Inside these walls, the comforts of home snuggle up against the pleasures of luxury lodging.
Inside its 19th-century adobe walls, Pueblo Bonito boasts 19 charming Southwestern rooms at accessible rates. But it’s the inn’s welcoming staff and unique history that make it really special. Amy Behm, who owns the inn with her husband, Herb, shares its history with every guest, with enthusiasm and warmth; her familiarity with the grounds and with Santa Fe is a lively mix of academic and personal knowledge. Pueblo Bonito doesn’t have a kitchen, though every morning they bring in an ample buffet that includes fresh fruits, juice, and an assortment of breads and pastries. “Rather than get stuck in the kitchen, we take that time to socialize with our guests,” says Amy. “We ask them how they slept, we help plan their day.” The inn has been honored with many awards, including 2012’s “Most Likely Return” by Lanier Bed & Breakfast. From $95; 138 W. Manhattan Ave.; (505) 984-8001; www.pueblobonitoinn.com
There’s a certain old-world charm that makes El Paradero (Spanish for “the stopping place”) true to its name. Though just steps from the Plaza, the inn is a respite from the hustle and bustle. With 15 cozy rooms dressed in rustic Southwestern décor and homemade baked goods served at afternoon tea, El Paradero feels like the well-appointed home of a tasteful friend. The breakfast of fresh fruit, homemade granola, and a daily hot entrée from the kitchen, is delicious—made to order for each guest and served right to their table. In keeping with its quiet, rustic sensibilities, there are no TVs in the rooms. But if you’d rather spend a cool summer evening watching a cozy fire burn, this is the place for you. From $110; 220 W. Manhattan Ave.; (505) 988-1177; www.elparadero.com
“Intimate” best describes the experience at Dunshee’s. The inn has just two rooms—a suite and a casita. Both have enormous, private living rooms; access to expansive grounds (the suite even has a patio with its own kiva); and are well stocked with books, games, and homemade cookies. Breakfast is composed of fresh, local ingredients. If the rooms are homey, that’s because they made up Susan Dunshee’s home before she turned it into an inn. “I basically took my clothes out left the rest,” she says. An artist herself, Dunshee has lovingly furnished it with items that are both personal and unique, like the suite’s antique stove from New England, the American folk art that adorns both rooms, and even a few of her own paintings on the walls. Though it’s less than a mile from the Plaza and steps from Canyon Road, the inn sits atop a hill that feels enchantingly removed from the rest of the world. From $140; 986 Acequia Madre; (505) 982-0988; www.dunshees.com
It’s clear that every aspect of El Farolito (and its nearby sister inn, the Four Kachinas) has been submitted to meticulously high standards. Though a relatively small inn, all six of its rooms are elegantly decorated with local artwork, and each has its own fireplace and sitting area. The breakfast, made fresh and served buffet style, is top-notch, as is the afternoon tea. The staff has a comprehensive knowledge of the area and a well-honed sense of how to cater their knowledge to each visitor. Both inns are ideally located—a ten-minute walk from the Railyard, the Plaza, and Canyon Road. From $160; 514 Galisteo St.; (505) 988-1631; www.farolito.com
Staying at the Guadalupe Inn is like visiting your abuelita. Dolores Quintana Myers, the sweet, silver-haired woman who owns the inn with her brother, Pete, and sister, Henrietta, might even come to meet you at the train station. (Bonus: The inn sits directly behind the Railyard, one of Santa Fe’s most interesting districts.) The rooms are filled with handcrafted items: bed frames by Henrietta and metalwork by Pete. As Santa Feans, the Quintanas go way back; the family has lived on the same land for 150 years. “My mother would tell the guests so many stories at breakfast. Now it’s my sister who does the entertaining while I’m busy in the kitchen.” It’s a wise division of labor. Dolores’s breakfasts have won the Arrington’s Inn Traveler “Best Breakfast in Santa Fe” three times. Her menu of options includes huevos rancheros with chile made from—you guessed it—a family recipe. From $116; 604 Agua Fria St.; (505) 989-7422; www.guadalupeinn.com