Spanish Colonial Grand Design
Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, which is honored to have been named Virgin Galactic's preferred hotel and resort partner in Doña Ana County, stands above the fray when it comes to historical hotels in Las Cruces and hotels with Spanish architecture. Hotel Encanto celebrates Las Cruces history and New Mexico culture at every turn. Whether you are resting the the lobby near our fountain or grand piano or enjoying a dip in our resort-style pool, you are surrounded by Spanish Colonial grandeur and style, which has its roots in Spain and Mexico and was popular in Southern New Mexico during the 19th and 20th centuries.
This unique hotel’s archways, courtyards, luxurious Las Cruces accommodations and one-of-a-kind signature pieces from Old Mexico and furnishings inspired by pieces from the New Mexico Historical Foundation’s historical collection make it the epitome of style and comfort.
Hotel Encanto’s hilltop location offers guests expansive views of Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley.
Explore these design elements showcasing Spanish architecture, New Mexico culture and Las Cruces history during your stay.
Lobby and Public Areas:
- Tile flooring - Flooring throughout the hotel is made from Saltillo tile, originating in Mexico.
- Three crosses motif - The three crosses motif seen throughout Hotel Encanto represents Las Cruces’ place as the city of crosses and its logo. The pewter crosses are from Tonala, Mexico.
- Sculptures in lobby - The sculptures in our lobby were crafted out of cantera, a soft, volcanic rock commonly found and commonly used as a building material in Colonial Mexico. One sculpture depicting the Virgin de Guadalupe with Juan Diego stands near the front entry.
- Wood detailing in lobby - The carved wood surrounding the elevator and front desk were done in Guadalajara.
- Chandelier over stairwell - This piece was crafted by blacksmith Jeff Smith, of El Rancho, New Mexico.
- Iron lanterns - The iron lanterns with seeded glass are from Mexico.
- Garduño's of Mexico Restaurant & Cantina - The design over the bar was inspired by traditional kitchens in Mexican haciendas.
- Azul Ultra Lounge vestibule - The entry vestibule is a collection of ceramic tiles featuring a unique, pencil-drawn tree. Acclaimed artist Yuri Zatarain crafted each piece.
- Cantera cross near Azul Ultra Lounge - This cantera sculpture was provided by a master carver of Tonala, Jalisco - near Guadalajara, in Mexico.
- Stonework at pool - Stonework around our resort-style pool, as well as our fountain head, is also carved from cantera stone from the same region.
- Stone fountain - The stone fountain near our pool was custom hand-crafted.
- Room desks - These desks are adapted from “assembly desks” used at the Palace of the Governors, in Santa Fe.
- Room nightstands - Our nightstands were done in the frailero, or convent style, of furniture.
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