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
I've wanted to stay here ever since I first laid eyes on this historical hotel & my hubby made my dreams come true for our anniversary. I loved everything about our stay; the artwork everywhere you look, the warm and friendly staff and being right in the hub of the plaza where you can hear the cathedral bells ring. There were no strong odors anywhere in the hotel. Our room was spotless with water bottles in the frig and nightly chocolates offered. Our bed was comfy and luxurious. Loved the walk in, oversized shower. Very romantic!
I have been to Santa Fe many times, but this was my first time to stay at the La Fonda. What a great experience. Our Terrace room was outstanding as was the service. The walk-in shower was an added convenience for this senior. Meals in the restaurant were delightful.
We plan our trips to Santa Fe around food, art, or hiking and still end up exploring. La Fonda has been a great choice twice for this type of trip. Staff is friendly, making you feel more a part of the city than a tourist and the location is prime for exploring.
As a local Santa Fean I was really impressed by my last visit to the bar and music show at La Fonda. The bar menu is really great and at affordable prices. The Cuban band was really good and there were lots of dancers.
Walked into La Fonda and was greeted by Mr.Gabe, advised him my family and I are here for dinner. He asked if we had a reservation which we did not, walked us over to the entrance of the La Plazuela, the hostess immediately sat us down. It was not busy at 6:30pm.
After looking over the menu, we all agreed on the prime rib. After ordering, fresh guacamole was made at the table to our taste, and all I can say is this is the best guacamole I have tasted!
Our waitress Morgan carefully placed the prime rib on the table, the first thing I thought was, should I eat it or stare at it?
After convincing myself, I could cut this with a butter knife, it was so tender. Once I dunked it in the aju, my taste buds literally exploded. The aju sauce perfectly complements the prime rib!
After cleaning our plates, we ordered the flan and strawberry source to top off the best prime rib I have ever put in front of me.
I know the La Plazuela has a menu where you can not go wrong with any selection, take my advice and order the prime rib!
Just waiting for the Bell Tower to open!