Luxurious Adobe Resort, The Inn and Spa at Loretto, in Downtown Santa Fe
The Inn and Spa at Loretto, a luxurious adobe resort, takes it’s name from the Academy of Our Lady of Light (Loretto) a cluster of buildings built in the mid 1800’s. Adjacent to the academy was the famed Gothic Revival-style chapel, Loretto Chapel, featuring the miraculous staircase. The Loretto Academy which was built on the property where the hotel now stands was purchased by the Kirkpatrick family in 1971 after the Academy went into disrepair. After several years of renovation, in 1975 the Kirkpatrick family founded the Inn and Spa at Loretto, which was built in the Pueblo Revival Style (“Santa Fe Style” as it is known today). Now one of the most photographed buildings in the state, the Inn is a Santa Fe icon and testament to the city’s modern history.
Kirkpatrick also saw the importance of preserving the Chapel and later opened it as a historic landmark and museum. Today the Chapel, which features the miraculous staircase, sits next to the resort and is one of the most visited historic sites in New Mexico.
In 2008 the interior of the resort went through another restoration while once again paying homage to the Pueblo people of New Mexico. Now managed by Heritage Hotels & Resorts, the hotel provides a rich, authentic experience for guests by embodying the New Mexican culture, spirit and tradition.
The Inn and Spa at Loretto, located only a block from the Santa Fe Historic Plaza in the heart of downtown, encompasses the spirit and history that is Santa Fe. As soon as I entered the circular drive onto the property, I was surrounded by rich adobe walls with Indian inspired artifacts, lush landscaping and beautiful life size statues.
This AAA 4-Diamond property did not disappoint when I stepped inside either. Passing through the warm, inviting entry I walked into the large Living Room filled with leather sofas adorned with pillows made from woven Indian blankets in rich tones, reclaimed wood tables and local New Mexico artwork. Sitting by the warm fire with a signature cocktail in hand or out by the fire pit in the sculpture garden was a great way to relax and enjoy the company of friends. The Living Room also helped us celebrate the day’s end with nightly happy hour and live entertainment.
Another feature in the lobby is the local Artists in Residence program where artists illustrated their work while telling me about the process they used on their subject matter of choice. Maybe this will bring out the inner artist in me. Call the concierge at 505-984-7908 for dates and times of participants.
I was happy to find that my bedroom at this resort was equally as welcoming as the lobby with bold colors, rich wood tones, a fireplace and a good sized patio. Comfy beds are always a great plus at all Heritage Hotels and Resorts too. And being greeted by the bear was a sweet touch. The room also offered an ample sized bathroom with an invigorating shower head and wonderful bath amenities.
Like Santa Fe, The Spa at Loretto is filled with mystical energy. This multiple award-winning spa offers anyone who enters refuge from the world outside. The Spa at Loretto offers a wide range of treatments that can uplift, rejuvenate, sooth or energize your mine, body and soul. Whatever you are looking for you will find it here, be it a relaxing massage or a traditional time-honored ancient treatment. Add on a soak in one of their over-sized tubs infused with aromatherapy, rose petals and salts to begin or end your treatment. Several facials and nail services are also available.
When hungry, I suggest you head over to Luminaria, the resorts restaurant. It’s a nice walk down the hall to the restaurant, and ladies, this is for you. They have their own shopping gallery down this hall. There are jewelry shops, art galleries, gift shops, local clothing and even a coffee shop. When done shopping go experience their world class dining. If the weather is nice, I suggest you sit on the lovely, elegantly clad patio framed by the Loretto Chapel. At twilight, dining alfresco under the stars transforms the atmosphere into a romantic veranda draped and tented with flowering vines and luxurious flowing fabrics, lit by hanging lanterns. Luminaria has won numerous awards including Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence since 2009 for its wonderful selection of wines. The food is locally sourced and the chef dishes are appealing to the eye as well as the palate. Heritage Hotels keeps with its tradition of incorporating art and treasures into the hotel. Tables built from reclaimed Ayacahuite barn wood and gray resin wicker chairs appointed with plush cushions provide ample seating for guests. A flickering Kiva fireplace, copper top adobe bar, and colorful paintings by Native American artist, Mateo Romero, provide further rustic elegance.
Other amenities worth noting here:
- Local Treasures Discount Card (15% off premium shops, restaurants and attractions in the area). Shop local and save a bundle.
- Pet friendly Santa Fe hotel accommodations
- Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool
- Secluded sculpture garden
- Within easy walking distance to world class shopping, art galleries, museums, dining venues and many historic sites
- Complimentary WiFi internet access
- Non-smoking hotel
- Valet Service
**Full Disclosure: I received a two night stay in exchange for my review. But don’t worry, all opinions are 100% mine.**
211 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM
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