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“Excellent historic hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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La Fonda on the Plaza
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   100 E San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501   |  
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Completely Renovated 2013
Ranked #4 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Houston, TX
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Excellent historic hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel La Fonda in March 2012 on a girls' road trip through New Mexico. What a beautiful hotel! The lobby is gorgeous, and our room was beautiful as well. Very spacious and comfortable, with cute little touches of color, paint all over. The hotel is right in the middle of historic downtown and you can easily walk to shops and restaurants from here. There is also a parking garage next door, which we used. We also ate one night in the restaurant downstairs, and found the food to be delicious.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

On the most fantastic trip of my life it was our luck to be helped by Dave the Bellman. We were just passing through on an extravagant celebration trip. The weather, the location and the mood were all perfect. Dave helped us out on arrival, and saved us SERIOUS time. We were able to enjoy mass on time, see all the incredible sights, and relax and enjoy our wonderful view and room in the whimsical snow that decided to bless us at the eventful hour. We'll always be back to La Fonda but take the extra step to ask for Dave the Bellman.

**** Eat at Arcos de la Frontera Buffet in the hotel !!!! (Even if you don't stay at La Fonda) *****
**** In La Plazuela Restaurant, Get the ROASTED CASHEW CAKE. OMG!! (and very light) ***** **** AWESOME. The scoops of ice cream in the restaurant are PERFECT! The ice cream melts in your mouth, but freezes the bottom of the spoon. The scoops are firm, frozen and fantastically creamy. Do it! Blood Orange Sorbet. AWESOME

Room Tip: La Terraza for a splurge.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We did a getaway weekend to Santa Fe and the La Fonda. The hotel has some really great prices right now and we thought it would be fun. It was...
Our room was beautiful. A real wood-burning fireplace and a very comfortable bed. Some of the fixtures are dated, but they are doing renovations at the property and hopefully are addressing some of these minor points.
Like other hotels, one has to contend with stairs. Of course, there are bell services, but most folks just grit it and haul their bags...bang...bang...bang up and down the stairs. Nothing unusual in these older buildings.
I'd recommend this delightful hotel while the price is so right!!! You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saskatoon, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This was our first visit to Santa Fe, and I planned our hotel stay months in advance due to our arrival just before the annual Indian Market. We loved our room in the Bell Tower section. From our balcony we viewed the low lying mountains, outdoor markets, and the Loretto Chapel. We even used the fireplace, in August!. I loved exploring the hallways filled with art and historic posters. Hotel staff were great, we enjoyed eating several delicious meals at the restaurant, and enjoyed relaxing with a drink in the Bell Tower Lounge. This hotel is filled with ambiance and conveniently located within walking distance to many cultural activities and shops.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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9 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This hotel boasts the best location in Santa Fe if you want to be right on the plaza. But it is truly a tourist trap, filled with lots of wedding parties, tons of shops on the first floor, and rooms that are very much in need of renovation (something that is happening now). I can't say we had a bad stay at the hotel but compared to other options we have tried which are only a few blocks away from the plaza, this hotel does not provide comparable value. The desk staff are very busy not just checking people in but monitoring the incredible level of activity in the lobby. The French bakery on site is amazing and well worth a visit even if you don't stay at the hotel. Simply put, this is just a place to stay in a good location. There are no special services or amenities. The hotel just relies on its location and to some that is enough.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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24 reviews 24 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We just spent three nights at La Fonda over New Year's. The hotel was filled to capacity. We had a beautiful room on La Terraza. The room was lovely and the bathroom was enormous. The room was spotlessly clean. We had a beautiful balcony with a great view of the Cathedral. A lovely breakfast was delivered each morning to our room. The gas fireplace kept us toasty. Even with the parties going on nearby, our room was absolutely silent. The bed was very comfy. We had a great meal at La Plazuela and late night drinks in the bar. Service was exceptional as always. We appreciated the extra service in La Terraza and we will definitely try to book there on our next visit. We inadvertently left behind a box. Housekeeping found it right away and the hotel repackaged it and sent it to us promptly. Many thanks to Brenda and the rest of the staff for another great stay.

To those booking this hotel for the first time, keep in mind that they have a wide variety of rooms, all differently configured. It makes sense to call to reserve exactly the kind of room you want, especially now while the hotel is under renovation. Some of the rooms are smaller and they have an old-timey charm that may be lost on some travelers.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NYC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

My husband and stayed at La Fonda for four nights. As far as walking and getting around the town, the location was great. We had a massage at the spa in the hotel that was great- It was a bit pricey, but the hotel was tasteful and quiet- the paintings around the hotel were quite impressive. Our room was very clean, but the hallway leading into our room could use a little maintenace.The restaurant's breakfast was delicious and we really enjoyed our time- It was a bit chilly for April so thinking May might be a better time to go- The firplaces around the hotel were fantastic, burning native pinon that smells amazing!
Sunset drinks on the roof top are a must- We also enjoyed the live music downstairs- There are a couple divey bars very close(2minute walk) that were a hoot post dinner- if you can't get into the Santa Fe scene.

Room Tip: Don't splurge for the upgrade, our room was nice, and I have a feeling it isn't worth it-
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 100 E San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Santa Fe
#1 Spa Hotel in Santa Fe
#1 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
#3 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
#6 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Fonda on the Plaza 4*
Number of rooms: 174
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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