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Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Cimarron B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 10, 2012

From the moment you travel down the gravel road to the Casa del Gavilan, you know you are in for an adventure. My husband, son and I were happy to see the Casa after a long day on the road. Our accomodation, the Nairn room, with a king size bed and pullout couch, was spacious and very comfortable. The Casa is an older property so do not expect all the bells and whistles of a modern Inn. The peace and beauty of the property is one of its main pluses. Keri, our gracious Inkeeper, was always helpful and a good cook, too! Her breakfasts were very tasty and got us all off to a great start. We met wonderful people and had great conversations at breakfast. The courtyard is a relaxing place and the bright New Mexico sun and low humidity made for a good outdoor time.
My husband and son were attending Philmont, the Boy Scout facility, during most of the week and sleeping in a tent.. I stayed at the Inn and drove about 7 minutes to Philmont for activities. I highly recommend Casa del Gavilan. You won't be disappointed! Try the St. James Hotel's restaurant. It has a very nice dining room with an adjoining bar and courtyard. There are two interesting gift/art gallery shops on Cimarron's main street. One of them has a soda fountain where good ice cream and milkshakes can be had. The Cree-Mee has fast food and good shakes, too. Heck's Hungry Traveller is a family style restaurant with good food. Cimarron has just over 800 people in the town so eating places are few. There are many places to visit in the area including Villa Philmonte, the summer home of Waite Phillips, the founder of Phillips 66. Check with Keri, the Inkeeper, about other areas of interest. Enjoy your visit to Cimarron and the Casa del Gavilan!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Location couldn’t be faulted, the views were spectacular and the property had so much history about it. The housekeeper looked after us well and even booked a table for us at the St James Hotel. The rooms had a lot of history and yes, the furniture and fittings looked a little worn, but were in keeping with the property. I felt it would have been a little odd to have such a historical property and modern fittings. Breakfast promised much, but failed to live up to expectation. It wasn’t bad, just okayish! Overall, stay here for a relaxed and quiet vacation.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Casa del Gavilan was very interesting place to stay, with lot of strong pluses, but also some minuses. On the plus side, the location is absolutely stunning. It's quiet, remote, and beautiful. The inn has a large amount of land around it, and one can hike on the property. The common areas (sitting rooms, dining room, kitchen, patio) are very well furnished and lovely.

The room was OK. Some things were nice, some were less so. Some of the furniture and fixtures seem to be getting old and near the point of breaking or wearing out. Breakfasts were tasty but not overwhelming.

The hostess was very friendly and accommodating. She did a great job making us feel welcome. But I noticed a few lapses that seemed odd. For example, there was a bag of trash left in an outdoor corridor area, between two rooms. Odder still, no one made up our room between the two nights we stayed. And there was no bath mat (we just used a towel). None of these things really bothered us that much, but they do indicate some degree of inattention to detail.

I get the overall impression that this place was better some years ago and some things are running down. The amazing location still makes it an interesting place to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

My son and I stayed at Casa del Gavilan and had a delightful visit! We stayed in the Phillips Room, and the innkeeper was wonderful and very helpful. The view of Philmont's Tooth of Time is incredible! We were served a wonderful breakfast in the morning, and had lots of great conversation with the guests as well. Would love to come back!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

The drive up to the Inn is unbelievable, but that is where it ends. This property owner better wake up. This Inn has so much potential, but they are letting it run to the ground. The Inn is in need of repairs, and a major cleaning. Plus every room is unkept, junk everywhere. The Courtyard, has so much potential too, but it was dirty, chairs falling apart, or dirty. I could not wait to leave!!!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

I dislike writing critical reviews, especially about charming historical properties that really should be a treasure, but the owners of this special place really need to wake up and pay attention. The house itself is amazing and in an amazing location--an old hacienda that should have great charm. It is seriously in need of repair. Light fixtures outside are broken, the canales on the roof are rotting off, there is evidence of leaks in the walls. In our bathroom, the shower curtain rod was held up by a bent hanger, rather than having been properly repaired. Towel bar was held on by a big hunk of epoxy and the "repair" had not even been painted. The beautiful original beams and heavy wood doors with clavos had been painted over white!!!!! How to ruin the historical ambience!
The owners need to spend some money here, research appropriate to the period design, and do some restoration.
On the topic of bathroom: OLD. Not 100% clean. By the time I finished my shower, I had water up over my ankles. Ceiling fan was CAKED with brown dust. Seriously, I took another shower when we get to the next B&B, I had been so grossed out. Again, could be charming, but with an investment to upgrade.
The resident manager was very pleasant and decidedly in over her head. Breakfast was only at the specified time (which is not good when you are travelling long distances). Biscuits with "gravy" served with eggs and sausages which had been burnt to death and could barely be cut with a knife. Part of the B&B experience is an enjoyable breakfast and this did not even begin to cut it. Had the feeling everything had arrived in a Sysco truck.
Bottom line: Please pay attention, owners of this inn, and take the time and money to save it and make it into the wonderful attraction that it should be!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

What an amazing place this is. Set in the heart of the Philmont Scout Property. In the place where the Plains meets the Rockies.

A lovely old adobe traditional inn, the architecture is exceptional. The rooms are decorated in the traditional style. The bed was so comfortable.

The home cooked breakfast, cooked by the attentive and helpful housekeeper, was superb.

The countryside around has lovely hikes and at night you can see a hundred million stars.

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Additional Information about Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn

Address: Po Box 518, Cimarron, NM 87714-0518
Location: United States > New Mexico > Cimarron
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Cimarron
Price Range: $125 - $156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico, is the historic inn, Casa del Gavilan. A place of spirit--where hawk and eagle soar--this grand adobe villa was built about 1912 for Jack and Gertrude Nairn, formerly of Hartford, Connecticut. When completed, artists and writers from far and wide came to enjoy the Nairns' elegant hospitality and to capture the majestic beauty that is New Mexico. With twelve-foot high ceilings, vigas, and eighteen-inch thick walls, Casa del Gavilan (House of the Hawk) is a showplace of Pueblo-revival architecture exhibiting artwork and sculptures by Frederick Remington, Charles Russell, Robert Redbird, and others.Completely surrounded by Philmont Scout Ranch, and a mile from Philmont's base camp, the Casa del Gavilan (also known as the Nairn Place) offers exceptional views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, hiking trails, and the peace and tranquility so rare these days. The guest rooms all have private baths and a full breakfast is served daily. ... more   less 
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