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- Wheel chair accessible:No
Guadalupe house description
'El Nido' at La Casa Santa Fe. Make your stay in Santa Fe special by staying in the historic José D Sena House, within walking distance of the renowned Plaza and of the Sanbusco Center and Railyard Park District. 'Walk Score' of 92, a 'Walker's Paradise.' See our homepage at www.lacasasantafe.com for information about local food, museums, art, outdoor activities, and more. The Holidays are coming, and we have a link to information about special Santa Fe Chanukah and Christmas season events.
Here in the historic Guadalupe district, you will be near the Plaza, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Sanbusco Center, the Rail yard Park, and the Santa Fe River, as well as half a dozen museums.
This is a neighborhood where families with generational Santa Fe roots mingle with newer folks who have come to love the traditional Southwestern hospitality. 'El Nido' is an efficiency apartment located in the front part of an adobe house once owned by Civil War Major José D Sena. Local legend says he lost the property and the adjoining corn fields as a gambling debt. However that may be, various parts of this multi-roomed building have served as residence and as stables. You will be staying in rooms with 12 ft ceilings, in which you can still see bits of the adobe that originally served for the roof. But never fear, there are modern touches such as electricity and indoor plumbing!
Thick adobe walls provide insulation, and high ceilings with hand-hewn vigas and boards are some of the authentic historical features. Off-street parking near your door makes it easy to lug home your finds from shopping expeditions. A high-speed internet connection is available in case you have an urge to surf the web or, alas, have to attend to business.
You will find a queen size bed with a cozy comforter and a bank of pillows, to sleep two.
Your kitchen is outfitted with everything you need to prepare intimate meals, including recipe books featuring New Mexico home cooking recipes and a rack of basic spices. Complimentary reverse osmosis water lets you brew that perfect cup of morning coffee; we’ll give you some ground Starbucks to get you started. If you need some particular kitchen gadget give us a ring ... we can probably lend you one. Then let the dishwasher do the clean up while you relax.
A full bath followed by hefty cotton towels and a hair dryer will perk you up for a night on the town, but if you want to cozy up 'en casa,' look through the bookshelves and choose from our selection of guidebooks, novels, and historical materials with a New Mexico theme.
Sure, it's an easy walk to the famous Plaza. But look at what else there is, within a 10 minute walk of La Casa Santa Fe! Here’s a small sample of the neighborhood:
Let’s eat! Walk over and pick up fresh and prepared organic food at The Marketplace/La Montanita Co-op: 5 blocks (or drive a few more blocks to Trader Joe’s, Wild Oats, or Whole Foods). The summertime Farmers' Market is open Tuesday and Saturday mornings, we can show you how to take a walking route to shortcut through the neighborhood: also about 5 blocks.
On those days you want somebody else to do the cooking (and we all have those) at least two dozen restaurants are a stroll away, most moderately priced. For example, there's New Mexican, barbecue, Japanese, American, Continental, Thai, pizza, and mid-eastern. Look in the La Casa Santa Fe guestbook for sample menus from many of them so you can figure out where you want to go while you work up an appetite.
Maybe you're up for some unique shopping opportunities? The Guadalupe District is full of arts, crafts, quirky independent shops, antiques, and even some familiar chains. Sanbusco Center (three blocks away) has an eclectic collection of shops and four restaurants. There are also some wonderful nearby consignment shops, with clothing, jewelry, furniture, and more.
Or walk to a variety of museums . . . between the art galleries and the historical buildings, half the town looks like a museum. But seven actual museums within a ten minute walk are: The Santuario de Guadalupe, Site Santa Fe, the Georgia O'Keeffe, the Museo Cultural, the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Bus connections to four more museums on Museum Hill are two blocks away.
When you're in New Mexico, get outdoors! This might be our favorite topic. Nearby, Hyde Park and the Santa Fe National Forest are a cool 12 miles and 3,000 feet up. Petroglyph National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, and Pecos National Monument are all within an hour's drive. We are happy to share with you our knowledge from over 40 years of traipsing around New Mexico, from day hikes to car camping to multi-day backpacks, from X-C skiing to downhill dashes, with rafting and a little rock climbing thrown in, along with some bird watching and mushroom hunting. Just let us know what interests you.
Give us a call or send e-mail if you have questions. We live around the corner from the property, and we're looking forward to meeting you!
Please note: La Casa Santa Fe offers a smoke-free environment, so we trust you will respect this policy and only smoke outdoors.
Keywords: Historic house, residential district, walk score 92, downtown
- Vacation Rental
- Alternative Lifestyle
Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2
- Queen size Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Linens Provided:
- Parking Off Street
- This studio apartment has 362 sq ft of relaxing living space.
