Chapelle Street Casitas

209-211 Chapelle Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, United States

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    A cosy home from home


    When we were planning our road trip in New Mexico we knew that we wanted to spend several days here in Santa Fe, and we knew that we wanted to stay near the centre, within walking distance of the Plaza. We also didn’t want to spend a fortune – a set of apparently incompatible wishes, until I came across the Chapelle Street Casitas. This is a cluster of self-catering properties, ranging from small and cosy to large family-sized options, all scattered over a few blocks in an area to the north west of the Plaza.

    The website has lots of detailed information about each, some photos, and for some a link to a YouTube video, so it’s quite easy to see what you’re getting for your money. As there were just two of us we chose one of the smaller properties, 211 Chapelle C, described as “a small, rustic one bedroom” which is a fair enough description. It is one of a row of four in, unsurprisingly, Chapelle Street itself, just around the corner from the B&B that forms the hub of the business (for an extra payment you can have breakfast here but we preferred to go out and about each morning, with the flexibility to choose our own time and place).. We checked in at the B&B though, where the owner was full of useful info about the town. She gave us a street map, and a sketch map showing the location of our unit and also a nearby parking spot that was ours to use for the duration of our stay.

    The row of Chapelle Street units was built over 100 years ago to house Army officers at the local fort. The description of Unit C goes on: “small one bedroom, living room with futon sofa bed, bedroom with queen bed, full kitchen, full bath” – and that about sums it up! You enter directly into the living room, which leads in turn to the bedroom, with bathroom off it, and beyond that the kitchen. The latter is fully equipped for self-catering but we didn’t use it as such, apart from employing the large fridge to keep some cans of beer cool!

    Unique Quality: On the whole we were very satisfied with our little home in Santa Fe. The location as I’ve already mentioned was great, the main rooms (bedroom and living room) were cheerfully painted with nice old dark wood floors, and we had everything we needed for our stay. The bedroom was maybe a little dark, but the website was honest about that and we were only in it at night so that wasn’t a problem. The bathroom was on the simple side and few toiletries were provided, but there were plenty of towels, the shower worked well and there was always hot water. The bedroom was maybe a little too small – only one of us could really move around at a time, and there was no room for bits and pieces at the bedside, although a good-sized wardrobe was more than adequate for our storage needs. I would only have one real criticism which is that the sheets, though clearly freshly laundered, had not been ironed, and although I can be pretty casual about that at home, I do expect my bedding, when I’m paying around $120 a night for it, to be uncreased and welcoming! But it didn’t bother me enough to complain to the owner, so I won’t make a big deal of it here either, and would certainly recommend the Chapelle Street Casitas to anyone looking for good value in this expensive city.

    As well as checking out my photos, you can watch the YouTube video which shows the property very accurately, although the colours of the paintwork are a little subdued compared with the reality (my photos are a more accurate rendering of the colour scheme).

    +++Next tip!+++

    Directions: Despite the name, not all the casitas are actually in Chapelle Street, though ours was. When you book you’ll be emailed useful detailed directions that help you navigate the one way streets

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In November 2003, Tesuque Pueblo abruptly closed the market to "recontour the site." Vendors stuck with pre-holiday stock were furious, especially when it turned out that the Pueblo planned to sell the dirt from the recontouring to a highway construction project. When the market reopened late the following summer, a few vendors trickled back, but some defected to other locations, and some just left town. The market has limped along ever since: there are fewer vendors, and the season is much shorter than it used to be. Because the market is on Pueblo land, vendors who sell Indian artifacts generally behave themselves, so that "Navajo" ring you buy will actually be Navajo (vs. made in Thailand). But it's more reliable to buy these items from the vendors at the Palace of the Governors in town, or from museum shops, or at Indian Market or one of the Pueblo arts-and-crafts shows.

Some of the clothing vendors (denim, linens, etc.) used to be a good deal, and I've found bargains in beads and beadwork tools/supplies. However, a number of these vendors have moved to Jackalope on Cerrillos Road.

Note that the Pueblo doesn't allow photography, even at the Flea Market, so leave your camera in the trunk of your car.


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 Chapelle Street Casitas

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Address: 209-211 Chapelle Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, United States