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The Plaza, Santa Fe

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One of the oldest gathering places in the United States and the city's cultural epicenter, The Plaza dates back to the first decade of the 17th century. Originally constructed by Spanish colonial authorities, the square is now on the National Register of Historic Places and remains one of the city's most popular areas. Wander the tree-lined walkways, or explore the many restaurants, shops, galleries, and historical buildings surrounding the square. Take note of the nearby basilica, which is a shining example of the adobe architectural style. Check local listings for information on events, such as the concerts and markets frequently hosted at the site. To find out how to plan a trip to Santa Fe, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Always on the lookout for a good Christmas Destination, the Plaza is perfect. Lights on every tree and a variety of activities at the palace and other places. One of our favorite holiday spots.  more »
  • The Plaza in Santa Fe is the start of a great trip! We were there on a Friday evening in January, and all the Christmas lights were still up! Great spots to shop, eat and stroll . . . and the center p...  more »
  • So close to our hotel and as we were there right after NYE - so pretty with the lights. Wander at will....  more »
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  • We had a family Thanksgiving dinner here. It was great! There was an abundance and variety of food. The service was top tier!! This hotel is full of history and is rumored to be haunted! They even have ghost tours!
  • This place is awesome. Its a must see if you're visiting the Santa Fe Plaza. Oh and go check out Santa Fe Cutlery next door. I have tons of hand made knives I build for sale there. You will really enjoy visiting this area of the Plaza.
  • I wish I had a better experience to share about this place. On my recent trip to Detours at La Fonda, I had the displeasure of being followed around while I shopped. I noticed the security guard watching me as I came in, and in the holiday spirit I smiled and gave her a nod of acknowledgement. What I received was a glare in return followed by the very obvious and humiliating realization that this woman was blatantly following me as I tried to do some Christmas shopping to bring home for my students. When I called her out, she returned with the same rude glare. I did bring this to the attention of the clerks at the front desk who apologized profusely for this poor show of character. As I told them I understand the need to monitor during such busy times, however there are right and wrong ways to treat people, and the way this woman treated me was wrong. I don't know why she singled me out. Perhaps she thought I acted too friendly, or maybe I just wasn't the right color for her. While I have a clearly Irish name, a result of my father, my mom is from India so you can picture what I may look like. It wasn't hard to notice that the other, whiter customers entering and leaving were not being given the same treatment. I don't know what kind of policy La Fonda has for the treatment of their customers, but they should reconsider the training their security is given. I hope La Fonda addresses this problem so that no one else has to experience such insulting behavior. In the meantime, I will be taking my business to a company that knows how to treat their customers.
  • It was a very artsy hotel. I love the gallery at the ground floor. Concierge was very nice and helpful to my husband. Other staff were awesome as well. The old couch was a little bit out of place in the sun room(old balcony converted into a sun room).
  • Stayed here for the Plaza tree lighting. Was treated excellently by the staff; really felt pampered. We had an amazing room with a view. I wish we could have stayed longer, there was so much more to the hotel I wanted to check out.

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Where to stay in Santa Fe

Though the downtown area contains most of Santa Fe's finest hotels, you can find plenty of equally comfortable inns and motels just outside this busy central district. Remember also that most of the city's centrally located hotels raise their prices during the height of the tourist season, so it is essential to look for deals and make reservations well in advance. To experience the true spirit of outdoor New Mexico while on holiday, consider sleeping under the stars at a campground just a short drive from Santa Fe's major urban attractions.
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