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“Charm and location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel La Fonda de Taos

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Hotel La Fonda de Taos
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
Albany, New York
Level Contributor
13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Charm and location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

Hotel La Fonda is an historic, charming spot to stay while visiting Taos. Right on the Plaza, and in the center of town, one can easily walk and see a lot. With two pre-teen boys the King Suite was comfortable because we were out and about most of the day; otherwise it might have felt small for four. When we returned from our travels the hotel was inviting and cool, with beautiful paintings, woodwork, and copper/metalwork decor. Guests receive complementary Starbuck's coffee/tea/hot choc. next door. Our suite had a wet bar and fridge, WiFi, and a comfortable king bed. The sleeper sofa bed mattress was lumpy and uncomfortable, but was much improved when placed directly on the floor. (We did not complain - were having too much fun in Taos to worry about it.) Parking was an additional $6 a day.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank voyager4000
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

This historic hotel is right on the Plaza. So if you like to be right in the mix, this is the place to be. We were greeted warmly upon arriving. The lobby is filled with artwork, and there's a store right off the lobby filled with very lovely artistry, great gifts. The attached coffee shop offers free coffee and all-you-can-use water for guests of the hotel. Our room was small, but comfortable, overlooking the plaza. And while that was great initially, we found the noise level a bit too high for our liking. Each morning when we went downstairs, we were greeted by staff. (Lovely touch!) They insisted on changing our room, and we're glad they did. This room was a bit bigger and it was toward the back of the building; so we then enjoyed quiet for the remainder of our stay. The staff tried so hard to please on every level. The chef in the restaurant is very accommodating and willing to share his excellent treats. There's a sitting area not the second floor with a fireplace and computer for the use of the guests. It's a lovely place, right in the middle of the plaza action, conveniently located right off the main road so you can easily start your trip through the Enchanted Circle or drive a few miles to the Rio Gorge, one mile from the Taos Pueblo, or wherever your travels might lead you. Enjoy!

Room Tip: Second room was 202, right upstairs from the sitting room. Rooms on the plaza are noisy. You have...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank blscsr
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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43 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012 via mobile

Had a great two nights. Close to everything. Lots of character and sense of history.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank andy h
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New Jersey
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79 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

Stayed here for one night on the way up to Denver from Santa Fe.
the good: Historic hotel on the plaza, very clean rooms, great front desk staff, free coffee and tea, bottled water, hot chocolate, etc at the coffee shop in the lobby
the bad: Noisy. Just by the configuration of the hotel (rooms on the perimeter of the building and lobby in the center) noise will travel. I guess we're not the first ones to notice this since they provide you with complimentary ear plugs in the room.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank chirish61
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

Stayed at this great historic hotel on Friday. It was absolutely perfect. Great view from Balcony. Quiet with a nice view of Plaza, tastefully decorated with gas fireplace, good air conditioning, a nice fan and good tv channels and tv set. Staff was very accomodating and showed me other nice rooms and views plus was helpful on parking behind the Hotel and getting to various sites around the plaza and in and around taos. Great views of sunrise. I can't say enough about it.

I enjoyed the Gorman gallery in the lobby and the sweet tooth of rocky mountain chocolate.

Room Tip: Ask for Balcony rooms if available, but it is nice just going from center open air to your rooms, no...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Art B
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Portland, Oregon
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28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2012

We stayed two nights in April in a King Suite. We travelled with my 80+ year young mother and she said the hide-a-bed would be no problem. Well . . .

When we opened the bed, it was unmade. I was pretty amazed when they knew there were three of us that they wouldn't have the bed prepared. Mother had a very bad night with a very bad bed. The second night she just slept on the couch without opening the bed and said it was better! (Mom is very short and small; just can't imagine a "regular" adult on the bed.)

We did enjoy the ambiance of the hotel. We were especially impressed with the free water; it's evident they want guests to stay healthy! And the excellent coffee was appreciated. Wifi didn't work except in the lobby--that was disappointing.

Room Tip: The King suite had a window that overlooked the alley. Difficult to figure out how the air conditio...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Kikijolly
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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151 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

We stopped in to see if the hotel was built similar to its sibling in Santa Fe, but it is not. The Gorman collection in the lobby is amazing and FREE to see. It may be the best gallery in Santa Fe and Taos.
The coffee shop off the lobby only takes cash, but makes a great mocha.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank daSVGrouch
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Property: Hotel La Fonda de Taos
Address: 108 S Plaza, Taos, NM 87571-5957
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Taos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Taos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Fonda de Taos 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The oldest hotel in Taos centrally located on the historic Plaza. Completely renovated to provide the most current 21st century amenities amid historic, authentic, southwestern atmosphere and architecture. Home to the infamous D.H. Lawrence Forbidden Art collection. The hotel's Plaza Cafe offers authentic Northern New Mexican cuisine at moderate prices and guests enjoy complimentary coffees and teas in the Starbucks "Noula's" Coffee shop. ... more   less 
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