PHOTO: Chris Corrie

Fodor's Expert Review Rancho de Chimayo Hacienda

297 Juan Medina Rd., Chimayó, New Mexico 87522, USA See on Map

A rambling 19th-century hacienda that's operated by the same owners as the excellent Rancho de Chimayó restaurant across the street, this seven-room B&B is in a rural Spanish Colonial town at the southern end of the fabled High Road to Taos. It's close to heralded weaving and art galleries and one of New Mexico's most storied historic churches, and rooms are furnished with attractive period antiques. Although a 30- to 40-minute drive from Santa Fe attractions, this homey and fair-priced inn is an idyllic spot for rest and relaxation.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Be prepared to disconnect at this rural hideaway, as there's no Wi-Fi or TVs in the rooms, and cell service is poor to nonexistent in this tiny town.

room

The seven rooms in this handsome adobe hacienda have hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, thick stucco walls, wood-burning kiva fireplaces, and tastefully, albeit well-worn, antiques. Modern gadgetry is nonexistent here—you won't even be able to connect to the Internet here. You're trading modern conveniences for vintage charm here, and each room opens to a tranquil courtyard garden.

A few of the rooms can be linked together to form a two-bedroom suite—these are ideal for families.

A beautiful large room with an antique mahogany king bed and antique furnishings, a sitting area with twin hide-a-bed overlooking a private balcony, fireplace, and private bath.
Photo: A beautiful large room with an antique mahogany king bed and antique furnishings, a sitting area with twin hide-a-bed overlooking a private balcony, fireplace, and private bath. / Chris Corrie
An exquisitely assembled room with a king bed and cherry wood furnishings. A double hide-a-bed in the sitting area overlooks a private balcony, private bath and fireplace.
Photo: An exquisitely assembled room with a king bed and cherry wood furnishings. A double hide-a-bed in the sitting area overlooks a private balcony, private bath and fireplace. / Chris Corrie
Detail of door near the courtyard.
Photo: Detail of door near the courtyard. / Chris Corrie

bathroom

Bathrooms are quite small and old-fashioned in this small B&B. They're functional, but definitely not fancy.

The Rancho de Chimayó Hacienda courtyard surrounded by seven cozy Victorian-style guest rooms.
Photo: The Rancho de Chimayó Hacienda courtyard surrounded by seven cozy Victorian-style guest rooms. / Zina Jundi

lobby

The spacious living room, with the same old-warm ambience and period style as the rooms, serves as the inn's lobby.

The Rancho de Chimayó Hacienda courtyard surrounded by seven cozy Victorian-style guest rooms.
Photo: The Rancho de Chimayó Hacienda courtyard surrounded by seven cozy Victorian-style guest rooms. / Zina Jundi
Photo: Zina Jundi

dining

Although a tasty Continental breakfast is included in the rates (and delivered to your room), you can also enjoy a full breakfast at the outstanding Rancho de Chimayó restaurant, across the street, which has the same owners as the hacienda. Overnight guests receive a 50 percent discount at breakfast in the restaurant, which is also open throughout the day for delicious dinners of Northern New Mexican fare.

Photo: Zina Jundi
Couple enjoying a relaxing afternoon at Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante across the street.
Photo: Couple enjoying a relaxing afternoon at Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante across the street. / Chris Corrie

drinking

Enjoy drinks in one of the rambling dining rooms or out on the patio at the inn's sister property, Rancho de Chimayó restaurant, which is across the street.

Couple enjoying a relaxing afternoon at Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante across the street.
Photo: Couple enjoying a relaxing afternoon at Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante across the street. / Chris Corrie

LOCATION

Getting Around

You'll want a car when staying in this small rural village about a 15-minute drive from the travel services and shopping in Española and about a half-hour from Santa Fe.

Restaurants

Since 1966, El Paragua (15-minute drive) has been earning raves for hearty, home-style Mexican and New Mexican fare, including steaks smothered in green chile, crispy chicken flautas, and menudo stew. Arguably the stop for gourmet dining, from breakfast through dinner, on the fabled High Road to Taos, Sugar Nymphs Bistro (30-minute drive) in tiny Peñasco occupies half of a historic theater building and is justly famous for locally sourced fare like ratatouille with red quinoa salad and juicy green-chile bacon burgers, plus devilishly good triple-layer chocolate cake and other lavish desserts.

Bars

Plan your visit to Gabriels (20-minute drive), which is beloved for its table-side guacamole and prodigious margaritas, to coincide with the sunset, which you can enjoy from the sprawling patio. Downtown Los Alamos has a first-rate craft microbrewery, Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op (35-minute drive), where you can sip Hoppenheimer IPA, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, and several others.

WHY WE LIKE IT

You can truly escape from the crowds and traffic at this delightfully charming historic B&B at the southern end of the famously scenic High Road to Taos. Lacking TVs and Internet, it is old-fashioned, but it's also a beautiful property with warmly appointed rooms warmed by fireplaces, and it's across the street from one of the region's loveliest restaurants, Rancho de Chimayó

QUICK FACTS

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 505-351-2222; 888-270-2320

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