“Tranquil, Romantic, Inviting & Private - a Four Night Stay I Wish I Could've Extended”
Houses of Dreams ~~~Casas De Suenos is in good hands, and we experienced the tranquility, privacy and romance that is Casas De Suenos. Checking in was a breeze, and a large dispenser of mint water awaited us, right next to the pamphlets of what to do and see.
My guy and I stayed in our deliciously cozy quarters, "Faralito," located around the simply engaging courtyard. Almost 100 years old, the hotel is made of thick adobe walls.. Built when double size beds were the norm for large, our rustic queen size was a bit of a squeeze. In the end, it was just fine. The only thing I might change if would be to update the lighting with dimmer switches.
The living room is warm and inviting with a big flat screen TV tucked away behind a Spanish style console. Leather easy chairs and a southwestern covered couch was comfortable. For better romantic lighting, I draped a scarf over one of the two wrought iron lamps with the cool leather-like shades.
When morning came, we rolled out of bed refreshed and headed over to the dining room for our coffee which besides mugs, they also provide foam cups to take back to the room. There was a delicious platter of cubed watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe, next to a closed bin of whole wheat muffins, traditional bagels, and white bread for toasting. Three bowls of jams awaited, right next to the individual packages of cream cheese. On the buffet on the right side of the kitchen entrance, was a selection of oatmeal, granola and raisin bran. Oh, and yogurt! If this isn't enough to satisfy, your waitperson cheerfully takes your order. I like easy over eggs and just ordered those without even looking at a menu, but I saw large plates of thick French toast drizzled with syrup and crunchy bacon pass by me. For a moment I wish I had ordered it, and when the customer bit into and sighed, I was sorry I hadn't. Besides regular coffee, decaf and hot water for teas, there is a selection of juices and milk. Seriously, it was divine. Who doesn't like to sit in front of a burning fire that scents the courtyard with pine wafting out to greet you. Oh, my. Several copies of the morning paper await your perusal if you are so interested to read on the incredible glass sun porch, next to remarkable artwork. I even took pictures of the paintings - and I'm an artist!
To return to our room, a little path winds around the property of lush old-growth plants in bloom (October for the balloon fiesta),, trailing over adobe walls and framing incredible turquoise doors and gates. It was so very beautiful that I asked my guy for the camera so I could take pictures. If you want to see them, ask me. I even put them on my Facebook page to share with everyone who has now "oohed" and "ahhed." We could have brought our breakfast back to our friendly little kitchen and eaten there, but the other guests, the owner who was - smiling while busing a table, in between greeting his guests, and the ambiance alone were enough reasons to swallow the last morsels in the dining room.
We had one tiny little issue (the locks were "sticky") and Juan (the maintenance man) was there right away with some WD-40, which fixed it muy pronto.
Check out this warm and lovely hotel - As I said it was Balloon Fiesta time, and they were sold out at $157 (including taxes) a night. It was well worth it to enjoy this personal, romantic, cozy cottage which will surely fulfill your dreams of the perfect place to stay away from the maddening crowd, and in the arms of absolutely lovely innkeepers Mark, Marc and Dana. When was the last time you could remember the names of people you may not see again for another 12 years? Exactly. THEY are that memorable.
They even have rooms with a fireplace, or a jacuzzi. Go for the fireplace...so very ROMANTIC.
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