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“Wonderful B&B for a Special Occasion or Just a Great Getaway” 5 of 5 stars
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Downtown Historic Bed & Breakfasts of Albuquerque
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   207 High Street NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102 (Huning Highland Historic District)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 24 Albuquerque B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful B&B for a Special Occasion or Just a Great Getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

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.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I was treated to a suprise stay at this house, and it was perfect. Being raised in the house I knew some of its history and that its style was unique. Every bit of that history has been kept and the comfort improved. I highly recommend a stay here to anyone who would like a peaceful getaway for a night, or even a week! Everything was clean and well kept and the breakfast was delicious. Thanks Steve and Kate for your hospitality.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Reading all of the wonderful reviews, we were expecting spectacular but disappointed to find that the Cabinet House was not quite the home away from home we thought it would be. The House is located on the corner of 2 streets, behind the owner's personal residence. You park in front of a row of 5 or 6 large trash bins, with a chicken coop to your right and the Cabinet House to your left. If you are coming out the front door of the House, your view is of the parking area and trash bins. Your private yard is small, mostly a concrete path to the back yard of the B&B main houses, and the screened porch is just big enough for the swing that is in desperate need of some TLC. The table/chairs outside needed a good wiping off. Plenty of potted dead or dying plants and a big tarp covering something in the yard. The inside of the House is a bit dark, even though there are skylights, probably due to the heavy draperies, dark furniture and floors. Floors are bare hardwoods, no rugs or carpeting. Furniture is eclectic, a hodge podge with a sprinkling of old silk roses/flowers in vases. What we found strange was the very small bath and kitchen are adjacent to each other so much so that if you open the frig door, it blocks the door to the bath. This is no fault of the owners but it is still a little creepy to have where you prepare food next to where you bath etc. Unfortunately and by accident we found that the faux butcher block kitchen counter tops are not secured to the cabinets. The view from one of the kitchen windows is a stack of boards/lumber piled high up against a wooden fence. No icemaker or dishwasher. Bath, as mentioned previously, is very small with single pedestal sink next to tub/shower combo and toilet. The bed is very comfortable and the closet large. The website description mentioned a desk being in the bedroom and if there was one, we didn't see it. There is a stacked washer/dryer and 2 Flat screen TVs with cable. Breakfast is standard with self serve OJ, sliced fruit, coffee/tea and scones daily. Entree may include blue corn pancakes one day and an egg dish with slice of bacon the next. Snacks included 3 cookies on a plate, 6 crackers on a plate (no cheese, just crackers) and some m&ms one day and our last night we came home to no snacks at all.They have chickens, ducks, dogs and cats. The location is good and very near old Rt 66 which is the main road into town. The owners are very nice and helpful with suggestions about sights nearby and have literature in the Cabinet House about the area. Some of the things mentioned here cannot be changed, but some TLC around the Cabinet House and something to make it a bit more inviting and a little less gloomy would not hurt. Wish we had more positive things to say, but it is what we experienced and what our observations were during our stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SGrantNewMexico, Owner at Downtown Historic Bed & Breakfasts of Albuquerque, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Dear FinickyTraveller2010,

Thanks so much for spending the time carefully bringing to our attention and to many others the concerns that you have related to your particular stay with us. We take great pride in the bed and breakfast operation that we started 7 years ago with our four children. We've been very blessed and fortunate to have been able to build such a successful and highly rated property via "TripAdvisor". Your particular review is the 2nd time out of 248 times that has rated us below a good/excellent rating.

Therefore when we read your review above we took things you mentioned very seriously. So much so that we immediately took action (same day) to fix many of the issues that you wrote about. Maybe other guests haven't ever mentioned the things you did, however each and every one of our patrons is special and we value opinions. We always encourage people to let us know any and all concerns so that we can make sure each one of our guests staying with us have an outstanding experience.

Lastly I wanted to address each area of concern so you and others know that we made some changes:

1. Trash Bins: We cleaned out the garage so that all trash cans are now located inside the garage, this way you can't see them anymore. All you see now is the garage door.

2. Private Yard: We cleaned up the entire area; took care of putting the potted plants away, relocated the swing out of the screened in porch area for cleanup, sprayed off the entire area and lastly straighten up the firewood stack (what was under the tarp).

3. Interior: We have tried to decorate the inside of the property to meet the majority of decor tastes, however we can't always meet the very specific needs of each and every person that travels to stay with us. Didn't know about the faux butcher block counters have now been fixed - thanks. As you mention there's not much we can do about he placement of the bathroom related to the kitchen, it's simply a very old building that was redesigned years before. We also cleaned up the area that looks out from the kitchen window, very neatly organized. In the bedroom, there is a desk we are sorry you didn't see it.

4. Breakfast: We always take pride in providing a GREAT breakfast since of course we are called a "bed and breakfast". Each and everyday we provide fresh fruit, freshly baked scones, always a specialty egg dish (fresh eggs each day from our chickens), along with either a stuff french toast, pancake, or something similar, complimented with bacon.

Kara and I sure do appreciate you bringing to our attention in what your opinion was a concern enough to write about. Each and every traveling guest that plans to stay with us is VERY important to the further growth of our business. Of course we all know that each person has their own opinions about their overall lodging experience. We really appreciate and respect your comments and sure hope that your continued travel experiences will meet your specific expectations. All the best and thanks so much for staying with us.

Sincerely,
Steven & Kara Grant (Owners)

P.S. Please note we have NEW PHOTOS to document the changes we made and would be delighted to share with anyone - just ask!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

I've stayed at a romantic hotel nearby here before and almost did this time but I am glad I stayed here instead! We had the romance package which included roses, dinner at the Artichoke cafe which is one of the best restaurants in town, and where my girlfriend and I had our first date so it was perfect for our anniversary! They also got chocolate covered strawberries from The Candy Lady, probably the most famous candy store in town. We weren't able to get there in time for a massage, so they deducted the cost! Steve and Kara are Christians and the most honest and thoughtful innkeepers I've ever met! We are now planning on having our wedding here! Oh another thing, it was supposed to include a dozen roses, but we got TWO dozen instead! I'm an Albuquerque native but if you are coming from out of town, you will get to sample some of the best Albuquerque has to offer. Tell them Martin and Christine sent you!

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We did the murder mystery night there and had an excellent time. The food was excellent and the murder mystery event was very entertaining! We spent the night in the Rosenberg Room in the Spy House and it was very nice. There is a lot of history to the house. After the event the owner Steve took us around to all the rooms, all were extremely nice. Steve and Kara have a very nice place and would highly recommend a stay there!

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

First time in Alburqurque last september,these well kept houses were awesome not too far from the CBD,I was in the Gold room in the Spy House,breakfasts were fantastic,the whole place had a homely feel,Steve and Kara marvelous hosts,without hesitation I will stay here again if ever to venture back into Alburqurque,Sean from Downunder.The Standard Diner down the road great food and nice wine.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

My Mom and I stayed at this B&B for three nights about a week ago. What a find! Steve and Kara are very friendly and took care to help us with everything we needed. We stayed in the Gold Room in Spy House. The house was so charming, and our suite was spotless and very comfortable and well heated. The breakfasts every morning were delicious - eggs from the owners' own chickens, pancakes with homemade blueberry syrup, and more. We really enjoyed ourselves. Such a nice break at the end of a two-week car trip of staying in mostly boring hotels! :)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 207 High Street NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Albuquerque > Huning Highland Historic District
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Albuquerque
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Downtown Historic Bed & Breakfasts of Albuquerque 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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