La Fonda is a Standout Among Hotels in Santa Fe, NM

Welcome to the La Fonda Press Room

Welcome to the press room for La Fonda on the Plaza, the official site for receiving the latest Santa Fe travel information and news. We are proud to share a number of articles and features that detail the history and artistry of La Fonda, securing our status as one of the finest hotels in Santa Fe, NM. Browse the selection of articles below to gain further insight into La Fonda and discover why we are a favorite among Santa Fe, New Mexico hotels. If you have a question or inquiry, please email

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Jenny Kimball Named Historic Hotelier of the Year!

Our Chairman of the Board, Jenny Kimball has been named "Historic Hotelier of the Year" by the Historic Hotels of America in their 2020 Awards of Excellence!


FODORS | Travel

Detours at La Fonda on the Plaza makes Fodors list for best hotel gift shop for holiday giving!


National Geographic | Travel

La Fonda on the Plaza is featured in this important article about why it's important to save historic hotels.


A Short History of La Fonda | shares a short history of La Fonda.  Read it here!

Santa Fean Spotlight | Jenny Kimball

The inaugural issue of the new Santa Fean spotlights La Fonda on the Plaza's Chairman of the Board, Jenny Kimball.


TRAVEL + LEISURE | La Fonda on the Plaza

TRAVEL + LEISURE names Santa Fe and La Fonda on the Plaza one of their top Christmas destinations!


Santa Fe Stories | Jenny Kimball

SANTAFE.COM features stories about Santa Fe locals.  This week they've featured La Fonda's Chairman of the Board, Jenny Kimball.  READ HERE

15 of the Best Margarita Recipes

Featuring La Fonda's Tamarindo Margarita. READ MORE

Buy Now, Check In Later

La Fonda will donate $10 of each $100 gift certificate it sells to a first responder support fund that supplies meals to emergency medical workers. READ MORE

Podcast of "The Richard Eeds Show" with Jenny Kimball


New Mexico: the weird, wild and wonderful heartland of the American Southwest

National Geographic's deep dive into New Mexico. READ MORE

The New Mexico Tourism Commission names La Fonda Board Chairwoman Jennifer Kimball as its new chairwoman


Enjoy History and Hospitality at Santa Fe's La Fonda Hotel reviews La Fonda on the Plaza. READ MORE

Enjoy History and Hospitality at Santa Fe's La Fonda Hotel


The 20 Best Hotels in Santa Fe, NM

La Fonda is named the #2 Best Hotel in Santa Fe by Money Inc. READ MORE

Chiles Warm the Heart

the chile pepper is the designated state vegetable that defines New Mexican cuisine, especially in Santa Fe. READ MORE


Wander with Wonder names La Fonda The Best Hotel to Stay in Santa Fe. READ MORE.

3 Days In Santa Fe With Kids

La Fonda is featured in's 3 Days In Santa Fe With Kids. READ MORE



La Fonda Named Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice #2 Hotel in The Southwest and West 2019


The Best Family Hotel In Santa Fe’s Old Town names La Fonda The Best Family Hotel In Santa Fe’s Old Town. READ MORE

La Fonda earns Gold Level with Family Friendly New Mexico

Family Friendly New Mexico recently revealed its list of applicants who earned Gold Level for implementing family friendly policies and benefits for its staff, and eight members of the New Mexico Hospitality Association made the list. READ MORE

Culinary Tourism: Fred Harvey brought the exotic to American Travelers

The Arizona Sun features La Fonda and Fred Harvey Weekend. Read More

Conde Nast Traveler Names La Fonda Top Ten in Southwest

La Fonda on the Plaza is ranked #7 by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. 

