Your Budget-friendly Guide to Santa Fe

Magnificent Vacation Spot on a Budget

Santa Fé is a beautiful city, rich with culture and history. Laid out in a grid system that radiates from a central plaza, Santa Fé is easy to navigate for the out-of-town visitor. American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights into Santa Fé Municipal Airport. Other major carriers have flights available into Albuquerque International Airport, which is about an hour away. Affordable hotel rooms add to the lure of this well-known center for the arts that has attracted visual artists, musicians, and writers. Georgia O’Keeffe and D.H. Lawrence are among the many artists who have found inspiration in Santa Fé.


Cheap Hotels with Nearby Shopping and Attractions

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Santa Fé is close to Museum Hill, which is home to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. The Santa Fé Outlets and Santa Fé Place mall are also nearby. Guests will enjoy complimentary parking and Wi-Fi during their stay at this economical Santa Fé hotel. Rooms include a microwave, mini refrigerator, 37-inch flat-screen television, and Sweet Dreams Sleep Experience including 300-thread-count sheets and fluffy pillows. Enjoy a traditional breakfast menu with a southwest flare at Patinas each morning. The Mezcal Lounge offers lunch, dinner, and cocktails.

Two blocks from the Santa Fé Plaza is the site of a hotel housed in a 300-year-old hacienda, the Hilton Santa Fé Historic Plaza. The New Mexico Museum of Art, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and the Santa Fé Children’s Museum are among the many sites within walking distance. Enjoy the Hilton Serenity bed, mini refrigerator, soaking tub, luxury bath products, and 42-inch flat-panel television with cable. Enjoy the breakfast buffet or full menu at Pinon Grill each morning. El Canon offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks by the kiva fireplace throughout the day. Room service is available until 10:00 p.m.

For a real getaway, The Hacienda and Spa at Hotel Santa Fé is 3 acres of pure heaven. This hotel sits in Historic Downtown Santa Fé and in the heart of the Guadalupe Railyard District. The natural pine southwestern-style furniture, granite bathroom countertops, luxurious triple-sheet bedding, in-room Wi-Fi, and stocked mini bar are just the beginning of the things you will love about this hotel. Choose from a full line of treatments available for a day of pampering at The Spa. The pool and hot tub are perfect for soaking away the tension from a long day of shopping or sightseeing.


Artwork for Any Budget

Canyon Road, east of the Plaza, has the highest concentration of art galleries in the city. For a personal tour of the best art galleries in Santa Fé, let Anna be your guide. Be sure to check out the various unique outdoor sculptures throughout the city. A visit to the Allan Houser Sculpture Gardens and Compound is fun, educational, and only $15 a person.

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Bonnie Laquitara likes to write about upscale vacations on a budget. She enjoys visiting tropical islands, big cities, and out-of-the-way places. She is happiest with her toes in the sand and an umbrella drink in her hand. You can follow her on Google+. She is currently working on the #HipmunkTypeofStayNeighborhood project.


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