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Inn and Spa at Loretto 1975

The History of Inn and Spa at Loretto

Inn at Loretto was founded in 1975 by commercial developers, the Kirkpatrick family, the Inn sits on the former site of the historic Our Lady of Loretto Academy and is adjacent to the famed Loretto Chapel featuring the miraculous staircase. Now one of the most photographed buildings in the state, the Inn is a Santa Fe icon and testament to the city's modern history.  From its beginnings as a unique adobe style Best Western, to the Destination Luxury Hotel® it is today, the Inn remains true to its roots - always managing to impart casual sophistication with sincere Southwest hospitality and authentic Santa Fe style. 

The Inn and Spa at Loretto’s history is tied strongly to the city of Santa Fe. It started in the late 1800s with the founding of the Loretto Chapel, which has been a historic downtown Santa Fe site since 1971. Built at the edge of the Old Santa Fe Trail, the chapel has seen many renovations but remains true to its 19th century roots. In 1975, the prestigious Inn and Spa at Loretto was built on the former site of the Loretto of Light Academy and was inspired by the famed Taos Pueblo, a national historic landmark. Premier among Santa Fe historic hotels, the Inn sits adjacent to the historic Loretto Chapel, known for its miraculous spiral staircase. One of the most photographed buildings in town, The Inn and Spa at Loretto is a special place where memories that last a lifetime are formed.

Learn more about the rich history of our boutique New Mexico hotel and the famed Loretto Chapel in our Inn & Spa at Loretto Magazine.

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