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Hotel Highlights

  • Eastern-inspired spa using Southwestern ingredients
  • Spectacular decorations from around the world
  • A block from Santa Fe's prettiest plaza

Overview

A desert jewel, The Inn of the Five Graces hotel in Santa Fe wows with an exotic décor that seamlessly blends the Southwest with the Far East. The 24 adobe-style rooms and suites, all facing the gorgeous courtyard, are decked out in boldly patterned fabrics, carefully selected artwork from the designer-owners' world travels, hand-painted accents, mosaic-tiled bathrooms and wood-burning kiva fireplaces.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Inn of the Five Graces with us:

A plate of chocolate-covered strawberries at turndown the first night and 10 per cent off 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar, excluding alcohol

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

24, including 21 suites.

Check–out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $450.00, excluding tax at 15.18 per cent.

More details

Rates include full breakfast, parking and soft drinks from the minibar.

Also

Dogs are welcome for $75 a night in certain rooms; the hotel will greet Fido with treats, bowls, bedding and a kennel.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, CD/DVD library free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, minibar, free bottled water, coffee maker, Desert Blends Natural Earth bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The two-bedroom Luminaria House is the most lavish place on the grounds, with five fireplaces, two patios, brilliantly tiled bathrooms and a lapis ceiling with an orb-like red chandelier. Of Superior Suites, we like Jasmine, which has mountain views from its private balcony, a beautiful sandstone bathroom and a curtained bed that feels like a cocoon.

Packing tips

This is the land of Georgia O’Keefe, so pile on silver jewellery and Native American prints. Bring an extra bag to hold all of the treasures you pick up from Seret & Sons, the family’s emporium of South and Central Asian furniture, including Tibetan antiques, dhurries and patterned pillows.

Also

The crimson-and-gold walled spa has a stone fireplace and a slew of treatments inspired by Tibetan and East Indian traditions. Try an Ayurvedic healing massage or High Mountain Hydration, a steam treatment that is perfect for high altitude.

Children

Leave them at home. This hotel is best-suited to adults.

Food and drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Each morning, full breakfast with your choice of dishes, including spicy huevos rancheros, French toast, yoghurt and fresh juices is served on site or in the courtyard. In the evenings dinner is served at 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar, just down the road. Chef Louis Moskow prepares mussels, steak frites, seared scallops and other French classics.

Hotel Bar

There is a bar at 315, which pours excellent wines. Take a cue from the Francophile soundtrack and order an earthy French red. The Burgundy selection is particularly strong.

Last orders

Santa Fe is early to bed and early to rise. Dinner is served from 5pm to 9pm, and breakfast starts at 7am.

Room service

The full breakfast and dinner menus are available for delivery to your room.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Crisp and casual, with a bit of local turquoise if you have it.

Top table

Take a table closest to the doors to catch evening breezes.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

After you’ve lounged in the courtyard on a day-bed, and worked out knots in the spa, there is plenty to see in and around Santa Fe. The area is called Georgia O’Keeffe country for a reason: the iconic American artist moved her late in her career and was inspired by the Pueblo architecture. See some of her best works at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in the middle of town (www.okeeffemuseum.org). These days, Santa Fe is an artist’s enclave, and Canyon Road is home to some of the best galleries. Pop into Nuart Gallery (www.nuartgallery.com) for contemporary pieces, and Michael Smith Gallery (michaelsmithgallery.com) to see Navajo weavings.

Catch one of the best views in town from the Santa Fe Opera House (www.santafeopera.org). Situated on a mesa with perfect sunset vistas, the theatre lures some of the opera world’s best and brightest to its annual five-show seasons.

For hippie New Mexico at its best, head an hour north of town to Ojo Caliente (ojospa.com). The hot springs, where we spotted Lauren Hutton, are sulphur-free, geothermal mineral pools that flow from a subterranean volcanic aquifer. Sip digestion-aiding litia water from the antique pump, dip into iron springs, soda springs or arsenic water. The mountains around Santa Fe have beautiful hiking trails and bridle paths for horses (www.santafestables.com). Try your hand at fly-fishing with High Desert Angler (www.highdesertangler.com). The company offers year-round fishing on private, public and Native American land, including in the Rio Grande, San Juan and Jemez.

