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Reviewed April 13, 2009

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this casual, welcoming inn. The innkeepers were friendly and unfailingly helpful. The common room was a lovely place to sit and relax and read or chat with other guests. Breakfasts were delicious and generous, and we particularly appreciated the availability of tea, coffee, and yummy homebaked treats for a late afternoon snack as well as the early evening wine and hors d'oeuvres. The inn is on a lovely quiet street and only a short walk to downtown Santa Fe.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Hacienda Nicholas during a vacation to Santa Fe. We'd only stayed at a b&b once before, but were reluctant to do so again because our first experience was in a stuffy place that expected guests to be seated for a served breakfast at 7:30 AM. The Hacienda Nicholas was perfect, though, and I'm now open to B&Bs again - and I'll definitely stay at the Hacienda the next time I'm in Santa Fe.

The inn is located a few blocks from the Santa Fe plaza, on a very quiet street. We stayed in the smallest room (the Sage) right off of the main living/dining area, but because of the double doors could not hear a peep from other guests even when about 10 of them were having breakfast. Although snug (which we knew from the website), the room was comfortable, clean and nicely lit with natural skylights. The bed was among the most comfortable I've ever slept in.

The host served wine and snacks every evening, and a great breakfast from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. I appreciated her restaurant recommendations and the fire cracking in the fireplace.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2009

We stayed at the Madeleine Inn (part of the Hacienda Nicholas compound) after locating it on the internet. The primary search was for a green bed and breakfast. Much to our delight we found one which also looked very appealing. Everything was excellent from the first phone contact to our departure-the staff and owner were incredibly personable and accommodating. We stayed in the Violet cottage which was wonderful with a very comfortable king bed, operational fireplace with lots of wood, window seat/bed, and appealing decor. The green features were terrific - we felt good about our choice and their philosophy. Excellent freshly cooked baked goods, snacks, and beverages were available at all times. In the late afternoon, we were able to enjoy appetizsers and wine. The morning breakfast was fantastic! It consisted of fruit, juice, coffee and tea, special toast, fresh baked bakery, and a fine entree. The owner was there to visit with her guests and discuss anything we liked-in our case it was about her green philosophy and facility. She walks the talk with Emerald Earth cleaning products; bulk shampoo, condiditoner, lotion, and soap; grey water for the garden; low flow fixtures; rapid dry eco towels, etc. We were not able to take advantage of the spa but were told it was excellent. The location was a mere four or five blocks from the main plaza - perfect.
We very much enjoyed the visit and will return anytime we are in Santa Fe.

  • Stayed: March 2009
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Thank KatieMilwaukee
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Reviewed March 15, 2009

Hacienda Nicholas was a wonderful, romantic and charming Southwest experience. From the moment you walk in, there is the smell of the fire in the fire place, snacks and a warm greeting from one of the wonderful women. The hospitality was warm and friendly- felt right at home. The food was spectacular- from cookies to the fantastic New Mexican breakfast. Not to mention wonderful coffee.The Sunflower room was absolutely romantic. Clean and perfectly Santa Fe. Its an easy stroll to town for dinner and shopping which was nice. And heading up Canyon Rd. to the Art Galleries was a 5 minutes walk. There are so many nice places to stay in Santa Fe. If you want a quiet, private, romantic experience I would recommend the Hacienda Nicholas. I love having a cocktail and visiting the big hotels in town- but I'd rather wind down by our own fire place and (in this case) wake up to the snow falling into the court yard right outside our room.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2009

We stayed at Nicholas after reading the rave reviews at Trip Advisor. I suppose we had the normal trepidation when staying at a new place, but it was quickly dispelled when we arrived. The reviews were spot on.

The Hacienda itself is an adobe structure with 4 rooms inside the main building and 3 external casitas. We stayed in Sunflower - spacious and comfortable, with one of the better mattresses I've ever slept on away from home. The Hacienda is green, very focused on minimizing environmental impact and conserving water - not unusual in Santa Fe.

The main area consists of a spacious seating area before a large fireplace - usually in use during the colder months - separate dining tables and a connected kitchen area, where the staff prepares marvelous breakfasts, included with the room, and hors d'oeuvres served at 5 every day with a glass of wine. The Hacienda is comfortable and cozy more than luxurious, not what you'll want if you're insistent on 5 star hotels, but the small quirks - and there are a few - are much more endearing than annoying.

The location is superb - a 3 minute walk to Canyon Road and the galleries, and at most a 5 minute walk to the Plaza. It's also conveniently close to a number of restaurants along Marcy and Washington Streets, if you prefer to stay closer to home. There's ample parking in front of and behind the hacienda, which is within a half block of Paseo de Peralta, providing easy access either to the Taos road and the north, or to Albuquerque on I-25.

But its the people who really stand out. Carolyn Lee, the owner, is dedicated to her guests' comfort. She'll respond to a problem in the middle of the night, and is very much in evidence at breakfast and at the end of the day, making sure their needs are attended to. The Hacienda is staffed by inn-keepers who are on duty from 7:30 in the morning until 8 at night - gifted cooks, and friendly and knowledgeable sources of information about Santa Fe and the nearby national parks.

And the guests seem to reflect their character - interesting and informed people who enjoy sitting around and talking about everything or nothing. During our visit, we spent time with other guests from across the country, with a diversity of interests and opinions, often staying at the breakfast table till mid-morning because we didn't want to break off the conversation. The Hacienda exudes informality and companionability - guests automatically introduce themselves to new arrivals, and bring them into the conversations at the communal table. But no-one forces this on you. If you prefer solitude, that will be respected.

So, if we sound enthusiastic - well, we were. We've stayed at many hotels and B&Bs of all kinds in the US and abroad, and this ranks with the best of them. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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