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... grid to join the properly maintained tarmac of a County Road that now lay on top of Route 66. From here it was 8 miles to Santa Rosa and as we came down off the hill we could see the main street of town on the same line as us, with only the disruption of the new Interstate exit getting in the way.
In Santa Rosa (straddling another typically wide main street) there were a few modern Route 66-themed places open to prove that the town WAS open for business for both locals ...
... was evidence of the fire three or four years ago that was sad to see.
Arrived at the place, unloaded and walked down to San Antonio Creek where we were going to be planting trees. Part of the crew we had met last time were there and we said our hellos and then got to work. Fortunately the soil was not as clay like as before and we made some good progress.
Stopped and took a break ...
... a slightly gimmicky Hilton resort on the outskirts of Santa Fe..... However it is awesome, it has its owns casino, 3 pools, 4 restaurants and a Starbucks and it appears there can only be about 100 people here - max. Unfortunately for Tom as agreed an hour sun bathing had to take place!
After a quick scout around we booked dinner and got the first drinks - rum, can't beat it. Given we had a couple of hours grace we continued with the Rum and Coke and also had ...
... and Cafe, a couple of ghost towns, a car museum, another car museum, lunch In a diner in Tucumcari and then into the hills leading up to Santa Fe. The Subaru climbed from below sea level Thursday to about 7000 feet up here, and we were happy to,jump into,the hot tub and get used to the thin air. A great day it was indeed, everything I hoped it would be. We are going off on a couple of nice drives tomorrow, making Santa Fe home base for a couple of days ...
... people, who we now know to be Puebloans and whose history is the same as that of Mesa Verde, i.e. settlement around 800 to 1300 AD and then suddenly they upped and left for whatever reason. These ruins were really good - you took a bound book with you and all the exhibits/ruins were numbered, so you followed the numbers and there was a blurb about them. Once again some incredible examples of architecture here.
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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.