The historic La Fonda Hotel is located in the heart of Santa Fe right on the city's plaza. We picked La Fonda for many reasons: it's a superb representation of everything New Mexican; every room is unique; the main restaurant evokes old Mexico with gorgeous skylights, fanciful hand painted tiling and a central fountain. The hotel has great places to congregate, a nice bar, wonderful shopping and a world-class pastry shop.
However, La Fonda is an older hotel and has a limited number of guest rooms. We encourage you to make your reservations early by calling the hotel at 800-523-5002. Be sure to mention Left Coast Crime 2011 and/or The Big Chile when you register to get the convention discount. The $179/night rate is fantastic for where the hotel is located.
Our overflow hotel is the Inn and Spa at Loretto.
It's a beautiful facility that we picked because it's located very close to La Fonda. Right now the Inn has plenty of rooms for us, but we'd encourage you to register as soon as you've signed up for Left Coast Crime Santa Fe.
The guaranteed price for a room is $179.
Please mention Left Coast Crime Santa Fe when you make your reservation.
Santa Fe also has less expensive hotels and motels in the general area.
Santa Fe is located about 60 miles north of Albuquerque. There are several ways to get from the state's largest airport to New Mexico's capital city.
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Direct flights: American Airlines has direct flights into Santa Fe from both Los Angeles and Dallas. Southwest has nonstop flights from several cities, including Oakland, Chicago Midway, Phoenix, Portland, Denver and Seattle.
Train: The least expensive method ($6-$7 one way) for anyone who doesn't mind managing his or her own luggage and waiting for a train. It has some great views on private Pueblo land that can't be seen from the freeway. I'd recommend sitting on the top level.
You'll have to take a shuttle bus from the airport to the train station (Alvarado) and catch the locomotive from there. In Santa Fe, you'll need to take a free shuttle from the depot to a stop near La Fonda. The Santa Fe depot is within walking distance, but with luggage it might not feel that way. Please check the Sunday schedule closer to March 24 to make sure you'll have plenty of time to get to ABQ and the airport for your flight back. At best, service on Sundays is very limited. nmrailrunner.com
Shuttle: I've negotiated a one-time-only $7 discount with Sandia Shuttle: one way $20 or roundtrip $40. To get the discount, you need to call the company—online registrations don't qualify—at 505-474-5696 or 888-575-5696. Mention the LCC Convention.
Be sure to have your flight details ready so you can reserve the right shuttle. The call center is open from 7 AM-7 PM, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Shuttle reservations come with a standard 24-hour cancellation policy for a full refund. Beyond that, you'll have to read the company's cancellation policy.
Some of you might want to get together to do a chartered rental and it might be less expensive in the long run. Go here to get pertinent info: sandiashuttle.com/ideas.html
Car Rental: This could be cost-effective for groups as well. Albuquerque International has all the major companies. The rental area is off-site, but close, and you'll need to take a free shuttle to get there. We've negotiated with La Fonda that parking fees will NOT exceed $15/day. We don't have the same parking arrangement with the Inn at Loretto, so I'd recommend contacting them directly: innatloretto.com