Before I moved to Santa Fe (4 years ago), I stayed at the La Fonda twice. One weekend the room was cozy and inviting, but the next trip the room was small and cozy, but the window was nailed shut. I didn't complain because I was so in love with the hotel and its Santa Fe style. After moving to Santa Fe, my family has been going to the hotel for Thanksgiving buffet. For two years in a row we were seated in the La Plazuela dining room. We enjoyed a lovely, casual and relaxing meal in a beautiful dining room. We expected the same experience this year, but it didn't happen. We were ushered into another dining room, which gave the feeling of a cheap wedding reception dining hall. There was no festive feeling at all. No attempt to decorate. We were seated next to the door to the kitchen. I could feel the waiters brushing by me as they hurriedly rushed around. My chair was wobbly. I moved closer to the other two at the table. So, the three of us were in a row. I ordered a Mexican coffee. The coffee was terrible, weak and I swear there was no alcohol in the drink, but I didn't complain. I ordered a beer. The food was OK. I don't know if there was two types of gravy, but the one I tried did not complement my food. The waiters, etc. were rushing around so much, it was not a relaxing environment. Someone came around asking if we everything was OK. I said it wasn't as good as last year. He said "well the food is the same."
I am a permanent vendor at the Tesuque Flea Market. I work so hard to make my booth a special experience for the locals and tourists. If I don't, they won't come back. Well, I won't be going back to the La Fonda for a holiday meal. Oh, our bill was $266.00. That is almost my rent for one month at the flea market. Once a year I wouldn't complain about the bill if our experience had been a memorable one. I felt the hotel was just trying to get us in an out.
I wouldn't still be thinking about this if I hadn't gone into the hotel after Thanksgiving. I have been in this hotel many times in the past four years after Thanksgiving. I have never seen it decorated so festively. The holiday touches can be seen everywhere. It is beautiful. So, I just don't see why absolutely no attempt to make a few festive touches in the side dining room at Thanksgiving was made. There was no attempt. I could have been at the Furr's buffet in August.
I am sure no one will see this, but if you do beware. I still love the charm of the hotel, but I will be trying a different hotel next year for my holiday meal.
If you want an unique, inexpensive gifts, please check out the Tesuque Flea Market.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic La Fonda on the Plaza has been described as "the essence of the city's exuberant soul." Each guest room and suite is unique, with hand-carved and hand-painted furnishings, fitted with luxurious pillow-top Sealy Posturepedic Comfort System Dynasty beds and Anichini linens. Amenities include Wi-Fi, fitness center, outdoor pool and hot tub, spa services. La Terraza concierge level offers 14 luxury accommodations. La Plazuela restaurant is famous for it's award-winning cuisine and 400 hand-painted windows. ... more less
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