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Casita Chamisa
850 Chamisal Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107   |  
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Ranked #12 of 24 Albuquerque B&B and Inns
Hartford, CT
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Nifty accommodation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This is a beautiful and extensive B&B in Los Ranchos, one of the nicest neighborhoods (if not the nicest) in Albuquerque, near various farms, ranches, wineries, etc. It has a large (though quite warm) pool, and an extremely affable host. Breakfasts were excellent. A remarkable feature of the property is the archaeological research that's taken place there.....be sure to see the DVD early in your stay. Also on display are artifacts that were found there.

Room Tip: We stayed in the two-bedroom casita with small kitchen, very nice and roomy!
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

I've never bothered to complete these evaluations, but staying at Casita Chamisa is an extraordinary experience - I say this after having stayed at many B&B's. Why is it so special? The location, just north of downtown Albuquerque, is beautiful, convenient for going to Albuquerque or departing for Santé Fe, and near an excellent Mexican restaurant. The bedrooms are good, hummingbirds plentiful, indoor pool nice, but the very best thing is Arnold, the owner, 1948 West Point graduate, great breakfast chef, raconteur, who still swims a mile a day. He has had a full life and can regale you with wonderful stories, including how his late wife, an archaeologist, turned their home into an archaeological site. You can watch a short video of her and her work, and see some of the artifacts. Oh, the breakfast blueberry pancakes are to die for. Stay at Casita Chamisa and get inspired or rejuvenated by Arnold.

  • Stayed July 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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Tallmadge, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Casita Chamisa on a Saturday evening in June. We had a wonderful stay. Arnold was a gracious host and sent us to a wonderful restaurant where the blue margaritas were very good. His blue corn pancakes for breakfast were outstanding. We enjoyed watching the video before breakfast about the exploration done on the property by his wife Kit. We would definitely recommend staying with Arnold and maybe someday we will have the opportunity to do so again.

  • Stayed June 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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Pennsylvania
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

We wanted to get to know Albuquerque and its neighborhoods, as we are considering moving there in the future. Our two nights at Casita Chamisa were great! Arnhold is a delightful host, full of interesting stories, and makes a mean blueflour pancake. The history of this house --as well as the history under the house portrayed in a video by his wife/ archeologist Kit-- were fascinating. We even attended church with him on Sunday morning in downtown Albuquerque and met some of his friends. The bed was comfortable, Sitting out on the patio and talking with the horses and the cats was fun. We were not in any rush to get anywhere, so enjoyed relaxing there. Yes, there are cobwebs, but we prefer that to staying in yet another motel with no character.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

If you want an anonymous, characterless place to stay, don’t choose Casita Chamisa.
If you want a distinctive, comfortable place where your host, Arnold, genuinely loves his customers, you should really enjoy this B&B.
The Queen Studio was spacious and airy with a comfortable bed and all you could need for a short stay in Albuquerque. The historic Old Town is only a few minute’s drive away.
Breakfasts were excellent with everything prepared fresh and with a great deal of care. Arnold happily explains the unique history of the site including its long native American connections and his wife’s enthusiastic excavations in past years.
Casita Chamisa is no ordinary B&B. I’d enthusiastically return there.

Room Tip: For one or two people, the Queen Suite is very good with plenty of space.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

We loved our experience at Casita Chamisa. It was comfortable and beautiful, and we were treated to a personal breakfast prepared by Arnold, the charming and friendly owner. His stories about the property, and the video about his late wife, were intriguing and heartwarming. The heated indoor pool was an added treat. If you are looking for an antiseptic chain hotel, this is probably not the place for you. If you are looking for a unique experience that you will long remember and treasure, we can't recommend it highly enough.

Room Tip: Ask Arnold!
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2010 via mobile

We had such a great time! The house is so unique and so comfortable. The property is beautiful and everything about the place has a story. Water pressure was great. The studio has a kitchenette and a tempurpedic bed. We got the best nights' sleep both nights. It is peaceful and quiet at night. There is a heated, indoor pool and two person hot tub. And there was a little flat screen in our room.
Arnold is an absolute delight. He is a wonderful, older gentleman who makes the best breakfasts. He is very precise about things and has spent years perfecting his recipes. Everything he made us was special and delicious. You can tell he really enjoys sharing his home with people. We were there when some people called to book a room and he beamed and said "some people are coming to stay in the guest house" with a big smile and did a little happy dance. The place has a very interesting history and the stories of Arnold and Kit's lives are everywhere. He is so much fun to talk to and his smile will melt your heart. We will definitely make it a point to visit again.

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 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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Address: 850 Chamisal Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Location: United States > New Mexico > Albuquerque
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Ranked #12 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Albuquerque
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