Sante Fe Flavor

by Rona Berg

La Fonda on the Plaza is one of the oldest hotels in Santa Fe, with a modern approach to sustainability

The historic La Fonda on the Plaza, built in 1922, is in the heart of Santa Fe, right on the junction of the famous Plaza and the Santa Fe Trail, a spot that has been home to inns since the 1600s.

La Fonda is rather like a small village, with 180 rooms and suites, and a rooftop terrace with gorgeous views—including the Bell Tower bar, the perfect spot to wind down with a drink at the end of the day, popular with locals. The hotel’s signature restaurant, La Plazuela, and bar, La Fiesta Lounge, both off the lobby, serve up delicious traditional Southwestern dishes, in huge helpings. A member of the National

Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America, La Fonda has also been recognized for its green initiatives and commitment
to sustainability, including an extensive recycling program, water- conservation policies, energy-saving initiatives, eco-friendly cleaning products, soy-based printing inks, low-VOC paints, and more.

The tiny three-room Spa, considered one of the best in Santa Fe for the quality of its massage and body treatments, is a perfect example of what my grandmother used to tell me before I had my growth spurt as a child: “Good things come in small packages.” lafondasantafe.com

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