8 Top Honeymoon Destinations for a Couple that Loves a Cocktail

If you are ready to kick back and enjoy a beverage (or two, or more) on your honeymoon, check out these top honeymoon destinations for cocktail-loving couples. READ MORE

Weekend Getaways & Roadtrips

New West: La Fonda on the Plaza in not only a destination of New Mexico culture sitting in the heart of Santa Fe's historic plaza, but also a living legend of the Old West. READ MORE

10 Best Things to do in Santa Fe in 24 Hours

Your ultimate Santa Fe travel guide. When you mention that you are heading to New Mexico, inevitably people start to wax poetic about Santa Fe. READ MORE

La Fonda and Girls Inc Team Up to Jump off La Fonda

LA FONDA ON THE PLAZA HOSTS SANTA FE’S FIRST URBAN RAPPELLING EVENT AS FUNDRAISER FOR GIRLS INC. August 4th “Conquer Heights, Empower Girls” event to send 92 adventurers “over the edge” of landmark hotel READ MORE

MyDomaine: Things to Do in Santa Fe

Move Aside, Sedona - Santa Fe is the trendiest City in the Southwest. READ MORE

Apres Awards Season Detox: Out of the Past, La Fonda

Variety Magazine: The Best Post-Oscars Vacation Spots for Celebrities and Civilians Alike READ MORE

NM Hospitality Industry honors its best during 2017 “Top HAT” gala

Congratulations to La Fonda’s Carlos Dominguez, Maintenance Engineer, named Back-of-House Hospitality Employee of the Year and La Fonda's Gabe Martinez, Evening Manager, named Front-of-House Food & Beverage Employee of the Year the TOP HAT Awards! READ MORE

Condé Nast Names La Fonda # 4 of Top Hotels in Southwest and West

Readers Choice Awards of 2017 places La Fonda as # 4 top hotel in the Southwest & West

La Fonda Introduces Artist In Residence Adventure

"Pop-up" studios in lobby and special hotel package let guests observe prominent New Mexico artists at work November 2, 2017 - February 28, 2018.

CNN Travel: The Best Things to Do in Santa Fe

It's called the City Different for a reason -- Santa Fe, New Mexico's creative culture and distinctive adobe architecture make it a total standout. READ MORE

Condé Nast Traveler: Why You Should Travel to Santa Fe Now

Along with the draw of a major Native American art events, a slew of new restaurant and store openings make Santa Fe a top contender for that last-minute escape. READ MORE

La Fonda Wins Best Lodging for Out-of-Towners 6 years in a row!

This cornerstone of the heart of Santa Fe has three restaurant/bars and several great gift shops right in the building. Hear the bells of the cathedral and the buzz of hummingbirds from the rooftop Bell Tower bar or courtyard pool. CLICK HERE

Iconic Hotels Embrace Compelling Histories

If walls and halls could talk, you might get more than you bargained for. These five hotels, including La Fonda on the Plaza, have their own story to share with you and your family.

Podcast of "The Branding Guys" with Jenny Kimball & Ed Pulsifer

Those Branding Guys, James Glover and Dave Hayduk, chat about the branding of La Fonda on the Plaza, with Jenny Kimball, CEO/Owner and Ed Pulsifer, Director of Sales. To hear the podcast, CLICK HERE.

PaperCity Magazine

Girlfriends' Guide to Santa Fe: The Best Restaurants, Hotels & Shopping For an Underrated Getaway READ MORE

Dallas Morning News: Almost Like Being There - Gift Guide

Great gift ideas for your favorite road trip buddy, featuring La Fonda's new book, La Fonda Then & Now.

The book includes photos and illustrations from the hotel's history, plus reproductions of beloved artwork. The book is peppered with essays by the likes of architect Barbara Felix, who masterminded the hotel's recent redo, as well as author Stephen Fried and Navajo artist Tony Abeyta

Dallas Morning News: Almost Like Being There - Gift Guide

Great gift ideas for your favorite road trip buddy, featuring La Fonda's new book, La Fonda Then & Now.

The book includes photos and illustrations from the hotel's history, plus reproductions of beloved artwork. The book is peppered with essays by the likes of architect Barbara Felix, who masterminded the hotel's recent redo, as well as author Stephen Fried and Navajo artist Tony Abeyta

ION Oklahoma

La Fonda on the Plaza - A look back in time combined with modern trends.

