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La Fonda on the Plaza Announces New Ownership
Iconic Family-owned Santa Fe Property to Continue Historic Tradition and Reputation for Excellence with Sale to Family Friends
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La Fonda on the Plaza Supports American Heart Month with Girls Getaway Promotion
20% of the proceeds from the February package to benefit American Heart Associtation
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La Fonda on the Plaza Wins Gold Key Award for 2013
La Fonda on the Plaza recently received the prestigious Gold Key Award for 2013 by Meetings and Conventions Magazine. This award recognizes the world’s finest meeting properties.
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La Fonda on the Plaza Receives AAA Four Diamond Award
La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe’s legendary landmark hotel, has received the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) Four Diamond Lodging rating. This marks the first time that the hotel has earned this prestigious designation.
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Room Renovations to Historic La Fonda on the Plaza Set for Unveiling in May
The oldest and best-known hotel in America’s oldest capital city, La Fonda on the Plaza, will unveil its first floor of completely renovated guest rooms May 1. All of the landmark property’s guest rooms, with the exception of the Terrace suites, will receive upgrades by mid-August via the hotel’s most extensive renovation since the 1920s.
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La Fonda on the Plaza Officially Breaks Ground on Guest Room Renovation
The renovation will be one of the largest improvements to the historic property’s guest rooms since it was redesigned to its current form by the famous architects John Gaw Meem and Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter in 1926-29.
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Employees of La Fonda on the Plaza Join Together to Support Local Families in Need
In the true spirit of the holiday season, employees of La Fonda on the Plaza have joined together to support local families in need. Seven holiday gift baskets, complete with a delicious holiday meal have been assembled on behalf of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
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La Fonda on the Plaza Red Cross Fundraising Pledge:
Director of Guest Services Participates
La Fonda on the Plaza announces a pledge to match the first $500 raised in a televised phone bank fundraiser in partnership with the Red Cross, which will be broadcast live on Thursday, September 6, 2012 on KRQE TV, Albuquerque.
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La Fonda For the Next 100 Years:
A Revitalization Plan that Looks Forward and Inward

La Fonda on the Plaza, the crown jewel of Santa Fe hospitality, is set to secure its status for the next hundred years with a revitalization program designed to update guest rooms in order to meet the demands of today’s travelers while meticulously maintaining its authentic style and charm.
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La Plazuela Named a Winner of the
40th Annual Heritage Preservation Awards

La Plazuela restaurant at La Fonda on the Plaza has been named a winner of the 40th annual Heritage Preservation Awards by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.

The award honors the 2009 renovation that restored La Plazuela to the original design conceived by Harvey House architect Mary Jane Colter and John Gaw Meem, father of “Santa Fe style,” in the 1920s.
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La Fonda Hires New Director of Sales and Marketing
La Fonda on the Plaza announces the appointment of Edward T. Pulsifer as its Director of Sales and Marketing. Pulsifer joins La Fonda from Heritage Hotels and Resorts, where he oversaw sales and marketing for seven boutique hotels in the Southwest.
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History of La Fonda on the Plaza Now Available
From Every Window: A Glimpse of the Past
La Fonda on the Plaza has published a booklet detailing the legendary landmark hotel’s history, art and tradition.
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A Mary Jane Colter Weekend: The Shaping of Southwest Style
This highly popular weekend celebration took a unique approach to honoring the legacy of La Fonda architect and designer Mary Jane Colter. A dinner, reception, tours, and entertainment featured historians and authors Arnold Berke and Stephen Fried, and architect Barbara Felix in locations dear to Colter in a benefit for the New Mexico History Museum.
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Who Was Fred Harvey?
Now considered one of the great civilizing influences on the Wild West, Fred Harvey was a visionary who foresaw how the railroad could be used to draw customers to his chain of restaurants, inns, and gift shops. With his insistence on polished service, fine china, and punctual “girl next door” staff, Harvey built a hotel empire that pioneered tourism to the Southwest.
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The Restaurant at the End of the Trail La Plazuela Review
Pasatiempo, the weekend entertainment guide of the Santa Fe New Mexican, praises the 2009 renovation that creates a sidewalk café atmosphere. But it is Chef Lane Warner’s creative contemporary cuisine that earns the three-star review. “The artful presentations and meticulous attention to detail in everything is a gauntlet thrown down to other restaurants charging similar prices. . . the best of Santa Fe style.”
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Colter’s Ghost La Plazuela Review
Santa Fe’s alternative weekly the Santa Fe Reporter praises the renovation of La Plazuela for remaining true to the spirit of La Fonda’s iconic designer, Mary Jane Colter. The newspaper urges diners not to miss Chef Lane Warner’s culinary interpretation of New Mexican classics, which—along with the highly praised contemporary cuisine—reach “worlds beyond what might be expected from a hotel restaurant with a captive audience.”
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The Story of La Fonda on the Plaza
Santa Feans really do think of La Fonda as their hotel, if not their living room. No wonder—there has been a hotel on this corner for more than 400 years. The current building dates from 1922, and has served as the backdrop for the whole timeline of Santa Fe history, from the Wild West to the railroad era, from the Manhattan Project to the contemporary interest in Santa Fe culture and style.
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A Luxurious Retreat at La Fonda on the Plaza
Experience the ultimate in privacy and hospitality in our 14 rooftop rooms and suites. The spacious accommodations at the Terrace at La Fonda all have balconies with dramatic views, access to a private hot tub and gym, private concierge, and complimentary breakfast at La Plazuela or in your room.
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We Can’t Promise You a Rainbow—But We Can Promise You Magic!
Our Wedding Specialist will help you craft the perfect wedding in our storybook setting, with all the meticulous touches that make the day memorable. Let our banquet and catering staff take care of everything as your party celebrates in one of our four banquet rooms, including the breathtaking rooftop Terraza.
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Announcing—La Plazuela Reopens at La Fonda on the Plaza
After six months of anticipation, La Fonda’s courtyard dining room has reopened after a multimillion-dollar renovation. Architect Barbara Felix has created a stunning, light-filled space that showcases the best of the old with artisanal touches that honor the vision of legendary designer Mary Jane Colter.
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Four Hundred Years of Hospitality, and Still Going
Various inns existed and faltered at this location until the Santa Fe Railway purchased and leased the establishment to the Fred Harvey Company. With architect John Gaw Meem and designer Mary Jane Colter, La Fonda developed into an elegant Harvey House that continues to set the standard for ambiance and hospitality.
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A Tapestry of Artisans
True to the spirit of La Fonda’s original designer, the newly renovated La Plazuela dining room incorporates the work of a team of local artisans, from the wrought-iron sconces to the hand-forged railings, carved furnishings, hand-blown light fixtures, and tiled fountain—thousands of hours of meticulous craftsmanship.
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Doggone We’re Excited!
Now you can bring your best friend on vacation as La Fonda opens 14 rooms on the ground floor for small and medium-sized dogs. Walking paths along the river and a very dog-friendly town make for our easy transition to a pet-friendly hotel.
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What’s New on the Oldest Hotel Corner in America?
The multimillion-dollar renovation of La Plazuela restaurant is the “new kid” on the 400-year-old block. A mix of old and new, the atrium restaurant brings back the 1920s tiled fountain and flagstones, with Spanish-style furnishings crafted by contemporary artisans—a transformation that honors the rich lore of the oldest hotel corner in America.
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