La Fonda on the Plaza, the historic and best-known hotel in America’s oldest capital city, Santa Fe, New Mexico, announced the reopening of its La Fiesta Lounge. The lobby bar has undergone both a physical and menu makeover to expand and update the space and its offerings, as one of the final parts of a three-phase revitalization of the entire property.
“La Fiesta is friendly, flavorful, and inviting, and as such epitomizes the unique brand of hospitality that Santa Fe and La Fonda are famous for,” says hotel chairman Jennifer Kimball. “It’s a great place to unwind after sightseeing, as well as a fun local gathering spot.”
In the new La Fiesta Lounge, hotel guests, Santa Fe locals and visitors alike will find a sophisticated and welcoming spot for tempting creations from La Fonda’s mixologists and Chef Lane Warner. Already known for its exclusive selection of tequilas and other spirits, La Fiesta has introduced a collection of signature cocktails including the “Tequila Smash” and “Wild Berry Mojito.” Food options range from a flight of salsas and chips to deconstructed nachos to heartier fare (think La Fonda’s iconic green chile cheeseburger) to crispy dessert churros with Mexican chocolate dipping sauce. In addition, the lounge boasts a new coffee bar and dedicated barista. At midday, La Fiesta still offers its renowned traditional New Mexican lunch buffet. There is a nightly lineup of popular and upcoming local bands offering live music and dancing.
A return to the horseshoe-shaped bar of yesteryear confers a convivial attitude on the space, which has been re-imagined in deep, rich tones of red, chocolate, and gray. New cream-colored leather furnishings and covered bancos line the perimeter of La Fiesta and create an upscale yet relaxed environment. Details both old and new are faithful to La Fonda’s history and authentic character. Decorative pounded tin has been added to the ceilings to complement the original wooden vigas. Handpainted mimbres patterns on the tables and “Harvey,” a four foot rabbit statue presiding over the bar, recall the unique aesthetic and iconic designs of one of La Fonda’s famed architects, Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter.