La Fonda on the Plaza
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Another good day as we have driven to the top of Sandia Peak which is 10,600 ft and a 14 mile drive up a mountain road. Really great views from the top. We then drove along the Turquoise Trail which is full of strange outcrops and rock formations. Also managed ...
... of us decided to go to a country and western saloon and dance hall. It was called the Dirty Bourbon and it was GREAT! There were people dancing and a live band played. The waiters/waitresses wore saloon/burlesque style outfits and there was a mechanical bull. Sadly the bull wasnt open. It was a great atmosphere and somewhere we all want to go back to. Now bed and on to the crater and forrest of Arizona ...
... ever built. Many of the stories that you read about the Wild West (and specifically Billy the Kid) happened along the Santa Fe Trail.
One of the things I loved most about Santa Fe was the mix of cultures present in the city. The Navajo, Acoma, and Apachee Indians laid out blankets full of handmade pottery, kachina dolls, and turquoise jewelry to sell to tourists outside the Governor’s Palace. Men fully decked out in cowboy gear ...
... in the United States. In the morning, the plaza is quiet and mostly empty.
Within a few hours, native Americans fill the area in the front of the palace to sell their turquoise and other wares.
In the morning, we took a bike ride along the Santa Fe river. There wasn't much water to be seen, given that ...
... amounts of stock. Apparently summer time is their busiest time, but even so, the sheer quantity of stock is over-whelming. They must, of course, be selling otherwise they wouldn't be here.
Santa Fe is known as the 'Land of Enchantment' and if you had the time to explore, there is a lot to see in the natural world. Unfortunately, time and snow are limiting factors for me. I wonder if I will return?
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
Historical Traveler Reviews La Fonda on the Plaza Santa Fe
My family was very happy here!
We got back from our stay at La Fonda about a month ago and wanted to report here that we couldn't have been happier. The location is perfect right on the plaza courtyard. The room (suite) we had was large and tasteful, looked newly redecorated. Every question or request we had was answered politely and promptly. The lobby is unique and very New Mexican. With 2 kids, we wanted a swim break during the day, and even the pool was first rate... Highly recommended!
We've been to Santa Fe several times, but this was the first time we stayed at La Fonda hotel. The hotel has a somewhat dingy atmosphere, and after taking an exploratory walk through the various corridors, we were glad we chose to stay in the nicer, and more expensive, Terraza rooms. The room was spacious and comfortable and decorated pleasantly enough; however for the price they charged ($289, because of a special -usually it's $380), the bed and especially the bed linen should have been of much better quality. The bathroom was OK, even if the shower pressure was more like a light sprinkler. No problem with the bath tub, though. The Terraza rooms offer complimentary continental breakfast, which was a joke. On our last morning (we stayed 3 nights) we ordered room service breakfast and were glad we did.
Best to stay in Santa Fe
IF you want to stay in a hotel with historic value, then La Fonda is the place. I was there as a small child and remember it well. Now years later after just seeing the hotel on short visits last Christmas was spent at the La Fonda in the La Terraza Suites. La Panzuela was fantastic for both Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner. YUM. I can't think of better place to be, so this Christmas I am taking my entire family of 22 to the La Fonda. Might mention that anyone that thinks it is not the best...then they have no idea of the true flavor of Santa Fe. Once you take a step back in time at the La Fonda it will always be quite memorble.
We chose La Fonda for a recent quick trip to Santa Fe because they heavily promote their "renovated" rooms and their high-speed Internet access.
I love this hotel. I have family in NM and stay here whenever I can - they have great off-season rates. Location is great, right in the center of the Plaza. Restaurants are terrific - we love the French cafe for lunch. The atrium has wonderful New Mexican food - table-side quacamole is the best I've ever had. Rooms are charming, quiet, classy.
You can also get some spa-type services, like a massage, for a fair price. I find it hard to believe that other reviewers didn't enjoy this hotel. It is pricey, if you pay rack rates, but if you do your homework you'll feel lucky to be staying at such a great, historic hotel far from the freeway and the terrible traffic that you'll endure if you try to get to the Plaza from one of the big-chain hotels on Cerrillos Rd.
I stayed overnight at La Fonda recently on my first trip to Santa Fe.
Wonderful charm and Excellent service!
What a wonderful hotel. We chose La Fonda due in part from a friends recommendation, and also the location and available services. This is an 80 year old hotel and is in perfect health. The decor is throw back to bygone era, and you have to appriciate that in todays hotel standards. It pretends to be only what it can be; a charming historic hotel in Santa Fe. The pool area is secluded, but easy to find. The bathrobes in the rooms were a great amenity too. The service was the best I've received at any hotel or restaurant. After speaking with our room cleaner, it was clear the employees feel conected to the place. I found out that most employees have been there more than 10 years.
While the ambiance and atmosphere is everything atourist wants in a beautiful majestic southwest hotelthe dining experience was an enormous disappoint-ment. The four of us had dinner in a beautiful atrium room that had fairly good service. However, there food menu did not measure up to a memorable meal. Two of us ordered lamb. (Bad choice) They infact DID NOT serve lamb as described on the menu. What they did serve was 'mutton' lamb. When the dinner plates arrived to be served they looked exacly like to medium size pork chops with the bone in. What a hugh disappointment to everyone.The other two meals where steak and they were very average. It's obvious their management doesn't know that their Chef is pulling the wool over their eyes (cutting cost)!!! Total dinner bill w/o tip...$160.00 w/1 desert.
What a grand and gracious hotel harking to an era past but in step with today. My mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law stayed here with us.
What a dump
After looking at the Web site photos, this seemed an ideal place -- all the beauty and charm of Santa Fe. La Fonda is -- but only on the outside. The inside (once you're past the public places) is a dump. I could not believe what they were charging for an old hotel (without the old hotel charm). This place is living off a reputation built years ago. Please do not go here. I checked out and went to the El Dorado -- same price and 100 times the quality.