My husband and I just returned from a three-night stay at El Farolito, our third time in five years. We just love this place, and although we have considered other B&Bs in Santa Fe, we've decided that this is the only place for us! It has so much to offer -- great location (easy walking distance to the main plaza and most of the Santa Fe attractions), great accommodations, great food, great people. We will be returning again.
We stayed in the Acequia Madre casita this time, and really liked it. We have stayed in the Delgado before, but having found it a little dark and small in the middle of December (it is probably lovely in the summer!), we opted for Acequia Madre this time. Our casita was perfectly set up -- nice king bed with warm duvets, fireplace, comfortable chairs, wet bar, good closet space to hang up clothes, and nice bathroom (although the shower head was a little low...a pet peeve of mine...but the owner was receptive to replacing it with an extender to heighten it!). The decor was tasteful Southwest/Santa Fe style. Acequia Madre is a stand-alone casita that shares a patio with another of the casitas -- being there in December, we did not use the patio, but it is probably delightful at other times of the year. There is plenty of secure parking in the back of the property, with a gate on the driveway at the front of the property that is closed and code-accessible to guests at night.
The breakfasts at El Farolito are wonderful. Selection of juices, a fruit plate, home-baked coffee cake or other pastry, yogurts, selection of cereals, and some sort of main dish (pancakes, quiche, strata, etc.) are standard, so there are always lots of good things to choose from. If nothing tickles your fancy, the breakfast attendant (which is sometimes the owner/inkeeper Wayne) will cook you eggs the way you like them. Breakfast is available 7:30 to 9:30 am, so whether you rise early or late, breakfast awaits. There are also home-baked cookies in the afternoon, and coffee and tea available throughout the day.
The people at El Farolito are delightful as well. Ruth checked us in, gave us a complete run-down on our casita and the inn, and made sure we had everything we needed. She recommended a restaurant for our first night -- Restaurant Martin, right next door (don't miss it -- its fabulous!) -- and made reservations for us. Wayne was a great source of information, not only about Santa Fe -- restaurants, daily attractions, etc. -- but also about other places we were planning to travel to that he had visited. We enjoyed our talks with Wayne, and overall felt very well cared-for.
Do yourself a favor and stay at El Farolito while you are in Santa Fe -- it is worth every penny!