After several trips to New Mexico we were looking for someplace different and luckily we saw an article in Budget Travel magazine that mentioned Las Vegas, NM, and the Plaza Hotel so we decided to go there and we are glad we did. Las Vegas is an interesting city full of history and hundreds of historic buildings, both commercial and residential. The Plaza Hotel is one of them. Located on the plaza, naturally, the hotel dates back to 1882 and it's been meticulously restored. We noticed that they've recently expanded into an adjoining building and paid the same attention to historic detail. Our room on the side of the building was large, comfortable and clean. Apparently the larger suites are on the front overlooking the plaza. Even with the downtown location, noise was not a problem. Parking is on the street in front of the hotel or in a lot they share with the police department, but it was not a problem either.
The staff of the hotel and its bar and restaurant went out of their way to be helpful and attentive to requests, and with one exception, a breakfast waitress who clearly is not a morning person, were quite friendly. We ate in both the bar and the restaurant and the food was good. The restaurant menu is available in the bar along with a smaller bar menu. Our dinners the first evening in the restaurant were quite large, so we opted for lighter meals in the bar the second evening. Decent complimentary breakfasts were served in the restaurant.
My only complaint is that they list high speed wireless internet access as an amenity, but the signal was so weak in our room and the speed so slow, that I had to go to the lobby to use my computer. The hotel provides a computer for guest use, but there's no printer so It's not very useful for tasks like printing boarding passes.
Besides a self-guided walking tour around the plaza (start at the historic preservation center) and historic shopping district (which includes a great independent bookstore, Tome on the Range), there are driving tours of other historic areas of Las Vegas. Nearby are also Fort Union National Historic Monument and Pecos National Historic Park, both worth visiting.
Las Vegas, NM, is one of those places that most people who vacation in New Mexico probably don't think of visiting. Like us prior to this trip, they probably stick with Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. We were pleased that we broadened our view of the state and went there and stayed at the Plaza Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come visit this historic hotel, once the hangout of Billy the kid and Doc Holliday, legends of the old west. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Hotel Las Vegas