Local restaurants

For a tiny town, Santa Fe has tons of excellent restaurants. There’s a reason locals and tourists queue for their share of organic New Mexican food at Cafe Pasqual’s (+1 505 983 9340; pasquals.com), a four-minute walk from the hotel to Don Gaspar. The 50-seat restaurant makes superlative, well-spiced salsa-doused dishes. The breakfasts are most popular, but the chilli-topped BLT, quesadillas and enchiladas are well worth a visit for lunch at dinner. Less than a mile from the Inn on Canyon Road, Geronimo (+1 505 982 1500; www.geronimorestaurant.com) in a converted 18th-century house, is one of the best restaurants in the region, serving lamb in chilli-mint sauce and mesquite-grilled lobster. Like most of Santa Fe, The Shed values its chillis. The restaurant sources its supply from Hatch – New Mexico's chilli capital – which it turns into stew, salsa and burrito fillings (+1 505 982 9030; www.sfshed.com). It also sells many of its ingredients, so you can continue the feast when you return home.

Local bars

Sip local beer at Blue Corn Café & Brewery off the Plaza, which serves spicy bar snacks – excellent with the coriander-laced 40k Honey Wheat Ale and the End of the Trail Brown Ale (+1 505 984 1800; www.bluecorncafe.com). Snag a seat along the railing of Coyote Café’s Cantina (+1 505 983 1615; www.coyotecafe.com) for a frozen prickly pear margarita and menu of tacos and burgers.

Local cafés

Santa Fe’s signature dish is the green chilli cheeseburger, and the best one is likely found at Santa Fe Bite, a no-frills roadhouse (+1 505 982 0544; santafebite.com). The restaurant is a bit of a drive out of town, but its pepper-topped patties are worth the schlep. Ask for a seat on the patio of La Choza, the Shed’s more casual sibling. Hidden by the railroad tracks, the restaurant serves some of the city’s best New Mexican food. Try a combination platter with an enchilada and soft taco and, herbal iced tea for those hot desert days (+1 505 982 0909; www.sfshed.com/lachoza.htm). Laid-back New Mexican restaurant Maria’s specialises in blue-corn enchiladas, which are served with your choice of red chilli sauce, green chilli sauce or Christmas sauce, which is a mix of the two (+1 505 983 7929; www.marias-santafe.com). Bring a designated driver: Maria’s margaritas are potent and irresistible.

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Centre of old Santa Fe

The Inn of the Five Graces

150 East De Vargas Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, United States

The Inn of the Five Graces is in the heart of Santa Fe where the Old Santa Fe Trail and East De Vargas Street connect.

Planes

The most convenient airport is Albuquerque International Sunport, a 65-mile drive from the hotel. The airport serves Chicago (www.united.com), Baltimore (www.southwest.com), Los Angeles (www.aa.com) and other major cities. Closer to the hotel, Santa Fe Airport is a municipal airport 20 miles from town,with flights to Los Angeles (www.aa.com) and Dallas (www.aa.com).

Automobiles

Although Santa Fe is small enough to navigate without a car, many visitors fly into Albuquerque, an hour’s drive away and hire cars at the airport: the drive is easy, and the hotel offers free valet or self-parking.

Reviews

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The Inn of the Five Graces 150 East De Vargas Street Santa Fe 87501 Santa Fe United States

Anonymous review

by , Gotham wordsmith

Rating: 10/10 stars
I have a vision for a magical place… a community where all are free to indulge in everything they've always been curious to try, or avoided (perhaps practiced in moderation) to make it to a certain point in life. Welcome to Retirement Island™. I’m several decades away from my future happy place where octogenarians can take up the drums and 70-somethings give psy…
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The Inn of the Five Graces

Anonymous review by Laura House , Gotham wordsmith

I have a vision for a magical place… a community where all are free to indulge in everything they've always been curious to try, or avoided (perhaps practiced in moderation) to make it to a certain point in life. Welcome to Retirement Island™.

