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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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
In the heart of Sante Fe we loved this hotel. Walking distance to shops, restaurants everything we wanted to see. Staff was courteous and helpful. Valet parking was fast and close. We will stay here again on our next visit.
This was our second visit to La Fonda. Can't say enough about the hotel, staff, Santa Fe... Rooms and hotel are charming and clean. Staff is very professional and hard working. Restaurant is stunning with folk art hand painted glass tiles surrounding a beautiful courtyard. And the food is good too! This visit we took a docent tour of the hotel that is worthwhile and interesting. We will definitely be back.
Thanks again Fermin and La Fonda Hotel for another great visit to Santa Fe. This beautiful historic hotel is in position A! You never fail to go above and beyond for taking care of your guests. Will be back soon!
Eight of us descended on the restaurant and were lucky to snare the large round table at the back (no reservations allowed). I had the Cashew Cake - that item was small, yet very tasty and the plate came also with a cauliflower "steak," lovely polenta, a red sauce to die for and so flavorful with the rest, spinach, and mushroom risotto. Others had the specialty of the day - roast beef au jus, hers was with sweet potato fries and so much, she sent the rest home in a box with me as supper for my drive back to Denver. Vegetarian fajitas, chicken taquitos, every dish was SUPERB! We left stuffed and happy, making our way down a row of shops, ending up in the famous "Five and Dime" where I found fun and lovely souvenirs all my family at reasonable prices. Plus a turquoise pinkie ring for me from the outside silversmith. All in all, given the women's retreat up the mountain in a Hilton Properties HUGE home and the overnight snow that then melted off, we were soaked in Beauty!
Room was small and so-so. Very tourist-y. Then again downtown Santa Fe is nothing but fake. Food was same old crap you get at every other tourist destination and same inflated prices as well. I like seeing the real.