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“unique boutique” 4 of 5 stars
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201 S. Canal, Carlsbad, NM 88220   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Carlsbad B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“unique boutique”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Trinity H, Manager at The Trinity Hotel, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Thank you so much for your review, apologies for the noise, but very happy you were able to enjoy our wine. We hope to see you again in the near future, safe travels!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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51 hotel reviews
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235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We stayed two nights in this conversion of a historic bank to a boutique hotel. We were greeted at check-in by the owner of the hotel who also made a dinner reservation for us. We stayed in room 101. This is a street level room that is accessed on the outside of the building. Parking was on the street just outside our door so moving in was very easy. The room is well appointed with a king size bed and king sized furniture. The room has a kind of honeymoon suite feel to it. There is a wine refrigerator on the desk. A couple of wine glasses and corkscrew are provided, you bring the wine. Better yet, purchase your wine in the lobby, the hotel owner is also a vintner. Water is a concern in New Mexico as there has been a severe two year drought but, drought or no drought, the shower has two shower heads that run even when only one person is in the shower. His and her robes are provided. The bed was at least a foot taller that a standard bed. Because we are short we launched ourselves into bed rather than crawling into bed. Sliding out of bed was no problem. Free wi-fi was available.




The hotel provides a variety of coffees and pastries in the morning as part of your stay. You can also purchase a full breakfast at your own expense. If you get the full breakfast let your server know you are staying at the hotel and you won't be charged for coffee.




I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Having a room on the sidewalk we were a bit concerned possible street noise. This was not the case...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trinity H, Manager at The Trinity Hotel, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
thank you for your positive words and feedback we appreciate it. We love to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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La Llagonne, France
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We stopped there after a long ride down south from Santa Fé and a visit to the Caverns.
This hotel is really exceptionnal !
Great rooms, friendly staff, attention to details, it's really worth the price.
And before hitting the road with your wife/husband, take a real breakfast in the restaurant by ordering a Bonnie and a Clyde. That will get you through the day !

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trinity H, Front Office Manager at The Trinity Hotel, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Glad you enjoyed your stay and breakfast with us! hope to see you soon!
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Houston, TX
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We had driven 8 hours from Tucson and after passing El Capitan began to wonder if the desert ever ended. Well, it did and at the end of it was a little gem of a hotel.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the proprietor and led to our spacious and comfortable room 203. The bathroom is huge and the bed comfortable. Complimentary water in the small refrigerator was welcome.

After washing the dust off from our journey we went downstairs to the restaurant and started with a wine tasting. The Trinity has some respectable locally produced Syrah and Chardonnay choices. The Tempranillo was excellent too.

For dinner we had some great choices from the Italian based menu. We were "lights out" by 10 pm from what proved to be a long day with a happy ending

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trinity H, Front Office Manager at The Trinity Hotel, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you visit us again!
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Wyoming Valley, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I'm a hotel chain/point road warrior. My colleague recommended Trinity so I took her recommendation. I was not disappointed. Room 204 was well appointed on the second floor. I asked for help with my luggage and they quickly sent someone to my car. The nice touches included a refrigerator with complimentary bottled water in room. Complimentary wine tasting each evening at the bar “your choice of wines” and morning espresso beverages and hot fresh house made bakery. Trinity will be my new staple when visiting Carlsbad. Oh, and a great value as well.

Room Tip: If you don't like direct street access rooms make sure to choose one on the second floor.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Austin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We have no doubt the Trinity is the best lodging in Carlsbad, an amazing save and repurposing of the 1892 First National Bank building. We would stay here again over any other Carlsbad property, but that said, some unexpected quirks.

Oddly, the bed in “handicap accessible” room 101 is so high off the floor that anyone under 5’6” will want to use the desk chair as a step stool to climb into bed. Overall, a completely charming room with an excellent bed, but only one (!) nightstand and bed-side light made night-time reading impractical on the lightless side. Pack your illuminated eReader!

Many nice touches, including fresh high thread-count sheets, luxury bath sheets, quality bath amenities, snuggly robes, a wine chiller stocked with complimentary bottled water, and nightly complimentary wine tasting in Trinity Hotel Restaurant.

Travelers used to “country quiet” should expect some street noise, but nothing too raucous. Original stone walls and 1890s over-engineering allows virtually no sound to penetrate from adjacent rooms.

Room Tip: No elevator; pick room 101 or 102 if stairs are an issue. Warning about room 102: We were advised...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trinity H, Front Office Manager at The Trinity Hotel, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
We are glad you enjoyed our hotel as well as our restaurant! we hope to see you again! Thanks for staying with us!
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Seattle
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We couldn't have been happier with our room. Located on the ground level, the door opened right onto the street. The beautifully furnished queen room had twelve (or so) foot ceilings, burgundy velvet curtains, victorian furniture, and a bathtub/shower that could revitalize the dullest romance. We also enjoyed the bullet hole in the glass above the door separating the two rooms from an old bank robbery. I can't imagine not being happy with this hotel, the nice staff, AND the delicious food available on site.

Room Tip: If you can't walk up stairs the rooms on street level are lovely, and you can park your car six...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Trinity Hotel

Address: 201 S. Canal, Carlsbad, NM 88220
Location: United States > New Mexico > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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 

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