Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Wilson Associates
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

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Refreshed Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi Celebrates 25 Years

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, a Santa Fe landmark and New Mexico’s most acclaimed hotel, celebrates its 25th anniversary with an exciting renovation by Wilson Associates, the same design firm who created the hotel’s original interiors 25 years ago. Designer and Principal Jim Rimelspach, who worked on the hotel’s original interior in 1991, has refreshed and modernized the Inn’s guestrooms, suites, and public spaces.


The building originally housed government offices and in 1990 was purchased with a plan to transform the drab structure into a luxurious hotel. To kick off the project, a Franciscan priest, Pueblo medicine man, and local artists during the Autumn Equinox lead a shedding ceremony to bless the site while Tibetan prayer flags flew from the construction site. After a final blessing ceremony at the conclusion of the construction process a quarter century ago, the design team transformed the historic site into an intimate world class vacation resort. 


The Inn of the Anasazi’s iconic Pueblo-style exterior honors Santa Fe’s rich cultural heritage while immersing guests in a luxurious, modern experience that is uniquely New Mexican. Originally, the interior was designed to reflect the history and aesthetic of the “Ancient Ones.” The tribe’s power and purity can be seen through the rooms’ desert earth tones, handcrafted millwork and furniture, and authentic art from the area. Canvases by prominent New Mexican painters, Navajo weavings, and custom-crafted objects by local artists line the walls, while hand-loomed antique patterned rugs cover plank pine floors. 


The Inn’s renovation consisted of two phases, the first of which was a modernization of the 58 guestrooms and suites, while still maintaining the authentic Southwestern experience. In order to make the rooms more transitional and incorporate cleaner design, worn furniture was replaced with new, hand-crafted, custom designed wooden furniture pieces. In the bathrooms, new fixtures, quartz countertops, and porcelain tiles complement the fresh, contemporary and residential feel of the rooms’ interiors.


“I’m honored to be able to refresh the interior design of the Inn,” said Jim Rimelspach. “It brought me back to when I fell in love with Santa Fe 25 years ago when I was immersed in the culture and history of the city while conducting research for the initial interior design. The native traditions and cultural heritage fused with a creative spirit provide an inspirational palette that is every designer’s dream.”


In phase two of the renovation, the lobby, library areas, world-renowned Anasazi Restaurant, and The Anasazi Bar were refreshed. Jimelspach chose a restful palette of natural earth tones with colorful accents. Massive hand-carved doors, sculptured stairways, and sandstone walls create the lavish, yet comfortable and welcoming public spaces.


The boutique hotel continues to showcase the city’s artistic community while paying homage to Santa Fe’s rich cultural heritage. Beautiful terracotta ceramics, created by local artist, Lorraine Lewis, frame the rooms’ kiva fireplaces. Historic ledger prints, dating back almost 100 years, hang on the walls, while pillows made from classic Pendleton blankets accompany couches.


“By using the work of local artists and artisans, [Jim Rimelspach] is bringing Santa Fe into the hotel, allowing our guests to fully immerse themselves in the rich culture and history of this wonderful city,” says Sandra Finlay, the hotel’s managing director. 


A haven for travelers for 25 years, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi’s refreshed interiors encompass luxurious, modern, and sophisticated aesthetic, while celebrating the Southwestern spirit.

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