We are Canadians, but receive a New Mexico magazine subscription each Christmas from a friend who lives in Santa Fe. I couldn't help but notice ads and reviews of the Plaza Hotel. It looked just like a place we would enjoy. We weren't disappointed. Our room was in the old section of the hotel, furnished with antiques, but with thick mattresses, modern, fresh linens and a very up to date bathroom. We had planned to spend one night only, but after a wee taste of this place, we booked on for longer. Breakfasts were great, either full English or New Mexican style. We did not have dinner at the hotel, but the menu looked appealing. Servers were always gracious, helpful and friendly. The adjoining pub featured local craft beer as well as old standbys. We neglected to have a margarita, but the table next to us said that they were really great.
The concierge was friendly and helpful, as was the front desk clerk. They offered information on places for us to see within walking distance.
A movie was made this year in Las Vegas, N.M., starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, as well as many other well known actors. Guess where they stayed? The Plaza!
The park facing the hotel has an old bandstand that offers free music on the weekends. It has a real lawn with real grass, that is watered with grey water from the hotel. Shops encircle the park, including antiques, art and crafts, a great old pharmacy with soda fountain and bent wire chairs encircling round tables. Walking toward the centre of town you pass an abundance of Victorian storefronts, some restored and some in the original condition.
We are architecture fans and were pleased to find a building in the Richardsonian Romanesque design, that resembled one that was built in the same era as our Canadian hometown Town Hall and Opera House. The old railway hotel and station was evocative of early Spanish American architecture. We wandered past Victorian and Edwardian mansions, also smaller houses of the same vintage,some restored and some a bit down at the heels, but still interesting.
There is a new area in Las Vegas, with all the box stores and fast food places one would want, if that was their preference. We opted for small restaurants in the old city, with typical New Mexican food.
I can't wait to see the movie, that will be released in 2014.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Finest historic hotel (1882) and fine dining in Northern New Mexico, overlooking the beautiful Plaza Park. This is the only hotel in downtown historic Las Vegas - once the biggest and richest city in New Mexico, with 1000+ historic buildings! Purchased in 2014 by owners of the legendary La Posada in Winslow AZ, the Plaza Hotel is receiving a top-to-bottom upgrade. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Hotel Las Vegas