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“There's Good, And Then...” 3 of 5 stars
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707 17th St. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87104   |  
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Ranked #13 of 24 Albuquerque B&B and Inns
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“There's Good, And Then...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

The goods.

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!

The bads.

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.

Room Tip: The Garden Room is spacious.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

We stayed in the upstairs room on our first night in NM, as well as our last. Perfect choice for our introduction, and our farewell, to our travels in northern New Mexico. Our room was reasonable and as clean as it could be, the location is quiet and very close to Old Town Plaza and the museums. In addition, Nancy is a gracious and interesting host. It was fun to share stories and the love of art and books with her over morning breakfast. Her recommendations for dinner were right on the mark as well. Staying at the Old Town B&B is a pleasure!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Salmon Arm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

We read lots of good reviews before staying there and we weren't disappointed. Breakfasts were great and plentiful. Coffee was great (which isn't always the case in the US midwest.) Excellent location- near museums, the old town plaza and the Bosque bike trails. Quiet location in an authentic southwestern adobe.

Room Tip: Nancy has only 3 rooms and each one has it's own particular southwestern charm.Don't look fo...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

We've stayed here for a decade; Nancy makes us feel so welcome. We've stayed in both rooms and find them clean and comfortable. Some might find the upstairs room small for an extended stay, but for one or two nights it has always suited our needs. Love the quiet courtyard with hummingbirds and a swing. Great, hearty breakfasts are served outside, weather permitting. The B&B is located on a quiet residential street, with off-street parking. It's an easy walk to Old Town. Will always come back.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

We initially chose this B&B for its great location and strong reviews, and we were delighted with the find. First, Nancy Hoffman, the hostess is a lovely, helpful and charming person. Her breakfasts were wonderful and her personalized service and interest was a great plus. The room itself (we had the downstairs patio room with a king size bed) was spacious, cozy and comfortable. It also had an attached study. The decoration was comfortable, almost homey southwestern. As for the location, it could not have been better. A short walk to Old Town Albuquerque, the Albuquerque museum and great restaurants. We intend to go back again. Be aware, that Nancy does not take credit cards, so you need to pay with check or cash.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

Coming from Tucson, our home, we wanted a quiet place near Old Town to start our northern NM vacation. Although close to everything, this B&B is quiet, comfortable, and has the required Santa Fe feel. We stayed in the smaller upstairs room which feels like a private aerie with windows on 3 sides. Nancy, the owner, is as so many reviews state, very friendly and helpful. We loved having our afternoon wine and snacks on the flower covered patio on the swing after a hard day of visiting Old Town and the Pueblo Cultural Center.

Room Tip: The upstairs room is big enough for two. The suite is larger. Both have private entrances.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

We chose this B&B for our last night in New Mexico because of the good reviews and because it was located in Old Town. It totally lives up to the reviews and we really enjoyed our stay there. Nancy, the host, is very friendly and helpful. The large room (actually 2 rooms) is beautiful, with lovely Mexican accents and the garden is wonderful. The breakfast (excellent coffee, omelette, bacon, fruit, yogurt, english muffins) the next morning was served on the patio and was perfect to send us on our way. I'd definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 707 17th St. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87104
Location: United States > New Mexico > Albuquerque
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Ranked #13 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Albuquerque
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
Old Town Hotel Albuquerque
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