I stayed in the Chamisa suite. The b&b provides a hair dryer, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Also, there's a dorm fridge, wine glasses and opener, coffee pot and coffee, tea and silverware. The amount of space in the room was just perfect. The outer doors of the inn are locked, but you are given a code on your key chain to get in. I liked having that additional security since I was traveling alone. Upon entering the suite, my first impressions were that the size was just perfect (some earlier reviews had complained) and the room looked tired. And I actually felt that for most of the inn. It looked a little older and tired. But doesn't (or shouldnt) extract from your stay at all. It's not the Ritz, but it is comfortable and friendly. The bed was very comfortable and the sheets were so soft. I never used the fireplace, the air conditioning or the tv so I cant comment on those.
Breakfast is served between 8 and 10, which I loved cos I didnt want to have to set an alarm to get up and make it to breakfast. There is a hot dish and also vanilla yogurt, plain yogurt, cereals, homemade granola, banana bread, a cup of mixed fruit, water, tea, coffee and the fixings. I am probably missing something. I was always stuffed at breakfast. Greg served breakfast one morning that I was there, and he was quite the host. On top of everything and did a fantastic job! Carolyn, the owner, was there every morning at breakfast helping out and visiting with her guests. She is so friendly and helpful. Really, everyone there goes above and beyond each day. By the way, Carolyn speaks French and I know that was helpful to one older couple that was staying there. During the day there are cookies, trail mix, pretzels, and nuts available to snack on. From 5-6 they offer a happy hour, which is a snack (I only went once and there was a hot artichoke dip with crackers and chips and salsa) and a chance to visit with the other guests and the staff.
Carolyn provides huge folders on things to do, sights to see, and restaurants in santa fe. And she has the restaurants categorized in several ways too! Like romantic, casual, family friendly, type of food served, etc. Very helpful! These are located in the main room.
The hotel provides parking.
Right across the street in the back of Hacienda Nicholas is the Madeleine Inn and Nirvana. I originally decided not to stay at Madeleine because I didnt want to walk over to the Nicholas every morning for breakfast. Well, that's a joke since they are only separated by a street.
When I was reviewing all the hotels, inns and b&b's in santa fe for my trip, it seemed like every place was the "perfect" location. Well, Hacienda Nicholas was definitely that for me. It wasnt right on the plaza, but just a few blocks away from it. I looked at the Rosewood Inn while I was there, which is right in the plaza, but I realized that I liked getting away from the plaza and the hustle and bustle a bit. Plus, Rosewood was far more expensive for a standard room and didnt include breakfast :) I also looked at El Farolito, and that just seemed a little farther than I wanted to be. It was definitely farther to walk to the plaza than H. Nicholas. H. Nicholas is just a couple blocks down from Canyon Road. So if you want to be very very close to everything, but stay at a quiet place, this is it. For location it was perfect for me. I walked everywhere - San Miguel Mission, Loretto Chapel, Turquiose Trail, New Mexico History Museum, etc. Easy walking distance and felt safe walking to and from the b&b.
I definitely recommend Hacienda Nicholas if youre looking at a bed and breakfast!!
Thanks so much Carolyn!! And thanks to your staff too!