La Fonda on the Plaza
What We Love
- Unique headboard in each guestroom painted by a local artist, some from nearby pueblos
- The signature margarita at the Bell Tower Bar as the sun sets over Santa Fe
- No need for a car here, as the Santa Fe Plaza, shops, restaurants and galleries are just steps away
What To Know
- Most of the One-Bedroom Suites have a balcony and a fireplace
- Book a Suite for more space and upgraded amenities
- Dogs are permitted at an additional cost of $25 per dog, per day
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- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Santa Fe is a mix of traditional Native American culture and edgy hipster cool. The 92-year-old La Fonda on the Plaza has always been a part of that mix. Its major 2013 renovation modernized hotel but remained true to the northern New Mexican (with Spanish and Native American influences) look that drew rail passengers to it nearly a century ago. Early New Mexican themes predominate, from painted tile murals in the bathrooms to Native American textiles and designs on the blankets, curtains and rugs, to the local art that hangs in every room.
Bed and Bath
The recent renovation upgraded all 179 guestrooms with decor inspired by the hotel’s storied past. Expect hand painted headboards by local artists; rugs, pillows and curtain panels influenced by New Mexican Colcha-inspired scenes; whimsical lighting fixtures and iron work.
As much a Native American museum as a restaurant, La Plazuela, with its hand-painted windows illuminating an abundance of folk art, allows chef Lane Warner to present northern New Mexico classics such as enchiladas del norte and red chile pork tamales, in the best light. In season, the Bell Tower Bar is a favorite place to watch the afternoon fade and speculate on who will get to ring the bell at sunset. Santa Fe Massage is on the property, as are 17 shops, ranging from La Fonda Indian shop, which specializes in Native American jewelry and pottery, to Passementrie, which offers handmade textiles.
In the Area
A must for every visitor is the Santa Fe Plaza, where local Native Americans (no other merchants are allowed) offer their wares in the shadow of the Palace of the Governors, reputed to be the oldest public building in the USA. The myriad galleries of the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District have always drawn art buyers, but the district has been growing in popularity in recent years thanks to SITE Santa Fe, an internationally acclaimed contemporary art space. And if you want to celebrate a special art purchase with a special meal, The Compound Restaurant, whose chef has gotten the nod from the James Beard Foundation as the Best of the Southwest, is a foodie favorite.
How to Get There
Had a fall getaway to the Southwest and 2 friends recommended La Fonda. Location is perfect, just an intersection off the historic Plaza. On site parking for a fee. We walked to almost everything downtown though. Interior restaurant is gorgeous and lobby/hallway artwork is truly amazing!! Our room was very spacious, with a small seating area with desk. View of the Loretto chapel. Didn't use the spa but outdoor pool looked very nice. We loved our stay and hope to travel there again!
Girlfriends since the third grade, we decided to celebrate a big birthday by meeting together in Santa Fe. The first day we spent at Georgia Okeefes house in Abiquiu, great day. The next morning my girlfriend woke so sick we called 911
and she stayed overnight in the hospital.
Special thanks to the front desk, especially Steven and Fermin, for their kind attention to our needs. In fact, everyone at the hotel including the garage, was especially warm and friendly. Great location, loved having the big refrigerator in the room, the room is a little small but we would definitely stay here again.
Our last hotel on our trip to New Mexico, it did not disappoint.
The location on the Plaza right next to the Basilica is interesting. Heavy tourist traffic, but still a good location.
We had a one bedroom suite on the top floor which had a balcony to enjoy the magnificent sunset.
The room was very comfortable with a gas fireplace and large marble bathroom.
I marked it down one star because of the need to replace some worn carpets and couch in the room. I was also disappointed with the bell service.
On the positive side, this hotel is a gem, that just needs a little work. The decor is of high quality and very historic. The detail and quality of the materials are excellent.
We had to leave very early in the morning and could really appreciate the beauty of the main lobby and center restaurant.
Waitstaff, desk folks and room cleaning all VERY good and delightful
Parking in the crowded plaza area a plus
Great local area art work is very special
On the down side is the room we were in was VERY small. Livable but very small.
I just checked into La Fonda and have been blown away from the time of the reservation to getting into our room. We had an experience at another property that caused us to look elsewhere. I called La Fonda direct and spoke with Wenona. Not only was Wenona amazing and a delight to deal with on the phone, she has already turned our stay into something magical.
The property is gorgeous. Can't ask for more. If you're coming to Santa Fe, you need to stay here.