Sunday, January 8, 2017
400 Year History
I've been thinking a lot about visiting Santa Fe New Mexico again after I learned that American Airlines recently introduced direct flights to the city from Phoenix. Whenever I travel there, I like to stay at the La Fonda Hotel, the only hotel located right on the Plaza in Santa Fe. It was named the 2016 Best Historic Hotel in It's Class by Historic Hotels of America.
The hotel has a very warm and authentic New Mexico style that is both welcoming and comforting. It is located on the site of town's first inn dating back to when the town was founded by Spaniards in 1607. That makes it the oldest hotel "corner" in America.
On my last trip to Santa Fe, my room looked over the famous Loretto Chapel. I posted about the chapel back in 2015.
Today's hotel was built in 1922 with architecture influenced by Mary Colter and John Gaw Meem. Original elements can be seen throughout the hotel including hand carved beams and stained glass. In 1925, the hotel was acquired by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and leased to Fred Harvey who was renowned for his sense of hospitality and service.
The La Fonda remained a "Harvey House" until 1968. I have a post about "Harvey House" hotels here.
The last time I was there, I had a wonderful dinner in the main dining room which is surrounded by stained glass window panes.
The food was superb and the service the same. If you find yourself in Santa Fe, I highly recommend the La Fonda. You won't find a hotel more centrally located. The wonderful atmosphere of Santa Fe is right outside the doors with museums, galleries and historic spots just steps away.