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Car Not Necessary
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Fitness Center
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
My sister and I stayed in El Nido at La Casa Santa Fe for five nights in April 2013. We highly recommend it. Linda's hospitality is fantastic. She's thought of everything to make you feel welcome and ensure you enjoy your stay. The house itself has a fascinating history, being one of the original adobe buildings in the area. It is also very comfortable, with high ceilings and attractive decor. It has everything you need including a full kitchen with oven, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. It is located on a quiet street but is an easy five minute walk from the plaza, farmer's market and shops. We could not have been happier with our stay. Highly recommended!
- Guest HM (Houston, TX)
- Date of stay 04/19/13
- Review Submitted 04/26/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
El Nido was a great place to stay, we stayed the week between Christmas Eve and New Years. It was clean, quiet and comfy. We walked to all the downtown Santa Fe attractions including those around the plaza as well as the Canyon Road arts districts. Our hosts were wonderfully accommodating and responsive to our requests. The Christmas Eve Canyon Road walk was quite spectacular. All decorated up with luminarios and farolitos. We attended multilingual (English & Spanish) Christmas Eve services with a priest of Vietnamese extraction at the nearby Santuario de Guadalupe, located a couple of blocks away. Canyon Road has many many galleries and extends for over a mile. It is about 0.9 miles from El Nido. There are many museums and other buildings to visit downtown. Also don't miss the free tour of the State Capitol. It has a very extensive art collection! In the area we recommend Tent Rocks and Bandelier National Monuments, the museums at Los Alamos, hot springs at Ojo Caliente, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos, and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). A great trip and a great place to stay!
- Guest GN (Golden, CO)
- Date of stay 12/24/12
- Review Submitted 01/02/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway.
A great alternative to the touristy Santa Fe hotel/motel experience is El Nido. Upon recommendation from my sister, I stayed there for 4 nights in September. It is located in a quiet neighborhood of historic adobe homes, but within a few minutes walk of many attractions in town. Accent is on quiet - I am sensitive to noise and always bring earplugs when I travel, but they are not needed here - I barely heard a sound at night. Was quite comfortable there as a single person and the apartment would also be suitable for a couple on similar schedules. I did not cook there much due to the number of great restaurants in the proximity, but the kitchen is very well equipped - even includes a grinder for coffee beans. There is a lot of shopping and several grocery stores nearby, and don't miss the Farmers Market in the Railyard on Saturdays that is minutes away. Linda keeps the place well stocked with guide books and other fascinating reading if you have time for that, and she is a wealth of information about the area.
- Guest KC (San Francisco, CA)
- Date of stay 09/13/12
- Review Submitted 09/21/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Lovely place in a great location
Lovely place in a great location
We stayed in El Nido for 5 nights. We were very happy with it. Comfortable bed, everything we needed in the kitchen, warm decor. We really liked the location - a short walk to the Cowgirl (one of our favorites) and to the Plaza. Yet, we really felt like we were in a "locals only" neighborhood. I loved being able to run through a historic neighborhood and then through the Railyard, with little traffic. Overall, a very comfortable, relaxing stay. Linda was out of town, but her tenant (and El Nido's next-door neighbor) took care of everything for us. I would definitely recommend this place!
- Guest Cheri (Portland, OR)
- Date of stay 09/03/12
- Review Submitted 09/12/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car, age 55+, romantic getaway.
Great Santa Fe Charm
Great Santa Fe Charm
We just spent 5 nights at El Nido and found it to be the perfect Santa Fe experience and was as represented. Full disclosure, we lived in NM for four years until 2008 and this was our first visit back to the great state. El Nido is part of a historic Adobe home located within walking distance of the downtown plaza and is the perfect Santa Fe "stay" experience. Everything you need to make you feel at home is available; a full kitchen, full bath (tub included), ample closet space and a comfortable bed are all complimented by the true sense of Santa Fe community shared with each guest. The unit is very clean and allowed us the flexiblity to enjoy a leisurely morning coffee or a quite late night snack. If you are looking for a relaxed, comfortable visit to Santa Fe we highly recommend El Nido.
- Guest TT&A (San Jose, CA)
- Date of stay 11/22/11
- Review Submitted 12/07/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, people with disabilities, age 55+, romantic getaway.
Had a perfect stay!Guest comment entered by owner
Had a perfect stay!