I’m several decades away from my future happy place where octogenarians can take up the drums and 70-somethings give psychedelic mushrooms a whirl, but I’m actively scouting for the mystical spot to build my hedonist haven.

And, following a long weekend in Santa Fe with two dear friends (and Retirement Island™ stakeholders), New Mexico is a top contender for our decadent dot on the map.

No matter where this creative commune lands, I will be stealing pages from the style and service handbooks of the Inn of the Five Graces. This clutch of 400-year-old adobe buildings, with come-hither courtyards set with daybeds and canopied porch swings, is tucked down a quiet street a shuffle from San Miguel Chapel, the oldest church in the US.

The earth tone-colored inn may look understated from the outside, but the 24 rooms are styled with a riot of rich fabrics and Asian antiques, as if furnished with the spoils from your globe-trekking auntie’s escapades.

You know, that outlandish relative who waltzed into your family’s subdued suburban parties in a cascading caftan… never quite ‘settled down’… snuck you glasses of Champagne. Ok, I never had an aunt like this, but she’s a fantasy muse for future ventures: #lifegoals.

In the case of the Inn of the Five Graces, the muse has a name (two, actually) Ira and Sylvia Seret, an importer and designer duo with interests from Tibet to Afghanistan. The couple made their mark on the New York fashion and interior design scenes before heading to Santa Fe to open their unique Seret & Sons showroom in 1979 (pick up a vintage Kurdish kilim rug or hand-carved marble Ganesh statue as a souvenir) and then the inn in 1996.

Our pinch-me-is-this-real suite was bursting with their finds: a wingback chair upholstered in hand-woven cotton dhurrie; detail-laden Tibetan prayer tables; hand-carved headboards from India; and massive ensuites in a glorious patchwork of Moroccan tiles.

Although culled from destinations across the globe, the russet red, peacock blue and burnt orange hues in the fabrics seemed to be made for this capital city nestled at the foothills of the glowing-red Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Yes, when Retirement Island™ becomes a reality, I can easily picture myself reclining on an exotic chaise lounger smoking cigarettes (hello old friend) as I catch up on that long list of novels I’ve been meaning to devour.

As for the service bit, the staff (who refuse tips as a rule) is so sincere in their offers to do something… anything… for you, that we felt compelled to make requests. Please send up another plate of those crunchy blue corn tortilla chips and addictive chili-spiced salsa… I know it’s late, but we’re in dire need of another bottle of wine… Could you please send a handsome man over to light the kiva fireplace in our suite?

It’s enough to turn a staunchly DIY I-carry-my-own-bags-thank-you traveler into the high-maintenance sort. However, Santa Fe’s mix of locals and seekers – artists, healers, hippies – will keep one in check.

A visit to the Georgia O’Keefe museum gave a deeper understanding of how nice Midwestern girls (like Georgia and me) could abandon all other landscapes for the sun baked ones of the Southwest. We lost hours searching for our animal spirits carved into stone by local Zuni People tribe members at a shop called Keshi just up the street from the hotel.  

If ever I were to be abducted by aliens, it most certainly would have happened in the groovy gong (as in a massive metal percussive instrument) yoga class I attended at Body Santa Fe. I think I came close. We also spent an afternoon soaking at a Japanese-style spa, Ten Thousand Waves (call ahead and book a private hot tub), with other legitimately retired people. 

Yep, Santa Fe just might be the spot for Retirement Island™ – and if I can get the Inn of the Five Graces on board, it would seal the deal. It’s going to be weird, and it’s going to be wonderful…. I’ll be accepting applications in 20 years.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members have to say about The Inn of the Five Graces in the Guestbook below…

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This hotel is a gem and well worth the expense if you want something special and a little different.The riot of colourful decor which worked surprisingly well. One of the most comfortable beds ever! Great breakfast with plenty of choice. The courteous helpful staff. They were great at securing restaurant bookings and took care of altering the bookings when we ran a bit late a couple of times as we had been out hiking. Greta position in town as it is out of the noise but just a short walk into the centre for galleries shops and restaurants.

Don’t expect

A thumping bar scene.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The front desk staff, the café staff, the fire place, the décor, the bath salts, and the quiet relaxing atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Elegant dining.

Rating: 10/10 stars