Location. The absolute best location in Old Town. Ever. Most convenient, most quiet, most welcoming, most delightfully residential. Only steps to an immaculate and enchanting park, with its wholly enchanting green expansive lawn, lovely shade trees, seating areas, playground, walking path, soccer field and welcome open space.
Parking. If you crave covered parking and have the skill to back out of a half circular driveway flanked by an adobe wall, you can have it. Otherwise, plenty of street parking is available. It's easy in, easy out, whether you're heading off to a freeway or to the park or museum or whatever.
Authenticity. This is the real deal as far as adobe construction with the desert colors, weathered doors, walled garden courtyard experience. The larger room has massive beams in the ceiling, with the smaller branches in herringbone fashion on either side of the peeled log beams. To sit back and look at the ceiling and the naturalness of it is a joy and a relaxation not found at other b-n-bs with popcorn ceilings. Decor items include native American blankets, table coverings, trinkets, hats. Like to read? Many books are provided, from contemporary best sellers to real life histories and tales that relate to the region. Excellent collection of books to keep you fully engaged and learning about the people of this area, or to escape to a place far away.
Setting. The back garden is yours to enjoy. Depending on time of year, you'll wink at hummingbirds, listen to doves, and smile at goldfinches. There is a bubbling birdbath with its pleasant water sounds to soothe. A swinging wooden bench awaits. Patches of flowers, some alive, some asleep for the season, dot the areas between the tiles embedded in the hard, sandy ground. The painted blue concrete wall of the garden reminds you of the blue skies.
Breakfast. One day it might be a hot omelet, bacon, and fresh fruit. Another day, vanilla yogurt, strawberries, granola and a just-baked coffee cake will get your day off to a good start. Coffee, juice and tea are also provided.
Spaciousness. While the house itself is really very small, the garden room is wonderfully oversized, almost like a small apartment. You can nestle down on the sofa in the sitting room, look up to coin-leafed aspens shaking in the breeze, and read to your heart's content. Your partner can be resting in the bed in the other room or taking a shower in the bathroom nearby. It's very pleasantly arranged for maximum use and comfort.
Amenities. In room coffee and tea are provided via use of the little white hot pot where you can boil water and make use of the instant coffee packets and tea bags set out. A small in room air conditioner will hum away any heat or humidity that might annoy. You'll sleep comfortably and coolly with this feature. Plenty of extra pillows are available. A heater is in the room, along with a working adobe fireplace. Very nice!
Doesn't take credit cards. Check-in in 4 pm. Late! but if you call first you may be able to come earlier. Ask.
Beds. Should have been replaced years ago. Instead, they're has-been but not washed up old coil spring slabs, like broken pop tarts on box springs whose inner workings are showing, edges are fraying. Every time you shift to try to get comfortable, the mattress slides on the box springs and threatens to fall on the floor, decapitating the bed and tossing you on the floor.
Toilet paper. It's pretty bad when you're paying $120 a night and the toilet paper is not up to par. In this case, you can walk to the Walgreens down the road and buy a 12 pack of the softest bath tissue you can find. You're only here a few days but already one day is too long to endure the sandpaper. Extra toilet paper rolls come in handy later for padding for the bottle of wine you want to bring home from the local vineyards and stow in your luggage.
Coffee cups. Cups provided in room were spooky I had to boil water and scrub, scrub, scrub the ring of stains out of them before using them to make myself a cup of tea with the hotpot provided. Wine glasses and drinking glasses were soiled, so I used the hotpot water and hand soap to clean before use, no big deal.
Dust and bugs. So many cobwebs, spiders all over, spiders falling off the ceiling and onto me as I looked for something in my suitcase, giant cockroach in the bathroom, silver fish in the tub, wasps in the bathroom and the bedroom. Ah well, in an older home these things happen. Just needs a little tlc with a dust cloth.
Breakfast. Both days, burnt bitter coffee from an airpot that looked like hadn't been cleaned since the day it was brought home from the store...15 years ago. It was brown and caked with ages of coffee mess at the spout.
Uneven walking surfaces, loose stones in the yard where the room access was located, a drought-parched garden, no safety lighting, and get this - one morning after a guest left, a pile of dirty bed sheets was tossed in a heap onto the side yard walkway. Yes, the same walkway we were informed we ***must*** use in order to get from our room to our car parked outside. Yes, that pile of sheets was on the ground outside all day, each time we came or went. And the next morning, where are those sheets? Oh now they are on the floor in the kitchen, with your host stepping over them as she prepares breakfast. Hmm.
Adding more helpers to the business would mean the innkeeper could relax and enjoy guests and vice versa. Bottom line: this is a very nice place, just needs a little more effort.
- Also Known As:
- Old Town b&b
- Old Town Hotel Albuquerque