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La Fonda on the Plaza
Ranked #5 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Denver, Colorado, United States
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61 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Elegant hotel with first class service”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We make a yearly trek from Denver to Santa Fe with our best friends to attend the Santa Fe Opera. For the last few years we have stayed at La Fonda in the terrace rooms. We couldn't be happier with the rooms, service, location, food and staff. This year, our car broke down and we had to stay a couple extra nights. Adrian, head of guest services, was amazing. He helped us get a room, assisted us with a rental car and was genuinely enthusiastic in wanting to help us in whatever we needed.

Room Tip: All the rooms have been newly renovated and are fantastic.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2014

The hotel has convenient off street parking right next to the hotel itself and it is located just feet from the central plaza. The restaurant in the hotel was very good for dinner and breakfast and there was an independently run French Bakery on premise for coffee and pastries. The gym is very limited and one of the two treadmills was not functional but the pool was nice. The terrace called the Bell Tower was worth a visit at cocktail hour for a great view of the sunset. I commend them on offering free wif. Overall an excellent choice and good value for money. It is what I would classify as a four star hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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84 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

Can't beat the location right off the main square of downtown Santa Fe. This quaint hotel is a very nice spot - recent renovations are great and they did a great job of maintaining the historic feel. The rooms are a little small, but overall great spot!!

Stayed July 2014
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2014

My partner and I were married on The Terrace at La Fonda on 7/5/2014. The venue itself is absolutely gorgeous, but what made it even better was the staff. Every detail was exactly as we'd wanted it to be. Samie planned our wedding as if it were her very own and was more focused on our experience than profit for the hotel. We visited 2 other venues in Santa Fe prior to choosing La Fonda and there was just no question in our hearts where we were meant to be married.

Rebecca served as our concierge on the terrace level for the week and I can't even begin to say enough to adequately thank her for making us (and our guests) feel right at home. She was attentive, patient and pulled off an amazing last minute adventure for us.

Elena worked the reception with the bartenders and did a superb job in making sure everyone was comfortable and well "hydrated" :) Chef Lane did a SUPERB job on the food for our reception - people are still talking about the food 3 days later!!!

Jessica and Ed worked really hard to ensure everyone who wanted to stay at La Fonda was accommodated by working out a fair price for our room block. They even extended the deadline for a few who were able to make it to the event unexpectedly.

If you are in a position like we were and need a destination to get married where it's legal - La Fonda is your place! You will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: I highly recommend a room on the Terrace Level. If you are going to be there for an extended period...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bennington, Nebraska
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141 reviews
83 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We stayed in a 2nd floor room with a king bed. The bed was beautiful to look at and a joy to sleep in: linens, mattress and pillows all very comfortable, with a choice of pillows.

The room had a mini-fridge concealed in the clothes cupboard/dresser, in which were 2 bottles of water, plus another 2 bottles were outside the fridge with the Keurig coffee machine. Water was replaced every day, without charge, and more is available at the front desk if you ask for it. The desert elevation really hits hard at first and being well hydrated is a necessity.

The bathroom was not huge, but comfortable, with great amenities and towels.

Everything is very close - restaurants, little shops, the State Capitol building, museums, sights. La Fonda has a great breakfast area, if very slow service, great bars inside and occasionally live music. The hotel sent me newsletters every month once I booked to keep me updated on local events, both inside the hotel and out, and I found the tips useful.

Parking is a little weird - the entrance to the parking garage is on the far northeast corner and it's easy to miss the first time you go around the one-way streets. On the other hand, there are many pedestrian entrances to the hotel from the street. The hotel itself is a little tough to navigate at first, since it's a historic hotel and expanded several times over the years, so not all hallways connect at the ends to the other side of the building, but the great artwork on the walls made exploring fun.

Only nitpick - that original leather sling chair (can be seen in one of my artwork photos) was a lot nicer to look at than to sit in.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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McKinney, TX
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82 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 415 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We stayed at La Fonda July 13 - 16, 2014. We like the location, right on the plaza, and within walking distance to Canyon Road for the art galleries and restaurants, specifically The Compound and Geronimo. We stayed in suite #502, the top floor, just a few paces from the Bell Tower Bar. The suite has been newly renovated with top quality furniture and fixtures. The suite reminded us of many guest rooms and suites that we've experienced in Europe. The bathroom was small for the two of us, and difficult for my wife's hair and makeup. We will return to La Fonda, and I'll probably ask for a room with a bathroom with more counter space.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a larger bathroom, with more counter space if you are traveling as a couple.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Cute and clean rooms, sanitizing wipes on remote and phone..
Nicely updated showers are a plus. Great view from the roof top bar. Great location is the catch. The restaurant attached is very good and crepes are a winner from what I hear.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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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 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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