Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Great Towns of America


La Fonda Hotel

located at the southeast corner of the plaza
at 100 E. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505)982-5511 (800)523-5002

La Fonda Hotel
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The oldest lodging corner in the nation has been meticulously maintained and upgraded since December 1922. Anchoring a full block at a corner of the famous plaza, it is now a venerable landmark that still serves as the central cultural heart of the city. The hotel generously offers regularly scheduled tours for the general public showcasing the fabulous artwork and fascinating history of the iconic structure. In keeping with the town’s orientation, the hotel retained a resident artist, Ernest Martinez, for fifty years to continuously add to its remarkable collection of art. More than 400 painted windows adorn the property, most vividly on display in the garden-like dining room, La Plazuela. The hotel also acquired notable commissioned art pieces over the years which are found in hallways, meeting rooms and public restrooms thoughtfully adorned with decorative touches, including sculptures, textiles, photographs (and even historic bed headboards that were replaced when bed sizes got larger). A large pool, whirlpool, fitness center, steam rooms, and a multitude of well-being treatments can be arranged at The Spa by the hotel’s concierge. There is also an entertainment lounge, plus gift shops and specialty shops which showcase the Santa Fe style. All rooms are artistically decorated including window coverings from historic designs. Conveniences like refrigerator are cleverly enclosed in period furniture. Some rooms feature a wood-burning fireplace and a private balcony. For extra pampering, there are 14 romantic rooms on The Terrace with private rooftop balconies, gas fireplace, breakfast brought to your room, and access to private outdoor lounge areas with some of the most beguiling downtown views anywhere.

In La Plazuela, numerous Northern New Mexican dishes including chile rellenos stuffed with cheeses and chef specialties like guacamole made at the table at dinner, ruby red trout, and quail tacos are featured in the landmark hotel’s La Plazuela. Morning treats include blue corn pancakes with piñon nuts. The large glass-enclosed courtyard is a carefully renovated holdover of spectacular local folk art from a bygone era. It is filled with plants, hand-painted glass squares, murals, and other colorful decor touches. Don’t miss the custom-made tableside preparation of their guacamole dip. La Fiesta Lounge offers a light New Mexican menu or buffet for lunch and dinner. Outdoors, on top of the building, the Bell Tower Bar is the best place in town to watch a sunset on a pleasant evening with beverages and a variety of quesadillas. The French Pastry Shop is popular for a quick pastry and coffee, plus a good selection of sweet and savory crepes.

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