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Perfect Old Town Location with New Mexico Charm

(24 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

La Perla is the perfect place to stay for enjoying Old Town and the numerous activities nearby. This private adobe casita/guesthouse in Albuquerque's historic Old Town neighborhood welcomes vacationers, families, and business travelers alike. Lovingly restored after years of neglect, this Old Town property is convenient to restaurants, museums, galleries and shopping. Guests frequently have described La Perla as a home away from home with both Southwest charm and modern conveniences.

The 1 bedroom casita sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children with a queen-size bed in bedroom and double sleeper sofa in the living room. Enjoy the lovely courtyard during these warm weather months or sipping your favorite glass of wine or reading a book in front of the living room's inviting gas kiva fireplace with full banco. Brick floors and slightly vaulted ceiling, along with dining table and comfortable sofa and chairs, complete the living room's ambience.
We hope you'll join our family of delighted La Perla guests who come back over and over.
The bedroom has a queen-sized plush mattress, dresser and closet with a shower bath just off the bedroom and a courtyard entrance. The kitchen is fully furnished and includes coffeemaker, microwave and washer/dryer. For stays of more than 2 weeks, maid service is provided every other week. Both living room and bedroom have courtyard access - a pleasant place to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, entertain guests, or just hang out in the warm weather months.

PLEASE NOTE: Starting September 2015, La Perla will make the front bungalow available on a limited basis. Contact us for more information

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Member since: 2005

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Air Conditioning (evaporative), Convenient driveway Parking


  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Racquetball
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Evaporative cooling...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace:

    Kiva fireplace with banco...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Red brick floor, slightly vaulted ceiling, gas fireplace, wicker chairs, sofa that converts to double sleeper, and dining table for 4....moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All the basics are supplied...moreless

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:


  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Public rentals available just around the corner....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Courtyard shared with front unit, especially lovely in Spring and Fall. Small private patio off kitchen....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 5
from 24 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Balloon Fiesta
Oct 6 - Oct 16, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,400 $2,400
Nov 22 - Nov 27, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,000 $2,200
Xmas & New Year
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
4 night min stay
$1,100 $2,200
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$900 $2,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Tax Rate 12%


NIGHTLY STAYS: 2-nite stays accepted up to 2 weeks prior to arrival; 3-night stays accepted up to 45 days prior.

PET GUESTS: Up to 2 Dogs are welcome with prior approval. Must be sociable as they are sharing the courtyard with our young Labrador.

STAYS of 28+ days are not required by New Mexico State law to pay taxes.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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9 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albuquerque Sunport
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Univ. of NM
2 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak & Railrunner to Santa Fe
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Lots of walkable restaurants in and near Old Town
12 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sandia Peak tram to day ski area

Car: Not Necessary

Yoga studios nearby. Happy to recommend if asked.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: Rob Rispoli and Phyllis Harper-Rispoli are the proud owners of La Perla in Old Town. Having traveled a great deal ourselves, we know how important the little things can be and take delight in providing a "home away from home" for our visitors from around the U.S. and the world. Phyllis, with years of experience in career development, has assisted numerous men and women on how to improve their careers or find new passions. Her experience with people and her dedication to their needs can be seen in the care and consideration she provides to each person that stays at La Perla. Rob has spent decades provide real estate services to families throughout the U.S. He still maintain a mortgage lending company but more often than not you will find him in the courtyard working on the flowers and pond that make the courtyard a quiet peaceful place to 'hang out'. As only the third owners in a hundred years our obligation is to watch over and manage this beautiful historic property for others to enjoy...Rob and Phyllis

Why the Owner Chose Plaza Vieja, Albuquerque, NM, USA:
We moved a great deal and while Tempe, Arizona was our base we lived in Palo Alto, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Durango, CO, Greenville, SC AND Albuquerque. As Tempe and the Phoenix area grew, we decided it was the right time to relocate to a smaller city and a less stressful lifestyle. One day, while on a business trip to Albuquerque, Rob noticed a for sale sign being pounded into the ground in front of a just-renovated Old Town property. He stopped, greeted the owner, went inside, called Phyllis and the rest as they say is history! We love our property and want you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as we do everyday when we greet the day. Come stay with us and enjoy the very best of our town in old town...!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
La Perla is located in the heart of Old Town. We are close to parks, museums and great shopping. We are a block from the beautiful plaza which has restaurants, art galleries, and authentic Native-American jewelry. We are on the main bus grid and you can be downtown with access to the 'Railrunner' to Santa Fe in eight minutes. We have great local dining and lots of music venues in the summer. We are one mile from the Bio-Park and so much more. Park your car and walk, enjoy the great views, the great weather, and tne wonderful atmosphere of old town! (We do, everyday)

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Welcome o Bienvenido to La Perla!

    Welcome o Bienvenido to La Perla!

  • Another view from courtyard patio

    Another view from courtyard patio

  • Guests enjoy reading or sipping a favoriite beverage in front of the fireplace

    Guests enjoy reading or sipping a favoriite beverage in front of the fireplace

  • Living room's double sleeper sofa

    Living room's double sleeper sofa

  • Dining table seats 4

    Dining table seats 4

  • Guesthouse shower bath

    Guesthouse shower bath

  • Courtyard in the Spring

    Courtyard in the Spring

  • Bedroom with lots of winter sunshine

    Bedroom with lots of winter sunshine

  • Looking toward bedroom courtyard entrance

    Looking toward bedroom courtyard entrance

  • Bon Appetit!

    Bon Appetit!

  • Courtyard stream - a new addition in 2013.

    Courtyard stream - a new addition in 2013.

  • La Perla casita lies just inside the red gates!

    La Perla casita lies just inside the red gates!

  • La Perla courtyard entrance.

    La Perla courtyard entrance.

  • Cozy up around the fire...

    Cozy up around the fire...

  • Looking toward courtyard entrance

    Looking toward courtyard entrance

  • Courtyard in Spring 2010

    Courtyard in Spring 2010

  • Courtyard in the Fall

    Courtyard in the Fall

  • Bedroom gets wonderful light year round

    Bedroom gets wonderful light year round

  • Shower bath off bedroom

    Shower bath off bedroom

  • Kitchen has microwave and portable cutting board

    Kitchen has microwave and portable cutting board

  • Rob's pond.  Some years it has fish...

    Rob's pond. Some years it has fish...

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This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Friday, April 21, 2017

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