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Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 4 Corrales B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 30, 2014

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.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Judith N, Owner at Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2014

I am sorry you found your stay with us disappointing. We strive to make all our guest feel welcome and at home. Had you only mentioned you found the TV too loud we would gladly have turned it down or even turned it off. We try to retire to our quarters by 8pm - as soon as we finish dinner - so guests who feel uncomfortable with us around can take advantage of the living room. We will keep your comments in mind for other guests.
I am also sorry you found your breakfast uninspiring. When you made your reservation you indicated that you had some very specific dietary requests. I have to admit to being a bit conservative in seasonings and sides in those situations. You mentioned you thought you would be served a selection of cereals but as a rule I do not serve cereals to guests unless they specifically ask. Based on your comments it is certainly something I will keep in mind, especially for guests with special diets.
Regarding the wi-fi, perhaps I neglected to mention that adobe walls can be poor conductors of wi-fi if the device does not have a strong antenna. I did not mean to imply it was the fault of your specific machine. For instance, my cell phone doesn't work when I am in the kitchen. My mentioning that Apple products seem to have a problem with the adobe walls was based on experience.
Once again I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay. Should you ever be back this way again I hope you will give us a chance to make it up to you.

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Reviewed January 31, 2014

We stayed at the Sandhill Crane for two nights near the end of a long, complicated winter drive from eastern Canada to Arizona. Judith and George welcomed us into their beautiful, tranquil, authentic adobe home where we quickly made ourselves at home in a large,well-equipped suite. We slept peacefully, in quiet comfort, and set off for the day following Judith's delicious, satisfying and creatively prepared breakfast. Thank you Judith and George for the much needed sanctuary you provided and your knowledgeable suggestions of things to do - we'll be back!

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Judith N, Owner at Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2014

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us on your way to Arizona. With our four seasons we aren't as warm as Arizona in January so you will have to return to really experience the great outdoors! We look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed November 7, 2013

I got the chance to stay at the Sandhill Crane B and B one more time. I've stayed at lots of B and B's around the U.S., and on this visit I noticed that innkeepers Judith and George have the perfect balance of offering vast information about the area and taking a welcoming interest in guests - but giving guests lots of breathing space. Like any great host, they are there when you need them, but not pressing in their presence. It's welcoming and relaxing.
As always, I enjoyed the delightful rooms (brick floors, comfortable beds and more), the reading available, the lush rural countryside, and the delicious food (Judith is a gourmet cook).

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We live in Corrales and in June of this year we reserved rooms for our Missouri visitors for their visit to Corrales. Again we had Missouri visitors & we reserved 2 rooms for our Mom & this time our Aunt Pat came with her. Mom had stayed in June with Judith & George, along with her 3 adult daughters. Pat wanted to try out the great beds at the Sandhill Crane, not to mention the breakfast, she had heard about from their June stay with Judith & George. Mom and Pat thought staying here was the best part of their 4 day trip to Corrales. Judith took care of them so well, once more, we thought we might have to book a stay so we could just get to spend time with them! Mom & Pat rested so well each night their day trips to Sky City & Santa Fe didn't tire them at all. They were prepared for what the day would bring from the information furnished to them at the Inn. They enjoyed visiting with the additional guest that arrived while they were there. Mom & Pat are world travelers. Both just returned from out of country trips this year. Both found their stay here to have never been topped no matter where else they have been before & feel they are spoiled for whatever their lodging will be on their continued trips that are not here in Corrales since getting to experience the hospitality of the Sandhill Crane Inn. Pat just returned from a trip to Canada that included the meals as part of the experience of her tour trip. Nothing she had compared to Judith's menus & it's preparation for breakfast. We would recommend anyone who has company to put them up here. Judith & George take care of our family better than we could ever do for them in our homes. We plan on reserving rooms for all of our future out of town visitors at the Sandhill Crane Inn. Thank you. Tim S.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Everything about this bed & breakfast is welcoming and restful. If you have never experienced living in an adobe house, this would be a good place to visit. Two words come to my mind: Serene and beautiful. The beds are large and comfortable. Each room has a private patio for sitting outdoors. Nice touches abound. My favorite was the long and thick white bathrobe for lounging in the room. There is a larger patio outside of the house, surrounded by trees and New Mexico's famous light. Judith and George clearly love the place.. Judith knows a great deal about this area of New Mexico. Just ask and you will have her full attention and recommendations. Ask her about Corrales and you will know exactly where to go. She is an inspired cook, too. I cannot wait to come back!

Room Tip: This is a home, not a hotel. There are only a few rooms, and all are beautifully kept. I booked on...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

My husband and I spent three nights at this lovely B & B. From beginning to end our stay was comfortable and relaxing. Our room even had a small patio with an iconic New Mexico Blue gate.
Judith, the owner, not only made wonderful breakfasts but she proved to be quite the historian sharing her knowledge of Corrales and its history.
We definitely will stay here on our next trip to Corrales.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank sab1990
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

How does a corporate woman make the transition to chief cook, tour-guide, cleaner, and bed-maker...and more? Ask Judith. She (with her husband George) run Sandhill Crane B&B in Corrales, NM, a suburb just north of Albuquerque. While rooms for four sets of guests, we had the place all to ourselves for our five day visit. Judith has "guest service" down pat...her cooking is marvelous, and each breakfast different (she also does special diets to order...just let her know). She knows area well, and is an encyclopedia of information, particularly for some of the lesser known places, such as Sky City Pueblo in Acoma (well worth a visit). Judith is also very active in the Corrales community, so can direct you to any one and any place.

Sandhill Crane is clean, well-maintained (perhaps a little dated, but for laid back Corrales), and a very enjoyable bed and breakfast, with a definite plus for breakfast.

Room Tip: Spend a little bit of time getting to know Judith. At first "glance" she is a Type "...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast

Address: 389 Camino Hermosa, Corrales, NM 87048-8654
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Corrales
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Corrales
Price Range: $90 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandhill Crane Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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 

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