Santa Fe Plaza Neighborhood
The Santa Fe Plaza is the heart of downtown Santa Fe and dates back to the city's founding in 1610. The Plaza itself is a small one-block park surrounded by some of the oldest buildings in the country, including the Palace of Governors where Native Americans sell handmade jewlry and other items each day under the open portal.
Always be suspicious of vacation rentals claiming to be "in" the Santa Fe Plaza. There is nothing in the Plaza besides the Plaza! While there are several hotels near the Plaza, there are no hotels in or adjacent to the Plaza.
If you want to be in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, your best bet is a hotel. The residential areas on the borders of downtown are generally mixed commerical and residential and really don't give a visitor a flavor of a true southwest neighborhood as do other more distinct neighborhoods like the Eastside or South Capitol. Unless you want to be in the busy downtown, there is nothing magical about being near the Plaza, since once you see the Plaza, you will likely explore the other sights the city has to offer. Whatever you do, don't assume that the Plaza is all there is to see in Santa Fe. One of the loviest treasures is Canyon Road, located on in the Eastside neighborhood and about a 15 minute walk from the Plaza.
Other Santa Fe Neighborhoods
General Map of Santa Fe