Retired and enjoying life, my husband and I travel extensively seeking new experiences, but we do not want to lower our standards of living while on the road. So when planning a recent trip to the Carlsbad Caverns, I was stymied when it came to finding hotel accommodations. All the options all I could find were mid to low range chain hotels/motels. The only "boutique" style hotel within 100 miles of our destination was The Trinity Hotel. Although top-rated by Trip Advisor, the photo was scary. I booked our reservation despite the contradiction between the reviews and the photo.
In a nutshell, if you are anywhere in the area be sure to go to The Trinity Hotel to sleep or to eat.
Let me share with you our delight! The small hotel is bright, clean, well-appointed and beautifully managed. The cheerful lobby has an extremely well curated gift shop with some of the best cards I have seen anywhere, helpful books on the caverns and the area, locally made items and thoughtfully selected snacks. The rooms are spacious, modern and impeccably maintained with bathrooms that could rival any 5-star hotel. The beds are comfortable with plump down pillows and high-count cotton sheets.
In the morning we had breakfast in the dining room. Although a light breakfast is included - I had an excellent cappuccino and delicious banana nut muffin - my husband wanted more hearty fare. He ordered the pancakes with his double espresso and was astounded by the stack of pancakes
he was served. Three thick perfectly cooked large pancakes stood 4-5 inches high on his plate with butter and syrup galore. I had no choice but to share so I can attest to their tastiness in addition to their presentation. The lunch and dinner menu sounded delicious so we planned to return for lunch. But the Caverns kept us mesmerized longer than we anticipated and lunch service was finished by the time we returned. Our only disappointment was missing another meal in the Hotel's delightful restaurant.
- 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