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Santa Fe Plaza

Home to many landmarks in the heart of the city, this spacious square evokes echoes of the Spanish colonial era with its markets, bandstand and live music.

Santa Fe Plaza is a spacious gathering point with markets, a bandstand and a park at the heart of the city. At the square’s center find an arts stage and a statue that acts as an American Indian War Memorial. Many musical performances and political events take place in the lively square. Around the plaza are restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Use the benches and tables in this tranquil, grassy haven for a picnic.

Watch the people walking by as you enjoy your picnic lunch. Relish the tranquil ambiance on the grass between the trees. The scenic park in the center of the plaza is a great spot from which to admire the adobe structures around the sides. 

See the Palace of the Governors on the northern part of the square. The 17th-century structure dates back as far as the inception of the plaza itself. It is one of the oldest constantly occupied public buildings in the country. Explore the collections and exhibitions of local history and art.

Examine the obelisk-shaped American Indian War Memorial that stands in the center of the park. It was erected in the 1860s to pay tribute to those who died in the American Civil War.

Purchase traditional Native American jewelry at one of the stands or boutiques around the square. Dine at one of the restaurants and cafés or buy fajitas from a vendor. Attend musical performances at the bandstand. 

The square was established around 1610 and has remained the political and social hub of the city since then. A defensive wall and fort once surrounded the plaza. It is also the terminus of the famous trade route from New Mexico to St. Louis.

Santa Fe Plaza sits in the center of the New Mexico city. Visit some of the many popular landmarks surrounding the site, such as the Loretto Chapel, Canyon Road and the Cathedral Basilicia of Saint Francis of Assisi. The city center is a 14-mile (22.5-kilometer) journey northeast from the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. It should take around 20 minutes by car.


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Lodging Near Santa Fe Plaza

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Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

100 Sandoval St, Santa Fe
4.1
of 5, from 561 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Santa Fe, this historic hotel is steps from Lensic Performing Arts Center and Georgia O'Keefe Museum. New Mexico Museum of Art and Santa Fe Plaza are also within 5 minutes.

$139
La Fonda on the Plaza

La Fonda on the Plaza

100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe
4.6
of 5, from 1,569 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Santa Fe, this spa hotel is steps from Institute of American Indian Arts Museum and Palace of the Governors. San Miguel Mission and New Mexico State Capitol are also within 10 minutes.

$119
Hotel Santa Fe

Hotel Santa Fe

1501 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe
4.3
of 5, from 1,367 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Hotel Santa Fe, The Hacienda & Spa is in downtown Santa Fe's historic Guadalupe Railyard district, 6 blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza and Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and 7 blocks from the convention center.

$65
Santa Fe Sage Inn

Santa Fe Sage Inn

725 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe
3.9
of 5, from 1,052 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This inn is located at the entrance to Santa Fe's historic downtown area, only 6 blocks from the Historic Santa Fe Plaza, and 9 miles from Santa Fe's County airport.

$109
Hotel St Francis

Hotel St Francis

210 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe
4.0
of 5, from 1,645 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Santa Fe, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Loretto Chapel and Palace of the Governors. San Miguel Mission and New Mexico State Capitol are also within 10 minutes.

$120
Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe

Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe

828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe
4.7
of 5, from 519 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Santa Fe, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and Palace of the Governors. San Miguel Mission and New Mexico State Capitol are also within 15 minutes.

$119
The Inn at Vanessie

The Inn at Vanessie

427 W Water St, Santa Fe
4.5
of 5, from 779 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Santa Fe, this luxury inn is within a 15-minute walk of Santuario De Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Palace of the Governors, and San Miguel Mission. New Mexico State Capitol and Museum of International Folk Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$119
Inn of the Governors

Inn of the Governors

101 W Alameda, Santa Fe
4.5
of 5, from 1,590 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This two-story hotel is 2 blocks from Santa Fe Plaza, the Palace of the Governors museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts; the convention center is 4 blocks away.