La Fonda is conscious of its position as the showpiece hotel in Santa Fe, and by and large it gets things right - attentive service, comfortable rooms, convenient parking. We ate in both La Plazuela and the coffee shop whose name temporarily escapes me, and the meals were perfectly good without being haute cuisine. They were able to cater for my daughter's food allergies, too. Another time we would make a point of ordering the guacamole if only to watch the waiter put it together at the table, scooping the avocados out deftly and mixing the flesh with tomato, chilli, onion, whatever.
Where it particularly scored was in the decor. Too many hotels have a soul-deadening pastel look to them, as if the designer was afraid to run the risk of offending people with bright colours. La Fonda is in New Mexico and lets you know it - oxblood tiles in the lobby, and everywhere turquoise and ochre and deep red, even along the corridors leading to the rooms.
Surprisingly, our room was smaller than we had expected, and smaller than we had found in some hotels with far fewer pretensions, but not so small as to be inconvenient. And I know that people under 21 are not allowed to be served liquor in the States, or even (it appears) to be in places where it is served, but it was a pity that the barman in the rooftop bar should tell us this so gracelessly in front of other guests. Would a quiet word have been so difficult?
But these are minor niggles. Stay here if you can.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Fonda On The Plaza Hotel Santa Fe
- La Fonda Hotel Santa Fe