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“Wonderful hotel in the centre of Santa Fe”

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La Fonda on the Plaza
Ranked #5 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Morpeth, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful hotel in the centre of Santa Fe”
Reviewed 21 October 2012

We stayed in La Fonda for 2 nights, having arrived late afternoon on our first night we didn't have much time to explore the facilities & town until the next day,
Our room was spacious and quiet despite being quite close to the lift. There was a fridge in the room and complimentary water.
We tried to go for a drink on the Bell Tower terrace but it was very busy & there were no unoccupied seats so we decided to go for dinner instead. This turned out to be a good move, the hotel has 2 dining areas, La Plazuela or La Fiesta Lounge (Mexican Buffet), we opted for La Plazuela & were fortunate to get the last table for 2 without a reservation, the service and food were very good.
The hotel has lots of character and little shops to visit, and is just off the main square in the town, so there's plenty to look at within a short walk.
We didn't use the pool/spa facilities, the hotel carpark was a bonus but comes at an additional charge.
We tried a late lunch on our second day at the La Fiesta lounge which was fine and plentiful, then we were lucky to go for early drinks at the Belltower on our second evening, here we enjoyed the warm sunshine pre sunset over a bottle of wine before heading out to sample the town's other establishments.

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Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

A must to do, go the bar on the roof top at La Fonda, closed from Nov - spring. Have a drink there after a full day of shopping, etc downtown. If it is a bit chilly, they provide blankets. Great view of the town, mountains, etc

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Lubbock, Texas
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

This is not the first time we stayed at La Fonda...... for obvious reasons of course. To name a few: everybody is very nice and ever-ready to assist, rooms are clean, perfect spot/parking your car is not a problem so it's a walking distance to anywhere in the plaza. We have always enjoyed staying in this hotel. I feel great the minute I walk in to the lobby. I highly recommend this hotel.
What a delightful place to stay while in Santa Fe.

Room Tip: Our room is facing the corner (Packard, I think is the name of the store) and we loved it.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 October 2012 via mobile

For "Traditional" room read "needs major refurbishment". Bed was comfortable but room was equivalent to a cheap motel. Mysterious wet patches on carpet and bathroom smelled badly of drains. If it weren't in Santa Fe right on the plaza they'd never get away with it.

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Granite Falls, North Carolina
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

Very impressed with La Fonda -- and Santa Fe! Excellent trip and yes, La Fonda is very convenient to all the shops, entertainment and dining. We were fortunate enough to meet and converse with quite a few locals at the hotel restaurant/bar (apparently La Fonda attracts a number of ppl for their nightly singing/dancing). Loved it. And, David Robinson, our Bellman, was top-notch! Very pleased and will stay at La Fonda again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Roseburg, Oregon
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

The La Fonda Hotel is a lovely, historic hotel right in the midst of Old Santa Fe. We were delighted to find that it is a short walk to the cathedral, Loretto Chapel, the central plaza, as well as other important historic sites and GREAT shopping. We enjoyed a spacious suite with a terrace overlooking the cathedral. The room was appointed with period appropriate furnishings and was in keeping with the Spanish architecture of the entire building. The hotel offers a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of this popular tourist area.

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Naperville, Illinois
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

This older hotel has been well maintained. Basic room is not real spacious but comfortable. Main restaurant has good food and reminds me of Mexican resort ambiance. Servings are generous and breakfast entrees are enough for two--so consider splitting with a companion. Location on the square allows easy walks to stores and restaurants as well as the Georgia O'Keeffe museum. If you've never been to Santa Fe this is the place to stay. Did have a little difficulty adjusting the room temperature--heater/air conditioner has a dial and often when nudged a tiny bit warmer heat would start streaming out when we just wanted it a little less cool. No indoor pool but outside pool pleasant. Rooftop bar (to view the sunset) often very crowded but toasting the sunset isn't my thing anyway. And my pet peeve of duvets instead of blankets but it seems that's the way the hotel industry is leaning.

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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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Region: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 Spa Hotel in Santa Fe
#2 Business 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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