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Review 2572: Santa Fe Vacation Rentals, Granada Casitas, Unit C
1bed/1bath adobe home in Santa Fe, New Mexico
December 2006, 2 nights
This rental is in downtown Santa Fe, about a 10 minute walk from the square. The location is on a quiet, residential street. There are a couple of other buildings on the property, so it is not completely private. We liked the area fine.
You can walk to downtown Santa Fe, where there are lots of restaurants but no food stores. To get to a grocery store, you'd probably have to drive, but not far.
The building is not historical, but is a typical "adobe style" dwelling of the area. It was very peaceful there, but also the middle of winter so there were no windows open anywhere. The front room is very narrow and includes the kitchen and living area. It is not a large space. There is a large bedroom, a good sized bathroom, and a large hall. There are three other rentals on the property.
There are private outside sitting areas, but they are not very big. No pool.
The furniture was in fine shape and the place was clean. There is a kiva fireplace in the living/dining area which we made use of every morning and evening. Having a fireplace was great! It is a very small living area, though, and I would not recommend it for more than two or three people.
The bedroom is very nice, with tons of space in the closet and a comfortable bed. The sofa bed in the living room was not very comfortable for sleeping and in order to get the bed out, you had to move a lot of stuff around. The bathroom has very nice tile and lots of storage space. Good water pressure in the shower. There are also plenty of towels.
We did not cook in the kitchen but it is well-equipped. There is a coffee maker, and coffee and tea supplies provided. The refrigerator is extremely noisy - I turned it off so I could sleep.
Problems or Bonuses
There was something really funky in the sofa bed when we pulled it out, which means housekeeping is not checking the sofa bed after each guest. Also anyone sleeping in the sofa bed is going to be awakened by the noisy fridge a few times per night. We mentioned it to the agent, who said it probably needed to be re-balanced.
We really loved the fireplace and the apartment was well stocked with wood.
We appreciated that there were current "What's on in Santa Fe" magazines and gallery guides provided, as well as the daily newspaper.
The TV had cable and a DVD player attached. There was a nice stereo set in the living room, too.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Tony at the agency was great; he rented to us without a deposit or even paying upon check-in. We went to his office the next day to pay. We paid $108 per night.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again but not on the sofa bed! It is great for a couple but the place is a bit small for any more than that for any length of time. The other units on the property make it ideal for larger groups traveling together, and the price is certainly right.
Things to do in this area
We ate in many restaurants, cruised around downtown Santa Fe, and hung out with friends.
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