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Historic Downtown Private, Hot tub; Winter/Spring dates available!

Bedrooms 1
Space 350 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-2)

Romantic, exquisite and only two blocks from Santa Fe Plaza (including Indian Market), 1/2 block from the Santa Fe Convention Center and one block north of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum! Tucked away in a charming historic downtown Santa Fe neighborhood is McKenzie House. Relax and enjoy Santa Fe at its finest. Just steps away from the Plaza and major attractions including Spanish Market, Indian Market and other world-class events, you can treat yourself in downtown Santa Fe. We are just 1/2 block from the Santa Fe convention center. The world famous Santa Fe Opera is easy access just 10 minute drive away. Ski Santa Fe is a short drive (or you can shuttle ) up the mountain (and great for Summer hiking!).

This very special, newly remodeled and private guest house is located in the heart of the historic and quiet McKenzie Street neighborhood. We are the closest residential home north of the Plaza! Better than a hotel and more space than a b and b, you have your own fully equipped 'casita' (little house) and central location to enjoy the many sights and activities of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.

Our comfortable and luxuriously relaxing cottage is freestanding and separate from our main home, both sanctioned historically significant structures by the City of Santa Fe. Our main home was built circa 1915, the casita was the original carriage house. McKenzie House is an intimate (approx. 350 sq. ft.) accomodation with every attention to detail.

Lovingly redesigned to include both old world charms and contemporary amenities, including a jacuzzi hottub, central a/c (as of Jume 2017!), flat-screen tv/dvd, full kitchen, washer/dryer, and kiva fireplace, even high speed wireless internet! Past guests have described our casita as 'peaceful', 'relaxing' and 'extremely convenient'. Many guests have commented, 'you have thought of everything!' (See more guest comments on the link below.)

Experience the excitement and charm of Santa Fe in the comforts of your own private neighborhood. Dine at your leisure in your contemporary kitchen or the numerous world class restaurants within easy walking distance, relax by the kiva fireplace or in your private outdoor hot tub and patio, and stroll to the many sights and adventures of the Santa Fe Plaza.

Take a short drive up the mountain to the Santa Fe ski area and magnificent hiking. Private parking (PLEASE NOTE: driveway/parking is suitable for passenger car (1). We cannot accommodate campers, trailers, moving vans or other over sized vehicles) , locking front gate and a beautiful southwestern garden are yours! So come, stay and relax.

We have equipped our casita with all the amenities that will make your stay comfortable and like home: a romantic kiva fireplace, adjustable ceiling fan for a cool breeze, big fluffy towels for your hot tub and shower, and specialty soaps and shampoos to pamper you. Comfortable bathrobes and a hairdryer are furnished so you can leave yours at home. Queen bedding is the most comfortable Sealy Posturepedic on an Asian inspired Sachi platform.

Our casita includes a new 32' flat panel screen with DVD for movies (many provided), as well as high speed wireless internet access.

We love Santa Fe and its rich culture, and you will be able to see this not only in the beautiful southwestern art and handicrafts with which we decorate our casita but also in your private garden and patio.

Our casita comes complete with all amenities including:

- your own private jacuzzi hot tub on a beautiful and private patio

- central air conditioning

- hearty and healthy continental breakfast items in your kitchen

- spa designed bath with walk in glass shower and plush towels

- bath products and hair dryer

- full kitchen including microwave, dishwasher, disposal, granite counter tops, professional range

- queen-size bed with organic linens, down comforter and pillows

- gas kiva fireplace in the living/sleeping area

- washer/dryer combination in bath

- 32' wall mount flat panel screen with built-in dvd; basic cable; some dvds provided

- cordless private telephone line with local access and answering machine

- many books and guides about Santa Fe and surrounding areas

- adjustable ceiling fan above the bed

- free wireles internet access on a secure network

- off street parking in private driveway

- Sony CD/AM/FM with IPOD dock stereo system

- bathrobes and slippers

- skylights

- maid service available upon request

Ideal for a single or couple (two is our maximum, sorry, no children or pets), this casita offers European comforts in a modern Santa Fe style. You are exactly one block north of the famed Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, one block west of the Community Convention Center and two blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza and the Lensic Theater Complex. Please note: This is a NO SMOKING property.

Upon check-in your casita includes a bountiful breakfast basket with fresh ground coffee, an assortment of teas, fresh-baked muffins, fruit, museli/granola and fresh squeezed orange juice. A written detailed guide will await you providing activities and suggestions for your stay, including fine restaurants within easy walking distance, and activities in town and surrounding communities. Choose McKenzie House for your next Santa Fe visit and enjoy!

