Josefina's is the place for you if you do not want "run of the mill". There are only 2 suites and both are immaculately kept. They share a back patio/Florida room type area with large plants and wicker furniture for relaxing with your morning coffee & paper or a glass of wine in the evening (provided by Josefina's). The rooms also share the rest of the house/antique shop. You have accecss to a full size frig & microwave - great for your dinner leftovers for breakfast!
We had the king suite with a flat screen tv and sitting area. Bed is large & comfy although a little soft for my back. Linens are crisp, clean and pillows are generous & numerous. The shower is wonderful and the complimentary mint shampoo & conditioner are the best. I asked Kathleen where to buy more, but she said that flavor has been discontinued. Bummer! One disappointment was that the shampoo, etc did not get replaced as we used it (even with a different flavor). Also, bottled water that was in the room when we arrived did not get replaced as it was used, but maybe that was simply a welcome gift.
We did not have the opportunity to try the cafe as it was open only 11-3 for lunch and by 11am, we were off exploring the countryside & hiking. It was open for breakfast only on Friday & Saturday and we left Friday. However, we did find a couple of great breakfast places - Andele (within walking distance) and The Shed on Valley Rd. Check my reviews of them.
Josefina's is only a block off the main historic square in Mesilla. This was a great place to roam and check out the shops. Their hours are limited - usually 10-5. There is a great bookstore with some very friendly dogs tending the shop (dogs are always a perk to me). A lovely kitchen store with yummy sauces, soup mixes, preserves, etc made from local ingredients was also a favorite. For food, I recommend getting out f the historic square - the places we tried were simply ok. I will review Las Posta, Double Eagle & Si Senor.
With only 2 rooms, Josefina's was nice & quiet as long as you don't want to sleep past 8am. Once the town starts to wake up there are the usual noises of road crews, trash collection and yard maintenance. We are early to rise & get moving so, for us, it was not a big deal.
All in all, a very pleasant stay - close to the highway for getting to other areas for sightseeing, close to shopping & food and very clean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This quaint adobe house known simply as “Josefina’s” has long been a symbol of warmth and welcome on the Historic Old Mesilla Plaza. Josefina’s is aptly named for the dynamic and outgoing woman who lived here for nearly 35 years and established the Luminaria Tradition of Mesilla. Dating back to the early 1900’s this home has served as a place to gather, socialize, and celebrate. This tradition lives on as “Josefina’s” opens its gates to the community and visitors of Mesilla.Once the site of holiday open houses and afternoon get-togethers, we now invite all to relax, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the plaza in an intimate and comfortable setting. Whether you are gathering for a tea party on our patio, a luncheon in our café, celebrating a special anniversary in our Historic Inn, or shopping for that “must have” at Old Gate Antique’s, you are sure to find the warmth of Southern New Mexico charm. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Josefina`s Old Gate Hotel Mesilla
- Josefina's Old Gate Mesilla, New Mexico