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“Great location, wonderful renovation” 5 of 5 stars
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La Fonda on the Plaza
Ranked #6 of 61 Hotels in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great location, wonderful renovation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We stayed at La Fonda many times over the past decade and find it just keeps getting better and better: food, service, art, decor, etc. They've added an indoor pool, spa, etc. And some always-wonderful things--like it's central location and convenient parking garage, free internet--make it a wonderful spot for a brief or extended stay. It's a great value and the recent room renovations are terrific in terms of bathrooms, decor, linens, amenities, etc. We recently stayed in a Terrace room--with a giant whirlpool bath, big walk-in shower, bidet, two TVs, our own private balcony overlooking the wonderful historic church--what a treat!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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4 Thank Kate T
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Hallettsville, Texas
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131 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I wanted to book a same sex wedding at the hotel, with a Concierge Level Suite for 5 days, 10 other rooms for about 20 guests, use of the Terrace for the 30 minute ceremony, and then drinks and dinner for at least 20 at the hotel restaurant, La Plazuela. When I didn't hear back from the hotel within a reasonable time frame, I called my Platinum Card Concierge (to save time) and told them of my requirements. The hotel's response was that the Terrace was not a proper venue for a ceremony of this size, even though they have pictures on their website of ceremonies being held there, and that the restaurant would not be able to accommodate our group as they didn't have a private dining room, and that we would be too rowdy. Umm....first, we are all 50+ and have never been the rowdy sort, as our principled upbringing and attention to etiquette would have not made this possible. Not even in our much younger years! So, let's see how much the hotel lost by their boorish behaviour (prices are approximate from their website and do not include taxes):

Concierge Level Room: $439 x 5 days = $2195.00
10 Guest Rooms: $250/night x 2 nights x 10 guests = $5000.00
Dinner and drinks for 20 at restaurant: $35 per guest x 20 = $700.00
TOTAL = $7895.00

I've been in business for many years, and I would NOT want to be the one to explain why we lost that sort of revenue to the owners or general manager.

So, discriminatory behaviour? I'll leave that for you to decide, fellow travelers/road warriors. If it matters to you, the you'll know what to do. If it doesn't matter, then you'll also know what to do.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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20 Thank GC50MH56
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LaFondaManager, General Manager at La Fonda on the Plaza, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear Sir:

In review of your Trip Advisor comments we believe the following to be a more accurate depiction of the circumstances:

• The venue requested was already booked and not available
• A reception in the restaurant spread across multiple tables and among other dining patrons would have been less than ideal and inhibited the quality of your event
• Alternative venue options were suggested in an effort to help you arrange your celebration
• La Fonda has hosted many same-sex marriages in the past and we continue to book these into the future.

I am sorry that premier wedding backdrop in Santa Fe was not available for the dates you had chosen. We wish you all the best as you embark in this new, exciting time in your life.
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Franklin, Tennessee
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49 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We have stayed at the La Fonda many times over the past 20 years, and everything about the hotel is fabulous. The history, the art, the service, the rooms, the decor, the food, the shops all contribute to a wonderful experience. The recent room renovation was a huge plus! We really enjoyed the oversized bath and shower! Gabe at the front desk is an incredible host and exemplifies the level of customer service of the hotel. The restaurant menu continues to be diverse and exciting for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the 4th floor over looking the Chapel.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank MChris_TX-TN
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grapevine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

I stayed here about a year ago and loved it. The staff was wonderful and the hotel was perfectly located. I didn't have a car but was able to walk everywhere I wanted to go. I also found some wonderful and reasonable restaurants. My deepest love was my bed! It was really hard to get out of bed every day because it was so comfortable. I had the best sleep ever and really wanted to take the bed home with me. I can't wait to go back!

Stayed September 2013
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2 Thank m00retravels
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tularosa, NM
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68 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Great location, wonderful service, good special rates, good food in La Plazuela restaurant on site. Gorgeous art throughout. Comfortable rooms. A great place for a little splurge. Great shops in the hotel and nearby, but be prepared to spend some $$$.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank tulieguy
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Missouri City, Texas
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87 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

La Fonda is an historic hotel conveniently located on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Quaint lobby, friendly staff. Rooms are comfortable, if a bit dated. (Perhaps, that goes with being historic.) Boutique shopping in hotel and nearby. Parking in an attached ramp. Free internet. Restaurant is good, not great, but there are many fine options in walking distance. Off-season group meeting rates were reasonable.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Brendan G
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Westerville
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This property is a must for anyone visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico! Everything was perfect from check-in to check-out. Our room was amazing, we even had a wood burning fireplace in our 5th floor room, not to mention a balcony that provided us with a perfect view of the sunrise over the eastern mountains! The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating, food was excellent, and the drinks were perfect. I just can't say enough about this respite from an otherwise hectic week. We will most assuredly be staying here again.

Room Tip: Fifth floor is heaven!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank John_HWesterville
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Property: La Fonda on the Plaza
Address: 100 E San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501-2110
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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:
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
#2 Spa Hotel in Santa Fe
#3 Luxury Hotel in Santa Fe
#4 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
#5 Family 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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