This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Santa Fe. To help you make friends with Santa Fe before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Santa Fe is the capital of the state of New Mexico, and is considered the fourth-largest city in the state. Known as the seat of the Santa Fe County, it has a rich and varied history, although much of its past is dominated by the Hispanic culture, which has become an integral part in the eventual development of the area. Originally a predominantly Spanish community, it was first called "La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis" (The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi"), or simply Santa Fe (Holy Faith). Santa Fe was originally inhabited by Pueblo Native Americans, who settled here due to the presence of the Santa Fe River, which provided them with water for daily use and for agricultural pursuits. It was later colonized by the Spanish noble Don Juan de Onate in the late sixteenth century, establishing a purely Catholic community replete with architecture and all the trappings of the Spanish culture.
Among the many sights and sounds that make Santa Fe a worthwhile vacation spot is the Santa Fe Opera House, a sprawling expanse of architectural wonder that showcases the best in fine arts for locals and tourists alike. Santa Fe is also home to the Museum of International Art, an interesting place to while away the time. More artsy places of note include the Nedra Matteucci Galleries, a gallery/garden that showcases the best and finest of local and foreign modern art. Santa Fe is, of course, undoubtedly an excellent place to get great grub. Specialising in classic Spanish cuisine, you can satisfy your gustatory desires in places like the Kakawa Chocolate House, the Holy Spirit Espresso coffee house, and the Palacio Café -- all of which serve some of the finest local delicacies.
In spite of the fact that Santa Fe is a booming vacation spot that attracts troves of tourists, it isn’t at all that difficult to book for Santa Fe hostels or hotels. The whole city is replete with small-time, family-run bed-and-breakfasts that appeal those looking for affordable digs while on vacation. The majority of Santa Fe hostels veer toward the more historic sort -- they're usually either remodeled historical buildings, or otherwise modern structure built upon sights that have in them some long-standing history. Because many of the businesses tend to be family-run, some hostels or B&Bs have a tendency to be very old, allowing for a unique experience of the city’s customs and traditions even in such commonplace structures. In spite of the ready availability of places to crash, it’s always a good idea to book in advance before any trip just to make sure that mishaps are avoided upon arrival.
Written by local enthusiast for Santa Fe hostelsAngelica Burrage