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La Fonda on the Plaza
Ranked #5 of 61 Hotels in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
USA
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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Charming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

The rooms are charmingly decorated and the bed was very comfortable but our standard king room was quite small with barely enough room to walk around the bed. There are no luggage racks so we slid our open suitcases under the bed. There is no bureau and no drawers anywhere in the room, just a tiny shelf under the nightstand and a couple small shelves in the armoire next to the mini fridge. The public areas are inviting and there are surprise nooks and crannies everywhere. The whole hotel is a maze and difficult to navigate, but part of the charm I suppose. There are a lot of shops at street level with both streetside and hotel entrances. The fitness room is quite small and tight but they fit in two bikes, two treadmills, an eliptical and resistance machine.

Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
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99 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

After a complete exterior and interior remodel, it's better than ever. The bathrooms are beautifully updated (love the barn door!) and the furnishings are a mix of new and old. The restaurant and other downstairs areas look brighter. I was there many years ago, and it still has the same charm but the facelift makes it more cheerful.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
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70 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights using two rooms on two different floors. The location is excellent, with great access to the plaza. The exterior of the hotel and the public spaces are lovely with authentic décor. The rooms are well appointed.
The cons: the lower floor is VERY busy. The lobby is directly off the marketplace with many stores that have street access as well, so there is a lot of foot traffic. One of our rooms was on the lower floor but noise inside the room was not so bad as they are reasonably well sound-proofed.
The pool is pathetically small and squished into a courtyard like area next to the garage. Not commensurate with the hotel and cost.
They have a lovely rooftop bar but it is jam packed with people of the street, so you don't have better access than anyone staying elsewhere.

Room Tip: Choose upper levels to the back of the hotel - better views and quieter.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014

We booked a room for three persons with breakfast included. At breakfast the hotel insisted the “Package” we paid for was for three beds but only breakfast for two. Rather illogical, but no big deal.

What turned out to be the deal was the manager who was called in to sort the situation out.

Patric the manager – probably a retrained prison employee – with bodyguard’s physique and unfortunately with a bouncer’s way of arguing was very aggressive despite the early hour. He didn’t let me finish my sentences and told my wife to show him ”the contract” what ever that is. It felt like being back on the school playground… Then he left the breakfast area and we haven’t heard of him since.
Strange that a well working hotel can hire a guy like that. Won’t choose la Fonda again. The egg benedict was good despite it all.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Surprise, Arizona
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26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

This hotel was an experience, not just a place to stay. It is rich in history which is reflected in the decor, the hand painted furniture and tiles, and the intricate maze of beautiful rooms and patios. We enjoyed a "terrace" room with a walkout balcony on the concierge floor. The room was beautifully appointed and the service was cordial and professional.

If you like "modern" hotels, you may not appreciate the beauty of this hotel. However, if you enjoy staying in historical venues, with a location right on the central square, this is the right hotel for you.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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131 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Stayed at lafonda for one evening on our drive across the country. Santa Fe was a little out of the way for our trip but so worth it
LaFonda is amazing. The rooms are huge and make you feel like you are truly somewhere special. Easy parking. Wonderful rooftop bar to watch the sunset, location is perfect. Walking distance to all the shops and restaurants! If you don't stay at lafonda you are missing out.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Texas
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39 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful two night stay at the La Fonda Hotel. The room was perfect as was the entire stay. We had drinks on the rooftop with the amazing view and a wonderful dinner at the restaurant(make sure you make reservations). The La Fonda is a perfect location to enjoy the charms of Santa Fe.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about La Fonda on the Plaza

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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