I have been staying in various establishments in Santa Fe for over 20 years, ranging from the luxury hotels to the cheap chains on Cerrillos, and in the past two years I have discovered a great, inexpensive place just a few blocks from the plaza called Chapelle Street Casitas and the Casa del Toro. As best I can tell, these are essentially the same entity spread around a nice little neighborhood about four blocks from the plaza. I've stayed in four different accommodations there and all have been excellent. They are not luxurious and don't pretend to be. They are comfortable units, each a little different, which contributes to my pleasant sense of anticipation when I'm enroute. I have never been disappointed. The little individual idiosyncrasies of each unit are usually amusing to me rather than annoying and I much prefer the unknown to a standard, boring hotel room. Our first visit to this establishment was when my husband and I were on our way to work on the Navajo Indian Reservation in 2003 and didn't have much money. When I called to make our reservation, Bruce and I talked about what we were about to do and he ended up giving us his nicest room at a substantial discount, saying "You're contributing, so I'll contribute." This, of course, promoted our loyalty and we've been back several times. Our last visit we stayed in their newest casita, room #9, which was a charming, light filled two room casita with a private walled in patio complete with our own hot tub. I love the informal, friendly ambience and the proximity to downtown. If anyone can tell me a better place for the money near the plaza, I'd like to hear about it!
- Also Known As:
- Santa Fe Vacation Rentals Chapelle Street Casitas Hotel Santa Fe
- Santa Fe Casitas