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“Bugs!!” 2 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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“Bugs!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2006

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!

  • Liked — The quiet and remote location; lovely decor.
  • Disliked — The bugs.
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask the management to spray for bugs before booking the Sun Room.
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2006

We happened upon this "hidden house" entirely by chance, but are glad we did. It's a bit remote (located just outside a small village about a half-hour north of Santa Fe and an hour south of Taos), but it provides a wonderful quiet getaway with an extremely friendly and helpful staff.

We stayed in the "Sun Room" for the night -- one of the larger rooms, very tastefully decorated, and with a private patio. Other rooms have fireplaces, private balconies, or other amenities. The room was very clean and well-kept, and we had a very quiet and restful night. There was no TV (or even a radio), but it was perfect for a romantic evening. The breakfast was not extraordinary, but it was fresh and tasty and certainly filled our needs. For the price, it was an excellent value, and we will be coming back again.

As for location, several guests (ourselves included) used the place as a central point for exploring the region. There is a very nice restaurant in town and Chimayo itself has a historically and artistically interesting Spanish colonial church and several nice craft shops to visit.

  • Liked — Clean, quiet, and VERY helpful and friendly staff
  • Disliked — Not a problem for us, but it is remote
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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 positive review of Casa Escondida B&B. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again. All the best! Belinda – Casa Escondida B&B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2006

Beautiful surroundings, pleasant, cozy, no TVs or radios hurray! In a semi-remote location but near top class restaurant and historic/sacred chapel. Outdoor common hot tub, beautiful mountain views with coyotes heard and seen. Hour from Taos, less than that to Santa Fe. Great breakfasts and wonderful staff. Iron fireplace in room, very nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2005

Pleasing B&B in Chimayo, about 30 minutes North of Santa Fe. This is a spot for romantics, artists, and pet owners, not retentives focused on cookies (see below review). The Kiva Room was relaxing with its fireplace and large tub. The Casa living area was full of information about Santa Fe and the surrounding area. Also present was a complete collection of Field Guides to the areas flora and fauna. Complementary wine and snacks made this a great spot to plan the next days activities.

The outside hot tub with views of the moon and stars was made even more comfortable by having his and hers robes provided in each room.

Pets are welcome here and greeted with a welcoming plate of biscuit treats! Also the two house cats will check your comings and goings, but are kept out of the rooms, which is good for folks like me with strong allergies.

The only downside was the breakfast and coffee, both being a bit mediocre. Still fresh waffles in the morning (that you didn't make yourself) is nothing to pass over. However relative to other B&B's this was definately not the highlight. Given that Santa Fe is so close, you probably will appreciate a simple meal to start to your day.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2005

A little apprehensive on approach but totally unnecessary! A clean, well appointed inn with privacy unless we chose to visit on the veranda or patio. The breakfasts were never the same and always fine. What a fine choice we made! Two well mannered, friendly, affectionate cats and a donkey to make interesting sounds during the night - even a rooster crowed at day break. Not loud of course! After three nights, we had a little sadness at leaving...the owner and helpers all so helpful and thoughtful. A great choice if you want quiet, calm, and good breakfasts!

Stayed September 2005
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2004

I chose to stay at the Casa Escondida to get a feel for Chimayo and experience a little more of New Mexico since I was attending a conference in Santa Fe. While the innkeeper is nice enough, this place is lacking in personal touches and is very remote. Chimayo was basically non-existent. There is really nothing to do at the inn, no TV, and no directions on how to use the stereo in the community living room. There was surcharge for bottled water consumption and their idea of a chocolate on the pillow was generic cookies like you get in the big tins at Costco (this is a B & B - how about some homebaked cookies???). The innkeeper struck me as cheap. No amenities in the rooms - I had to find my own hair dryer, extra blankets and even an alarm clock in the (fortunately) unlocked housekeepers closet because no one was around or asked what my needs were. I like remoteness but this was just too much!

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Additional Information about Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast

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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