on March 31, 2012
Usually when we visit Albuquerque we stay with family. This time we were celebrating my husband's birthday and our anniversary. We wanted somewhere different and very special for our memories. At Casa de Suenos we got what we wanted in multiples. Located within walking distance of Old Town Albuquerque, we were were thrilled to find a place with local flavor rather that chain hotel sameness.Our suite was in a duplex building just outside the walled garden. The good thing about that was we could park adjacent to our unit. The potentially awkward part was the entrance gates were locked at about 10:00pm and not reopened until breakfast. Best not to be on the wrong side of the gate at lock-up time. Our suite, or to use their terminology a casita was named Taos. Each room or suite was named and several were decorated by famous artists. The focal point of the Taos suite, was the artwork of a famous New Mexican artist Amado Pena. The main attraction was a wall mural by Pena that was awesome with bold colors and angled faces. Framed prints of his work and coffee table books were in various locations in the room. The New Mexican style continued around the suit with kiva ladder towel racks, antique sideboard in the dressing area, A Kivah style fireplace was built into one corner of the room. Niches in it held r art objects.A turquoise tiled cattle skull was the main fireplace decoration. As for creature comforts, the bed and chairs were comfortable. Endtables were custom built to go with the brick dividing wall. At the end of the bed was a massive Spanish style trunk that worked great for a suitcase rack. My only complaint of the whole experience was the large window blind was in disrepair. Our privacy was not guareenteed. The desk clerk told me they were planning on replacing the window treatments soon.Inside the gate a footpath wound around through gardens and passed other lodgings. One open area can be rented for weddings, or other gatherings. Almost every doorway is decorated with a chili ristras, a colorful and very New Mexican tradition. Interesting modern sculptures were settled in amongst the plantings. Elusive cats peeked out from under plants along the way. At the end of the path was the main building. The front desk is in this area along with a common lounge area. The traditional tiled floors, Southwestern colors, art and furniture make this a lovely room in which to gather. The staff was genuinely interested in making our visit pleasant. They helped us locate good restaurants and told us about the featured artisits.The other part of the main building is the kitchen and dining area. Casa de Suenos serves a lovely breakfast as part of your room package. When you arrive you choose items from a continental buffet and take them to a table of your choice. I gravitated to the sunny room with garden views. Once settled the chef comes to your table and takes your order for cooked items. He did a wonderful job of preparing exactly what I wanted, even though it wasn't one of the standard menu items. What a lovely experience.
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