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Downtown neighborhood, walk to plaza, museums, restaurants, shopping!


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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


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Downtown neighborhood, walk to plaza, museums, restaurants, shopping!

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Santa Fe House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

'El Primero' 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' 92, a 'Walker's Paradise.' See our homepage at for clickable links to information about local food, museums, art, upcoming events, outdoor activities, and more.

Here in the historic Guadalupe district, you will be near the Plaza, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Sanbusco Center, the Railyard Park, and the Santa Fe River, as well as seven 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 Primero' is 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!

The thick adobe walls which provide insulation, and the 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 king size bed with a cozy comforter and a bank of pillows, to sleep two. Check out the antique walnut petticoat dresser, with the huge oval mirror.

Two single-size thick foam mattresses can be folded out to provide floor sleeping for the kids.

Watch HDTV in the living room, or maybe you just want to enjoy a fire in the kiva fireplace, wood provided.

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, and there is a coffee grinder for your own beans. 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 Farmers’ Market is open Tuesday and Saturday mornings in summer, and Saturday in winter -- 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, barbeque, Japanese, East Indian, American, Continental, Thai, pizza, mid-eastern, and . . . Swiss pastries!.

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 Museum of Fine Arts, and the just-completed New Mexico History Museum. 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 twelve 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.

Our guests have left us some kind comments, click on the 'Reviews' link to read them. 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.

Keywords: Historic, house, residential, adobe, fireplace

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Linda (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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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 Primero. 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 house and back yard.

Linda purchased this house in 2006

Why Linda chose Santa Fe

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 Grandmother Montoya ... and her canary mausoleum! If you want to be able to tell your friends you vacationed in a 130 year old house made out of dirt (adobe) this is the place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Linda,

We are sorry not to have seen you again prior to our departure, but hope that your mother-in-law is doing better in Colorado.

Thank you for the coffee mug! We met Lyle, who was most helpful, he even offered us theatre tickets.

It has been a great stay for us in your superb VRBO and we will say so very soon when we post our comments online. We would very much like to return.

Your general advice and suggestions were invaluable and perhaps the very best was to visit the State Capitol (building) which is an absolute masterpiece.

We tried three of your restaurant suggestions: Tomasita's, El Tesoro, and the Upper Crust are excellent. This last place even provided live entertainment.

In El Primero we found all that we needed -- thank you!
Nov 2014
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Downtown neighborhood, walk to plaza, museums, restaurants, shopping!
average rating of 4.982456 based on 68 reviews

Warm and welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

Original authentic adobe-100-year old cozy casita with warm and welcoming ambience, excellent location for walkers. King bed and linens were incredibly comfortable, and my husband was happy with the super-fast WIFI connection. The satellite television allowed us to watch our Thunder basketball game one evening, and we enjoyed a crackling fire in the kiva every night. Well-stocked kitchen for any cooking if you like, but so close (10 minute walk) to restaurants and shopping. A bottle of wine awaiting us was a welcome treat. We are fairly choosy and experienced travelers, and I don't have a single criticism abouth this place. My only concern in leaving such a positive review is that this casita may be booked next time we want to return!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Vancouver, B.C.

Wonderful place and location

  • 5 of 5

Linda is a lovely landlord - very knowledgeable and friendly, even told us where to buy the tin tissue holders in the suite.

Great location - easy to walk to either the Railyard District or downtown plaza (don't miss the sangria margaritas at Tomasita's beside the train track!). It's very quiet in the neighbourhood and with the thick walls, you don't hear anyone around you.

Very comfortable bed and cozy living room. Would be great in either summer or winter!

Thank you, Linda for a wonderful stay - we will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Great Location, quiet & clean; caring owner!

  • 4 of 5

April in Santa Fe: this house was within a 10-15 minute walk to everything in the old town. Very affordable public transportation nearby for times when you want to go farther afield. Owner was very attentive and caring. House was perfect as it provided a quiet place to work on my novel. Highly recommend this old adobe house!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Wonderful stay in Santa Fe

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have just enjoyed a wonderful 5 days in Santa Fe at El Primero in La Casa Santa Fe. La Casa Santa Fe is comfortable, well equipped and very centrally located. We spent time in the Plaza, New Mexico History Museum, Palace of the Governors, etc. There are a countless number of great restaurants in the Guadalupe district.

A highlight were a visit to Ten Thousand Waves Spa, Bandellier National Monument and cycling trip on the rail trail with bike rentals from a great shop called Mellow Velo.

Thanks to Linda (owner of La Casa Santa Fe) for all her wonderful advise. We would love to come back to Santa Fe and we would absolutely stay at El Primero.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!! Linda, our hostess greeted us and shared the history of the house which is fascinating . Since she has lived in Santa Fe for 35 years she has all the information you will need.

It is located In a charming historic district that gives a real feel for the area. Everything is within walking distance....the Plaza, Canyon Road, and the Guadalupe District itself has a great deal of interest as well.The train station and Farmers Market are nearby, along with some amazing re sale shops.

The property was spotless and the kitchen well equipped . It was very spacious and great for the 2 of us.

We have been to Santa Fe many times...we will stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Asheville, NC

Charming and great location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our stay. The casita was very comfortable and had everything we needed. The owner was very helpful and well informed.The neighborhood was very quiet. Perhaps the best part is the location. We were able to walk to a great restaurant every evening. It was nice to to have to drive after enjoying a great Margarita. We would definitely stay there again. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Train
0.25 Miles
Rail Runner
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I - 25
Nearest Restaurant
0.08 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Sanbusco Shopping Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
New Mexico Museum of Art
Nearest Point of Interest
Plaza and the Palace of the Governors Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
New Mexico State Capitol
Nearest Point of Interest
Railrunner Train Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Bus stop - for busses to Museum Hill
Nearest Point of Interest
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Nearest Point of Interest
New Mexico History Museum
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. Walk over to the Farmer's Market to get fresh, local produce and meat. The Santa Fe Opera is about a ten minute drive from El Primero.


Rates & Availability

From $108 Per night

Santa Fe House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Savings Season
Jan 7 2015 - May 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
Regular Season
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.19%
Notes Call before booking for CURRENT SPECIALS 505-231-6670. Nights beyond 7 at reduced rates; 3 night stay may be available; monthly stays, no tax. Doggies welcome at our El Nido at Our homepage has information re nearby restaurants, museums, shopping, etc. Non-refundable reservation of 50% can be transferred to other dates or to friends or relatives.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Santa Fe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 651 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub with shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Foldable, single-size thick foam mattresses and bedding for floor use.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
With 651 sq ft to enjoy, there is room to spread out and relax. The east-facing covered front porch (portal) is a pleasure from spring through fall. Short-term rental license: #15-00130950

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