A century ago, the builders of what would become La Fonda on the Plaza issued a challenge to architect Isaac Hamilton Rapp. They asked him to create a hotel in the then-new Pueblo Revival style, which draws inspiration from traditional adobe architecture. Later, Mary Colter designed the hotel’s interior, using Spanish and Native themes. The result has been a Southwest landmark ever since.
Thousands of visitors come to the AAA Four Diamond property every year to experience what is often called the purest form of Santa Fe architecture. They come to see the building’s hand-carved viga beams, the stained-glass skylights, and the 25-foot-tall cathedral ceilings. They come to eat authentic New Mexican cuisine at the hotel’s La Plazuela restaurant. And they come to enjoy a sunset drink at the rooftop Bell Tower Bar.
As La Fonda celebrates its centennial, we asked 6 insiders to talk about this New Mexico institution and share their best visitor tips. Here’s what they said.