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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. Put The Plaza on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Santa Fe tour planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This was a quick visit to the plaza in the old town of Santa Fe . A nice little easy to navigate on foot area . Park in one of the public garages and begin your adventure . A typical old town of shops...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The Plaza is a shaded pleasant place to visit. Many events are centered around and in the plaza. There is music at noon and in the evenings during the summer with numerous food vendors. There are benc...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We lucked in to an august Sunday where the weather was amazing and lots of people were out to enjoy this Santa Fe treasure. Sit and people watch, stroll and shop the artisan booths, buy some delicious...  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    We had lunch and drinks on the Balcony. It was do enjoyable sitting on the balcony with the nice breeze and enjoying the lovely view! Our lunches were delicious and the menu had interesting items from which to choose. The wait staff were friendly and helpful. The next time I'm in Santa Fe I'll definitely go back. Also, my husband enjoyed drinks and talking to other guests at the lounge on the main floor while I enjoyed the shops in and around LA Fonda. Great experience!
  • June 7, 2017
    Truly one of my favorite hotels I have stayed in. I have traveled a lot and have stayed in 5 star hotels and this one is in my top five. Classy, amazing service and perfect location. They take great care of this hotel and the staff all believe in what the hotel stands for. I will definitely stay again. The food is amazing too, I highly highly recommend the chicken tortilla soup. Enjoy!
  • July 9, 2017
    Beautiful rooms, lobby, and building. It has a classic meets contemporary Santa Fe feel. The bar and restaurant are both excellent, but a bit pricey(granted nearly everything in the area is pricey). The Hotel's location is fantastic for anyone looking to spend time shopping in Santa Fe, but you'll want to stay parked at the hotel as much as possible due to the area's heavy pedestrian traffic. Just walk out of the hotel onto the street and start walking if you're looking to visit the many shops in the area.
  • June 26, 2017
    Good levels of service to be found at this historic and attractive old hotel right off the plaza. It's clearly been a few years since a renovation, but that's a plus in my book. Plenty if the original features and work are present while still remaining comfortable. Great rooftop views as well.
  • May 3, 2017
    One of the finest hotels I have ever stayed in anywhere. The hotel is so physically beautiful in every respect, so many artistic and aesthetic details everywhere you look, all reflecting the rich Heritage of Northern New Mexico. The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful - not just polite but actually friendly. The concierge named Felix is a treasure. The hotel is lively and peaceful at the same time. And the location on the Plaza cannot be beat. I would not consider staying anywhere else when returning to Santa Fe.

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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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