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La Fonda

Hotel or Motel
The La Fonda Hotel – La Fonda

Driving Directions

Santa Fe is approximately 60 miles north of Albuquerque. As you leave the airport, take the Sunport exit to I-25 North. When you reach Santa Fe, take Exit #284, Old Pecos Trail. At the stop sign at the top of the hill, turn left.

Proceed north to the third traffic light and bear right to stay on Old Pecos Trail into town. Old Pecos Trail becomes Old Santa Fe Trail which dead ends into La Fonda at Water Street. Go around the hotel by turning left on Water, then making an immediate right.

At the traffic light at San Francisco Street, turn right again — away from the Plaza and toward the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica. Proceed to the hotel’s parking garage at the end of the block, on the right side of the street.

Eco-Friendly Notes

The hotel is launching a green initiative, starting June 2011. The hotel has always purchased local produce and recycled.

Hotel or Motel Description

Historical records suggest that La Fonda on the Plaza sits on the oldest hotel corner in America. When Santa Fe was founded by the Spaniards in 1607, records show an inn – or fonda – was among the first businesses established at this location. By the time Captain William Becknell’s party forged their maiden commercial route across the plains from Missouri to Santa Fe in 1821, they happily found a comfortable inn on the Plaza awaiting them. Thus, the Santa Fe Trail was born, as well as La Fonda’s reputation for hospitality.

During the 19th century La Fonda became the preferred destination of trappers, soldiers, gold seekers, gamblers and politicians. Through the Civil War, railroad expansion, and New Mexico statehood in 1912, the old adobe structure changed hands and names several times but remained a Santa Fe landmark. The current La Fonda, built in 1922, sits on the same site as previous inns, literally at the terminus of the Santa Fe Trail and the Plaza – a haven for travelers for more than 400 years!

In 1925, the new building was acquired by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway and then leased to Fred Harvey who was renowned for his hospitality. He turned La Fonda into one of the famous Harvey Houses, and it remained a Harvey House until 1968 when it was acquired by local businessman Sam Ballen.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

Independent, owned by the Ballen family.

Pet Friendly Notes

Ten rooms are especially reserved for guest with dogs under 40 pounds.


Season Open

Year round


Rate Range

$109 to $699 per night based on seasonal availability


  • Eco-Friendly
  • Locally or Family-Owned Business


Breakfast Style Served

Breakfast Not Included

La Fonda offers two restaurants and two cocktail lounges. La Plazuela is the signature dining room, filled with natural light, handsome furnishings and their legendary painted windows. La Plazuela was the hotel’s original 1920s patio, and it still retains that sunlit Old World charm. Skylights flood the dining room with natural light, and handsome carved furnishings, artisanal lighting, and the much-loved hand painted windows create a beautiful, inviting room to gather, to dine and to make memories in. The menu was crafted to showcase old favorites with New World influences and authentic New Mexican cuisine, and the award-winning wine list is exceptional. La Plazuela at La Fonda is Santa Fe’s gathering place.

La Fiesta Lounge is famous for its New Mexican Buffet, signature margaritas, and nightly entertainment. The fabulous New Mexican buffet is served seven days a week, including holidays, and their signature margaritas and martinis are sensational. La Fiesta Lounge’s nightly live entertainmentis voted Santa Fe’s best, and there’s never a cover charge. The Lounge is open from 11:00am to midnight Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 11:30pm on Sunday. The Lounge is non-smoking and handicap accessible.

Santa Fe is known for its beguiling skies and breathtaking sunsets. Enjoy them both from the fifth-floor Bell Tower Bar – serving up the best cocktails and the best views in Santa Fe. Open Monday through Thursday, 4:00pm to sunset, Friday through Sunday, 2:00pm to sunset April through October, weather permitting. Age 21 and older only.

The inn also offers spa services, an array of soothing therapeutic treatments, administered by highly skilled specialists. These licensed practitioners draw upon a variety of treatments to create a unique, personalized experience for guests that is sure to enhance vitality and please the senses.

There are many very interesting places to browse and shop, all under the hotel's roof! Besides the hotelgift shop, there are shops selling French pastries, Native American art and crafts, minerals and fossils, cutlery, jewelry, textiles, clothing, photography, hand-made gourmet candies, and antique accessories for the home.

La Fonda has 170 classic rooms and suites featuring hand-painted furniture, designer flourishes, and custom touches. For all of the early southwest ambiance, you will enjoy 21st century indulgences. All La Fonda guest rooms include:

• Deep, firm pillow-top Serta® Dynasty beds • Choice of down and foam pillows • Luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets • Plush, comfortable terrycloth robes • Complimentary high-speed WiFi • First-class hotel amenities, which include: voice mail, room safe, coffee maker, hair dryer, and more Whether you opt for a classic room or a spacious suite, you’ll be enjoying accommodations favored by former presidents, Hollywood celebrities, and renowned artists.

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