My Favorite Airbnb: An Adobe Casita in the Heart of Santa Fe

The spaces were ample – there was a driveway where we could park our rental car (a tutorial picked up at Albuquerque airport), an enclosed front yard with a dining table and lounge chairs, a side yard with more seating, a living room with a fireplace, dining room and full kitchen, two king bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The capacity listed on Airbnb is five people, which suggests that the sofa bed can accommodate one person. We didn’t open it because the beds were massive enough that we could comfortably fit two people in one and three in the other (a bonus that comes from traveling with the women you grown up and prefer to be two inches apart at all times). The house would suit a group of four very well.

This adobe house is in a neighborhood full of them.

Courtesy of Airbnb

The property is operated by a rental management company called Two Casitas. Sometimes I get discouraged by this; I’m on Airbnb to rent from an individual host I can chat with, right? But Two Casitas makes me reconsider that position. They had everything from check-in (sent by SMS the day of arrival) to restaurant recommendations stuck to the fridge (a long list of winners including the must-see At Tia Sophia’s and Sazón) on lock. The kitchen was also stocked with essentials like coffee, sugar, cream and basic cooking utensils like olive oil, and they even thought of bringing out a bottle of wine, along with chips and locally made salsa, for our arrival. We immediately took care of it.

Even better, there were personal touches that reminded me I was in someone’s home, like an amazing collection of New Mexico books in the master bedroom with little handwritten tags labeling sections like “History of the New Mexico / Essays”. (I absolutely loved reading local aboriginal stories in a paperback.) Another was a note near the front door informing guests that sometimes the cat across the street digs into the front yard.

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