SANTA FE, NM–La Posada de Santa Fe has becomeNew Mexico's first Luxury Collection hotel. LuxuryCollection is a group of 86 luxury hotels and resorts that are partof the Starwood brand.

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"Each Luxury Collection hotel is a singular reflection of itsplace in the world and its place in history, and La Posada de SantaFe perfectly represents those values, having played a major role inthe evolution of Santa Fe as an art community and a touristdestination," says Joseph Smith, founder of 1754Properties, which owns the hotel.

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The hotel was initially a mansion built by AbrahamStaab in 1882 as a way of welcoming friends and familiesto this Southwestern outpost. Smith says the Staabs had areputation for elegant hospitality – a tradition that continues inthe hotel to this day.

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“We're certain that by joining The Luxury Collection, La Posadade Santa Fe will be able to reach a broader audience ofsophisticated travelers who will not only appreciate the authenticand original experiences that make this hotel and destination sospecial, but also the resort's lush, six acre campus, luxurious spaand award-winning restaurant and bar,” Smith says.

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La Posada de Santa Fe includes 158 guest rooms, including adobecasitas and guest rooms in the French Second Empire-style Staabmansion.

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“Santa Fe's charm as a tourist destination and a top five artsdestination in the US, is due in no small part to its one-of-a kindhotels,” said Peter Ives, mayor pro tem, city ofSanta Fe. “By bringing one of the most influential brands inhospitality to Santa Fe, La Posada is once again helping to furtherdistinguish our city as a premier southwestern destination. Icould not be more pleased to welcome the Luxury Collection ofhotels to Santa Fe.”

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