Unique New Mexico Hotels With Cultural Design

Hotel St. Francis Santa Fe Decor
Authentic Cultural Decor Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe

Cultural Design

Hotels that tell New Mexico's cultural history

The Southwest United States has long been known for its rich and diverse culture and influential history. Over the past several hundred years New Mexico has evolved a distinctive culture influenced by its Spanish and Native American cultural roots and Anglo settlement. To honor the state's special identity, Heritage Hotels & Resorts committed to the development of culturally distinct hotels that would far exceed their guests' expectations. Our vision: A select group of hotels that provide an authentic sense of place and exhibit an appreciation for the history and culture of the Southwest. 

After multiple renovations and millions of dollars spent on architectural and interior design details that uphold the true roots and culture of the Southwest, Heritage Hotels & Resorts has confirmed its reputation as a cultural hospitality leader. We have created a collection of culturally distinctive hotels that draw from the unique blend of the Southwest’s Native American, Mexican, Spanish and American Western cultural and historical influences.  

Through architecture, landscaping, interior decoration, cuisine, art, music and entertainment, a unique guest experience is created. Heritage Hotels & Resorts integrate the unique cultures and ancient traditions of the southwest, while maximizing each property’s location and attractions. Heritage Hotels & Resorts showcase the best of the southwest and provide an entertaining venue for customers. We maintain a consistent level of guest service, and have ultimately become the brand of choice for anyone seeking accommodations in the southwest. 

To enter any of our culturally distinctive hotels is to enter a world of timeless design and innovative craftsmanship.
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Custom Chandeliers From Nambe Pueblo Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Here’s a snapshot of the cultural design and character of each of our distinctive New Mexico hotels and resorts:

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town is a 188-room full-service hotel that exemplifies “Albuquerque Style,” a unique fusion of New Mexico’s distinct cultural influences. The hotel incorporates interior design features from the historical Alvarado Hotel, the Franciscan Hotel and the significant building designs created by John Gaw Meem for the University of New Mexico campus. Hotel Albuquerque, nestled in the historic Old Town and museum district of Albuquerque, allows guests to discover more than 400 years of history and native New Mexican heritage. The hotel’s turn-of-the-century elegance draws on classic Territorial details. The hotel grounds are especially impressive containing, as they do, a 19th century style New Mexican chapel and courtyard as well as formal Spanish gardens and a Victorian style pavilion. These touches make the hotel particularly appealing to wedding and event planners.

Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe offers visitors a glimpse into the magical culture of Chimayó, a distinctive Northern New Mexico community. Visitors to Hotel Chimayó  encounter a variety of custom artwork, collected from more than 70 Chimayó artists. Chimayó community members crafted 500 hand-made crosses from found materials to accent the fireplace mantels in each hotel room. Weavings designed and crafted by award-winning Chimayó artists adorn the lobby and hotel rooms. Low ‘n Slow Lowrider Bar at the Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe features authentic lowrider elements crafted by Chimayó specialists. Named after the book “Low ‘n Slow – Lowriding in New Mexico” by Jack Parsons and Carmella Padilla, the bar is designed to capture the essence of the low-rider culture ― its exuberance, style and artistry. On the street outside the bar will be an exclusive “Lowrider Only” reserved parking space.

Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces is the most significant Southern New Mexico hotel featuring the grand Spanish Colonial style, a style that has its roots in Spain and colonial Mexico. It was most prevalent in local architecture in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Dramatic, culturally driven improvements with historical references feature vibrant colors, rich fabrics and textures, one-of-a-kind signature pieces from Old Mexico and furnishings modeled after pieces from the New Mexico Museum Foundation’s historical collection.





Nativo Lodge Lobby Albuquerque Hotel
Lobby with Shaman and Native American Rugs Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque
Hotel St. Francis is Santa Fe’s oldest hotel and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Recently remodeled (it was formerly the De Vargas hotel), the design is a reflection of the simple and spiritual style of the Franciscan Missionary Order. Peace and tranquility are key underlying elements in the serene hotel design. The lobby is resplendent in white marble, which reflects the flickering light of candles spaced throughout. A large stone baptismal font is the lobby's focal point. Simply designed wood and leather furniture add comfort and style. Carpets are inspired by the natural shades of wool from the churro sheep brought to New Mexico by Spanish missionaries. The hotel in its entirety is a refuge from busy modern life.

The Lodge at Santa Fe is inspired by the legendary building traditions of the Puebloan Ancient Ones. It pays tribute to their foundational culture, visible atop the hills of Santa Fe. Traditional pueblo building methods and materials like those found at the ancient dwellings of Chaco Canyon lend the hotel a distinctive look and feel, while the dramatic views, which include the Sangre de Cristo Mountains beyond and downtown Santa Fe below, add an undeniable sense of place. A 28-foot tall circular stone kiva tower ceremoniously marks the hotel’s entrance. From the cowhide-covered chairs that adorn the lobby to the coyote fencing and the intimate on-site chapel and courtyard, this hotel offers guests a truly unique experience.

Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque reawakens the imaginative spirit of the adventurous traveler searching for a unique venue. The hotel's design pays homage to a rich and vibrant culture while integrating the modern elements of the surrounding city. The hotel's architectural detailing is rich in cultural symbolism but contemporary in expression.  Large museum-quality Navajo rugs adorn the hotel’s open floor lobby.  Colorful hand-carved mural panels featuring Native American symbols and figures complement river rock and pine-bundled columns soaring five stories to provide guests with a dramatic lobby experience. In 2013, four contemporary Native American artist guestrooms were opened to offer guests the opportunity to overnight in a large-scale art installation.
Fountain at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
Custom Spanish Fountain Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

Fred Harvey Company Design Philosophy

During the early 1900s, the Fred Harvey Company became famous for their regionally inspired architectural and interior design. They were the first lodging company to design and build hotels that seemed to grow out of the natural science and cultural heritage of their locations. The company also developed effective new techniques for marketing southwestern travel and introducing Native American arts and crafts to tourists. The image of New Mexico sold to travelers since 1880 has capitalized on and embellished the state's multicultural traditions, its frontier history and its compelling landscape. That image still draws American and international tourists to New Mexico.

Inspired by Fred Harvey's work, Heritage Hotels & Resorts continues its journey to transform New Mexico hotels from franchised chain properties to premier, independent, community hotels.  Community hotels allow for greater social interaction through events, family and local celebrations and guest interaction. Our hotels also have greater flexibility to make dramatic, unique improvements that reflect the history, culture and style of New Mexico’s main cities and towns. Many of the techniques and philosophies of the Fred Harvey Company are incorporated into our Heritage Hotels & Resorts.