Santa Fe is undeniably a dog-lover’s town. You can’t go anywhere without seeing pooches in parks, on restaurant patios or leaning out of the passenger window in every other vehicle on the road. There’s even an annual pet parade, where dogs, cats, rabbits (and even chickens) participate, usually dressed in hysterical costumes. It makes sense then, that Santa Fe is filled with pet-friendly lodging options, from budget and value hotels to boutique properties, in case Fido requires five-star service. Below, browse SantaFe.com’s short list for the top pet-friendly places to stay in Santa Fe.
La Fonda on the Plaza is steeped in history, occupying what’s believed to be the oldest hotel corner in the country. Your dog may not be riveted by La Fonda’s storied past, which includes its time as a treasured Harvey House hotel, but he’ll love the fact that this hotel offers easy access to the pet-friendly Plaza, a great place to meet friendly local dogs. La Fonda has 180 guest rooms and suites occupying five floors, but the pet-friendly rooms are located on the first and second floors, making it easy for you to get your pet outside for walks and essential duties. If you’re here during winter, book a room with a fireplace and your dog will love lounging in front of the merry flames. In summer months, a room with a balcony will give your pet the perfect dog-watching perch. Book a room here and you’ll feel good knowing that La Fonda donates a portion of its pet cleaning fee to the Española Valley Animal Shelter.
Inn of the Anasazi
If you thought that pets and luxurious lodging were incompatible, think again. The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, a gorgeous boutique hotel in the heart of the city, has long been considered one of the best in Santa Fe by tourism pros. Filled with handcrafted furnishings, textiles, paintings and other art reflecting the city’s multicultural history, the hotel invites you to relax and enjoy five-star service. Your dog and cat are also invited to enjoy the beauty of this distinctive retreat and they’re showered with treats, water and food bowls and even pet beds, upon check-in. The hotel provides a grassy area for your pets, too.
Just a short walk from the Plaza, the handsome Hotel Chimayó is filled with traditional Hispanic art made by more than 70 local artists. While your dog may not spend as much time admiring the art as you certainly will, he’ll enjoy staying in this hotel, which honors the spirit of the nearby historic Hispanic village, Chimayó. Reserve a handsome, spacious suite with a wood-burning fireplace and private balcony looking onto a courtyard. For an additional fee, you can treat your dog to a gift package that includes a toy, snacks and a water bowl.
Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe
If you’re going to thoroughly pamper yourself and your pet, book a suite at the Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe, built in the region’s popular Pueblo-style architecture with Native American interiors, art and earth tones. Your pet will love the comfort of your luxurious suite as much as the expansive hotel grounds, with shady trees and walkways, a great place exercise. He’ll also love the daily continental breakfasts, if you give him a taste or two, as well as the professional butler, there to attend to everyone’s daily needs (within reason, of course).
Hilton Buffalo Thunder
What could be missing when you stay at Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder? With an award-winning championship golf course, a world-class spa, indoor and outdoor pools, gourmet dining, a nightclub and a Vegas-style casino, this expansive hotel has everything you, and your dog, could want in an accommodation. Set on 587 acres about 15 driving minutes from Santa Fe, Buffalo Thunder actually offers two hotels, one with upscale rooms and suites designed with Native American décor and the other offering suites with full kitchens and living rooms, providing plenty of space for your pooch to play. And did we mention there’s an on-site dog park?This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead