated in 2006, the rooms maintain an artistic flair with local handcrafted furniture and art.
It’s all about privacy and sense of place: 71 secluded adobe rooms and suites open onto a flower-filled courtyard. Cozy, pueblo-style hideaway with traditional Southwestern décor, near the plaza and a short stroll from the art galleries on Canyon Road.
Just blocks from the Plaza and close to the Opera, the Inn of the Turquoise Bear is surrounded by an acre of terraces, gardens full of lilacs and roses, and tall pines.
Occupying a renovated 1920s hacienda, the B&B-style hotel has hardwood floors, Mission-style furnishings, and convenient access to the adjacent Gila National Forest.
Two historic buildings, designed by renowned New Mexico architect John Gaw Meem, sit under cottonwood trees along the Rio Grande.
With handcrafted southwestern furniture and wood-paneled walls, the reasonably priced Chama Trails Inn feels homier than its simple motel exterior might suggest; it’s also close to the railway depot.
Filled with old-world furnishings (and, reportedly, ghosts), the inn is home to the famed Adobe Bar, a perfect perch for margaritas and people-watching.
Built in 1922, this landmark Santa Fe hotel has wood vigas (beams), kiva fireplaces, and polished tile floors. The rooftop Bell Tower Bar is the place for sunset cocktails with a view of the Jemez Mountains.