New Mexico Magazine Features Gift Items From Detours at La Fonda

The Holiday Gift Guide: New Mexico Magazine features many gift ideas from La Fonda's signature gift shop, Detours at La Fonda. 


The Richard Eeds Show with Jenny Kimball & Dallin Maybee

Jenny Kimball and Dallin Maybe talk on the Voice of Santa Fe with Richard Eeds about the return of the SWAIA Indian Market to La Fonda. The dates of the market are December 16th - 18th, 2016. To hear the podcast, CLICK HERE

NM hospitality industry honors its best during “Top HAT” gala

La Fonda on the Plaza and TOURISM Santa Fe were among the big winners at the inaugural Top HAT Awards Gala put on by the New Mexico Hospitality Association. READ MORE

La Fonda Wins 2016 Historic Hotels of America Award of Excellence

La Fonda wins Best Historic Hotel (76-200 rooms) at the 2016 Historic Hotels of America’s Awards of Excellence.

READ MORE for HHA press release.

La Fonda Wins Best Historic Hotel

La Fonda wins Best Historic Hotel ( 76-200 rooms) at the 2016 Historic Hotels of America’s Awards of Excellence!


Then and Now, La Fonda Tells its Story

Local Flavor, Nov. 2016; Then and Now, La Fonda Tells its Story. a new book titled "La Fonda Then & Now", is reviewed by Local Flavor


San Antonio Woman: Eat, Stay Play in Santa Fe- Year-Round Fun in “The City Different”

Eat, Stay Play in Santa Fe- Year-Round Fun in “The City Different”


La Fonda Voted in Conde Nast Top 10 Top Hotels in The American Southwest

Top Hotels in The American Southwest: Readers Choice Awards 2016; Condé Nast Traveler - La Fonda is Voted #7 by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.


Austin Food Magazine: Where to Eat and Stay in Santa Fe

Santa Fe New Mexico is a romantic city with breathtaking sunsets, exceptional cuisine with Southwest & Spanish influences and fine spirits that celebrates all that this wonderful capital city has to offer. READ MORE

La Fiesta Lounge: Everything Old is New Again

The newly renovated La Fiesta Lounge is reviewed by the Santa Fean. READ MORE 

La Fonda takes “Best of Santa Fe Lodging” 5 years in a row!

With major party political conventions swirling into a special brand of chaos across the nation, democracy was a hot topic as we prepared the annual Best of Santa Fe Readers Choice edition. READ MORE

Mountain Meetings “Updates from Santa Fe: An Unexpected Mountatin Destination”

La Fonda and Santa Fe were featured in an upcoming issue of Mountain Meetings. READ MORE

American Way Magazine Spotlight

Santa Fe Star: The La Fonda on the Plaza hotel debuts a vintage-chic renovation (Page 23) READ MORE

Travel & Leisure: Santa Fe Takes #4 as Top City in the United States

Make Santa Fe your next domestic destination, READ MORE

72 Hours in Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico is nicknamed "The Land of Enchantment," and Santa Fe stands at its epicenter. READ MORE

Where Texpats hang out in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. - A hundred years ago, Georgia O'keeffe was a Texan. She stayed two years, teaching painting. But it was New Mexico that stole her heart. READ MORE


La Fonda on the Plaza, the historic and best-known hotel in America’s oldest capital city, is proud to announce the re-opening of its La Fiesta Lounge. READ MORE

15 new things to do, see and eat in Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a city that trades on tradition. It holds on to a millennia of human history — from Indian pueblos to new­-age retreats — and somehow manages to make it all coexist. READ MORE

In updating its popular La Fiesta Lounge, La Fonda evokes its history

Santa Fe is, you will often be reminded, the city of the oldest everything. READ MORE Santa Fe is an adventure in fine dining

