After reading many positive reviews here on Tripadvisor, we were looking forward to our two night stay at this B&B. We were deciding between several B&Bs in this area and decided to come to Sandhills Crane to experience Judith's fine cooking and hospitality. Indeed Judith is very eager to help, provide information and recommendations for the area, and we enjoyed our conversations with her. Our room (Meadow Room) was pleasant with a nice separate dressing area and bathroom. There were home baked cookies and brownies available in the afternoon. However, We feel that we should mention the things that we found disappointing. The biggest let-down was the actual breakfast. Judith did ask about our dietary needs before we arrived and she made special meals to accommodate us. However, we expected to have a selection of some nice home baked bread or pastry, cereal and fresh fruit and juices that we could select according to our tastes. Instead we were served a cup of some uninspiring stewed fruit and after that came a very non gourmet main course (eggs and beans in a tortilla). The second morning was similar with a poached pear in simple syrup followed by a largely tasteless main dish, accompanied by bottled orange juice. The jam on the table was Smucker's in little plastic tubs. We were each given one English muffin and not asked if we wanted more. Regarding the building, even though advertised as a "hacienda", the adobe house was built in the 50s and there is no place on the land to roam, just a small garden over the wall from a busy road and a covered patio area. If you are looking for a garden or farm type of guesthouse, this is not for you. The private patio adjoining our room was perhaps one by two yards in size, walled off with no view. The common areas are Judith and George's living room and kitchen. So we felt like we were actually disturbing them when we came back in the evening and they were eating dinner with the TV on at high volume. We wanted to sit in the common area and read, but the TV was too loud to read or have conversation, and we were not asked if the TV was ok with us. They turned it off only when they retired to their bedroom for the night. The internet signal is very weak (which they blamed on the poor antennas of Apple products) and we had to sit in a chair in the hallway to pick up a signal. Finally, there was no way to regulate the temperature in our room, so if you like it warm you can only ask that the heat be turned up for the whole house.
What this has taught us is that we can't really rely on other people's opinions, especially when it comes to B&Bs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast is an adobe hacienda located on 2 acres in the village of Corrales, New Mexico, 35 minutes from the Albuquerque Sunport.The inn has three rooms; the Mesa room decorated in a cowboy theme, the Meadow room with a dressing room and private patio and the Bosque Suite with a bedroom, separate living room and a kitchenette. All of the rooms have queen size beds, private baths, satellite TV, robes, hairdryers, make-up mirrors and free WiFi. A multi-course breakfast is provided. We can handle special diets with advance notice.Our enclosed patio features fabulous views of the Sandia mountains and is a great place for early morning coffee or a snack in the afternoon. The flower garden attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Quail, finches, road runners and hawks are also in residence. Come spend some time in our little cornere of the land of enchantment. ... more less