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SANTA FE, N.M., is wonderful any time of year, but summer just got richer thanks to the newly (and intensively) remodeled LA FONDA ON THE PLAZA. The grande dame is being restored to its original 1920s glory, and all 164 rooms are being painstakingly renovated with a keen eye toward the inimitable style imparted nearly a century ago by renowned hotel designer Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter. Local architect and designer Barbara Felix sourced regional crafters for art and decor details (as did Colter) to remain true to La Fonda’s historic sophistication. Also reopening is La Fonda’s refurbished rooftop bar Bell Tower, unquestionably the best place to take in a sunset (or two) over the Jemez Mountains. Enjoy the view while sipping on one of the hotel’s rightfully famous margaritas, which can now be enjoyed for the first time with edibles (we favor the smoked-chicken nachos with roasted-corn-and-black-bean relish, Mexican cheeses and chipotle sour cream). Half of La Fonda’s fashionable new rooms are ready, with the balance set for completion in time for Indian Market, the megafestival that takes place Aug. 12 to 18 and attracts an international audience of more than 150,000.

$149 to $299,