This is a hotel in a historic building that preserves history as well as a tradition of confutable premisses and good service.
Not to mentioned that is located right in central Santa Fe, a walking distance to a series of nice shops, restaurants and museums.
The hotel has a charming restaurant called La Plazuela, located in its internal patio of Spanish style, which is also the place for breakfast. There is also a bar close to the lobby which has live music and space for dance during some nights.
The building was designed by the architect Mary Colter, who also designed many building at the Grand Canyon National Park area.She was hired by Fred Harvey to design hotels and lodges along the Santa Fe railway path for the company to offer quality accommodation and food to travelers at the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th century.
She was known for take care of all details, especially for decoration and for making environments that make people feel like if they were at their own or in somebody´s house.
This care for details is reveled all over the hotel, in its entrance, lobby, decoration at the corridors, objects and paintings in this areas and in the rooms. Even in the basement, where the garage is, the pillars are painted with pictures of branches and leaves. The rooms and also bathrooms were charming, well decorated places. The only down side from our room is that there was dirty water coming out of a tube right in the verandah outside our window. it was disgusting to see it and it could easily be directed with an additional tube until the drain. The hotel has a small outdoor swimming pool and a room for massage. There are plenty of shops in the level of the lobby with quality objects and souvenirs, and a convenience store. The hotel keeps a series of interesting photos showing the building in the past and now, after having had a wonderful and careful renovation that managed to preserve the buildings spirit.
The breakfast was good and only offered a la carte. I missed having dinner there. We tried at the night we arrived, but the place was packed and in the next night we went to another restaurant that we had already planned. It seems that it´s usually busy in the hotel´s restaurant. So, if wanting to go there, I suggest making reservations. Many pairings from local artists were added to the hotel´s art collection spread on its premisses.
Same goes for the terrace and bar on the top floor, which is famous for having a very nice spot to see the sunset. However, not only guests, but many people come there for that reason and in order to get a table, it´s necessary to make a reservation.
- 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