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“Amenities + Location = Great Stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn

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Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn
Ranked #7 of 15 Albuquerque B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Arizona
Level Contributor
98 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Amenities + Location = Great Stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2007

Casas de Suenos used to be an artists’ colony and you can definitely tell from the incredible entrance to the unique features and individual cottage atmosphere. We stayed in the Pinon Suite for two nights with a friend. Suite is a misnomer; it was a stand alone little house complete with full kitchen, dining room, living room, 2bed and bath. The accommodations were great – nice leather couch and good TV with cable, comfortable bed, Mexican tiled bathroom. Maid service came and replenished towels and made the beds. The only problem for us was a freaky picture in the second bedroom that other people have referred to. It’s a kid painted in traditional costume eating a watermelon but the juice running down his chin and chest is blood red. My friend took that picture off the wall during our stay. So really this is pretty nice – a house in essence that is all yours down to the little driveway and front and backyard. Of course they have other suites that aren’t two bedroom for smaller parties I believe.

For breakfast they have either pancakes or French toast (chef’s choice), eggs and bacon made to order, with fruit, tea, cereal, coffee, and yogurt. We didn’t have to wait for a table for breakfast the first morning, and the second morning we were there we did wait about 10 minutes. There had been a wedding and reception in the courtyard the day before (the wedding party was somehow related to or knew the owner was the impression we got), so many of the family were eating breakfast there that morning.

Check in was a breeze even though we got there around 9 pm. There is a computer at the front desk you can use with free Internet and a printer; newspapers in the breakfast room. The location is excellent and within walking distance to Old Town. We kept driving down Rio Grande Blvd (past the highway) to check out a winery in that direction (Casa Rondena). The staff were helpful in suggesting places to go and eat (Mac’s La Sierra was a TRUE New Mexican joint and not for everyone but we’re glad we found it thanks to the staff).

  • Liked — Your own house and all that comes with it; the location
  • Disliked — I'd prefer more variety in breakfast choices in the future
  • Stayed November 2007
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank SunnyInCleveland
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Haddington, United Kingdom
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413 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2007

Casas de Suenos is a peaceful place in old town Albuquerque. It has beautiful gardens and a relaxing atmosphere. The accommodation is attractive and comfortable and very well kept. Above all, the staff are so friendly; reception is pleasant and efficient and you are shown around the properties. Breakfast (included) is excellent with a wide choice and served in a lovely room.

This is a splendid place. I would go back any time and recommend it very highly to any visitors.

  • Liked — Comfort and service
  • Disliked — having to leave it
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DaoHaddington
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Cape Cod
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31 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2007

This B&B is in a very convenient location within easy walking distance to Old Town Shopping and museums.

The majority of the property is within very attractive, walled off grounds with outdoor seating and tables for guests,

We stayed in the “Zuni” casita which along with the “Taos” casitas are outside the main B&B grounds which is nowhere near as nice as the other casitas. It seemed safe enough, but was not especially attractive or welcoming. The room was spacious with older, interesting, eclectic furnishings. Definitely not “shiny new” or matching. TV was tucked away in a funky armoire. There was no closet but hangers and shelves were located out of the way along one wall. A huge mural showing native Americans decorated one entire wall. There was a shower only. Glass block (vs. windows) along one wall offered privacy and diffused the view of the pawn broker and junky lot next door.

Breakfasts were good but service slow. There were self serve items with eggs, pancakes or French Toast, and bacon cooked to order.

Staff was friendly but quirky (requesting us to park facing East - though no one did, including staff, requiring that a copy of our credit card imprint be left with them).

Discount coupons were provided for local restaurants. We took advantage of free appetizers (roasted garlic) at the Artichoke Café – Solid restaurant with a fantastic wine list.

We’d recommend this hotel but definitely not the casita we stayed in.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Specifc room we had
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank CranMass
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Chicago, IL
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2007

Casas de Suenos a quaint property with stone pathways leading to a number of small buildings. My husband travels constantly for work and stays in the usual chain hotels, so we always try to find unique accommodations when traveling for pleasure. Casas de Suenos fit the bill.

We spent one night in the Manzano casita and paid $190 (tax included). The casita is spacious, with a separate bedroom, large and comfortable main room and (small, very dated) bathroom. If we had stayed for multiple nights I would have found the bathroom to be inconvenient. The room is cooled with a swamp cooler, and with a large Jacuzzi in the main room it raised the humidity level.

The furniture was comfortable, but the room could have been cleaner, especially the floors and corners in the bathroom. This being a Jacuzzi suite, extra towels should have been provided.

There is a small refrigerator, microwave and basic necessities (plates, cutlery, cups, GLASS glasses, corkscrew, coffee maker) are provided.

If you stay in this casita you should move the chair and coffee table in the main room against the TV cabinet before you go to bed as you must pass them to use the bathroom. The coffee table has metal legs and can cause injury if you bump against them on the way to and from the bathroom in the middle of the night. I only learned after one round trip ;-)

The staff members were very down to earth and helpful.
The lobby computer was very convenient as we did not bring computers (blackberry does not count!) and needed to print a few things.

