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New Mexico’s Best Independent Hotels

New Mexico has attracted more and more travelers thanks to its unique natural formations, stunning desert beauty, Native American historic landmarks, and quirky, artistic cities such as Santa Fe.

There is a lot to do and see here no matter what your traveler preferences are, but most visitors to the state share a taste for authentic, local experiences. So skip the chain hotels and find boutique, independent hotels in New Mexico to make your stay unforgettable, whether you plan a trip to Albuquerque or Santa Fe.

Isleta Resort and Casino

For travelers who crave luxury, the Isleta Resort and Casino is the perfect fit. Guests in this Albuquerque resort will soak in luxurious tubs and sleep on soft Egyptian cotton linens before enjoying the indoor and outdoor pools and getting pampered at the full-service spa facility. The resort includes an on-site casino, but you can bring your family along for a trip here. The hotel provides a game room to entertain children, as well as plenty of on-site steakhouses and casual restaurants kids will love.

MCM Elegante

The MCM Elegante provides one of the best values for your money out of all the hotels in Albuquerque. This independent hotel offers guests spacious, comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs at less than $100 a night. Even travelers who wish to upgrade to a more elegant suite will only need to pay a total of $150 a night for their VIP treatment. Make sure to step outside the hotel and on the ABQ Trolley Tour, which gives a great overview of Albuquerque’s history and sights, or drive a little further to discover the city’s picturesque Old Town.

Nativo Lodge

If you want a hotel that truly celebrates the history and heritage of Albuquerque, look no further than Nativo Lodge. As the name suggests, Native American culture influenced the design of every room in this hotel. The local charm of the Nativo Lodge extends to its on-site Spirit Winds Cafe, which serves authentic and delicious Southwestern cuisine. Best of all, Nativo Lodge is a nature lover’s dream, as the nearby La Luz Trail offers hiking and incredible desert vistas.

Inn of the Governors

Travelers in Santa Fe looking for a unique, cozy, and charming boutique hotel should book a stay at the Inn of the Governors. The Inn tastefully reflects the lively and Native American-influenced city of Santa Fe, as the rooms boast a desert-inspired color palette and local Native American rugs. Best of all, the hotel is just a few steps away from local attractions like the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe Plaza, and the Palace of the Governors.

La Fonda on the Plaza

Guests can really connect with the artistic community in Santa Fe by booking a stay at La Fonda on the Plaza. Each room features unique artwork by a local artist on the walls and even the headboard, as well as handmade local furniture. Travelers will also enjoy live entertainment in the on-site La Fiesta Lounge and find top Santa Fe museums and hiking trails within a short distance from the hotel’s front door.

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I'm an actress and travel blogger in Los Angeles. Activites: Writing, taking photos, traveling, exploring, getting in trouble. Addictions: music, coffee, Greece, road trips, the ocean, steaks. I have not yet heard of a single place in this world I didn't want to travel to and explore immediately.

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