This cloistered yet centrally located community of 15 handsomely appointed one- and two-bedroom casitas is popular for visitors planning extended stays, or simply wanting the experience of staying in a self-contained vacation rental rather than a conventional hotel. These compact adobe homes are decorated in classic Santa Fe style and feature well-equipped kitchens. What you gain in ample living space you give up in common spaces and facilities, but if you're seeking an independence and comfort, this is a terrific option.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Although Campanilla Compound is within a relatively short (half-mile) walk to the Plaza, it is on a slight hill, something that you might want to keep in mind if you have any mobility issues.
The casitas at Campanilla Compound all have one or two rooms, each with traditional Santa Fe–style furniture and amenities, including wood-burning kiva fireplaces, wood-beam ceilings, tile floors, and plaster walls. Hand-painted desks and headboards and Southwestern blankets and textiles brighten many of the units, some of which are two stories. All have private outdoor areas equipped with Weber gas grills, and the full kitchens are completely stocked with cookware, plates, and utensils. You'll also find a washer and dryer in each unit.
YOU SHOULD KNOW As these are vacation homes, there's no daily housecleaning at Campanilla Compound. If you need your room cleaned during your stay, you can arrange it with a week's notice, with rates starting at $50 per visit.
Even the one-bedroom homes in this compound have two bathrooms, which is a nice little perk, and all have attractive Mexican Talavera tiles and at least one bathroom with a deep soaking tub.
There are no common spaces at this compound, as it's a collection of independent vacation rentals.
There's no restaurant or meals available, but each unit has a well-equipped kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.
Having a kitchen in each unit makes it easy to store wine, beer, and mixers, and to prepare cocktails. There are plenty of grocery and liquor stories in the vicinity.
Campanilla Compound has a convenient Downtown location in Santa Fe, and it's possible to get here using public transportation and to get around to many attractions, restaurants, and other businesses on foot or with the occasional Uber or taxi trip. However, a car is handy for exploring the greater area, and the compound does have free off-street parking.
It's an easy walk down the hill to La Boca (5-minute walk), a handsome modern Spanish restaurant with a lively tapas bar and patio in back that's presided over by James Beard–nominated chef James Campbell Caruso. There's an extensive list of Spanish wines and sherries, and the food—from simple patatas bravas with roasted-garlic aioli to elaborate seafood paella—is superb. Venture to The Shed (7-minute walk) for some of the best authentic Northern New Mexican food in town, from green chile stew to blue-corn burritos.
Both the sidewalk patio and scene-y inside seating at the Anasazi Bar and Lounge (7-minute walk) are memorable milieus for sipping expertly crafted cocktails and snacking on exceptional contemporary cuisine. With a balcony overlooking the Plaza, the Draft Station (10-minute walk) carries an extensive selection of IPAs, porters, pilsners, and other New Mexico microbrews.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This upscale 15-unit compound offers all the amenities and charm of living in your very own little Santa Fe home, plus close proximity to the Plaza, Canyon Road, and all of the galleries, museums, restaurants, and shops in the city's historic core. The two-bedroom units are a great option for families or friends traveling together.