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
In the hotel... my favorite. 15 tables, coffee-sandwich-crepe-pastry shop. It’s all so good. French onion soup. Croque monsieur and the quiche... yum. All pastures are Devine. The only thing I don’t like is salad Nicoise. Not traditional recipe- it’s like a spinach salad - egg, tomato, olives, and a can of chunk light tuna on top- but the tuna was good.
My wife, 1 year old daughter, and I visited here and it was very enjoyable. The location is perfect as all the major Santa Fe sites, dining, and shopping are all a very easy walk. The rooms are nicely done and the culture is very prevalent (at least according to a couple of people who have never been to New Mexico would consider it). The restaurant (La Plazuela I think was the one at which we ate) has a great breakfast. Overall, it has everything you want and need if you are going out into the city.
My friends and I used to go to the bar to throw back a few and tell lies. Now the bar is very upscale. The cocktails are wonderful and the bar is still friendly. And remember the ghost keeps his own hours. Go and enjoy.
We recently had the pleasure of staying at La Fonda for the first time in 8 years. The GM Rik and his staff were incredibly kind, supportive, and welcoming -- and the hotel itself is as cozy and comfortable as we remembered it. Rooms have a warm and relaxed feel.
La Fonda's restaurant, La Plazuela, is beautiful with its high ceilings -- and is open later at night than many other restaurants near the Plaza. Food is excellent. Although the Bell Tower rooftop bar was closed for winter during our recent stay, we have had drinks there in the past -- and consider it one of the best rooftop bars we've been to.
If you'd like to get a taste of La Fonda, check out their lobby shops and then sit down by the fireplace in back of La Plazuela.One of the cozier spots in town. Our thanks to Rik and his staff for such a wonderful stay!
The hotel was friendly, clean, and beautiful. Perfect location for walking the city of Santa Fe. This is a wonderful spot in the world! The restaurant was also very good with authentic New Mexican food, good beer and wine selections, and terrific service.