This Victorian bed-and-breakfast is exceptional and unique without being priced out of a reasonable budget. Well deserves Certificate of Excellent, and I trust it will receive the same commendation for 2013 as well. My review here deals more with the personal aspect of staying at Bottger Mansion of Old Town, and I encourage you to see the website and believe *everything* you read there.
Steve carried my bags up the stair to the Bernard Shandon Rodey room, where I stayed for two nights. I am a big woman (said goodbye to petite single-digit dresses in my 20s), so I was pleased with the roominess of the queen bed — which had an excellent mattress. (I even asked Steve and Kathy what kind it was. Isn’t it interesting that I awake at home with a backache, but didn’t once on this trip?!)
A few days earlier, at my request, they had kindly emailed me with a list of restaurants open on New Year’s Eve. They didn’t *have* to do that; they just went out of their way to be extraordinary hosts! I did spend that evening at Seasons Restaurant just down the street (see my review on that).
I’m not much of a breakfast eater — more of a breakfast tea drinker with big meal at lunchtime — but my-oh-my! Both mornings’ breakfasts enticed me to chow down. I chatted with Kathy and Steve each morning as they did their breakfast-fixin-routine. The tea was plentiful (dark and strong) and I was provided with plenty of cream/half-n-half (just perfect!).
I can’t say that we’re BBFs, but Kathy did share some of the highlights of their living abroad (as had I, so we swapped stories) and she gave me a kindly critical eye on a very rough sketch of a bracelet I was trying to design. Also sat at the dining table(s) with them late one afternoon and talked with both about various things of interest to us. As a single traveler, I *so* appreciated that, since it’s tough for me as a tourist to strike up a meaningful and intelligent conversation with strangers.
Other great things (in no particular order) about staying at the Bottger: (a) Parking was free (which was quite a pleasant shock) and literally just across the small street. (b) Laptop with internet connectivity and printer provided for those of us who didn’t bring our own. (c) Ability to control thermostat in my room (heating in winter; a/c in summer). *Loved* the ability to sleep at 64°F rather than the low 70s! (d) Roomy shower (no tub; none necessary).
Enjoy your stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bottger Mansion of Old Town B&B is right in the historic heart of Albuquerque. Walk to shops, great restaurants, galleries, museums and parks. Nearby attractions include the Botanic Garden, Rio Grande Zoo, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Route 66, and much more. We are just 10 minutes from the Albuquerque airport and near hospitals, downtown, the Convention Center, and the University of New Mexico. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, free beverages and snacks, private baths, flat-screen TV, cable--modern amenities in a historic home. ... more less
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