My sister and I were doing a eight day/ four city tour of New Mexico with Chimayo being a two day/night stop to see El Santuario de Chimayo, do a little hiking and see the ruins in Bandelier National Park, and check out the regional artisans. We had no problem finding Casa Escondida, we had printed the map as advised on their website, and were pleased by the remoteness and quiet of the location (okay, except for the occasional braying of the donkey which was more amusing than irritatiing) and charming exterior of the B&B. We were allowed to check in early (3pm) and given a quick tour of the common rooms (living/sitting area with lots of books and pamphlets relating to the region; the breakfast area and kitchen where we were informed that coffee, tea, lemonade, and snacks were available 'round the clock; back patio and spa area) and then shown to our room, the "Sun Room." The room at first sight was just lovely, with tiled floors, white painted walls, ceiling with exposed wood beams, and decorated with antiques and artifacts from around the area. The staff was helpful when needs were made known but, except for the elderly lady who seemed to be the "hostess" in the dining room on the second day, not overly friendly. The breakfasts were better than some I've had especially the fruit bowl which was a wonderful mixture of fresh, ripe (!) fruit. (Although I did not appreciate the hair on my juice glass and pancakes) We also liked the front of the inn which was furnished with a large cushioned wood bench and coffee table at one end and an outdoor dining table and chairs on the other.
Okay, now for the bad. 1.) The Sun Room in the afternoon was crawling with dozens, yes, dozens of beetles, who we were told by the manager, love the afternoon sun. The west side of our room was two-thirds windows with a set of french doors leading to a private patio. Since the doors are seriously lacking in adequate weather stripping, the bugs crawl in, many hiding behind the lace curtains and then coming out in great numbers after the sun goes down. We killed them on the walls, floors, and when we could reach them, over the beds on the ceiling.
2.) The curtains covering the wall of windows were sheer and lacey and at night one could easily see into the room from outside.
3.)The handle that opens and closes the bathroom window was broken. Since their was no fan there was no ventilation.
4.)The shower head had one spray option: about a two inch diameter spray which came out with a bruising force.
5.) The on-the-wall dispensers on the bathtub/shower wall were not labeled and no bath soap was provided. There was a soap dispenser provided for handwashing in the sink.
6.) There were spider webs and small spiders in the corners of the shower above the dispensers and several black hairs on the ceiling (?!?).
7.) We were unable to use our private patio because of the many, many beetles, bees, and wasps in the afternoon and evening.
I had to borrow a broom once to kill a spider in the room and bug spray another time to kill a bee in the bathroom.
My sister and I agreed that a few bugs would have been expected and even acceptable given the surroundings but not to the extent that we had. We were never offered an apology. My sister was told that, "Yeah, we have to spray every once in a while" but our concerns were shrugged off. This attitude pretty much sealed the deal......never again at the Casa Escondida!
- 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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