If you are going to Carslbad, and don't want to stay in a franchise hotel/motel, give this one a try. The hotel has character. It's housed in a former bank building dated to 1898, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The rooms are not accessed through the lobby, but from one of two exterior doors. In fact, there are two rooms that actually open on to the street.
Don't expect quiet. The hotel is on the corner of a busy main street (Rt 285) that runs from Texas to Colorado. The south and west sides overlook parking and outbuildings for the kitchen as well as the Post Time Saloon. On weekends, when the saloon disgorges its customers at 1:30 AM, there is quite a ruckus. The hotel owners are kind enough to provide ear plugs in the rooms!
What adds to the uniqueness of the place, is a very good restaurant, touted to be the best in Carlsbad. Truth be told, it's not bad, though the selections are heavy on pasta dishes.
We stayed in Room 204, large enough to hold two lounge chairs making relaxation over a glass of wine much more comfy, but alas, that was not to be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy your stay in Carlsbad New Mexico in the newly renovated and redesigned Trinity Hotel Suites. Built 1892 as the First National Bank, this historic property once served as home to the first newspaper and headquarters of the Carlsbad Irrigation District. Today the old bank building is home to luxurious over-sized suites appointed with the finest amenities to meet your every need. It also now boasts a fine dining restaurant, wine gift shop, and coffee. Come, stay and lose yourself in the history and the beauty that is the Trinity. ... more less