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“A "Little Piece of Heaven" in "The Land of Enchantment"” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast
64 County Road 100 (physical address), P.O. Box 142 (mailing address), Chimayo, NM 87522   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Chimayo B&B and Inns
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“A "Little Piece of Heaven" in "The Land of Enchantment"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2008

My husband, our 2 Maltese and I just returned from a 12-day pleasure trip to New Mexico, and the first night we spent in New Mexico was in Chimayo at the Casa Escondida. Because we had pets, we stayed in one of the pet-friendly rooms, the “Casita.” The Casita is in a separate building just steps from the main house. After a really long day’s drive, we were totally exhausted, but as soon as we entered the Casita, our spirits were instantly revived. There were delicious wrapped biscochitos on a porcelain plate for my husband and me, and on another porcelain plate were wrapped doggie treats for our Maltese. The Casita is very charming with its saltillo tile floors, kiva fireplace, wooden ceilings, vigas, and Southwestern décor. Since we were there in February, it was chilly at night, and we couldn’t wait to get the kiva fireplace going with the pinon wood that was conveniently provided for us. The Casita is really a self-contained unit that can be entered from 3 different doors. The largest room is a bedroom/living area that contains an iron queen-sized bed, night stands w/ lights on each side of the bed, 2 rocking chairs in front of the kiva fireplace, a console table, a chest containing extra firewood, and a“kitchenette” complete with microwave, toaster oven, fridge, sink, and all the related kitchen items such as dishes, glasses, cooking utensils, paper towels, etc. A clock alarm and portable stereo are also provided. There is a second room between the main room and the bathroom that can be used as a breakfast room/livingroom/bedroom. This room is carpeted and has a small table with 2 chairs, a daybed and a small coffee table. The bathroom has a tub/shower combo and wonderful radiant-heated saltillo tiled floors. Two robes and extra blankets are furnished, as well as extra towels for the hot tub.
Because we arrived at night, we really had no idea what the surrounding area looked like, and we were very happily surprised when we awoke the next morning to a rooster crowing, to a sun-filled room, and to find we were totally surrounded by glorious mountains. We couldn’t wait to get up and “explore” after breakfast. The breakfast room in the main house is very cozy and one wall is all French doors that lead to a covered patio. There is a huge bird feeding platform outside the breakfast room, and it was enjoyable to watch the birds at the feeder while we were having our breakfast. Field guides and binoculars are provided in the breakfast room. Our breakfast, served by a very sweet lady named Janice, consisted of coffee, juice, delicious fresh fruit, silver dollar pancakes w/ powdered sugar, warm berry compote and ham. Also provided on a buffet console are an extensive variety of teas, cocoas, milk, hot water, cold cereals, etc., to be used at any time during your stay. There are snacks provided in the kitchen and lemonade in the fridge for guests’ use as well. The living room is a wonderful area where you can make a fire, listen to music, check your e-mail, read from a wealth of books, or just hang out and enjoy the quiet.
After breakfast, we had plenty of time to “explore” before our 11:00 a.m. checkout time, and we were delighted to find that our Casita also had a small deck on the back of it with a table and chairs. There is an outdoor hot tub, a hammock, and a covered porch on the front of the main house with a table and chairs for guests to use.
We were really disappointed that we only got to spend one night at Casa Escondida, and left for Santa Fe wishing we were still in Chimayo. After spending the next 2 (disappointing) nights at a B&B in Santa Fe, 2 nights at a relative’s in Alamagordo, and 1 night in Carlsbad, we totally re-routed our trip just so we could come back and stay one more night in “our” beloved Casita at Casa Escondida before heading back to Indiana. We especially enjoyed our early-morning coyote “serenade,” which was a first for us Hoosiers. This time we also had the pleasure of meeting, and being served another delightful breakfast by, the owner, Belinda. Belinda is very gracious and professional, and was very helpful providing information about area restaurants, art galleries, weavers, sights to see, etc., and we found everything she recommended to be spot on.
While in the Chimayo area, here are the absolute “musts” to do: 1) visit the Santuario de Chimayo; 2) eat at Rancho de Chimayo; 3) visit Trujillo and Ortega Weavers; and 4) visit the delightful and talented Theresa Montoya at Theresa’s Gallery in Santa Cruz. If you have more time, I would highly recommend a trip to Bandelier National Monument and to Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch. The drive from Chimayo to Abiquiu has some of the most breathtaking scenery I’ve ever experienced, and if you are a Georgia O’Keeffe fan, a “pilgrimage” to Ghost Ranch is a definite “must.”
The 4 of us absolutely fell in love with Chimayo and Casa Escondida, and can’t wait to return again one day. (If it's this beautiful in the dead of winter, we can't wait to see it when everything is in full bloom!) Belinda and her staff were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and the charming and comfortable accommodations more than met our needs. Our dogs didn’t even mind Griffin and Leo, the resident felines. The next time, we will skip Santa Fe altogether, using the “Casita” as our home base, as we prefer a quieter, more natural environment. If you are someone who prefers a blaring TV, video games, fast food restaurants/convenience stores on every corner, and a nightlife of bars, the latest dance music or slot machines, then Casa Escondida is NOT for you. However, if your idea of a wonderful evening consists of reading a great book in front of a crackling pinon wood fire, taking an evening stroll or a soak in the hot tub blanketed by a billion twinkling stars in a clear indigo sky, and then drifting off to sleep to the sounds of Mother Earth’s lullaby, then Casa Escondida might just be your little slice of heaven in “The Land of Enchantment.”

