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“No place to stay in Espanola, NM but......”
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“No place to stay in Espanola, NM but......”
Reviewed September 7, 2007

I'm from CAL and visit Espanola regularly and also Santa Fe and up north to Tierra Amarilla, Los Ojos and Chama (NW New Mexico). There really isn't much to see in Espanola but it does have two great SPANISH restaurants: Las Paragua and Los Arcos; La Cocina also serves good SPANISH food but not as fancy. Espanola does have a couple of modest motels, two nice casinos, and some unique shops
What is best about Espanola is that you are close to Santa Fe (w/o the high motel/hotel prices), Chimayo (visit the Santuario de Chimayo for sure), Tesuque, and northwest to Los Ojos and Chama or northeast to Taos. Of course, Santa Fe has great places to stay, though more expensive. Friends have stayed in Albuquerque (cheaper rooms) and do day tours or over-nighters driving through Espanola to Taos, Los Ojos, Chama and even cross into Colorado. Most people assume NM was settled by Mexicans but cities/towns were settled by Spaniards, especially in northern NM. The majority of people in NM are Spaniards, not Mexicans, so the foods and sights are either Indian or Spanish...not Mexican like many presume. Listen to the New Mexican's twang when they speak....it's great. ENJOY

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“What a great place to stay!”
Reviewed March 1, 2003

Visiting northern New Mexico was made a pleasure by staying in Espanola. The cost is a fraction of the cost in Toas or Santa Fe but Espanola is located right in the middle of both tourist towns. There are tons of great places to eat and Espanola is filled with culture. I found all I needed to know on a cool web site: ... - It lists all the lodging and restaurants in the area. If you're planning on a trip to Toas, Santa Fe or points north don't overlook Espanola. On yes, it's also the hub of the Eight Northern Pueblos. All pueblos are within minutes of Espanola. What a great town!

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