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Don Gaspar - very comfortable
We stayed at the Don Gaspar Inn in Santa Fe for two nights in October. I would definitely recommend it.
We stayed in the Santa Fe room which was beautiful and very comfortable. Everything about the room was high quality. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a larger area to sit outside by the room. If you intend to spend quite a bit of time sitting around outside, then talk to the staff when booking to make sure that you get one with a nice seating area.
The staff members that we met were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was excellent.
We thought that the location was great. It is about 10 minutes’ level walk from the Plaza and there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance.
I would not hesitate to stay at the Don Gaspar again.
Recently stayed at the Don Gaspar Inn for three nights in July, 2005 and had the opportunity to view several rooms. All were spacious, but one (Territorial Suite) was a bit musty. The casitas with private courtyards are very plesant, but perhaps a little overkill as the common courtyard (for breakfast, cocktails) was colorful, flower-filled, and generally delightful. In a neighborhood,the inn is a short (three minute) drive from the Plaza, where there is ample parking. The staff, which operates and manages the inn, are very friendly and helpful. Overall, a very good choice in Sante Fe if you don't mind not being a few steps from the Plaza.
Pleasant little B & B close to town
I had the opportunity to stay at the Don Gaspar Compound and was assigned the Colorado Room since that was the only room available. I was traveling alone, but there is room for two in this room. The room is clean and the furniture is sufficient. The fireplace is a nice touch and kept the room nice and cozy when it got a bit chilly out. The employees were lovely and helped out with suggestions on where to dine and what to see. Anna and Ellen were particularly nice. It is a short walk to town and I did it alone both day and night and didn't feel unsafe. The breakfasts were fine--cereals and one hot dish and plenty of fresh fruit and coffee. One morning I didn't make it to breakfast on time because I had to return a rental car and Ellen was kind enough to heat up an egg dish with fruit on the side for me, even though I was over an hour late and she had already cleaned up. My one and only complaint was that I arrived in the evening and the shuttle service from ABQ dropped me on Don Gaspar Drive rather than in the parking lot. I wandered around for quite a while in the dark not knowing where the office was. I finally called and Anna told me that my paperwork was taped on the office door and she stayed on the phone with me until I located the office. They really should have some type of signage so the out-of-towners know where to go. All in all, I had a nice trip to Santa Fe and enjoyed my stay at the Don Gaspar Inn. I had even bought some wonderful photos from a local photographer, David Marks, to remember my lovely trip to Santa Fe.
Not fastidious re. laundering like big brand hotels.
We stayed in the "Fountain" room, 1-bdrm, 2 nights Nov. 17-18, 2005 for $225/night. Very high considering the 2+ bdrm/main house cabin was 'only' $250, & double the size & includes washer/dryer, dishwasher in unit.
A quirk of the inn is that they only launder the sheets/replaces towels once every 4 days.
This became a problem when my son & I broke out w/a skin following our stay. Apparently their ad-hoc housecleaning service neglected to wash bedding/etc. after the previous guest(s).
Just something to consider.
This was our first visit to a bed and breakfast, and we really enjoyed the experience. The Don Gaspar is beautiful, and the rooms and breakfast were great. The only down sides were: it is aways from downtown. Not a problem for two healthy young adults, but my parents wouldn't have been happy at the distance. Not a problem if you have a car, though. The compound faces an elementary school, so if you're planning to sleep late on a school day, this is not the place for you. Finally, the managers (owners?) of the Don Gaspar were not as helpful with recommending resstaurants as we would have liked. They were friendly and helpful about everything else, just not that. Otherwise, a wonderful experience and we will return.
Had to call the police!
I booked my room--The Monterey--after seeing their website and talking to Linda (the owner? manager?) The room is a guest house, offsite. Linda told me that the main house was a rental but was vacant, so I would be there by myself. This was fine with me, as I live alone and generally enjoy solitude.
When I arrived, I noticed that the front and back doors did not have interior dead bolts, so that anyone with a key could enter the unit. And Linda did NOT disclose was that there are apparently an undetermined number of people who have keys to the main house, which is directly attached to the guest house with double doors. Of course, neither of these facts were disclosed on the website or in our phone conversation.
About 1:15 a.m., I heard someone in the main house moving quietly around. After inspecting the house from the courtyard and seeing no lights on, I concluded that there was an intruder and called 911. Three squad cars responded in record time. The three police spent about 10 minutes investigating and then told me that the person present was "authorized."
As you might expect, I did not sleep any further that night. The next morning, I packed up and told Linda in the office that I could not stay. She did not indicate any understanding of what concerned me about the locks or other security issues. Although she stated that she would process a refund, that was seven days ago and I am still waiting for the refund.
Although my stay in Santa Fe was wonderful and I can hardly wait to return, this was a very unpleasant experience--the worst I've ever had while traveling.
Location Left Something to be Desired, as did Room
Santa Fe is a great town. The Don Gaspar was not so great.
About a ten minute walk from the square in a nondescript residential neighborhood. There are many places to stay much nearer to the square for about the same price. Though ten minutes is not a far walk, it feels longer at night when there are few people stroling around the residential area
We stayed in the Colorado Room. It was spacious enough, but generally felt old and a little tired. The bathroom hadn't been updated in a while, particularly the sink, which had two tiny little faucets. To the Inn's credit, though, the shower had very good water pressure. There was no fan to circulate the air, so it got quite warm at night. We finally had to open the window--this felt a little iunsecure, as the room is on the ground level and there is only a screen on the window.
We got to breakfast late and most of the food looked old. The breakfast here is not your typical bountiful B&B breakfast--it's more of a continental breakfast buffet. That said, breakfast is served in a nice little space
The gorunds of the inn are pretty, and the innkeeper herself was quite helpful. Nevertheless, this Inn simply doesn't justify its price, given its somewhat remote location and dated rooms.
This is a lovely b & b. We received a warm welcome and our room was ready for us long before the 3 pm promise. A charming, clean comfortable room awaited us and even had free internet. Their router worked perfectly in our room, Olive Tree. Our bathroom was large and the shower couldn't have been better and the bed was exceptionally comfortable. Breakfast was excellent and the entire ambiance a far cry from the cookie cutter highway hotels. We felt like we were in Santa Fe and we loved every moment of it.
Great, but not perfect
We had trouble booking through their site - it's not together. Extremely well maintained property - the rooms were impecable and well decorated. The people at the property were nice other than one had stupid opinions about Bandelier being better than Mesa Verde. Good breakfast, not outstanding, but good. It's a hike to the plaza and if we had to do it again we would have given more consideration to staying nearer the plaza. They bragged up the nearby Canyon Road artist studios, but unless you have too much money to spend, it's just okay. The recommended nearby Downtown Subscription coffeehouse was a trip full of Santa Fe poseurs.
Wonderful Inn, great staff
I was surprised at the review I just read. My husband and I were there in november and had a wonderful time. The staff and new manager went out of their way to offer suggestions for things to do, as well as help us find a place to get our car repaired.
The walk to the Plaza is very easy, no hills, and we felt safe. I brought my laptop and was able to use their wi-fi from our room to check emails from the kids.
We had breakfast each morning nd found it to be delightful, especially the green chile souffle. They had a hot entree everyday, in addition to many selections that left us full for the day.
Our room was decorated very nicely and the housekeepers did a fine job. It was very large with a nice fireplace.
We would highly reccommend the Inn. We loved the Canyon Road experience, especially on Friday night there were many gallery openings, enjoying the free entertainment and refreshments.
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