Your First Choice Among Luxury Hotels in Santa Fe

Everything and More at La Fonda on the Plaza™

La Fonda on the Plaza is regarded as the top choice in Santa Fe luxury hotels. We provide guests with an authentic New Mexican experience complemented by 4-Diamond distinctive services. Offering a wealth of premier amenities, La Fonda is the only Santa Fe hotel situated on the historic Plaza, sitting on a coveted location that is said to have hosted an inn since the 1600's. We are committed to upholding the highest standard of hospitality and service and to continue as a landmark in the history of luxury hotels in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

La Fonda on the Plaza, a Santa Fe New Mexico best hotels, is also proud to be a member of Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels across America. The hotel received the 2016 Historic Hotels of America award for Best Historic Hotel (76-200 rooms) and was also added to the Historic Santa Fe Foundation’s Register of Properties Worthy of Preservation. Most recently, Santa Fe won the distinction of Travel + Leisure's Readers' Choice Destination of the Year 2017, drawing even more guests from around the world to experience our magnificent city and our unique hotel.

Read below to learn more about our best hotel in Santa Fe. From our artful suites and Southwestern restaurants to boutique shops and wedding venues, our Santa Fe luxury hotel has you covered.

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Our History

Explore the story behind La Fonda on the Plaza™

La Fonda on the Plaza holds a coveted place in Santa Fe history, a component in a rich tapestry of hospitality that predates American independence. City records indicate that La Fonda sits on the site of the town's first inn, established when the city was founded by Spaniards in 1607, making our property the oldest hotel corner in America.

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The Art of La Fonda

Highlights of the Art at La Fonda

The wholly owned art collection of La Fonda on the Plaza began at the hotel’s inception, and has grown considerably over the years. Paintings by the best Pueblo artists were acquired in the early years and Sam and Ethel Ballen carried on that tradition followed by Jenny Kimball, all supporting Santa Fe’s famed Indian Market and acquiring work by Native Americans and other artists for the hotel.

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Art & History Tours

Led by Trained Docents

La Fonda's has a 95 year old history that will transport you back in time. Join us for a complimentary docent-led art & history tour of the hotel which is filled with stories about Fred Harvey and the Harvey girls, the architecture and the beautiful art collection that graces the lobby, hallways and rooms in the hotel. 

La Fonda Awards

Each year, La Fonda proves itself of being among the top Santa Fe luxury hotels. With our commitment to providing comfortable accommodations and unique stays, we are proud to be awarded with these prestigious awards as it exemplifies these distinctions. We are also honor to be recognized for not only being the best within the city of Santa Fe, but also within New Mexico and the Southwest.

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Best Lodging in Santa Fe, 2012–2018

History Talks & Videos

La Fonda offers hour-long complimentary, docent-led art and history tours throughout the year. As part of the education for our docents and anyone else that might be interested, La Fonda holds monthly talks with artists and writers, which can be viewed by clicking below.

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What Guests are Saying About La Fonda
They remodeled the hotel last year and did an excellent job making it more appealing and open. We have traditionally stayed at other hotels when visiting but staying at La Fonda was a real treat - the service was excellent and being right in the square was a huge plus - so close to the shops and amenities. We love the traditional southwest architecture and La Fonda did not disappoint! –Rory L.
Very much enjoyed our stay last weekend. Sometimes "Historic Hotels" are outdated, but La Fonda has been maintained, and rooms are quite nice. We had a reservation issue (our fault, not the hotels) and dealt with the front desk. In spite of having a large wedding party and a full hotel, they found a way to accommodate us. I love hotels that go above and beyond to service guests. We enjoyed the hotel bar in the evening, and my wife had fun shopping the hotel stores. All around a terrific experience. –Phoenix, AZ
We always stay at the La Fonda when we travel to Santa Fe. It has the feel of old Santa Fe with modern comfort. The new owners have redone many of the rooms, but kept the ambiance of the old hotel. It is centrally located on the Plaza with most everything within walking distance. The restaurant has great food and we love the Bell Tower bar for sunset margaritas. We've stayed in many types of rooms over the years. Some have working fireplaces. I love that my grandfather stayed here years ago as well. –Durango, CO
My wife and I have been coming to Santa Fe over Christmas for fifteen (15) years. The La Fonda has always been our choice and has given us unparalleled excellent service. The historic significance of the hotel is noteworthy and the location could not be better. If I could give La Fonda six stars...I would. –Mountain View, CA