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Homewood Suites vs Casapueblo

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Homewood Suites vs Casapueblo

We have booked Homewood Suites for our family of 4 (2 teens) for August. It has received marvelous reviews and we were content with this arrangement.

However, our flight arrival into Albuquerque is early evening (6:30 PM) requiring several additional hours of getting the rental car and driving to the hotel which is isolated - no grocery store, market and only driveable to Santa Fe. Upon checkin, we will have no immediate access to food or drink except perhaps in the hotel restaurant if it is open. The other issue is the construction I've recently read about. Right outside of the hotel - reported dust and early morning noise.

Casa Pueblo appears to be more convenient (grocery and Whole Foods nearby) and will save us some drive time. Rates and accomodations appears to be comparable to those of Homewood Suites although not as new.

Homewood's breakfast sounds more appealing but that won't be a decision-breaker. We don't spend much time in our hotel rooms and only require clean, convenient, safe and roomy.

Our final decision could go either way and since this will be our first trip to NM, we'd like to feel comfortable with our decisions.

Any comments on the hotel possibilities would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your input!

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This reply is meant strictly for informational purposes and is in no way intended to steer you one way or the other. Only you can determine which lodging establishment best serves your family's needs.

We live about 5 minutes NW of the Homewood Suites and have made it to the ABQ Sunport from our door in as little as 1.25 hours on a good day without driving like maniacs. Actually, our really old 4Runner can't be driven much over the speed limit to begin with.

Kind of a speeding governor due to age.... LOL

I'm not sure where the perception I've seen repeated numerous times on threads here about Homewood Suites being "isolated" from civilization comes from, but I guess it depends on one's own perspective.

One mile south of Homewood on the same road and even on the same frontage road is Gabriel's, a really nice restaurant with good food, excellent service and reasonable prices. It stays open until 9:30 pm seven nights a week.

Just to the north of Homewood is the Pojoaque commercial district and it has a full size grocery store, a Dairy Queen, Subway, one very high end restaurant named the O' Eating House, a very good, very affordable Italian restaurant named Piccolino, a 24/7 diner named the Roadrunner Cafe, a bank, a couple of large gas stations with markets inside them, etc......

On the construction noise and dust..... there is a major project underway several hundred feet to the west of the Homewood Suites.

I suppose you could ask if your room is located on the east or west face of the building and/or inquire what the management is willing to do if you aren't satisfied you're getting enough quiet time once there.

I can't imagine a big national outfit like Homewood/Hilton wouldn't have answers to those type questions or contigencies in place knowing that folks will be concerned for the two years they estimate it will take for the resort to be built.

Going past there quite a bit at different times of day and night, it appears to me that they are working a fairly normal length day and I haven't seen much work being done after 6:00pm on average. How early they are starting isn't something I can attest to as I'm usually here attending to business.

Again, only you can determine if this is workable for you and your family. Vacation is an important time and why not be totally comfortable and fairly satisfied that your expectations will be met?

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The difference in drive time between Casa Pueblo and Homewood suites is about 10 minutes. If you are planning on spending most of your time walking around the plaza, Casa has free parking and is an easy walk. If you are going to explore Bandalier, Taos, go rafting or any of the other many fun things to do in the area Homewood is a great spot.

The Sunport is a fairly small airport and it shouldn't take you very long to get on the road. There are also plenty of restaurants just north of the sunport on I-25 like Landry's, Pappadeux, Outback etc...You may want to catch a bite there and then head to Santa fe so noone is too hungry given the time difference. I-25 to hwy 599 to 285N is easy to negotiate and should only take about 1.5 hours at the most. Have a great trip - DM

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It will take you a bit over 1 hour to get to north of Santa Fe from Abq airport. Take highway 599 which is south of Santa Fe and loops around to the north. There are plenty of places near the Homewood Suites, casinos, golf, stores and restaurants. Plus only 10-20 minutes back into Santa Fe depending on traffic and time of day..

Abq Sunport is small. I just commented yesterday when returning home from from a trip, that the Abq Airport is very user friendly. Easy off the plane to luggage. I would think in 1/2 hour you would be at the rental counter!

The Casa Pueblo is managed by the Eldorado Hotel, one of the fancy places in town. I would think if the prices are similar, I would rather be in Santa Fe then up north (just my opinion). It appears you can use the amenities at the Eldorado Hotel, including the pool.

Have fun and if you are into hiking, make sure you head up toward the Ski Basin and do some hikes. Check on www.santafe.org I would take a trip to Bandelier Nat Mon and/or Pecos Nat Mon.

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On the way to Homewood Suites there is an Albertson's Grocery store that stays open until midnight. Also there is an excellent restaurant not far from the suites called Gabriel's....not sure how late they are open. For a late night snack there are places in Santa Fe along the way towards your destination. For a family of 4.....you will probably be more comfortable at the suites and they have more amenities.

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