A Santa Fe pueblo-style icon where early New Mexican themes are much in evidence, 178-room La Fonda on the Plaza just underwent a major renovation that managed to keep the hotel’s feeling of fun – from whimsically painted guest-room headboards done by local artists to the sunset happy hour in the Bell Tower Bar, where a favorite drink is the Bell Ringer.
Venues include the imposing Lumpkins Ballroom, which can accommodate 750 reception guests, to the far more intimate Santa Fe room, which can handle up to 100 guests beneath its 25-foot high cathedral ceiling and hammered tin chandeliers. Most popular, though, because of its views of the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is La Terraza, which can accommodate 220 for a reception.
Keep in Mind
La Fonda’s restaurant, La Plazuela, with its abundance of natural light and its folk-art décor, serves, along with the contemporary American standards, Northern New Mexico classics, such as enchiladas del norte. Tell your guests that if they want to feel like a local they should order it topped with with “Christmas” chile, which in New Mexico means red and green on the same plate.