Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
Celebs and other A-listers tend to choose this fashionable boutique hotel, which sits discreetly across the street from the Palace of the Governors. A member of the swanky Rosewood Hotel Group, the inn puts a cushy face on traditional New Mexican design; its 58 rooms, with their earthy sandstone walls and traditional latilla-and-viga ceilings (thick beams crossed with narrow, rough-hewn sticks), are airy and sleek, and decorated with beautiful handwoven rugs and paintings by acclaimed local artists. All have kiva-shaped gas fireplaces (indispensable on those nippy high-desert nights), and four-poster beds so high that they require special stepping stools. In the evenings, guests mingle over drinks in the hotel's intimate, clubby Living Room lounge, and the esteemed restaurant buzzes with Santa Fe's well-heeled culturati.
Tip: If you're looking for a stunning spot to get work done, grab a seat in the serene library, with its plush leather chairs and shelves of books detailing New Mexico's rich artistic and cultural history.
Room to Book: Request 202, a second-floor deluxe unit that has the only balcony with Plaza views.
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