The Don Gaspar Inn Hotel

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The Don Gaspar Inn Hotel

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623 Don Gaspar - Santa Fe - New Mexico - 87501 - United States Hotel Website | 505-986-8664
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A bit disappointing

from LovetheWest
We were very excited to stay at the Don Gaspar Inn and while our room and the courtyard area were both beautiful, I left feeling a bit disappointed and as if I had stayed in a nice hotel, not a small inn. Although the room (the Santa Fe) was cozy and everyone we encountered cordial, we were never really welcomed or made to feel at home. The owners were not particularly accessible so we were unable to ask for suggestions re: things to see, restaurants to try, etc. In general, we felt like the staff was a bit distant and cold. Breakfast was good but not great. And again, it was less inviting than breakfasts at other New Mexico b&bs and small inns we have stayed in--it was set up buffet style in a somewhat cramped room so it was a bit difficult to access the food without bumping into other guests. There was only one hot dish each morning and then an assortment of cereal, pastries and fruit--I guess I was hoping for a bit more innovative menu. To summarize, I think we were banking on a bit more interaction with the inn keepers (since we were unfamiliar with Santa Fe and looking for suggestions) and a bit more of a "bed and breakfast" type experience. However, if you're looking for a typical hotel-type place to stay, this inn is beautiful and is far superior to any chain hotel you'd find in the Santa Fe area!

Don Gaspar - wonderful

from hmbruner
We stayed in the Olive Tree room for 5 nights in December. The room was very inviting with Santa Fe touches (beamed ceiling, textiles, painted porcelain sink, punched tin lighting fixtures, etc). The bathroom was awesome with a heated tile floor with a huge walk in tile shower. The room and main gathering area were very clean and cozy. The staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfast was excellent with a different warm dish each morning to go along with the cheese, fruits, pastries, jams and cereal. The price was great. With a short 10 minute walk to the Plaza, the Don Gaspar is ideally located in a quiet, residential area.

We had a great experience at the Don Gaspar Compound and would definitely stay there again. Santa Fe is a wonderful treat in itself and staying at the Don Gaspar just added to the whole trip.

You should definitely have a margarita at Maria's, lunch at Tia Sophia's, Sunday brunch at the Anasazi. Ten Thousand Waves is a real treat, and the Santa Fe National Forest is just a few minutes north. Just thinking about it, I want to go back!

Gorgeous rooms and attention to detail

from WldExplorer
We loved the Santa Fe suite, which was not only beautiful but thoughtfully decorated. It even has a coffee grinder and fresh coffee beans.

A friendly staff and lovely breakfast make this a relaxing and memorable place to stay in Santa Fe.

great place

from bostonbased
We really enjoyed our 2 night stay- didn't mind the short walk into town, loved the room decor & size, plenty of closet space, no complaints at all!

One of the VERY best in town.

from A TripAdvisor Member
We go to Santa Fe with a group of 5 or 6 other couples nearly every summer for over 20 years. Each year we make a point of trying a new B&B. This past July 2004 - we chose Don Gaspar Compound.
Not ONE of our rooms were bad. As the hosts of the week. We picked the Territorial Suit which had a king bed ( a must for us) - living room and wonderful bathroom with beautiful tub (with shower) for two. And, the Olive Tree room has a door you can open between the rooms (which is where one of our single friends stayed so we could be a host to her- Plus the room is less)

The rooms are very well appointed and the staff extremely helpful.
The walk to town is 10 min. And, the breakfast just fine for us (as we enjoy carbs when we vacation :)

Another room for those of you who like a full apartment feeling plus a private courtyard is the Courtyard suite - and if having friends get the suite right next to it.

We found the prices VERY competitive - in fact I feel it is LESS expensive than comprable places (and would LOVE to hear of anything better for less- so I hope if you put a new post up you will mention it )

One thing I do not know about is the TV situation (so if important to you - you should ask the staff) . We don't watch TV while in town because we are way too busy and fall into bed at night and read. However, we have found that most of the B&B's don't have alot of channels. Also- I have not yet experienced a B&B with High Speed Internet (like you get in the City hotels). We were able to use dial up from our room and when I needed to research the TENT ROCKS - The staff did it FOR me and printed out everything I needed from their computer - PLUS they found a good shuttle for us for the Opera (as we were 12 people.).