  • Liked — We literally liked everything about the location
  • Disliked — Having to leave to come home
  • Stayed February 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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EnchantedNewMexico, Owner / Innkeeper at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, April 13, 2008
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your wonderful review of Casa Escondida B&B. It was loaded with details and Griffin & Leo even got honorary mention! We really do appreciate your kind words. I will share your review with the staff. We hope to see you again soon. All the best! Belinda – Casa Escondida B&B
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Tucson, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2008

Surprised at the incredibly high rating people are giving this place. Its not that the place is not nice, and I fully understand that you get what you pay for, we just thought the prices were a little high for Chimayo, New Mexico.

My wife, myself and 17 year old son stayed here end of December for $139 base room, plus $18 additional guest. Left early and didn't even do the breakfast part. Total with tax was over $175.

The Rancho De Chimayo, and Rancho Manzana both offer similar rooms and are significantly less expensive.

  • Liked — Well Done Decor
  • Disliked — A bit overpriced
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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EnchantedNewMexico, Owner / Innkeeper at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, April 13, 2008
We realize that we offer a unique experience and we actively market our property to a guest-type that is most likely to have an appreciation for what we offer. We understand that our guests are staying with us for the “experience” of our B&B and not just a bed to sleep in. Admittedly, the other two properties that are mentioned in this review, do offer rooms at a slightly lesser price but what is not mentioned in the review are the numerous amenities that are we offer, that are simply not available with our competitors. In addition, the guest that wrote this review was traveling at the end of December (during the peak-holiday travel period). Discounted rates are simply not available during these times. FYI - It is standard in the B&B industry to assess a charge an when there are more than 2 guests in a room. If a guest is seeking an establishment that offers a “kids stay free” policy, then the Holiday Inn is most likely a better choice for lodging. We make every attempt to take good care of our guests and accurately represent what we offer but once or twice a year, we encounter a guest that is simply not a good match with us. So, we acknowledge this and then stay focused on the 99% of our other guests that are thrilled with who we are and what we provide.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2007

My wife and I stayed at Casa Escondida for 2 nights in December. We loved it. It was very charming and quaint. The innkeepers were friendly. It was in a remote location, but the directions on their website got us there with no problems. We stayed in the Vista room. Unfortunately the cold weather did not allow us to enjoy the large, private balcony. The room itself was spacious. The only slightly negative thing I can say is that I would like for all B&Bs to offer a choice for breakfast. My wife does not eat red meat, and our first breakfast included sausage followed by ham the next morning. The second morning featured a green chili omelette, which I do not like. But all in all, I would definitely recommend the "Hidden House."

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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EnchantedNewMexico, Owner / Innkeeper at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, April 13, 2008
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your positive review of Casa Escondida B&B! We really do read the reviews. It is important to us that you have an enjoyable stay. When you book your future stay, just let us know in advance of your special dietary needs. We happily try to accommodate guests with special needs. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you again and all the best! Belinda – Casa Escondida B&B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2007

I stayed in Dos, the separate room in the garden area which I liked very much - private, intimate and better that Uno, because more private. Perfect for one person. Other good choices are the Sun Room and the Vista Room.

There are lots of places to sit around the property, and it is landscaped very well. Kitchen well-stocked, and since the inn keeper lives down the driveway, it is like having your own home. Lots of books on New Mexico, travel, art, the surrounding area, novels, newspapers, wine/port and snacks in the pm. Free wireless and laptop for guests; nice not lavish breakfast, and very hospitable staff.

Location is perfect - for wandering up to Taos, to Bandelier, Abiqui, Santa Fe. Or just stay there, eat at great restaurants 15 minutes away in Espanola and chill out.

Guests there were also very pleasant, and you can choose to socialize or not...Great thing is there are patios in the front and back - lots of birds - and the stars are amazing at night.

