Definition of INCREDIBLE: too extraordinary and improbable to be believed.
And this is exactly how we felt both with our stay at the Inn and Spa at Loretto and the Aspen leaves and trees we found in the Santa Fe highlands. It was our second trip in the fall to this magnificent city and we again stayed at the Inn and Spa at Loretto (formerly the Hotel Loretto). The hotel staff was friendly and accommodating!
Last year we went to Santa Fe for the hot air balloon festival and this year for the foliage. To be honest, both were equally amazing in very different ways. We were told that this year was the best in many and that it was as good as it gets. I would have to agree, we have photos of the golden glow forests that are almost supernatural. These photographs will have a place in our home for many generations to come. Absolutely beautiful!!
There are a few surprises that come with a city being situated at almost 7,500 feet above sea level but none like the feeling of sleeping in the clouds. Or on a cloud for that matter! And that is what we felt like every morning and every evening when we got into the most heavenly bed you can imagine. No kidding, the pillows are so soft yet supportive there is only one word to describe them. Without doubt one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept on, ever.
Chile peppers are so ingrained in this city that you cannot really go to any restaurant and not find them on the menu or made into the dishes themselves. Thank god for that because it is a special experience and one not to be missed. Neither is the Huevos Rancheros at the hotel restaurant, Luminaria. We ate at this restaurant breakfast lunch and dinner and loved every meal. Carlos remembered us from last year and he and his helpers served us in grand style. Everything we asked for was delivered with a smile and the service was impeccable. Highly recommend this restaurant. We are thinking of getting married here and having our reception on the outside terrace because it is dreamy beautiful at night with all the candle lanterns lit up. It is also happens to be directly next to the Chapel Loretto and part of the hotel. Does it get any better? Well maybe, but not much.
I realize I am dribbling on and must wrap this up but it would not be complete with mentioning Rose and her adorable shop Faircloth Ltd. Last year my Finance found this shop in the hotel where she found THE most incredible collection of antique fabrics, linens and furniture. This year she was still there and the shop looked just as amazing as we remembered. The really cool part is that all of these items are made by hand! Not only is the shop eye candy but the proprietor is the sweetest thing you ever met. Again, only one word to sum this shop up.
We cannot wait to get back to Santa Fe and the Hotel Loretto. And yes, there is only one word that comes to mind as we settle back in to our seemingly normal lives and think about out last trip to Santa Fe. Incredible!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An exquisite Santa Fe, New Mexico hotel reflecting the culture and sophistication of its historic setting, the Inn and Spa at Loretto features 134 guestrooms, a full-service spa, casual fine dining, art galleries and a tranquil garden. The Inn is ideally located in the heart of Santa Fe, near the Palace of the Governors and just one block from historic Santa Fe Plaza's galleries, museums, restaurants and boutiques. Effortlessly blending old-world charm with world-class splendor, this Santa Fe luxury hotel is one of the state's most photographed buildings. Built at the end of the historic Old Santa Fe Trail high in the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Inn and Spa at Loretto is an architectural recreation of the Taos Pueblo, a national historic landmark. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn And Spa At Loretto Hotel Santa Fe
- Hotel At Loretto
- At Loretto Hotel
- Inn At Loretto