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Downtown historic house, close to museums, restaurants, shopping; WiFi, Dish TV

Bedrooms Studio
Space 362 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

(pet owners, please see note at the end*)

"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.'

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.

Doggie guests are welcome.

Keywords: Historic house, residential district, walk score 92, downtown, gay friendly

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Linda

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.

Linda purchased this house in 2006

Why Linda chose Downtown

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 Fe for their hometown. Since our vacation rentals are next door, now we get to meet people from all over the world!

What makes this house unique

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 Great Grandmother Montoya ... and her canary mausoleum! If you want to be able to tell your friends you vacationed in a 135 year old house made out of dirt (adobe) this is the place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Nov 2011
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Downtown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 362 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • If you must cancel, we will save 100% of your deposit for your use at a later date, or you can transfer it to friends or relatives.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full size tub, with shower head.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
This studio apartment has 362 sq ft of relaxing living space. We live in the other side of the house, and are glad to offer suggestions to make your Santa Fe visit great! Short-term rental license: #15-00130950


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Downtown historic house, close to museums, restaurants, shopping; WiFi, Dish TV
average rating of 4.827586 based on 63 reviews

Relaxing Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Quiet relaxing room with tons of charm! Very convenient to the historic downtown and restaurants. Will definitely return for another stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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It was cozy. Small studio but had everything I needed.

  • 4 of 5

Close to everything near Plaza, Railyard, De Vargas and Historic Guadalupe Neighborhood. The Casita was well equipped and I settled in right away. My host Linda was attentive and welcoming and filled me in on everything. My only wish was I would have liked an enclosed court yard or patio as my pup could have been off leash to gad about. Parking area for residence was not very attractive but neighbors for most part were very friendly. I was close to green space and River area to take dog for her walks. The City is great for supplying doggie Poop bags to pick up that. Very dog oriented, Pup never met so many dogs before. ...Casita is in Old building so don't use coffee maker and microwave at same time with a kitchen light on or with the TV on. Read yellow instruction sheet thoroughly to know how to reset circuit breaker. The Sun/Moon terracotta on wall is a hint! Look behind it. I also loved the steamy shower head with control lever to save water usage. Was nice! ... All and all I had a great stay in town and hated to leave. It was perfect for me. All good trips come to an end! Thanks Linda ... We loved it! I'll be sure to come back again and will share with others too. I appreciate all you offered and did for me. I hope I was a good guest too. Best always, Dorothy

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cozy little casita, our second time staying in this place, will defentely return

  • 5 of 5

casita was organized and clean, had every thing we needed and some. The only thing

I would recommend is that the shower head in shower be changed out.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was good to see you again! I checked the shower head -- it is designed to have a temporary shut-off so one can save water. I noticed that valve was partially closed, so not as much water as possible would come out. Perhaps that was what made it not so good for you? We need to have shower shut-offs to help with Santa Fe's water-saving programs.
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Perfect spot, and so convenient

  • 5 of 5

El Nido was the perfect spot for my one-month stay in Santa Fe. It had everything I needed, including a well-stocked kitchen and fast internet. And it's so close to shops and restaurants, as well as grocery stores and other more mundane (but necessary!) amenities. Camino Real, a historic trail, is also nearby and a great place for walks and runs. I had a lovely time; I miss it already!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, cozy, perfect as a home base in our visit to Santa Fe!

  • 4 of 5

Well equipped kitchen (including a dishwasher!), easy walking distance to most of Santa Fe. The bed was too soft for our taste but otherwise all was great!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property was great! Comfortable, clean, cozy, convenient!

  • 5 of 5

Linda was a magnificent host(ess), greeting me upon my arrival and assuring I knew about and was comfortable with the idiosyncracies of her lovely 1800s "dirt"/ adobe home. I have stayed many times in many different accommodations in Santa Fe, and this is perhaps my favorite over the years!

Close (easy walking distance!) to the Plaza, it was a pleasure to be a guest, and I'll undoubtedly return. I'd have booked my next trip before leaving, but not sure of dates. Soon, for certain!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Car: not necessary

Please enjoy the library shelves, stocked with books and maps of local interest. Learn about the local history or arts, enjoy the Tony Hillerman mysteries, peruse the cookbooks to cook something with New Mexico flavor. The Santa Fe Opera is a 15 minute drive away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

Call before booking for CURRENT SPECIALS 505-231-6670. Nights beyond 7 may be available at reduced rates; 3 night stay may be available; monthly stays, no tax. Doggies welcome. Our homepage has links to nearby restaurants, museums, shopping, etc. Non-refundable reservation of 50% can be transferred to other dates or to friends or relatives. Prefer payment by check. Guests receive clean linens on a weekly basis. Short Term Rental License: 18-00148406

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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