Best Areas to Stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Where to stay in Santa Fe – A guide to the capital of New Mexico

The city of Santa Fe is located in the state of New Mexico, sixty miles north of Albuquerque, and is a popular destination in the southwestern United States.

It is the second oldest city in the United States, with a particular mix of history, architecture, culture, cuisine, outdoor activities and shopping centers, in an typical environment of the American Southwest.

Santa Fe is composed of old buildings and adobe churches, many galleries and museums. In addition, it is located in a mountain region and has a desert climate, with very hot summers and winters with snow.

Tourism is an important element of the economy of Santa Fe since visitors are attracted throughout the year for its outdoor activities, including skiing in the winter, and hiking.

Getting to Santa Fe is possible through the Sunport International Airport of Albuquerque, located 62 miles (100 kilometers) away by car. The Santa Fe Municipal Airport, although smaller, offers daily flights to Denver, Dallas and Phoenix.

The only type of public transportation available in Santa Fe is the bus, connecting with any district of the city and some suburban areas. At night, it is advisable to use taxis.

As far as gastronomy is concerned, Santa Fe has undeniable Mexican roots, with dishes such as the famous enchiladas, tamales, totopos, posole, and guacamole, to name just a few.

The city is interesting because of its avant-garde architecture and its modern urban design. Therefore, Downtown, with its luxury hotels, stands out among the best areas to stay in Santa Fe(See accommodation in Downtown Santa Fe).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The best areas to stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico

1. Our favorite area: Downtown

Downtown Santa Fe is a historic district that houses skyscrapers, shops, offices, and central business areas.

In the Downtown, beautiful old houses and historic buildings stand out, some of which are currently occupied by souvenir shops.

Downtown is known as the financial heart of the city, a walkable area between picturesque streets and charming boutiques, restaurants, bookstores and art galleries.

Downtown Santa Fe is small, you can walk at any time and it is also one of the best areas to stay in Santa Fe for nightlife.

The Downtown offers convenient hotels for all budgets. In addition, it brings together the sites of cultural interest and leisure of the city, so it is ideal regardless of the reason for the trip.

Best areas to stay in Santa Fe - Downtown Santa Fe

Best areas to stay in Santa Fe – Downtown Santa Fe

Accommodation in Downtown Santa Fe - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in the area

Accommodation in Downtown Santa Fe – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in the area

Why we love this area for a stay in Santa Fe:

  • Best area for business travelers
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Great public transport connections

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Garrett’s Desert Inn

Located on the old Santa Fe Trail in the historic district of Santa Fe, New Mexico, this hotel offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant and rooms with free Wi-Fi.

from US$100
Budget

Rodeway Inn

Offering an indoor pool and a hot tub, America’s Best Value Inn Lamplighter is less than 1 mile from the College of Santa Fe.

from US$60
Luxury

Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe

This Santa Fe hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool and serves hot food and free cold drinks. The rooms have Wi-Fi access and a flat-screen cable TV.

from US$220
 

 

 

2. Near University of Art and Design Santa Fe

The University of Art and Design Santa Fe is located close to Downtown Santa Fe and east of Albuquerque.

The surroundings of the area are characterized by a complex of buildings where art and design can be appreciated in its different manifestations, with modern and contemporary architecture.

The area of the University of Art and Design is equipped with supermarkets, fast food, restaurants, banks, and public transport stops.

In the vicinity of the University of Art and Design, there is a large number of bookstores, museums, art galleries, cafes and restaurants with a quiet atmosphere.

The area of the University of Art and Design is considered one of the best areas to stay in Santa Fe because of its affordable hotels and hostels that promise a good stay in its comfortable facilities.

Best areas to stay in Santa Fe - Near University of Art and Design Santa Fe

Best areas to stay in Santa Fe – Near University of Art and Design Santa Fe

Accommodation near University of Art and Design - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in the area

Accommodation near University of Art and Design – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in the area

Why we love this area for a stay in Santa Fe:

  • Cheap accommodation
  • Museums and galleries
  • Peaceful area

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

El Rey Court

This Santa Fe hotel is set in 2 hectares of beautiful gardens and offers an outdoor pool and individually decorated rooms with satellite TV.

from US$229
Budget

Days Inn by Wyndham Santa Fe New Mexico

This hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool and rooms with a refrigerator. It is well connected to Highway 14, a 10-minute drive to downtown Santa Fe, the capital of the state of New Mexico.

from US$60
Luxury

Inn & Spa at Loretto

At the end of the historical route of Santa Fe, between the beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, is the Inn and Spa at Loretto, a modern accommodation located in Santa Fe, which exudes the art and spirit of the Southwest.

from US$220
 

 

 

3. Southeast Santa Fe (near the Museum of International Folk Art)

Southeast Santa Fe is a very charming district. Among the emblematic attractions of the area, the Museum of International Folk Art stands out for housing the largest collection of folk art in the world.

Southeast Santa Fe has a unique sophistication that translates into historic hotels that combine a retro charm and modern services.

Southeast Santa Fe has public transport connections, so moving to other areas of the city is not a problem.

This is also one of the best areas to stay in Santa Fe for its fast food places, coffee shops and hotels of different categories.

Where to stay in Santa Fe - Near the Museum of International Folk Art

Where to stay in Santa Fe – Near the Museum of International Folk Art

Accommodation near the Museum of International Folk Art - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in the area

Accommodation near the Museum of International Folk Art – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in the area

Why we love this area for a stay in Santa Fe:

  • Charming hotels
  • Good public transport connections
  • Museum of International Folk Art

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    The Lodge at Santa Fe – Heritage Hotels and Resorts

    This hotel is located on a hill overlooking Santa Fe, New Mexico, and organizes a shuttle service (upon request) to the historic Santa Fe Plaza. The property has an outdoor pool/hot tub, a place to eat.

    from US$122
 

 

 

4.Southwest Santa Fe (Near Santa Fe Place Mall)

Southwest Santa Fe is the largest area of the city and is still in full development.

This area has all kinds of parks, from rose parks to historical and sports parks, ideal for the best recreational and leisure activities.

The Southwest Santa Fe area became a unique combination of commercial development and adobe houses, as well as a well-established family community, home to St. Anne’s Church.

Southwest Santa Fe is also home to the Santa Fe Plaza Mall, the largest shopping center in northern New Mexico, with many stores.

Although Southwest is, mostly, a residential area, it is considered among the best areas to stay in Santa Fe for shopping.

Best areas to stay in Santa Fe - Southwest

Best areas to stay in Santa Fe – Southwest

Accommodation near Santa Fe Place Mall - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in the area

Accommodation near Santa Fe Place Mall – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in the area

Why we love this area for a stay in Santa Fe:

  • Santa Fe Plaza Mall
  • Great variety of hotels
  • Parks and green areas

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

    This Santa Fe hotel offers a free airport shuttle service and features indoor and outdoor pools, room service and rooms with terraces and flat-screen cable TV.

    from US$159
 

 

 

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