Keywords: Guest House, Indian Market, Plaza, Opera, Folk Art, Spanish, Convention, Eldorado Hotel, Folk Art, Lensic Theatre, downtown, boutique

More Details

Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Cynthia

Cynthia has lived in northern New Mexico for over 20 years and is a museum professional who specializes in traveling exhibitions. She is also active in the Santa Fe arts community, past Chair of the Santa Fe Arts Commission and Art in Public Places committee. In her 'spare time' she enjoys traveling and gleaning more ideas for McKenzie House.She also plays tennis and hikes whenever she can!

Cynthia purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Cynthia chose Downtown

When Cynthia was looking to purchase a home in Santa Fe, her main objective was to buy a residence in downtown Santa Fe, and with a guesthouse that could be converted to a vacation rental. The downtown area of the city is uniquely special and offers so many possibilitites for visitors. In the fifteen years she has owned the property, she has remnodeled both the main house and the guesthouse with comfort and privacy in mind, and including a contemporary flair.

What makes this cottage unique

McKenzie House is located smack-dab in the middle of the city, in the historic Staab Street neighborhood. The famed Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is one block to the south; the Convention Center 1/2 block to the east. Endless shopping, restaurants and cultural sites are literally outside the door, so visitors to McKenzie House can park the car in their private driveway and walk to all the events and asssets of the downtown area, including Indian Market.Attending the Santa Fe Opera? It is just 10 minutes away and just to our north. The casita itself is private and extremely comfortable, including an outside hottub with a private deck, so after those long, enjoyable days in our the city, guests can retreat to their own freestanding, private casita and relax. What could be better!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful place! We loved the peace and quiet and total independence this casita offers... wonderful little cottage!
May 2004
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Downtown Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Euro-style glass enclosed shower with tile, above counter sink, washer/dryer combo
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) Brand new Sealy Pusturepedic
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • tennis
LOCATION!, Hot tub, Cordless Phone, Cable TV with flat panel/dvd, Ceiling fan, Bathrobes, breakfast items, free wireless internet access, original artworks, NO SMOKING PROPERTY


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(35 traveler reviews)

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Historic Downtown Private, Hot tub; Winter/Spring dates available!
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 56 reviews

Great little studio, very well appointed, convenient and well managed.

  • 5 of 5

Had an excellent stay here, the only surprises were how well appointed the place was, full of thoughtful and enjoyable touches. The property is very well maintained, check in and out were simple and quick and the instructions and suggestions provided clear and helpful. The effort put into making your stay excellent is really notable and, I suspect, very reliable. If you need a little place to stay, with parking, very near the Plaza, this should be at the top of your list.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a wonderful review! It was a pleasure to meet you and I hope you visit again soon.
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Taos, NM

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I knew the moment we walked into the courtyard we would love staying at McKenzie house. The ambiance and atmosphere reminded us of our travels staying at quaint European rooms with courtyards. It is also within walking distance to fabulous restaurants and the plaza.

Thank you David and Cindy for such a lovely and comfortable stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2007
  • Stayed: June 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just what we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to stay for a weekend getaway for 2.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Piedmont, CA

Cosy, cute and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Love this little gem. Everything you need, in a stylish and succinct package. No extra space, but for one person, ideal. I will be back! Cynthia was not in residence during my stay, so we didn't meet, but she was very responsive nevertheless.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly cozy in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Great property.... super comfortable and very well laid out , although it's small. Perfect for a couples get away.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wellington TX

Outstanding location, accommodations, and service!

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with the casita when we opened the gate! The owner has down a perfect job with the casita and appointments. Nothing has been forgotten. The casita is literally steps from the plaza area but maintains a wonderfully quiet place to stay. You are able to relax in the evening and awake to a perfectly quiet Santa Fe morning. The kitchen has everything you need plus extra. The breakfast basket is a great touch. The casita has been renovated with excellent taste. I definitely recommend and will be returning!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Marty Sanchez/ Las Campanas
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Too many to list!
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Car: not necessary

All major Museums (O'Keeffe Museum one block south), Convention Center (1/2 block east), SPANISH MARKET AND INDIAN MARKET just one block away!, New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, Art Galleries, Santa Fe Opera, Chamber Music Festival (Lensic Theater & St, Francis Auditorium/Museum of Art just 2 block away!), First Class Restaurants, Canyon Road, Indian Ruins, Massage, Downhill Skiing just a 15 minute drive up the mountain, Ten Thousand Waves & Other Health Spas




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $140
out cleaning $60
Tax Rate 15.43%

We offer a reduced weekly rate, depending on season:
OFF: $800
LOW: $950
MAY/SEPT: $980
HIGH: $1100.
plus $60 cleaning fee per rental (deducted from deposit).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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