Linda, our stay here has been perfect! It is such a great place to walk a dog, too! And the best of Santa Fe is just blocks away! Mac and I walked to the Sunflower store thru the neighborhood with no problem. Everything is so convenient. We have done Santa Fe, Taos, Taos Pueblo, Los Alamos and Bandelier. Loved it all. I will tell my friends about El Nido.
- Guest Ellen
- Date of stay 11/17/11
- Review Submitted 11/23/11
Love This Place!
Love This Place!
El Nido is a charming, adobe studio apartment -- owner/hostess Linda delightful and eager to help. A better location, I can't imagine. I walked Santa Fe for four days, many miles a day, all from La Casa Santa Fe! Situated in the colorful, historic Guadalupe district, El Nido is cozy, well appointed, and VERY quiet (a must for me!). All in all, a perfect vacay -- I love Santa Fe anyway and I now have even more reason to hurry back! Thanks so much Linda!
- Guest Liz (Sun City, AZ)
- Date of stay 08/25/11
- Review Submitted 09/09/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, people with disabilities, tourists without a car, age 55+, romantic getaway.
simple, great. Linda was really accommodating and we had a great time!!
- Guest Lisa J. (austin)
- Date of stay 09/01/11
- Review Submitted 09/06/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car, age 55+, pet owners, families with young children.
Love New Mexico
Love New Mexico
We had a delightful week in Santa Fe. This cozy little rental was ideal for the two of us. Convenient to everything. We did the museums, day trips to Taos and Bandelier, breakfast at the Tesuque Village Market, a lovely sunset respite wading in the Rio Grande. We even did the flea market and some yard sales. Did our hearts and minds good. Highly recommend. Linda was very helpful and fun. Home was clean and bright.
- Guest Maria (Mayfield, KY)
- Date of stay 06/21/11
- Review Submitted 07/01/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+, romantic getaway.
Great place to stay in a great location
Great place to stay in a great location
We loved our stay at El Nido. It is in a perfect location in a quiet neighborhood that is only a short walk from the hubbub of the plaza and many other sites. El Nido was spotlessly clean, with a well equipped kitchen. The patio out front was perfect for relaxing after a day at the museums. Also a great location to use as a base for walks at Bandelier National Monument and other nearby areas. Linda could not have been more helpful. We especially appreciated all of the books on local walks/hikes and history. We'll definitely be back.
- Guest Two from San Francisco (San Francisco)
- Date of stay 05/14/11
- Review Submitted 05/24/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car.
$74-$95/night for 1-2 persons, 4 night minimum; 8.1875% tax is additional. Visit our website www.lacasasantafe.com for rates beyond four nights. Long-term guests receive fresh linens weekly, and may request a thorough cleaning for $40/occasion. (Doggie visitors, please add $5/day and $40 cleaning fee.) Check or money order preferred; details on our website. Refunds are not available, but dates may be changed and/or deposit may be transferred to others. Rent El Nido and El Primero (VRBO #141822) on the same dates, get a 15% discount on El Nido. Short term rental license #11-00104057
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Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: We are 'outdoor nuts' who find something to do outdoors no matter the season ... although things don't always turn out just as planned! Our fondness for good food can take us on excursions closer to home ... there are literally dozens of restaurants within walking distance of our home and El Nido. Or we can stretch our legs with a stroll to the Plaza and museums, or to the Lensic Performing Arts space. Our kitties like the outdoors, too, but we have them confined to our back yard.
Why the Owner Chose Guadalupe:
We have lived in this area for over 30 years, and enjoy the neighborhood mix of families descended from the early settlers and newcomers who have adopted Santa Fefor their hometown. Since our vacation rentals are next door, now we get to meet people from all over the world!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our guests tell us they feel like they are staying in a real home. And they are right, this house has been home for local folks for over 130 years. Ask us about Great Grandmother Montoya ... and her canary mausoleum! If you want to be able to tell your friends you vacationed in a 130 year old house made out of dirt (adobe) this is the place.
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Your fully-equipped galley kitchen.
The hand-hewn antique vigas and boards
The TV unit, crafted in Mexico
Sanbusco shopping center - three blocks away.
Part of our long, old adobe home.
We often go to the Pecos Wilderness for hikes.
Walk over to the State Capitol building to see art, including sculptures.
Much of the art on the Capitol grounds has a Native American theme.
Lake Katherine from Santa Fe Baldy
Southwestern colors and comfort in your Queen-size bed
Dining in at the leather-topped table.
Our neighbor across the street is a woodcarver.
We love to watch the seasons change on the mountains.
La Virgen de Guadalupe
The Capitol has art displayed both outside and inside.
The State Capitol, AKA "The Roundhouse," is shaped as a Zia sun sign.
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