SANTA FE -- The Inn at Loretto may be the only hotel in this region
that provides its guests with two distinct places of refuge: a
chapel and a spa.
The hotel, part of Noble House Hotels and Resorts, recently
opened Spa Blue, which it said aims to rejuvenate the "mind, body
and soul" with Asian and indigenous treatments.
Unique to the spa is a Desert Heat Wrap, which features adobe clay
applied to the body followed by a thermal wrap and Vichy shower. A
moisturizing lotion is then applied to hydrate and tone the
This can be followed by one of 12 different massages, including
the Native Desert Sage Massage, which begins with an exfoliating
polish of sage and rosemary and a massage using a rare desert sage
The facility, decorated in warm earth tones and natural
textures, "is a personal refuge for relaxation and renewal," said
Dan Pierotti, corporate spa director for Noble House.
"We wanted to blend together the harmony of Eastern philosophy
with the spiritual beauty of Santa Fe."
Although today's visitors to Santa Fe may find tranquility in the
spa, the hotel also offers a place in which visitors have sought
peace for more than a century.
The Loretto Chapel was constructed in 1878 on land that was part
of the Loretto Academy, a Roman Catholic school run by the order of
the Sisters of Loretto.
According to local legend, there was no access to the 20-foot choir
loft, so the nuns prayed to St. Joseph, the patron of carpenters,
to resolve their problem.
Nine days later, a white-bearded man appeared with a tool case
and donkey in tow. He built a spiral staircase to the loft and left
before he could be paid for his work.
The staircase is awe-inspiring to visitors as well as
architects. It features two 360-degree turns and no center post for
support. No nails or pegs were used to secure it.
The chapel is now part of the hotel's wing of shops and
Built in 1975 by the Kirkpatrick family of Santa Fe, the Inn at
Loretto carries the signature adobe-style architecture of the
In 1996, the family sold the property to Noble House, the
Seattle-based company that also owns and operates hotels in
Arizona, California, Florida, Texas and Washington. Two years ago,
Noble House completed a $10 million renovation of the property.
In May, the Restaurant at the Inn at Loretto opened. The hotel
also has a lobby bar that is popular with locals as well as guests,
offering food, drinks and live music in the evenings.
There also is an outdoor, heated swimming pool open year-round,
a sculpture garden and a fitness center.
In addition to 135 standard rooms, there are five suites. The
2,800-square-foot Presidential Suite is the most lavish of the
accommodations, containing a pool table, a full kitchen, a dining
room and a large living room with a fireplace and a terrace with a
view of the city.
A spiral staircase leads to the master bedroom and a private
Rates and packages
Room rates start at $209 for standard rooms and $359 for
There is a travel agent rate of $69 per night that includes a
Santa Fe trolley tour for two.
The hotel will provide a $25 gift certificate for the spa or
restaurant to agency clients, in the agency's name, once the
booking agent has stayed at the hotel.
To introduce the spa, the property created a Body & Soul
Renewal package with prices starting at $299 for two. It includes a
one-night stay in a standard room, two 30-minute massages, parking
and taxes and tips.
The package is available Sept. 2 through Dec. 31, subject to
availability. The booking code is NC in the GDSs.
The hotel is located a block from Santa Fe Plaza and within
walking distance of major attractions, including the Canyon Road
area, where art galleries and craft shops can be found.
For details, call (800) 727-5531 or (505) 988-5531, or visit www.hotelloretto.com.