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Historic home, walk to museums, Plaza, shopping, and restaurants

Bedrooms Studio
Space 362 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

(pet owners, please see note at the end*)

"El Nido" 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' of 92, a 'Walker's Paradise.'

Here in the historic Guadalupe district, you will be near the Plaza, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Sanbusco Center, the Rail yard Park, and the Santa Fe River, as well as half a dozen 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 Nido' is an efficiency apartment 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!

Thick adobe walls provide insulation, and 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 queen size bed with a cozy comforter and a bank of pillows, to sleep two.

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. 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 summertime Farmers' Market is open Tuesday and Saturday mornings, 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, barbecue, Japanese, American, Continental, Thai, pizza, and mid-eastern. Look in the La Casa Santa Fe guestbook for sample menus from many of them so you can figure out where you want to go while you work up an appetite.

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 New Mexico History Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts. 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 12 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.

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.

*We do not usually charge for cleaning, but Doggie guests are welcome for a modest extra charge, to help with the cleaning expenses: $40 fee, and an additional $6/day.

Keywords: Historic house, residential district, walk score 92, downtown

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

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 Nido. 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 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 Great Grandmother Montoya ... and her canary mausoleum! If you want to be able to tell your friends you vacationed in a 135 year old house made out of dirt (adobe) this is the place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Linda, our stay here has been perfect! It is such a great place to walk a dog, too! And the best of Santa Fe is just blocks away! Mac and I walked to the Sunflower store thru the neighborhood with no problem. Everything is so convenient.

We have done Santa Fe, Taos, Taos Pueblo, Los Alamos and Bandelier. Loved it all.

I will tell my friends about El Nido.
Nov 2011
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Guadalupe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 362 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full size tub, with shower head.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
This studio apartment has 362 sq ft of relaxing living space. We live in the other side of the house, and are glad to offer suggestions to make your Santa Fe visit great! Short-term rental license: #15-00130950


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Historic home, walk to museums, Plaza, shopping, and restaurants
average rating of 4.88 based on 55 reviews

Great place,walking distance to everything!

  • 5 of 5

The property was cozy, well stocked. Linda was helpful and informative. Loved getting the history of the building.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Quiet charm

  • 4 of 5

Nicely appointed room in an historic Santa Fe home.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great place for a couple on vacation, not big but very well priced and has everything you need. Linda is wonderful and very helpful with suggestions for eating, shopping, etc. Easy and safe walking distance to Santa Fe Plaza (10 minutes or so). Loved this place very quite and great location!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Great little nook for a getaway to Santa Fe

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location, dog friendly-with the river park just down the street - and close to everything you need in Downtown Santa Fe - a jewel of a place. With the exception of the heater which rattles a bit when it kicks in there was no complaints. Linda is super friendly and gives a rundown on the history of the place as well.

I had to leave early but my friend stayed the remainder of the week.

Will return for sure.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ah, yes.....the natural gas wall furnaces throughout the building like to go "ticky-ticky-ticky" when they start up. It is not a loud noise, but it seems to be part of their makeup. We don't know of any solution, yet.
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Great location!

  • 4 of 5

The studio apartment is very close to downtown and great restaurants - and in a very quiet neighborhood. We walked to the grocery store as well. Everything was clean and well-maintained. We definitely recommend it!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Charming , historical place in Santa Fe

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable place, convenient to the Plaza. We were there during Spanish Market and could easily walk every day to the Plaza, museums, restaurants. Linda was very helpful and told us the history and gave us lots of information on what to do. Advised us to tour the State House and we ended up getting a private tour that was better than the history museum we had gone to the day before. It was hot when we were there and we appreciated the a/c though I doubt you would normally need it. Felt safe walking in the neighborhood. Parking right in front of the apartment. Comfortable bed, high ceiling. Thanks you Linda for leaving the wine and coffee! Would definitely stay here again

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
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. The Santa Fe Opera is a 15 minute drive away.


Rates & Availability

Guadalupe House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Savings Season
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Regular Season
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.31%

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 for $6 additional/night, plus $40 cleaning. Our homepage has links to nearby restaurants, museums, shopping, etc. Non-refundable reservation of 50% can be transferred to other dates or to friends or relatives. Prefer payment by check.

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