First, let me say that the personnel at this property and Casa del Oro (which seem to be one and the same) are fine, honest caring people, who treated us with respect. That said, I think it is important to know more about this city block of small casitas....
Three friends each wanting our own room, found this online, and after reading many reviews (which we later realized were mostly from 2 and 3 years ago) decided this was just what we wanted.
We should have known better, in that the price is just too good to be true. This is definitely the least expensive by more than $75 any other place in the downtown (Plaza) area. If you have ever stayed in anyplace slightly better than an older Motel 6 (the not well maintained ones), you will be
creeped out by these 'rooms'.
Driving down the street to find the office address, you feel as though you've come to the slummy area of the city. When you arrive at the office cottage, it looks as though it's an abandoned house with overgrown tumbleweed growing out front! We didn't get to go inside because it was after 6 pm when we arrived and had been told that our keys would be in a basket on the porch with our name and room number. They were. We first went to see a room (sorry, I forget the numbers) that was at the very back of a motel-ish looking building. It was the last door and even approaching it was creepy, but stepping inside to the overpowing mold smell made me know that my asthma would go into overdrive if I stayed even one night. I ran back to the car for some fresh air! We checked another of the rooms which wasn't quite as bad, but had been about $40 more cause it was bigger.
At this time, we realized we couldn't possibly stay here, so we went to a nearby restaurant where we got on our smartphones and found other (of course, more expensive) lodging.
I called the office manager and explained our asthma concern and she was quite nice and said she understood. We appreciated that very much. This property is in a great location and must have been quite nice sometime ago. The owners apparently are pricing it fairly, because they know it needs major renovating, but nowhere was that info made clear to us, so I am trying to give readers a real assessment of what they will get if booking here.
- Also Known As:
- Santa Fe Vacation Rentals Chapelle Street Casitas Hotel Santa Fe
- Santa Fe Casitas