by Eileen Ogintz
La Fonda is the only Santa Fe hotel on the historic Santa Fe Plaza and along the historic Santa Fe Trail. The hotel takes pride in its part in the city’s 400-year history. Modern convenience blends seamlessly with New Mexico style from the architecture, art and dÃ©cor to classic New Mexican dining experiences. Each of the 180 guestrooms feature free Wi-Fi, free bottled water, original art and hand-crafted furniture. There is a heated year-round outdoor pool and complimentary steam room in the fitness center. There is no charge for parking. Pillows can be either down or foam filled and allergy-free pillows are available. Microwaves are also available on request. The hotel is pet friendly and can also arrange for child care. Each guest room promises a different experience with a hand-painted Headboard, handcrafted furnishings and original artwork. Rooms have ne king sized, two double beds or two queen sized beds. Deluxe guest rooms have a fire place and separate sitting area. There are also one-bedroom suites.
Our Editor Loves
- Historic ambience
- Outdoor pool
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
The hotel is of interest only to those who never knew it before it changed hands. For the rest of us, the only thing left of its original charm is the architecture. What was once a unique and popular place is now a generic, asepticized shell devoid of warmth. Front desk staff—including the self-superior, opinionated concierge—come off as arrogant, sniffy, and unhelpful, unaware of their place and evidently of their own appearance. We will never again subject ourselves to the disaster this hotel has become.
Having stayed at La Fonda many times I have to say that it has undergone a lot of changes since its long time owner passed away and his children sold it to two people from Texas. The charming unique bar and lounge is now looking like just about any hotel anywhere and the lobby in particular the front desk is the same, it could be in any hotel. Locals told me that they don't feel as welcome as they use to be which is unfortunate as that was the great thing is you could meet all types of interesting & colorful locals and learn some great history and tips on what to see.