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Santa Fe, NM Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 52
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,724
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 219
Committable Meeting Rooms* 17
Convention Center Space 40,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 17,836 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 17,836 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $92
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $69
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $163
*Maximum for a single hotel

Santa Fe, NM Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Santa Fe meeting planning guide – a city guide for meeting planning professionals. Santa Fe's breathtaking landscape, rich heritage and culture, and electrifying spirit have made it a favorite for business and leisure travelers alike. The city is frequently the recipient of awards and praise; not surprisingly, over 1.2 million people visit New Mexico's capital city every year.

Easily accessible, Santa Fe is located just an hour outside of New Mexico's largest airport, Albuquerque International Sunport. As the state's major air gateway, Albuquerque International offers nonstop service to 30 cities throughout the United States. Transportation within the city is just as convenient, thanks to public bus service and a light rail system. Many guests, though, find that this fairly compact city is best explored by foot.

When it comes to meetings and conventions, both planners and attendees sing the praises of the 40,000-square-foot Santa Fe Community Convention Center. A sparkling jewel in the city's meetings crown, this Pueblo Revival-style building is in the heart of downtown, among Santa Fe's finest hotels, restaurants, and attractions, as well as 2,000 guest rooms. The center boasts an impressive 40,000 square feet of event space, spread across fantastic Santa Fe event venues, such as the 2,500-square-foot art gallery and nearly 18,000-square-foot ballroom. What's more, the Santa Fe Community Convention Center is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, thanks to its rainwater and irrigation system, recycling centers, and other eco-friendly features.

Smaller events are not at a loss for space in Santa Fe, as the city offers an additional 184,000 square feet of unique space in its many hotels and historic sites. Host an event at the Santa Fe Plaza's Palace of the Governors, which was built in the early 17th century as Spain's seat of government. Paying homage to Santa Fe's native arts, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture celebrates the diverse cultures of the Southwest and is a memorable backdrop for black-tie galas of up to 800 people. Meanwhile, Geronimo – New Mexico's only Mobil/Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four Diamond restaurant – makes a fantastic private space for smaller lunch and dinner events.

The government is the largest employer in Santa Fe, followed by the hospitality industry. The city has recently seen a rise in technology-based businesses, and, with more than 240 art galleries and dealers, it is considered to be the third-largest art market in the United States. Higher learning holds a strong presence in Santa Fe, home to St. John's College, Santa Fe Community College, and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

About Santa Fe, NM / Additional Info

Santa Fe is regarded not only as a world-class meeting locale, but also as an intellectually stimulating yet peaceful vacation retreat. Situated at 7,000 feet in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains, the city is the highest capital in the United States. It's also the oldest, having been founded between 1607 and 1610 by European colonists. Its heritage, though, is a colorful patchwork of Pueblo Indian villages, Spanish colonial settlements, and Mexican rule.

Today, this rich history is brought to life in every corner of Santa Fe. Just walking through downtown, guests encounter a number of examples of historic Spanish Territorial and Pueblo styles of architecture, both of which are reminiscent of the region's traditional adobe construction. Inside such structures, the past is brought to life as well, whether it be through the 20,000-item art collection at the New Mexico Museum of Art or the Navajo textiles and historic pottery collection at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. All in all, Santa Fe boasts more than a dozen major museums that celebrate the art, culture, history, and traditions of the region.

Santa Fe's appeal lies not only in its past, but also in its every day. Defined by four distinct seasons and an average of 300 sunny days per year, the city is a haven for outdoor activities. During warmer months, guests can hike the Aspen Vista Trail in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains or play golf at the scenic Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course. Wintertime brings out the ski bunnies, who come to enjoy up to 300 inches of annual snow at one of several ski resorts and cross-country trails.

For visitors looking to connect with both nature and themselves, Santa Fe's spas are legendary. Blessed with a dry climate, natural hot springs, and sun-drenched days, the city is a welcome respite compared with other bustling, on-the-go metropolitans. Whether downtown or secluded in the mountains, Santa Fe's spas offer everything from hourlong hot-stone massages and herbal body wraps to weeklong revitalization trips that feature art classes, organic meals, and more. The renowned 10,000 Waves Japanese Health Spa, Spa Sage at La Posada, and Jemez Springs Bath House are among the rejuvenating options.

Dining in Santa Fe can be an equally indulgent experience. Featuring everything from regional flavors and ingredients – including the traditional red and green chiles – to international fare, Santa Fe's culinary scene has something to suit any palate. Enjoy a taste of the Southwest at The Compound Restaurant or French Asian fusion at the award-winning Geronimo. Whatever guests' tastes may be – when it comes to food, attractions, culture and more – they're sure to find it in Santa Fe.

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