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
I just completed a scavenger hunt experience at the La Fonda! It was really fun. The organizer says, 'think of yourself as a smiling detective, and provided clues that took me all over the property. I interacted with guests, staff, and had a great time. The La Fonda concierge, Mr. Felix, was outstanding! Staff was friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic. This property has such a long history in Santa Fe, but with this experience I saw a very unique insider view. Would definitely recommend for couples, and families. I plan to take my guests whenever they visit me in Santa Fe!
Very quaint place. stayed in one of the upstairs balcony rooms. only stayed for 1 night. morning coffee and a nice sitting area on the second floor. very helpful and friendly staff. small popular park across the street, in the square. very popular area.
The staff at La Fonda is outstanding. From the first moment we arrived they were helpful and pleasant. Felix, the concierge went above and beyond in making dinner reservations and shopping suggestions. The staff at the front desk were attentive. Our room was immaculate. We loved every minute of our stay at LaFonda.
This is regarding the service. We visited the first floor bar and had probably the best margarita on the rocks I have ever had. It was made by the most pleasant bartender. We started a conversation - we said we were from Chicago- he said he went to art school there. The next day we returned to La Fonda’s Tower Bar on 5th floor, and had a very different experience. I was shocked to learn that Angelica our waitress would not serve me a regular margarita like I had the previous day- only the specialty ones on the menu. After about 10 minutes she returned to say the beer we ordered was not available. We re-ordered. It took approximately 10 more minutes to receive the order ( area was not busy yet). When we asked for the check, we waited about 15 minutes, and noticed 3 other parties ask for their checks, pay & leave while we still waited. The service at the Tower Bar was substandard.
The La Fonda Hotel is a turn of the century building that really has that Southwestern feel. I didn’t stay there but my friend and I booked into the spa. It is a very small spa but beautifully laid out and decorated. I had a facial with Gladys who was very experienced and knowledgable. I loved the calm environment. My only negative was the booking system needs to be better organized- there was a little miscommunication due to reception issues.