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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!
Quaint hotel, great location
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.
The food in the hotel restaurants is surprisingly good, especially in the Plazuela. One annoying feature of the hotel is that everything shuts down early. Even the bar closes at 11 PM (!). We were there in the beginning of July - tourist season - and closing that early is a bit silly. The service is generally good, but not outstanding.
But by far the best feature of the hotel is its location - the plaza is practically next door, and everything in town is in walking distance. For that reason alone it is worth considering La Fonda.
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.
Great location; tacky and shabby room
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.
Frankly, I am not sure when the room we were assigned was renovated, but it overlooked (barely, because it was on the first floor) a noisy street filled with the sound and smell of cars. So much for airing out the room! The bedlinens were obviously long-used, the pillows were sad, and the decor was something straight out of a comic book about the southwest. Subtle? Not here.
The fixtures in the bathroom were clean, but the tile floor was grubby and the door did not work well. The general level of cleanliness throughout the room was one that encouraged me to keep my shoes on.
Parking was over-crowded. No valet service. The sneering concierge seemed to be pre-occupied with his friends, so we did not bother him by asking for help with dinner reservations. The Internet service turns out to be more of a marketing ploy than something the front desk is actually experienced in helping people use. There's also a $10 charge, undisclosed until one is actually in the process of connecting.
There was one stand-out in our stay. Room service shuts down, completely, at 10 PM. The woman answering phones at the front desk at about 10:30 was still able to rustle up a couple of drinks for us and delivered them, smiling, to our room within just a few minutes.
The weekend rate of $159 did not seem excessive to my husband; I guess I'm just fussier. We have stayed at so many cleaner, more attractive, and friendlier places in Santa Fe, and those are the places to which we will return. La Fonda will not, at any price, make the list.
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.
Good choice, excellent stay
I stayed overnight at La Fonda recently on my first trip to Santa Fe.
It was on the expensive side, but, as the old saw goes, you are paying for three things: Location, location, location! The hotel is in the heart of downtown on the plaza and many of Santa Fe's attractions are just a short walk away. The room was quite comfortable with all the amenities one might expect, although the bathroom was on the small side. We thought the decor was wonderful--little hand-painted pieces of artwork on literally everything from the light switch plates and dresser drawers on up. The pool and spa were very refreshing, and massages are available at extra cost. We were very pleased with the staff; the concierge in particular was a great source of information for us first-time visitors. To sum up, we were very pleased with La Fonda and would stay there again.
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.
Great hotel, Fantastic location!
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.
They were given a FANASTIC suite on the fifth floor with a fireplace and wrap around balcony overlooking the square and the Governor's Palace. My wife and I had a regular room on the third floor. We LOVE old Hotels and this one is one of our favorites. If you do not like old looking baths (but clean and in wonderful repair) or older hotel designs, they ask for a room in the new section. It is modern New Mexico at it's best. My brother's sister-in-law stayed in one of the new suites with her family and gave us glowing reports of their stay.
It is where we will stay on future visits to Santa Fe! P.S. there is parking under the new wing.... which is scarce in town.
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.