Leigh Fortier
Los Angeles

One of my Favorite Places

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had a 2-night stayin the Colorado Room in late September. I can truly say this is one of my favorite places we've ever stayed at; I wish we could have stayed the entire week here, but I did not book early enough and only 2 nights were available. The room was SO cozy... warm and inviting. Lovely Mexican tile in the tub & bathroom. The fireplace was electric, but still added to the ambiance. A nice touch was the whole bean coffee with a grinder for the in-room coffee maker. I've never seen that before (the whole-bean thing). Our room had a private porch/patio and looked out over the gardens which were still beautiful even this late in the season. The bubbling sound from the courtyard fountain was tranquil. Breakfast was good - not too heavy - with breads, muffins, cheese, fruit, cereal, etc. Lots of local books available in the breakfast room. Innkeepers were a little removed; which was fine with me. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Excellent value, location, and garden

from asteroid
We've just returned from a long weekend spent at the Don Gaspar B&B. It was everything I'd hoped for. The location is excellent -- a short walk to the Plaza; the service was thoughtful and personal; and the breakfast buffet had several options to satisfy every mood. Our room (one of the two cheapest) was attractive and comfortable.

But the best part was surely the lovely landscaping. With a babbling fountain in the courtyard, fruit trees, and a profusion of flowers in bloom, the ambiance was just what I'd wanted.

I'm not so sold on this place that I'll claim I won't shop around for my next trip to Santa Fe. But any competition will have to work really hard to convince me to stay elsewhere.

Fine Choice

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in the Santa Fe room in 9/03. Very nice room. Amenities were good. Smartly appointed and comfortable. Fireplace worked fine. Staff was friendly. The breakfast was fresh and included home-baked muffins, breads, fresh fruit, cheeses, etc. My wife particularly liked the coffee. The only reason I don't rate this inn higher is the price. It seems you can probably do better for less, but this is a decent value for your dollar.

2 Nights at Don Gaspar

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in the Aspen Suite in the adobe house built in the 1930s. Our rooms were on the street side, but with the buffer of the front wall and garden, the traffic noise, wasn't a problem and was very minimal at night. The bed, sofa, etc. were very comfortable. I loved the gardens that wind around the houses. They are well kept and still blooming in mid September. The staff is friendly.

The included breakfast offered cereal, muffins, an excellent selection of fruit, as well as cheese, deli meats and good bread. The glassed in breakfast porch or patio are fine places to enjoy morning coffee.

I would have rated this inn above average save for one issue. There are TVs in the rooms, but none are hooked to cable, so you get a choice of 3 channels with VERY poor reception. For the price of the stay here, we found that mystifying and disappointing.

Average inn

from A TripAdvisor Member
The people at this inn are extremely friendly and are very accomodating. However, not all of the rooms offer the same quality. One side of the inn is next to the residential street, something to consider if you are looking for total peace and quiet. The main house is perfect for a larger group but does not offer the typical Santa Fe decoration. Some rooms are a mix of Victorian furniture and some New Mexico influences. It all looks a bit old and uninviting. The small garden looks very nice in spring but the patios are either very small or shared with everyone else. The continental breakfast is included with the room price, but does not offer much more beyond fruit, cereals and bread.Parking is free and the plaza is a 15min stroll away. Overall, we had a nice stay at this inn but would probably not go back. There are better choices in and around Santa Fe.

Top Local Tips for Santa Fe

Walking tour Take the historic walking tour around the Plaza (ask at your hotel). Cheap, and it gives you lots of great history and fun facts.

Authentic NM food Try these: the Counter Culture Cafe; The Shedd on the Plaza; the Tolecolete Cafe; and the French cafe on Old Burro Alley. Las Mayas is expensive and not any better than any of those I just mentioned. I also ate at the Blue Corn Cafe but it was nothing really special--decent but average. My best meal was at the Cooking School, where I took a class on native cooking--it was fabulous!!

Don't always fall into the tourist trap There are many fantastic restaurants in Santa Fe, not only the common tourist restaurants. We found many out of the way places where the food was delightful and the prices bearable.

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