Housed in the landmark 300-year-old hacienda of New Mexico's Ortiz Family, one of Santa Fe's most prominent founding families, the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza captures the rich cultural heritage and romance of the Southwest in a luxury boutique hotel experience. Part of the hacienda of Padre Ramon Ortiz, built in 1625, the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza acquired the landmark estate in 1973, expanding and restoring it to its full grandeur while preserving many of its historic features. One of the oldest buildings in Santa Fe, just blocks from Santa Fe's Plaza, the historic hotel retains many architectural elements and artifacts from the 300-year-old estate. The luxury casitas are built within the adobe walls of the original 17th-century coach house of the estate, with planked ceilings, exposed brick, Colonial furnishings and a traditional kiva fireplace. All of our rooms feature beautiful furnishings handcrafted by local artisans in the traditional Santa Fe style to immerse guests in the feel and flavor of the old Southwest. Today, guests can embrace the 300-year history and romance of this historic hotel and relive the story of the origins of Santa Fe.
The Historic San Fe Hacienda -
Our long tradition of warm hospitality began with Padre Ramon Ortiz centuries ago. A native of Mexico City and a descendant of prominent Spanish Colonials, Padre Ramon Ortiz was a parish priest whose humanitarian work included providing education and a home to young men and family members in need. During the Mexican - American conflict of the 1840's in the village of Santa Fe, Padre Ortiz gave food and shelter to both Mexican soldiers and their captives on their journey to Mexico City. While Ortiz made lasting friendships with the Americans during the conflict, when war was declared with Mexico in 1846, the patriotic Ortiz instigated an armed resistance at the battle of Brazitos. He was defeated, taken prisoner and marched to Chihuahua, where he watched the city fall to US troops. Padre Ortiz was released after administering to the wounded and dead on the battlefield. After the war, Padre Ortiz was elected to the Congress at Mexico City, where he voted against the peace treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 to protect his country. Mexico lost half of its national territory as a result of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, including Ramón's birthplace of Santa Fe. Ortiz was appointed by the State Government of Chihuahua to head the Commission to repatriate Mexican citizens who wished to retain national citizenship. While 3,000 Mexicans crossed the new border to settle in Northern Chihuahua, many could not relocate due to obstacles placed on them by American officials. Disappointed, the patriotic priest retired from civil life and returned to pastoral work in El Paso where he lived until his death. After generations of civil debate and business deals, the Ortiz hacienda finally passed out of the family in the late 1800's. Padre Ramon Ortiz is considered one of the most influential humanitarians, politicians and peacemakers in the history of Santa Fe, New Mexico.