My wife and I stopped here in mid June for one night while on a motorcycle trip. A previous review cautioned us about lack of places for dinner in area, so we picked up a carry out pizza and salad in Grants and some wine from Albuquerque. This proved very satisfactory. The place is remote, sitting on 40 acres, nestled in Ponderosa pine, and bordered on three sides by undeveloped 'wilderness' and a small ranch across the highway. Our suite - the Bandera - was large, clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated. Breakfast consisted of a delicious, fully loaded omelet, fresh fruit plate and croissants. The profusion of colorful birds visiting the many feeders was a treat, after dark, the bizillion stars were almost within our reach, and the tranquility of the area was soothing from the moment we pulled into the driveway. There were no other guests the night we were there, and the owner lives several miles away, so we had the place to ourselves.
We were initially anxious about the price, as it pushed the boundary of our budget. But after our stay, we decided it was among the best values we've ever received in our many travels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to your home away from home…where every possible need of our traveling guests is anticipated.Indulge in our sumptuous desserts delivered to your suite every afternoon. Enjoy our biscotti with as much fresh brewed coffee with half & half and raw sugar, Mexican hot chocolate, or tea as you’d like at anytime of day or night with a thoughtful selection of CD music and candle light in your fully equipped kitchen suite.Nurture your spirit in the rustic elegance of our refreshingly different “green” inn on 43 acres of Ponderosa Pines along the Continental Divide of the Zuni Mountains. Built of historic timbers, our three spacious, private, full kitchen suites are tastefully appointed with original art, fireplaces, grills and patios viewing certified wildlife gardens with over 100 bird and 35 butterfly species. Savor delicious delivered breakfasts and genuine hospitality. Browse our Inn’s Tierra Madre Arts, a Fair Trade gallery on Highway 53’s Ancient Way Arts Trail featuring Zuni, Hopi, Ramah Navajo and other quality local arts. Enjoy hiking the beautiful trails of nearby El Morro National Monument and Bandera Crater with impressive ice cave or mountain bike through the volcanic wonders of El Malpais National Monument or take a nostalgic bike ride or hike along the rugged historic Zuni Mountain Railroad beds within Cibola National Forest. ... more less