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What’s my favorite in-the-know place to stay? Inn of the Five Graces, a hotel in Santa Fe.
I know this might sound kind of snobby, but when you travel as much as I do, it takes quite a bit for a hotel to make a serious impression. That doesn’t mean I require a fancy or luxurious room, but I do crave something a little special.
That’s why I love this inn. The hotel opened in 1996, with designers Ira and Sylvia Seret, transforming a neglected cluster of traditional adobe buildings into a unique hotel. The Serets import exotic antiques, rugs, textiles and architectural elements, and outfitted the entire place with their best finds, making for a magical retreat. However, the desgin gets more personal than that: Sylvia Seret’s one-of-a-kind tile mosaics adorn the suites’ kitchens and bathrooms. They’re stunning.
The hotel includes 24 rooms, and it’s truly an oasis. It’s mysterious, with an Arabian Nights meets southwest kind of vibe. From the moment you enter your room, all your senses are engaged. Big, open windows allow you to hear the birds singing, feel the breeze against your skin, see the rustling leaves and soak in the juniper-scented air.
I’m all about a comfy, luxurious bed and these guys nail it. The linens are soft and vibrant, the feather beds so comfy you never want to leave. Really, it’s one of the most romantic, tucked away places I’ve ever stayed.
They also boast an incredible spa and restaurant. Of course, should you ever want to leave, you’ll love the location. It’s right in the heart of one of Santa Fe’s most historic neighborhoods, just two blocks away from the Plaza and the Palace of the Governors. You can’t beat that!
What’s your favorite little known gem of a hotel? Share in the comments!