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Summer Vacation: Inn and Spa at Loretto

We continue our look at one of our favorite nearby summer vacation destinations, wonderful Santa Fe, New Mexico, with a profile of this exceptional, historic luxury hotel. With its incredible styling, first-rate spa, unbelievably accommodating staff, and luxurious amenities, the award-winning Inn and Spa at Loretto is one of the best places one can possibly stay in Santa Fe.

With an iconic New Mexican adobe architectural style that immediately catches the eye, this Heritage Hotels & Resorts property perfectly captures the old school Southwestern feel of this amazing city. Founded in 1975 by the Kirkpatrick family, the Inn and Spa at Loretto sits on the former site of the historic Our Lady of Loretto Academy and is adjacent to the famed Loretto Chapel. Few properties in America boast such an intrinsic connection to their city and genuine feel of history.

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Inside you will find a delightful blend of old and new. The Inn has a warm, inviting vibe that complements well with the more modern amenities that make this a AAA Four-Diamond property. Throughout the hotel, you’ll find a lovely assortment of local and Native American artwork, as well as a photographic tour of Santa Fe’s diverse history to help envelop you in the culture of one of America’s premier artistic destinations. 

For those interested in more artistic immersion, the Inn and Spa at Loretto also offers an “Art and Soul of Santa Fe” program designed to help immerse guests in Santa Fe’s creative culture and rich artistic history. Through partnerships with a diverse network of local art galleries, art institutes, and independent artists, the program allows guests to discover more about what makes us love this exceptional city so much.

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The guestrooms at the Inn are spacious, with warm colors and a design style that evokes Native American folklore. Rooms offer plush, comfortable beds with elegant linens, flat screen TVs, a mini fridge, coffee and tea maker, and luxury bath amenities. Our room had sumptuous hardwood floors, and a “Terraza” or balcony with tremendous views of the pool and historic Downtown Santa Fe. This is certainly a luxurious and exceptional way to experience storied Santa Fe.

Things To Do

It’s hard to talk long about the Inn and Spa at Loretto and not mention its legendary spa. Named the #5 “Best Hotel Spa in the U.S.” by USA Today, this award-winning spa is as good as it gets. Treatments begin with a relaxing foot soak in aromatic warm water before moving on to a 15-minute, restorative “sole revival” foot massage. Then it’s on to a blissful escape from all life’s troubles that incorporates wonderful New Age touches like scents and stones. The skilled experts at the spa do everything to ensure that you have one of the best massages or facials of your life. Santa Fe’s best spa is must visit, regardless of where you’re staying.

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While staying at the Inn and Spa at Loretto you will also certainly want to pop by the Living Room for a drink. This lobby bar has a truly warm and inviting feel, with plush leather couches and a roaring fire that certainly live up to its name. Be sure to come savor a fine cocktail or a glass of wine and catch the live music on Thursdays and Fridays. Furthermore, all guests receive a Local Treasures Discount Book offering 15 percent off the best local dining, shopping, galleries, and attractions. This is a nice little touch when it comes time to explore the city.

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And when that time does come, one place we cannot say enough about is Meow Wolf. but really, what more can be said about this groundbreaking modern art instillation that hasn’t been? I mean a movie was made about it. The easiest answer is that it must be seen firsthand to be understood. Housed inside of an old bowling alley, Meow Wolf takes guests on a mind-blowing psychedelic journey unlike anything else on earth. Oh, and they have a very cool bar with delectable cocktails too. 

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Dining

One of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants resides right on property at the Inn and Spa at Loretto. Luminaria Restaurant & Patio is a fantastic culinary experience at any time of day. In fact, with a beautiful patio and an intimate dining room, you really can have two completely different dining experiences at Luminaria. During our stay we had the pleasure of enjoying breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this culinary gem, and we were blown away by all three. This 2019 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award Winner recently unveiled a new menu, and brilliant young chef Jason Stewart has put his unique stamp on the cuisine.

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Featuring nothing but the finest local ingredients supplied by local farmers’ markets, the menu at Luminaria is inventive and encompasses styles an cuisines from across the globe. A few standouts include Blistered Shishito Peppers with feta (among the best I have ever had); Salmon Belly Tartar with dill crema, cured egg yolk, pickled fennel, and rye dust; and a mouthwatering 6oz Filet served with blue corn cheese enchiladas grilled asparagus, and red and green chiles.

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For another unique and exceptional dining experience, be sure to check out The Compound. This local institution has been around for more than 50 years and is an architectural marvel. Owned by James Beard award-winning chef Mark Kiffin — named Best Chef of the Southwest in 2005 — The Compound is a premier destination for any foodie visiting Santa Fe and has attracted the attention of celebs like Oprah. 

For more information about the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, visit hotelloretto.com.

ty-fahlman-author-bioAbout Author Ty Fahlman

The former Managing Editor of Jetset Magazine, Ty Fahlman has earned a stellar reputation for his probing, introspective interviews of celebrities, as well as his in-depth profiles of resorts, restaurants, and destinations. With over 150 articles published, Ty has ghostwritten for New York Times bestselling authors and celebrities, and given thoughtful and in-depth profiles and interviews of dozens of A-List celebrities including Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio. He currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona but travels as much as he can.

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