Breakfast is continental (fruits, breads, yogurt) with a cooked to order entree. Service was prompt, though the food was just mediocre.

I don’t plan on going back to Albuquerque any time soon, but I would recommend this property.

  • Liked — Spacious main room, separate bedroom, refrigerator (COLD water)
  • Disliked — Small and old bathroom, lots of places for dirt, swamp cooler
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank TopGoddess
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Sydney, Australia
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55 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2007

If you enjoy spending $170 on rustic, country accommodation, this place is for you! After walking across to the Old Town for dinner, we returned to our little cottage (The Ivy) ready to collapse into bed after a long day of travelling and sightseeing. Our exhaustion overcame the hard, cheap bed and we fell into a deep sleep. Until... we were woken at around 1 am by a scratching noise that we attributed to an animal outside our window (we had the windows open for fresh air). We tried to return to sleep but the noise, which was unusually loud, persisted. Eventually we got up to investigate, only to discover inside our cottage a fury friend (citysearch won't let me use the "m" word) chewing through one of our backpaks to obtain a muesli bar and some throat lozenges. After moving the food items to the regrigerator and placing all of our possessions on furniture, we attempted to resume sleep, but the scratching noises persisted. We got out of bed another two or three times to investigate and eventually fell asleep again around 3:30 am. This was definitely not a good experience, and not one that you would expect after paying $170 for a room. We informed the desk of the problem and he in turn informed management, who indicated that they'd call me to apologise and arrange to pay for replacement of the mouse-eaten backpack. After we left, I checked the receipt and discovered that my address details had been entered incorrectly and at no time did they ask for my phone number. I'd be pleasantly surprised to see a credit on my credit card. If we had our time over again in Albuquerque, we'd definitely stay on a higher floor at the DoubleTree - our second choice of hotel in the Downtown area.

  • Liked — proximity to old town, courtyard setting, breakfast
  • Disliked — rodents in our room, hard uncomfortable bed
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank MmmmmmChocolate
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Macungie, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2007

The personal service, made-to-order breakfast, garden areas, proximity to Olde Towne and huge and lovely room all made this a wonderful stay in Albuquerque. The only disapointment was that the Zuni (which we were in) and Taos rooms were not inside the walled garden. The were adjacent to the parking area and there was a vacant lot just behind them. However, this did not afftect our stay or our enjoyment of the property. We would definitely return to Casas de Suenos!

  • Liked — The private feel of the walled garden
  • Disliked — Vacant lot behind our room
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank Trina22
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Clearwater, Florida
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2007

En route to Pasadena, CA, my friend and I spent a recent Thursday evening at Casa de Suenos. We stayed in the Rose room, which, as management explained, is a more traditional motel style room than the other casitas, but it suited us just fine. There was ample space to spread out our luggage, an enormouse TV w/DVD player and the bathroom, though small, boasted a shower with great water pressure. We both enjoyed the "cooked to order" breakfast (the French toast was fantastic!) and the grounds are just gorgeous. Given the property's beauty, it's quite easy to see why it's a popular wedding venue. We also took advantage of the B&B's close proximity to Old Town and had ourselves a wonderful meal at the Church St. Cafe. The homemade sangria and corn chips were incredible!!

Now for the negatives: When we first arrived, it was evident that housekeeping had not finished cleaning our room. The swamp cooler (a variation on a traditional ac unit) had not been turned on and our room was stifling hot. We also discovered a used washcloth on the back of our bathroom door. Fortunately, management was quick to apologize for the washcloth oversight and removed it while we were at dinner. Later that evening, I was dismayed to discover a plastic wrapper amidst my bedsheets, although I ultimately found my queen-sized bed (the one closest to the bathroom) ultra-comfortable, Sadly, my friend didn't find her bed nearly as inviting - she described it as "sleeping in a bowl." And when we went to make coffee the following morning, one of our mugs was chipped and missing its handle. In the grand scheme of things, these are small nuisances, but had housekeeping been slightly better, it would elevated the entire experience from above average to excellent.

All in all, we were very pleased with our stay at Casas de Suenos primarily because of its location, landscaping, food and price. For a romantic retreat, I'd enjoy trying one of the other casitas, but the Rose is a good deal for two friends traveling together who are interested in something other than a Motel 6 or Econo Lodge.

  • Liked — Within easy walking distance to Old Town
  • Disliked — Housekeeping needed to pay more attention to detail
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank rdtriptaker
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Property: Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn
Address: 310 Rio Grande Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1477
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Albuquerque
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Albuquerque
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Walk through the gates of this secluded adobe style compound, and discover the magic of Casas de Suenos. Built in the 1930's and 1940's, Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn features 20 spacious casitas, hot tub suites, glowing fireplaces, soft adobe walls, hidden courtyards, inviting patios and beautiful gardens that accentuate our Historic Inn. Our cooked to order breakfast served in a sunny garden/artist studio will greet you in the morning. Our courtyard with gazebo is perfect for your next wedding, reception or retreat. Celebrating New Mexico Arts, History and Culture. ... more   less 
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