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“La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, NM - a Wonderful Southwestern Experience” 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 #6 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
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“La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, NM - a Wonderful Southwestern Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

In August 2013, we stayed at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, NM for five days. On an annual basis, we travel to Santa Fe for the Southwestern Indian Association's Fair and Market (Indian Market). Over the past twenty-five years, we have always taken great pleasure in staying at the La Fonda; this year was certainly no different. The staff at the La Fonda, each and every one of them, are consummate hosts. They could not be more personable and gracious and all are very responsive to our needs. Honestly, they treat us like family. We typically eat several meals at the La Fonda's restaurant which is always a quintessential southwestern experience. The menu has a very nice selection. The food and service is wonderful. If you plan to stay at the La Fonda do yourself a favor and have the squash blossom appetizer - incredible. Though not southwestern, the filet mignon was outstanding as well. And of course, you must have at least one of their famous southwestern breakfast dishes. This year, we were introduced to the new renovations made to the hotel over the past year. The hallways and sleeping rooms have a beautiful fresh look and comfortable feel yet the southwest charm that we know and love still remains. The beds were very comfortable and the bathrooms have been modernized, transformed really maximizing space and modern convenience. Renovating such a historical landmark must have been no small challenge. We believe hotel management has gracefully succeeded. Finally, the art displayed by the hotel over recent years is outstanding. From the sculptures above the front lobby registration desk to the paintings hung in meeting rooms, lobbies and hallways all pieces greatly enhance the La Fonda's signature ambiance. Thank you La Fonda for a wonderful stay and another great year! We have already confirmed our reservation for 2014.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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San Antonio, Texas
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Ongoing construction causing part of issue. Very small rooms. Limited place for clothes. Limited channels. No view from room. People very nice. Great location. Pretty property. Overall nice. Average to good.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Texarkana, Texas, United States
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

The location was great, walking distance to everything. Wonderful hot tub and roof top bar with amazing sunset. The room was beautiful and the bed perfect. It was quiet even with the music coming from the bar. The "Wise Guys" band playing in the bar were very good. The people at La Fonda were very friendly. Just needed a longer stay to enjoy it all!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Gallup, New Mexico
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Over the past summer I had the privilege of staying at La Fonda for the first time and I cannot give a higher recommendation to any other Santa Fe hotel. The location is ideal. The rooms are gorgeous and comfortable. My kids and husband (and me) love the food. The exercise facilities are complete with a large pool and a small exercise room with weights, cardio, and a nautilus like machine. Above all, the entire staff is wonderfully professional, responsive, and just an overall joy. If you want a slice of New Mexico life, you will find it La Fonda--from the food to the art to the warm welcoming staff. Enjoy!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Highland, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

There is no better location from which to experience Santa Fe than La Fonda on the Plaza. If you enjoy art, culture, history, great food and lovingly restored architectural treasures, La Fonda is your dream destination! This historic inn has recently been completely restored and the tremendous talents of the local artists are on full display everywhere you look. Carved beams, stencilled ceilings, woven rugs, hand-plastered walls, beautiful hand-painted tiles and rich colors form the perfect backdrop for a profuse display of local artwork. You know you have arrived at a truly special place from the moment you are greeted by the courteous parking attendant. Gabe and the staff at the reception desk are professional, friendly and helpful. Their expert local knowledge can direct you to the finest galleries, museums and restaurants. Every encounter with the service team at La Fonda is a treat. In a town reknowned for art, they have made service an artform. The rooms are cozy, comfortable and well-appointed. The locally-produced furnishings and decor are a refreshing reminder that you are at the heart of the artistic world and that this is not just another mass-produced hotel chain. The rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset after a long day of exploring Santa Fe. I loved my stay at La Fonda on the Plaza and cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I have stayed at the La Fonda on several occasions over the past few years and it has always captured the essence of Santa Fe's allure for its art, culture, and northern New Mexico mystique. The hotel is in the final stages of a complete renovation and when I stayed there recently, I was hoping that the hotel had not lost its charm in the process. My hopes were realized when I arrived as the hotel was as charming as I had ever remembered. The rooms were truly amazing with the work of local artists evident throughout (Headboards, furniture, hallways, etc). The hotel had managed to retain all of the charm that I had remembered while being completely updated and refreshed. The service was outstanding from the minute we walked in, being warmly greeted by the staff, who was eager to attend to our needs.

We had afternoon drinks on the roof top and had Sunday brunch in the restaurant. The ambiance was perfect and the food was outstanding. The freshly renovated hotel, with its outstanding staff, central location make it the only logical choice for a visit to Santa Fe.



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  • Stayed August 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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Staying at La Fonda is always a treat. It reminds us of a historic European inn. It has a perfect location - right on the plaza near galleries, museums and restaurants. The guest rooms were recently renovated, and are charming with comfortable beds, custom made furniture, and well-appointed bathrooms. There is amazing original art throughout the hotel. And best of all is the staff - professional, friendly and helpful. We look forward to our next visit. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about La Fonda on the Plaza

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 Spa Hotel in Santa Fe
#1 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
#2 Luxury Hotel in Santa Fe
#4 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
#10 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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