La Fonda On the Plaza Hotel

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La Fonda On the Plaza Hotel

, Santa Fe
4 star

Rooms: 167

100 East San Francisco Street - Santa Fe - New Mexico - 87501 - United States Hotel Website | | 505 982 5511
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The authentic place

from A TripAdvisor Member
If you want to stay in a five-star luxury place and enjoy the spirit of Sante Fe, La Fonda is certainly the first choice. This place is not only full of history, it IS history. The location is the best in town (directly on the Plaza with a short walk to Canyon Road). The lobby is cramped with antique furniture. We stayed with our family of six in room 500, which turned out to be a very large suite with two separate bedrooms, a double sofa sleeper in the spacious living room and two full bathrooms. All rooms were tastefully decorated in true Santa Fe style. We had a kiva fireplace, and upon calling the reception, within 5 minutes someone appeared and lit the fireplace. Furthermore, the room boasted a huge private terrace. The restaurant, La Plazuela, is truly unique in the courtyard. The food is medium-class as are the prices. However, they prepare the best guacamole in town (and this means: world-best guacamole). To our surprise, the outside pool was neatly warm although it was deep-freezing. The pool is somewhat cramped in a yard, but swimming is relaxing and is has very tasteful steaming hot jacuzzis. Service is impeccable. However, the La Fonda is a lively place. The lobby is open to the public and virtually the city's living room. Many things to see, many people to meet. However, the rooms are quiet and private. For me, one of the world's best hotels.

Overpriced and Noisy, but on the Plaza

from EighthContinent
My group of six adults found the parking garage at La Fonda cramped and nearly impossible to navigate in an SUV. My room was tidy but smelled strongly of cigarette smoke. Using the air conditioning unit exacerbated the cigarette odor. No telling when the filters had been changed. The exterior window opened only about an inch and provided inadequate ventilation. Doors on two sides of the room led to adjoining guest rooms, and even closed tight this had the unfortunate side-effect of letting all of my neighbors' late-night laughter and conversation reverberate throughout my sleeping area. Hallway noise was also louder than average. It was one of the least restful nights I've had in a hotel in a long time. Paying over $225 per night for my room, I was taken aback by the $.95 charge levied for all telephone calls, even to toll-free numbers. That felt very cheap. La Fonda's location is great, but this aging, crowded, noisy facility simply doesn't merit the high rates. I would look elsewhere during my next visit to Santa Fe.

Beautiful Haven

from sarleo
Arriving Feb. 12, 2005 for nine days, we were staying for a conference plus a few extra days. The hotel was extemely clean, nicely decorated and the staff helpful. We arrived at 11PM and did not have anyone to help us with our luggage, and being that there was no elevator for six steps and being that I have a leg injury, that seemed to be our only complaint (I wouldn't even call it a complaint). The room was large, with a wood burning fireplace, three comfortable chairs and a desk. Lots of closet space and drawers. The web TV was horrible, but the front desk told us that they had a contract and they knew it was bad so they took the charge off our room. Also, there was a business center where I could access the internet. We could walk everywhere, the staff giving us good directions and suggestions for dinner. Nice pastry and lunch spot in hotel (not part of it though) We had to wait for someone to leave a table, but it was worth it. The restaurant hotel was beautiful and the service & food very good. Breakfast was excellent in the hotel restaurant. The one complaint that I had was that I never knew altitude sickness existed. Look into that before going to Santa Fe to see if you need to take any medication with you. My husband & I got the flu while we were there, so I the only pictures I have is of the room. If anyone has questions, please ask me. Oh, Room service was good and not overpriced.

Beautiful Historic Hotel

from cecilskong
We stayed at the La Fonda for four days for a training held at the hotel. Our room was small but well decorated, the bathroom very clean. I will say that the mattress was EXTRA firm, and I asked for extra pillows for my back ( three pillows arrived ). The housekeeping service was excellent. The bar served great food and there was live music very night. I would certainly stay there again.

Disliked the Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My partner and I vistited Santa Fe for a training held at the hotel. The outside and the lobby of the La Fonda is very nice. The room on the other hand, was very small and the bathrooms were not very clean. The walls must be very thin in this hotel as you could hear everything that went on outside your own room. It was not very relaxing at all. I would also like to say that if you are planning to stay at the La fonda to relax, the beds in the rooms are not very comfy. They were actually hard as a rock and made sleeping very difficult. We awoke each morning with back pain. I really would not recommend this hotel to anyone.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Nice rooms, great location on the plaza, and neat lobby, BUT avoid wasting your money--$440 per night incl tax for us--on the "Concierge Level" rooms. On what appeared to be the concierge manager's desk was only a sign telling the guest with a request for concerge services to either (a) dial the tel number shown on the sign or (b) hoof it down to the lobby to ask whoever might be sitting at that concierge desk.
The one time we actually saw someone sitting at the desk, she refused to acknowledge us (the only ones in the room with her) until--out of sheer sport--I said "Hello!" just to see if she'd respond. No snacks/wine set out at 5ish as I've seen virtually everywehre else with "concierge level" room rates. At checkout I casually noted to the receptionist the near-total lack of concierge services for which we had paid, only to be blown off with a "Well, we'll have to look into that." Right! I was left with absolutely no doubt that it was gauche of me even to have expected actual concierge services.

Christmas 2004

from A TripAdvisor Member
Took my family to Santa Fe for a different kind of Christmas. Stayed at La Fonda, and it was excellent. Food was great, service great, rooms were somewhat small but expected in such a historic hotel, and they were very clean. Atmosphere was outstanding, the place was bustling with the Christmas atmosphere. It's pricy, but well worth it. I'll be coming back over and over.

Wonderful place!

from FairWinds23
My husband and I went to Santa Fe on our honeymoon and stayed at the La Fonda because of a recommendation from a friend. We loved the place. Upon checking in we mentioned it was our honeymoon and we received wine in our room. We had great room service and the restaurant was top quality as was everyone who worked at the La Fonda. The rooms were NM decor and clean. We had a wonderful experience and look forward to going back.

Worst stay ever

from A TripAdvisor Member
Worst hotel I ever stayed at. Planning a four day stay, we checked out after the second day. We were with another couple, all in our 50's, and security came up to the room twice to tell us we were talking too loud. Talking too loud? I admit that the walls are paper thin and echo's. We were not raising our voices, it was normal conversation. Management was very rude and snickered at us when we voiced our displeasure with how we were treated. I asked the security nazi what she heard before she knocked on our door. She said "I heard people talking". I would never consider staying another minute at that hotel unless I was with a mime group.

Beautiful Fall Weekend

from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent a beautiful fall weekend at the La Fonda Hotel. The service, food, and rooms were wonderful. The location of the hotel (right on the Plaza) makes getting around a dream. We never moved our car from the parking garage. We can not wait to return.

Top Local Tips for Santa Fe

It's all about the FOOD!!! Favorite Restaurants: Cafe Pasquals, La Casa Sena, The Shed, Celebrations, Tecolote, Maria's New Mexican Kitchen, Guadalupe Cafe, The Compound, Tomasitas.

Eating healthy There's a Trader Joes, a Whole Foods Market, and a Wild Oats all within a couple of blocks of each other, about a mile south of the Plaza. Great places to get good meals and stock up on snacks.Drink a lot of water in Santa Fe!

Airport Service Good service to the Airport in Albuquerque by Sandia Shuttle. You can do lots in Santa Fe without a car.


Other names for La Fonda On the Plaza Hotel

  • la fonda hotel santa fe
  • Address: 100 East San Francisco Street - Santa Fe - New Mexico - 87501 - United States
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