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Reviewed December 25, 2013

The Hacienda Nicholas comprises several buildings, including the "Alexander's Inn" cottages, located a few blocks away. We stayed in one of the latter, a self-contained unit with living room, kitchen, bathroom, and loft bedroom. It was very charming, though the narrow spiral stair giving access to the loft required some care to negotiate and would not be easy of access for people who are not reasonably slender. We were informed when booking that people over six feet tall had slept comfortably in the loft, but it was easy for people well under six feet to bump their heads on the low beams. And anyone requiring access to the bathroom during the night necessarily had to use the spiral stair. The kitchen was pretty well equipped, making housekeeping quite possible for those wishing to prepare their own food and drink. However, a good breakfast is offered daily in the Hacienda Nicholas building. The proprietor of the inn is a very friendly and helpful lady who goes out of her way to help guests with any difficulty that might arise. At the time of our visit, however, she had an irrepressible and playful six-month old dog that, despite her usually being swift to call him off, was more than once all over us when we tried to enter or leave our cottage. As we're unecstatic about dogs, this was a bit of a nuisance. On the other hand, dog lovers would probably find this an attractive feature.
Alexander's Inn is a little way up a dirt road with a significant layer of frozen snow and ice that didn't melt throughout our four-day stay, although the snow on the nearby road swiftly disappeared. Overall, a very pleasant stay in a charming and well-equipped accommodation.

Room Tip: The only accommodation we saw was the one described. It was fine, with the qualifications noted above. To be fair, when we booked by telephone, we were advised about the spiral stair and loft bedroom from the start.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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carolyninnkeeper, Manager at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2013

Thank you very much for writing such a thorough and comprehensive review of your stay in The Cottage, one of our off-site vacation rentals. It offers a desirable blend of B&B with Vacation Rental - I am happy to know you found it a pleasant and well-equipped little house.

As for the spiral stairs, while they are more narrow than traditional stairs, there have been no problems whatsoever with their dimensions in the 24 years we have been renting out The Cottage. Clearly this house is not suitable for guests with any mobility issues, and we go to great lengths to ensure that we do not rent the house out to anyone who would have a difficult time with spiral stairs.

I apologize for the nuisance of our now seven-month old yellow lab, who did greet you with great enthusiasm on a couple of occasions during your stay. While he is rarely in the yard on his own (our most recent Cottage guests expressed their disappointment that they only saw Brady once during their 4 days), I too advise that if a guest does not want to risk any interaction with a dog, let alone a puppy, they would be better off in one of the other three vacation rentals. We will be sure to make all potential guests aware of his presence. As you point out, some guests are absolutely thrilled to meet Brady, though this is inevitably not a universal feeling.

Regarding the lane behind the Cottage, as we had bone chilling cold temperatures during your stay, and as the road does not get a lot of sun, it tends to hold the snow and ice. We do clear all snow from the paths and parking lots so there is no snow or ice to worry about on the property, but some of the shady streets and walkways of Santa Fe do remain snowy/icy long after the sunny streets are clear.

I appreciate that you wrote such a comprehensive review of your experience so that others may be well-informed when booking their own rooms or casitas. It is good to know that you enjoyed your stay, despite the qualifications mentioned. We shall hope to enjoy your company again in the future, though perhaps you would be even happier in one of our other accommodations.

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Reviewed December 17, 2013

We had a great long weekend getaway at the Hacienda Nicholas. From the welcoming staff, to the yummy food, to the beautiful room and large bathroom we truly felt at home. The location is perfect! So close to the Plaza and to Canyon Road, we walked for most of our trip!

We will definitely return. Thanks to all the staff for being so helpful and offering suggestions!

Room Tip: Sunflower room was quite spacious!
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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carolyninnkeeper, Owner at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2013

Thank you very much for writing of your pleasant experience in The Sunflower Room of Hacienda Nicholas - I too love the spaciousness, kiva fireplace and viga beams, along with the quiet and private nature of the room. We are all delighted to know you enjoyed the warmth and assistance you received, as well as the breakfasts and our convenient location. Many guests find they don't need their cars at all while staying at the Hacienda, which is a nice change from daily life. Thank you again.

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Reviewed December 17, 2013

Cold and snowy outside and warm and welcoming in. We have stayed in various hotels and B&B's in Santa Fe. This is our favorite. We don't stay in the main building; we stay in one of the rooms across the courtyard. It is very private and roomy with a small sitting room next to the bedroom. Location is perfect, close to the Plaza, shopping and restaurants. The staff is friendly and helpful, other guests pleasant and breakfast very good. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank MollyEP
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carolyninnkeeper, Owner at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

There are a good many wonderful hotels and B&B's in Santa Fe, so it is especially wonderful to read that we are now your favorite. Those private courtyard suites are ideal for guests who love the ambiance of the B&B but also want more privacy. Thank you for writing, and thank you for your most favorable comments on the location, staff and breakfast. We look forward to enjoying your company once again in the not-too-distant future.

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Reviewed December 7, 2013

We stayed at the Hacienda Nicholas in the Wisteria Room for the first leg of our journey to Prescott, AZ George took our reservation and he was pleasant and informative. Serge is the Innkeeper and chef for the breakfast. Each day the breakfast was wonderful and had the flavor of Santa Fe, NM. Serge was also helpful in answering all of our questions.
The Wisteria Room is nice with 2 chairs and a very comfortable bed. It is a narrow room, so if you want a little more space consider one of the other rooms. We had our Golden Retriever with us and his kennel. He takes up some space!! The lobby area is comfortable and cozy for reading or talking with other guests. While there we booked our return trip through Santa Fe for the Cottonwood Room.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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carolyninnkeeper, Owner at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2013

It is so heart-warming to read of your enjoyment of Hacienda Nicholas, and that you had such positive interactions with George and Serge. They are both terrific people and stellar employees, with vast knowledge of Santa Fe. Both are terrific chefs as well - so glad you enjoyed the southwestern flair of our breakfasts. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you at breakfast this morning on your return trip from Prescott, and hope you made it home safe and sound through the morning snow.

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

We rented Casa Pinon for the Thanksgiving weekend and just fell in love with it! It is a delightful little house and very well appointed--we were able to make the turkey and all the fixings in the sweet little kitchen. The main rooms are so comfortable, the beds are simply WONDERFUL and the location was fabulous. We checked in late very at night and had no problems--due entirely to the great instructions sent to us via email, text and followed-up by phone call. Carolyn, one of the innkeepers, was so nice--coming out to help us with a very minor internet problem on THANKSGIVING! (Turned out it was our problem, not theirs). I cannot recommend Casa Pinon enough--we LOVED it! In fact, we loved it so much, we're already planning a trip back in the late Spring with visions of enjoying the outdoor deck while watching the beautiful sunsets over the mountains with a nice glass of wine! Mmm...missing Casa Pinion already!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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carolyninnkeeper, Owner at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

How wonderful that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend at the Casa Pinon. Having lived there with my family for many years, I have very fond memories of the house, and look forward to living there again one day. It is good to know that the kitchen had all you needed to make your Thanksgiving feast, and that you so enjoyed the house and location. I am glad that the internet problem was such a simple matter so everyone could enjoy their Thanksgiving. We look forward to your return visit when you will be able to enjoy the outdoors and the wonderful sunset views from Casa Pinon.

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