True to its name, the Adobe Abode is an authentic adobe style house in the heart of Santa Fe that maintains a true feel of home. The location was right in the heart of the historic downtown area with museums, galleries, restaurants, and shops. We stayed in the Galisteo Suite for four nights on the last weekend in January. I know spring and summer is high season for visiting Santa Fe, but I really enjoyed a winter visit with less tourists, more room on the ski slopes, and delightful fireside dinners and evenings with a blanket, book, and hot cocoa.
The bed and breakfast was on a safe, quiet street situated near other residences, a custom western hat maker, and a shop that featured a fat kitty cat lounging among ancient maps and books of the southwest. Parking was conveniently located right across the street in a small lot so we didn't have to park on the street.
The Galisteo Suite was perfect for my wife and I and our two girls - who slept on a sofabed in the sitting room attached to the main bedroom of the suite. There was also a convenient small refrigerator in the closet of the bedroom. The room was cleaned and beds made each day when we returned from the morning's skiing or sledding outings, which were all conveniently located less than half an hour a way.
Breakfast was delicious. Although we only ate in the house two mornings due to waking up early for skiing on other days, each morning included a wonderful breakfast casserole (the first a green chile and egg casserole and the second a tamale casserole), fresh fruit, delightful chocolate chip muffins (my wife absconded with two extra ones to eat later in the day), fresh juice, and gourmet coffee. There was also cereal for the girls, who also had their fruit precut for them which was a thoughtful touch. The hostess was delightful and talked to us about local restaurants and other possible excursions.
However, it was the details of the service that stood out. We had a very unusual request for a babysitter to watch our girls while we went out to dinner with friends. The owner was able to put us in touch with a local college student who babysat regularly for families in the area.
Even more impressive to us was running into the owner of the bed and breakfast, Andy Duettra, as we left for skiing one morning. Apparently, there was another guest who had arrived the night before on her own. She had apparently gotten very sick during the night. Knowing that she was traveling alone, Mr Duettra had woken up very early that morning to personally go to a drugstore and bring the guest several medications, drinks, and other items to make her more comfortable.
Many people (like me) like bed and breakfasts because of the personal touch that cannot be found in a resort or hotel. While such a personal touch seems to be becoming more rare at B&Bs, in this case it was definitely not lacking. We look forward to returning for a visit next year. My advice is to skip the tourist season and visit early in the year to experience a quieter, more personal experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Adobe Abode is a traditional Bed & Breakfast located in the heart of the Santa Fe Plaza. Just around the corner from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and walking distance to literally everything in the Plaza. The Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Center is also just around the corner and guests enjoy a casual walk to meetings and events from the convenient location. The Inn offers darling Queen Rooms that open to the Main House, Studio Suites and Casitas which include a hot full breakfast. All guests are welcome to enjoy the amenities of the main house, gardens and patios during their stay. Set in the Quiet McKenzie neighborhood this is an ideal walking location - as defined by WALKSCORE as a "walkers paradise". Although you don't need a car here...we do provide complimentary parking to guests. Our guests consider this quaint little historic Adobe their 2nd "abode"/home and enjoy the location, intimacy and charm she offers. We'll keep the light on for you. ... more less