La Posada de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
This 157-room resort, two blocks off the Plaza, wants to be considered the best place to stay in Santa Fe—and in many regards, it succeeds. The former Staab Mansion, built in 1882, is now run by RockResorts, and its six acres of lushly landscaped grounds feel like a walled-in compound, with lots of room to amble around, especially in the large pool and hot tub area. A gorgeous wooden staircase, stained-glass windows, and the original Staab bedroom (which Mrs. Staab is rumored to still inhabit, in spectral form) survive from the original structure. Ask for one of the newer patio rooms; the oldest ones, once part of an artist colony, feel a bit cramped. The service is sometimes careless, such as when the bartender can't be bothered to offer a second round. Lastly, ask if there's a conference scheduled during your planned stay: It can dilute the otherwise perfect atmosphere.