I generally don't care too much for B&Bs, finding them too often either overly personal and fussy or dingy and lacksidasical, but the Hacienda de Chimayo manages to combine the best of the home-like experience with the privacy afforded by an inn. Hacienda de Chimayo is located on a small hill right by the side of a not-too-busy country highway, overlooking a broad field facing their well-regarded Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant (reservations recommended). We arrived shortly before dinnertime, were greeted and checked-in very cordially and efficiently by a professional manager-- not the owner/resident of the Hacienda (whom we never ran into)-- washed up and strolled across the highway for a very pleasant dinner. The Hacienda only has seven rooms, but they feel quite independent of each other, as they open onto a small, open air patio, and have balconies or french doors on another side. By the side of each entrance door is a large pile of firewood that guests are welcome to light in the beautiful kiva fireplaces gracing the rooms (we stayed in Seis). Room furnishings and decor are by no means new or "stylish", but neat and clean, exactly as you might wish your elderly favorite aunt in New Mexico would provide for your visits. There was no TV, cell-phone reception was difficult and I don't believe there was any internet connectivity. We had a comfortable time following dinner, reading long into the night on an overstuffed sofa in front of a roaring fire. The next morning we got up early to watch the sun rise. Breakfast was quite modest, but delivered to our rooms on wooden tray tables. The closest "attraction" to the Hacienda is El Santuario de Chimayo, the charming historic pilgrimage shrine and National Historic Landmark, a few minutes drive down the road towards Santa Fe. As others have commented, at only about half-an-hour from Santa Fe, Hacienda de Chimayo is a very viable alternative to the chain-store lodgings available in Santa Fe for a comparable or higher price.
- Also Known As:
- Hacienda De Chimayo Hotel Chimayo