Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Perhaps more than any other hotel in Santa Fe, this 71-room adobe hideaway on the edge of downtown reinforces the capital's small-town feel. It's a three-minute walk to the Santa Fe Plaza yet is far enough away to be free from the bustle. The main lodge is three stories, but the rest of the property is comprised of discrete one-story structures, so from the street you might not realize it's a hotel at all. Employees are mostly chatty locals (not always a good thing), and there's no restaurant, though wine and cheese are served in the late afternoon and there's a free continental breakfast. The rooms are interspersed among eight buildings and a series of landscaped courtyards; many have separate entryways and enclosed patios. The traditional adobe buildings are cute, but they have a very real downside: Even the suites have low ceilings and tiny windows, leaving the accommodations dim. Full-size refrigerators and kitchenettes in the suites are nice, but chances are you'll want to be out and about in town, anyway. The end result is a good—if not plush—bang for the buck.