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Historic adobe building with romantic, rustic rooms
The Hacienda Antigua Bed and Breakfast is one of the oldest inns in New Mexico. Built in 1790, the Hacienda was originally a trading post serving Spanish settlers traveling along the El Camino Real (a long road connecting Mexico and the Southwest). The building was made of silt blocks cut from the Rio Grande’s banks. Today the old ranch house houses the bed and breakfast, with the aged Spanish colonial look imitated by newer boutique hotels across the state.
The tall outer wall was originally built to stave off raids; today, it provides privacy to guests. A heavy wood door leads into the inn and a pretty courtyard that opens up within the old walls. This unique space features a large cottonwood tree, works of Southwestern art, a brick pool deck with a seasonal pool and Jacuzzi, and extensive gardens. It also offers a pretty lawn with good mountain views that is used as a wedding area.
Inside, a homey space known as the great room is decorated in the traditional New Mexico style, with Native American rugs, antiques, adobe fireplaces, and red brick floors. An assortment of board games and books can be borrowed here, and there is plenty of seating throughout. The free hot breakfast is served at a hand-carved wood table, and guests have access to the adjacent full-service kitchen.
Located in a tranquil residential neighborhood of north Albuquerque
The Hacienda Antigua Bed and Breakfast is located in a quiet residential neighborhood of north Albuquerque, near the Los Ranchos district. It is about a mile west of I-25, but there are no businesses within walking distance. Self-parking is free. No shuttle service is offered.
Sitting along the Rio Grande at an elevation of 5,312 feet, Albuquerque occupies a high desert environment. The city was founded in 1706 by the Spanish as a colonial outpost in the New World. Today, Albuquerque is home to more than 530,000 people of over 70 different ethnicities, including Native Americans, Latinos, and Anglos, making it the largest city in New Mexico. Albuquerque retains connections to the past and its culture in the architecture, artwork, and cuisine to be found throughout the city.
Albuquerque is known as a center of high-tech industry and research. The Sandia National Laboratory, General Electric, and Kirtland Air Force Base all call the city home. It’s also the ballooning capital of the world. Albuquerque hosts the International Balloon Fiesta each October, an event that might be the most photographed in the world. Local hot air balloon companies offer rides to visitors year-round.
As a four-season city with 300 sunny days a year, Albuquerque has an active community of golfers, hikers, skiers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and fishermen. The Sandia Mountains just to the east provide a high-altitude respite from the summer heat and many miles of forested trails, and a winter playground featuring Sandia Peak Ski Area. Any visit to Albuquerque is incomplete without a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, the longest tram in the world, ascending 2.7 miles from the outskirts of the city to the Sandia Mountains at 10,378 feet.
Whatever you do in the outdoors here, be sure to stay well-hydrated -- mild temperatures can be deceiving and the high elevation can take its toll on the fittest adventurers.
Historic rooms with thick earth walls, fireplaces, and antique furniture
These charming rooms feel steeped in history, with wood beam ceilings, thick earth walls, and antique wood furnishings. Decorative light fixtures, area rugs, and rustic handicrafts (including carved wood figurines known as santos) add a homey touch. Most rooms also have adobe fireplaces that add a cheery warmth on cold winter nights.
Lovely courtyard with gardens and charming brick pool deck with heated pool and Jacuzzi
Free hot breakfast and evening snacks
The Hacienda Antigua Bed and Breakfast is a charming B&B that offers guests a unique, authentic New Mexico experience and home-cooked breakfasts. A historic vibe pervades this 18th-century, Spanish-style former ranch house, which features adobe walls, rustic rooms, and antique furniture. The grounds are lovely, with a landscaped courtyard that includes a small pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by a pretty brick deck. The property's location in a quiet residential neighborhood makes for a tranquil setting, but may feel too remote for some guests.