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“New Mexico warmth” 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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
NM USA
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111 reviews 111 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“New Mexico warmth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The renovated La Fonda beautifully embraces the warmth and art of the Land of Enchantment. Hallways with contemporary and historic native art,
headboards painted by artists in the original La Fonda style,
and art in the rooms with descriptions on the origin of the pieces
all add to a truly Santa Fe experience. We loved finding the Kelly Jo tile art
in the shower and the Sheldon Harvey painting down a hallway. Tastefully done.
Service was excellent, from check-in to late-evening snack in the La Fiesta lounge.
The room was comfortable; the small balcony (one chair and a small table) overlooked Loretto Chapel. Keurig machine in the room for morning coffee, and the free wi-fi worked well.
Location of course can't be beat, steps from the Plaza and Cathedral. Common areas on main floor maintain the historic look and feel. We used the adjacent parking garage, it costs $15/night. We could hear some noise in the hallway in the early evening but the place was quiet the rest of the night. Our first stay at La Fonda, it was a treat.

Room Tip: room 408 has small balcony overlooking Loretto Chapel.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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
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Los Angeles, CA
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211 reviews 211 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Recently spent 4 very relaxing days at La Fonda- the most comfortable bed, with lots of pillows and a clean spacious and quiet room, safe, refrigerator, bathrobes, chocolates on the bed at night. Keurig coffee maker with selection of pods, and complimentary bottled water that is refilled daily. Close to the Plaza, shopping, museums, and restaurants. Parking is $15/day for hotel guests. Very friendly service. Unfortunately the pool and hot tub were closed for 10 days for repairs. Won't wait another 15 years to visit Santa Fe and will be sure to return to La Fonda!

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Cobargo, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I have been in Santa Fe for the last two weeks for a conference and have found the hotel a beautiful comfortable home away from home, the staff have been helpful and kind with young Daniel the bellhop outstanding in his kindness and humour helping deliver groceries around the hotel. A inspiring experience. I recommend it to anyone who wants a genuine experience of a beautiful city and people.

Room Tip: The bed are very comfortable and twin share beds are huge. Warm and snug.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

this was our 4th visit to the La Fonda, 1st since the renovations, the up grades to the rooms were terrific......we choose this hotel for its great location (on the Plaza) its very attentive staff that always exceeds our expectations, add in great food....it is our hotel of choice we visit Santa Fe

You will not be disappointed

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I have stayed at La Fonda a number of times over the years and have never been disappointed. The hotel is a complete experience in its own right due to having so many enchanting and first rate attractions. The main restaurant is beautifully appointed with the best breakfast food and service in Santa Fe. There is a charming and delicious coffee shop that serves French pastries along with fresh brewed coffee drinks. There is also a small book and magazine shop, indoor and outdoor bars, and many fine shops. The History of La Fonda going back to the Harvey Girl era of the early 1920's is well preserved and illustrated.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Came from Australia to a conference at LA Fonda being a first visit to USA and the service has been amazing. Danny on the desk, Daniel and Reuben with the luggage,the concierges Rebecca and maryanne, Mary who organised a new fridge, nothing is too much for them to help you. I don't want to leave.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We finally stayed here for one night, having for years visited the hotel to use their parking or to pass through and visit the shops. Overall, a good first stay, the ambiance is wonderful and the hotel is nicely appointed. The room was small for the price (romance package), but cozy and we were on the 2nd floor, south side of the building, with a view of Loretto Chapel. I like to crack the hotel window for fresh air at night, but the noise from the garbage collection on the street in the early morning
woke me up and forced me to close it. The shower is small but you can move the extra towels and blow dryer in the recessed shelves into the closet outside the door to make room for your toiletries. I loved the Antica Farmacista Grapefruit toiletries
samples--just a wonderful, clean scent. The blow dryer was just fine for me (an earlier reviewer commented about it), but some of the outlets in the room were a little wonky. The room seemed too cramped for the complimentary breakfast in room, so we ate at La Plazuela, which we had dinner at the night before. Very delicous food and a wonderful, relaxing atmosphere.

Only one thing I found not to my liking: dogs are allowed at this hotel and there were several seen in the lobby, one that was barking at passers-by and a kind of intimidating. Sitting or sleeping where dogs have been just doesn't do it for me (see some of the visitor's photos). I think the hotel should allocate at least a few rooms--and nice ones, too--that are pet free for those who are allergic to them. If there is a next time, I'll be sure to check with them for a pet-free room, if they're available.

We didn't use the spa or pool, but took a look at them and they seemed nice. Lots of cool shops inside the facility and many more on the plaza, plus an easy walk to several museums and the Basilica of St. Francis. If I stay here again, will probably try to find a coupon special and get a room on a higher floor with a fire place and balcony. The Terrace rooms look really nice. So many nice hotels and B&Bs for the same price in SF, though I think you should at least try this one once for the historical factor and the proximity to the Plaza. The employees were friendly and attentive, and again, a nice historical vibe here that can't be beat.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Santa Fe
#1 Luxury Hotel in Santa Fe
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
#2 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
#3 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Fonda on the Plaza 4*
Number of rooms: 180
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 no resort fee, Wi-Fi, fitness center, outdoor pool and hot tub, spa services. Upgrades such as spacious sitting areas, cozy fireplaces, separate living and sleeping areas, and balconies are available throughout the hotel. The Terrace private concierge level offers 15 exclusive, luxury-level rooms and suites built around a rooftop terrace with stunning views of Santa Fe. La Plazuela restaurant is famous for it's award-winning cuisine and 400 hand-painted windows. ... more   less 
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