  • Liked — Location and hospitality
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write your positive review of Casa Escondida B&B. We really do read the reviews. It is important to us that you have an enjoyable stay. We hope to see you again soon. All the best! Belinda – Casa Escondida B&B
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2007

The Casa Escondida is the best bed and breakfast I have ever visited. The secluded location is beautiful and we loved every minute of our stay. A short list of the positives are - the outdoor hot tub, birds, hammock, delicious breakfast, snacks/drinks that are always available, the resident cats, board games, books, innkeeper, and the friendliness of the staff. This place is definitely highly recommended.

  • Liked — That the innkeeper obviously pays attention to the details
  • Disliked — Early breakfast and checkout
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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EnchantedNewMexico, Owner / Innkeeper at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, April 13, 2008
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your wonderful review of Casa Escondida B&B. We really do read the reviews. It is important to us that you had an enjoyable stay. We hope to see you again soon. All the best! Belinda – Casa Escondida B&B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2007

Casa Escondida was one of the best parts of our trip to New Mexico. We were in the Vista Room, which has a huge private deck. Each night we sat on the deck, drank wine, watched the stars glide by and relaxed. There was a queen sized bed, plus a day bed. While the room was small it would still be fairly comfortable if you are traveling with kids. There was also a private bath that had a nice tub in it. This isn't 5 star luxery, but if you are looking for your own space in a B&B setting with local charm this is the place to stay. Plus the breakfasts are filling and all the guests were friendly when we stayed there. The people staying at Casa Escondida WANT to be there!

Also, we found it fairly easy to visit Taos, Santa Fe and the local attractions from this location. Everything is a bit of a drive, but after the bustle of Santa Fe and the charming but tourist filled Taos, it was nice to come "home" to Chimayo and the B&B.

  • Liked — The views, breakfast, and fellow travelers.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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EnchantedNewMexico, Owner / Innkeeper at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, April 13, 2008
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your wonderful review of Casa Escondida B&B. We hope to see you again soon. All the best! Belinda – Casa Escondida B&B
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Denver, Colorado
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2006

On our southwestern road trips we usually stay at the Taos Inn, but we wanted to bring our dogs this time and found Casa Escondida on the internet. Chimayo is remote and zoning must be a foreign concept there, but it is a good central location, the stars are amazing, and Casa Escondida is a lovely base for exploring the area or just an overnight stop. The inn is a charming adobe Colonial-Territorial-style house with a long front porch and bright blue trimmed windows and doors. Well-manicured paths of crushed stone wind around the buildings, birds swoop and flutter at numerous feeders, and a donkey brays in the background.

We were in "Garden Room Uno," in a detached building with its own front porch. While small (especially with our two large dogs), it was private and charming: a bright-blue screen door, saltilo tile floor with native-american style rugs, iron bed with crisp, crochet-edged sheets, a small desk and tiny but functional bathroom with pretty Mexican tiles. The baseboard heaters worked perfectly, there was a hair-dryer and labeled soap dispenser in the bathroom, and our dogs appreciated the treats left on an antique plate on the desk.

The kitchen in the main building is always open and we helped ourselves to snack mix and ice for our martinis (byo gin). We shared our room with one little spider and a baby beetle -- but hey, it's rural New Mexico! The innkeeper, Belinda, was professional but kind and knowlegeable and the breakfast (perfect pancakes with warm berry compote, sliced ham, fresh fruit and bottomless coffee) was delicious.

If you need sterility, stay at a Holiday Inn Express; if you need luxury, stay at a Four Seasons (we've stayed at both and they have their advantages). If you want local charm, with all of its quirks, stay at places like Casa Escondida!

  • Liked — Charm, comfort, small touches, good breakfast
  • Disliked — small room
  • Tips/Secrets — don't forget your swimsuit for stargazing in the hot tub!
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EnchantedNewMexico, Owner / Innkeeper at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, April 13, 2008
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your wonderful review of Casa Escondida B&B. It was loaded with details. We really do appreciate your kind words. I will share your review with the staff. We hope to see you again soon. All the best! Belinda – Casa Escondida B&B
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Address: 64 County Road 100 (physical address), P.O. Box 142 (mailing address), Chimayo, NM 87522
Location: United States > New Mexico > Chimayo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Chimayo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in historic Chimayo (only 35 minutes north of Santa Fe), this is the perfect, central location for visiting all of the most popular destinations in northern New Mexico (Santa Fe, Taos, Bandelier National Park, Pueblos, hot springs and more)! Six acres of mountain serenity. Guest rooms are filled with hand-picked antiques and accented in a rustic southwestern style. Start your day in our sunny breakfast room. Conclude your day in our outdoor hot tub. ... more   less 
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