Santa Fe Hotels

Written by Abby Luttrell
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Santa Fe was established as a city in 1609 by the newly appointed Spanish governor Don Pedro de Peralta. In 1610 the San Miguel Mission Church was built as a center for the Franciscan friars, whose mission was to convert the surrounding Indian pueblos. Visitors can still see the San Miguel Mission Church, one of the country's oldest intact churches in continuous use, with a bell cast in 1356.

The Palace of the Governors, on the north side of the Plaza, is said to be one of the oldest public buildings in the United States. Built in 1610, the long adobe structure was the seat of government under the successive rules of Spanish, Pueblo Indian, Mexican and U.S. territories until statehood in 1909. Many Santa Fe hotels are located just adjacent to the colorful Plaza.

Experience Old New Mexico

At El Rancho de las Golondrinas, off I-25, tourists can experience a living history museum of Spanish colonial life in early New Mexico. Restored buildings include an 18th-century placita house with defensive tower, mill, schoolhouse and church. It was a stopping place on El Camino Real (the Royal Road) from Mexico City to Old Santa Fe.

Whether you visit Santa Fe, New Mexico for its historic Spanish flavor or for its exciting modern art scene, your choice of Santa Fe hotels will probably be one which captures the atmosphere of this unique city. In one of the most beautiful and historically preserved cities in America, you won't want to stay in a Santa Fe chain hotel or motel. Santa Fe bed and breakfast stays or vacation rentals will allow you to savor historic Santa Fe and nearby Taos.


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