La Fonda on the Plaza in the heart of downtown Santa Fe is truly the complete package when looking for the penultimate Santa Fe experience. Situated in the smack of all that is Santa Fe, La Fonda is surrounded by world-class museums, unique shops of all kinds, a huge variety of restaurants, and of course, the famous Santa Fe Plaza. Location, location, location, right? However, the La Fonda has so much to offer all on its own, that the location is simply a bonus.
Sited on what is considered the oldest hotel property in the United States, La Fonda offers elegant accommodations and fantastic on-site dining in La Plazuela Restaurant, as well as perfect sunset viewing at the Bell Tower Bar. Enjoy people watching and a refreshing margarita in friendly and popular La Fiesta Lounge.
When you first walk into the famous and historic La Fonda, you are enveloped in southwestern architecture, design, and artistic touches throughout, always tempered with a romantic elegance. Each guest room features unique and original artworks personally collected by the owners over the hotel’s long history, while the public areas are loaded with custom painted murals, cases of locally-crafted jewelry, classic tin-work, individually painted furniture, detailed basketry, and textile work from both contemporary artists and artists from long ago. The lobby of La Fonda is the embodiment of Santa Fe style and has an inviting vibe that will welcome you with warmth and open arms.
La Fonda’s history is long and storied; it even pre-dates American independence. The property on which La Fonda sits is reported to have had the city’s first inn established in 1607. The ‘La Fonda’ name goes back to the 1800s when it was a favorite stopping point for many merchants and tradesman traveling the newly-formed Santa Fe Trail. The current hotel facility was built in 1922. In 1925, it became part of the famous Harvey House national chain of hotels, renowned for their hospitality and outstanding waitresses. The hotel has changed hands only twice since then, and remains privately owned, currently by Jennifer Kimball and her brother Philip Wise along with his firm, Cienda Partners who are dedicated to maintaining and preserving the glorious style and comfort that has defined La Fonda for four centuries.
For reservations, lots of information about La Fonda’s unique history, and beautiful images of the property, visit their website. You can find La Fonda in the thick of things in downtown Santa Fe at 100 E. San Francisco Street or call them toll-free at (800) 523-5002.
Experience Santa Fe in all its glory, past present, and future at La Fonda on the Plaza.