Having been to Santa Fe a number of times, it is always fun and relaxing to again visit those dining establishments that made an impression over the years. READ MORE

US News - Best Hotels in New Mexico

Like many of the elite hotels in Santa Fe, La Fonda has a rich history — this landmark property has been welcoming Santa Fe visitors since the 1920s. READ MORE

Spice Up Your Next Trip

When you touch down in the creative enclave of Santa Fe, New Mexico, you're immediately struck by the purple mountains, earthy red adobe and golden chamisa. READ MORE

La Fonda remodeling moves to public spaces

La Fonda on the Plaza, after a couple of major upgrades already in recent years, is now re-doing public spaces on the ground floor to complete a “refresh” of the historic Santa Fe hotel by May. 

Local Entrepreneur Profiles: Jennifer Kimball

The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce presents Local Entrepreneur Profiles, a monthly series highlighting some of Santa Fe's most successful business people. 

Mary and Joseph find shelter from the cold

Hotel officials are looking for clues about who created this Nativity scene, which is now on display in the lobby of La Fonda on the Plaza. READ MORE

First-Timer's Guide: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Just six hours from the Mile High City, this international art destination feels a world away. A few ideas to inspire your next three-day-weekend romantic getaway. READ MORE

City of Destiny – Santa Fe is the oldest state capital in the US.

By the time the Pilgrims got around to settling Plymouth in 1620, Santa Fe had been a bustling community for more than a decade. READ MORE

First Timers Guide to Santa Fe, NM

6 hours from Denver, this international art destination feels like a world away. Here are just a few ideas to inspire a three day weekend in Santa Fe.

The Odd, Romantic Life of a Concierge

What if booking a $239-a-night hotel room with your sweetheart included a free engagement? READ MORE

Discovering the Southwest

La Fonda on the Plaza is one of the city’s most iconic luxury hotels, it presides over the historic Plaza and boasts some of the best views of the city and surrounding mountains and desert. READ MORE

La Fonda Added to Historic Register


Do You Know the Way To Santa Fe?

La Fonda's Bell Tower is featured in Arizona Foothills Magazine 

Rob & Jenny Kimball Art Collectors

Owners Jenny & Rob Kimball are featured as Art Collectors in Indian Market magazine. 

Indian Market, page 108 - 13 Aug 2015

The Mexican Food Capital of Every State

La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe is listed as a notable restaurant in Santa Fe for New Mexican food. Try the Huevos Rancheros.

La Plazuela offers beautiful courtyard dining

Whether you are new to Santa Fe, a long-time resident or even a native, La Fonda just feels like home. How wonderful, then, that the hotel’s La Plazuela restaurant, in the interior courtyard, is also such a good place to eat.

New Mexico: Authentic cuisine, historic landmarks and more

It's not new and it's not Mexico, but New Mexico is definitely hot -- as in popular. Even better, the "Land of Enchantment" offers something completely different for New Yorkers -- pre-Columbian Indian pueblos, 300 years of colonial&...

Podcast of The Branding Guys with Jenny Kimball & Jayne Weiske

Ask Those Branding Guys, James Glover and Dave Hayduk, discuss the branding of La Fonda on the Plaza hotel with owner/CEO Jenny Kimball and Director of Marketing Jayne Weiske. To hear the podcast, CLICK HERE

La Fonda to be featured on The Bachelor

La Fonda on the Plaza will be featured on an upcoming episode of The Bachelor. The episode will feature a rose ceremony with the backdrop of the beautiful La Fonda property with the newest Bachelor, Chris Soules. The episode is scheduled to air Monday, February 2, 2015, at 8/7c on ABC.

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. 

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. 

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 Association. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

La Plazuela Named a Winner of the 40th Annual Heritage Preservation Awards

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Click here to read the whole review. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

HOME & AWAY: Santa Fe For the Artist

With its spectacular sunsets, adobe architecture and crisp light, this New Mexico town has provided inspiration for generations of artists. READ MORE