This week my husband and I spent a night in the Cabinet House, part of the Downtown Historic B&Bs of Albuquerque property. The B&B offers a variety of room options. Since it was our 25th Anniversary, we wanted our own space. We chose the Cabinet House for our stay and it turned out to be wonderful for us.
The owner, Steve, met us right on time for our check in. We were pleased with the communication by email that we received from the owners. It let us know what we could expect from our stay. We checked in right at 3pm to have the maximum time to enjoy this lovely place. The property has two houses with a variety of room options and two out buildings with small apartments.
The Cabinet House is a separate building at the backside of the property. I couldn't help but notice a recent review in which a visitor made some negative comments about this space. I'd like to say, yes, the Cabinet House has a very small entrance area that is not all that scenic, but right through a gate is access to the property's lovely backyard. The chicken coup, which provides fresh eggs for the breakfast, isn't anywhere near the room. We didn't even see it until the next morning as we were taking our bags to the car. We were not disturbed in anyway by the birds.
The Cabinet House has a living room area, small side dining table, a bedroom with a large walk in closet, a small but functional kitchen and bathroom. We thought it was beautifully decorated. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I loved the combination of colors and designs. I appreciated that the apartment has 3 heaters as the weather was very cold when were visited. The hardwood floors are lovely but a little cool, you might want to bring a pair of slippers. We appreciated that the living room has a TV with a DVD player attached. We brought our home movie from our wedding to watch. Other appreciated elements include a wonderfully comfortable bed, fresh roses and rose petals on the table, snacks which included cookies, cheese and crackers, water and sodas in the fridge. The bedroom and the bathroom are on opposite sides of the apartment. The bathroom is near the kitchen, I assume because when the apartment was converted from the original use of a cabinet shop to the current use of an apartment, it was easy to keep the plumbing together. We didn't love the cold walk in the middle of the night to use the bathroom but it's a small inconvenience compared with all of the other enjoyable aspects of staying in this place.
We opted to have the in-room dinner for our Anniversary celebration. We were able to choose our own dinner based on the current menu at the Artichoke Cafe. The Artichoke Cafe is one of the best rated restaurants in Albuquerque. If you don't want to have the in-room service, you can easily want the few blocks to the cafe yourself. We enjoyed the luxurious feeling of having our dinner brought to us. I had the beef and enjoyed it very much. My husband had the lamb and said it was delicious. We both loved dessert the best. I had the creme brulee and my husband had the Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie. The "pie" has a most fanciful presentation on the plate which was visually appealing.
The B&B is within close walking distance of several restaurants, the trasportation center which includes the Rail Runner (the New Mexico light rail which goes north to Santa Fe) and buses, a movie theater and some small shops. We took a walk after dinner and we charmed by the small neighboorhood and the lights of the city. We would have loved to be outside in the garden area which includes a tiny water fountain, and a sitting space under a cover, but it was just too cold and windy the night we were there. The B&B hosts weddings in warm weather in this pretty place.
Breakfast is served around 8:30am (unless you have a special request) in the Spy House. The Spy House has an interesting history which is the basis for the murder mystery that the B&B offers each month. The breakfast room becomes the dining parlour and the "scene of a crime" as the guests participate in the who-dunnit. We enjoyed the decorations in the room and especially the glowing handpainted walls. We were treated to our choice of tea or coffee. I enjoyed the coffee very much on a cold morning. The scones were tasty with the coffee. Next came a nice bowl of fruit, two blue corn pancakes, a cheesy egg and a slice of bacon. The meal was delicious and had a nice touch of New Mexico with green chile in the eggs and blue corn in the pancakes.
Steve and Kara are kind business owners who do their best to make a wonderful experience for their guests. They are very sincere in wanting to make everyone's stay comfortable and enjoyable. We hope if you choose the Downtown Historic B&Bs of Albuquerque you will have the same wonderful experience we had.
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