About This Listing
Old Town has an exceptional atmosphere. The authenticity of the buildings, the rustic Mexican feel, give it that very soothing and relaxing atmosphere. The property itself is a unique compound, designed to resemble a small Mexican village.
This authenitc property dating back to the late 1800s is decorated in Spanish-Mexican style. A 5 mn walk to the Old Town plaza, it's nearly impossible to get all these modern comforts in such an old and authentic house.
It can sleep up to 10 adults comfortably. The main house sleeps 6, 1 king size bedroom, 1 queen size bedroom, and one mezzanine area which has a day bed with a trundle, that makes either 2 twin size beds or a single king size bed.
The extension has a queen size bedroom and one queen size pull out sofa.
Hot tub open year round, pool open from May 1st to October 1st, weather permitting. Facilities are part of a community so they are shared.
Interaction with Guests
Old Town is a great neighborhood. There is a high density of attractions and dining venues, within 5 minutes walk. Old Town is also very conveniently accessible from the freeway, making it an ideal location to stay for the purpose of visiting the greater Albuquerque area. The property is located on Mountain Rd which is a bicycle boulevard which gives access to the Rio Grande river embankments (Bosque) where cycle paths make for easy riding.
Public transport is available on Rio Grande Boulevard and Central Avenue. Albuquerque has a Rapid Ride bus that can easily take you downtown and to Nob Hill. So a car is not necesary.
Other Things to Note
I use Airbnb to fill in vacancies up to 30 days in advance. Other periods are at my normal rate for this property.
Limited parking available. Non observance of house rules can lead to forfeiture of security deposit.
After the cockroaches hid away, we had a wonderful stay and didn't see another critter till our last day. It was a fantastic place, lots of room, a pool, plenty of hot water, right by Old Town and the museums, and a kitchen with pots and silverware. The Explora museum is the best for kids! We were grateful to have such a large place accommodate us all and for such a great price. Thanks Robert!
We met Robert twice, he was nice. The instructions were complete and we were fairly familiar with Albuquerque so we did not have any questions or concerns. The neighborhood seemed transitional but we did not know the area after exploring Mountian Road more we discovered nice neighborhoods and bike trails and a park. Old Town was literally across the street a very short walk. The house was perfect for our family with three separate sleeping and living areas, the kitchen was complete and we ended up entertaining at the house rather than going to a family's member's home. The only things that I might mention, we never found the hot tub, and minor suggestion the knives in the kitten were in sad shape, Also we could have used a scoring pad and a broom in order to clean up properly. Again minor things. Everything was nice and perfect for us.
Robert's listing page was not accurate. He stated in the description that the pool was "open" from April to October, then contradicted that in his house manual. So if anyone else is unclear as I was, be advised the pool is a green mess, located at the back entrance to #1. He changed the description after accepting my booking to state " pool open May 1st weather permitting, but when I left on 4-30-15 there was no way it could be ready the next day. This is a nice property, but if you are interested in a pool, forget it. I sent a video of the "green pond" to Airbnb, after Robert refused to address the situation with me, and surprise, surprise, they would not help me. There is a nice day spa in Los Lunas that has a heated pool, hot tubs etc. They charge $20 for the day
Danie was an unreasonable character, first wanting a discount because he didn't intend to use the whole house as booked, then because the pool wasn't open, which is weather dependent. We open in May, but sometimes in April if the weather is good, which it wasn't. Daniel got an extremely good rate for a last minute booking, and any additional discounts that he sought after the fact, were unjustified and a testimony to his character.
This is a great house and I highly recommend it. It's beautiful, big, and conveniently located. I'm planning a return trip to Albuquerque in several months and I hope I can rent this place again!
What a treat! The house was warm and inviting and so much bigger than I anticipated! Robert provided all the information we needed to tour around Albuquerque which really helped as we were on an impromptu family trip. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. We hope to be back soon.
The location of the house is WONDERFUL! It made our visit so easy. We were visiting during spring break with our two young children (3 and 4 yrs). Being in Old Town made it convenient to walk to dinner every night (and visit all 3 candy shops in Old Town!). We were also able to walk to the Explora science museum and it was a very short drive (~5 minutes or less) to the BioPark. It only took us about 20 minutes to get to the Sandia Tram. The location was just perfect and it was nice not to have to haul the kids in and out of their car seats every time we wanted to go somewhere.
The house itself was very nice. Comfortable and clean with enough space for us all to spread out (even though there were only 4 of us, after being crammed in one hotel room during the drive out, we were very happy to have some space). We ate breakfast and lunch at the house and dinner out. There were plenty of extra blankets, pillows, etc. and the kids enjoyed watching their favorite show on Netflix (sorry, Robert, Netflix now thinks you are a Curious George fan).
We didn't utilize the pool (closed) or hot tub, but the kids loved the backyard and tree house. The house sits at the front of a "compound" where there are about 8 other homes, but it was very quiet and we really didn't see anyone other than Robert once or twice. You can hear a bit of traffic noise in the evening (the home is a couple of blocks from an intersection) but it was minor.
We were lucky enough to meet Robert one day when we were outside and he was friendly and gave us some more tips on the area and showed us where the hot tub was (a hidden little area).
All in all, this house was perfect for us. It actually wasn't my first choice (initially was looking to stay in Nob Hill), but I am so glad it worked out this way. I wasn't sure about the spiral staircase with small kids, so after realizing my son could climb up with no problem but didn't pay attention coming down, we just blocked it with the dining room chairs and problem solved. We called it a "princess tower" when my daughter considered staying upstairs (she decided to sleep downstairs with the rest of us).
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About the Host, Robert
I am a Brit who moved to New Mexico almost ten years ago and I love it. I want to share my enthusiasm for New Mexico by making available my authentic properties, located in historic areas.
I try and offer discounted accommodation whenever the property isn't booked within the next 30 days. So check back if you are a flexible traveler.
I am also a Realtor working for the Source Realty, so don't hesitate to call on me if you are looking to relocate to Albuquerque.