Let’s start with the B&B part of the Downtown Historic Inn Bed and Breakfast. We had the luxurious Ivy Room upstairs in the Heritage House. The king size bed was very comfortable and the accommodations were very nice. The necessities have been updated with a modern twist but in keeping with the Victorian flair. For example, the claw foot tub is a wonderful vintage piece and great for bathing but at the same time the sink has a neat modern touch. The little soap bars and mini shampoo/conditioner containers were a nice surprise. The private balcony is a terrific simple retreat and we enjoyed it for a relaxing dinner. The bed and breakfast and area in general is nice and quiet and is located very closely to many hotspots in town. One of the neater things we found was the guest information booklet in each room that, if we weren’t from Albuquerque already, we would have found extremely useful. Now about that breakfast part of the B&B. Kara and Steve are some of the most gracious hosts we have had the pleasure of knowing. Every morning they cook breakfast for the guests. And not just any breakfast. Each morning it is varied, filling, and most importantly, incredibly delicious. They even catered to special food aversions. Their breakfasts are so good they actually sell a cookbook on premises.
Now for the special events portion that Lindsey, the wedding coordinator, and Kara, Steve, and the Kids offer. We’re not quite sure how they can manage having so many weddings there each year; however, they exceeded our expectations for our wedding. We had a fall wedding at the end of September that Kara and Lindsey helped us plan. Lindsey’s coordination efforts were tremendous and on the actual day proved to be invaluable in making our wedding day better than we imagined. All of the special requests we had regarding decorations and everything else they met or offered better suggestions. They kept things running smoothly and were very supportive of what we needed.
The venue itself for our wedding, while usually beautiful and pristine, was transformed into a picture out a storybook. The outdoor fireplace provided a wonderful gathering spot and great ambience while the running fountain provided a tranquil background. If tranquility isn’t completely your thing, they also provide a very nice sound system for the reception party. We were impressed with Steve and his ability and willingness to manage the playlists that we created as well as coordinate some of the wedding events. Despite some of the guests lingering too long at our S’more table Steve managed to get a good crowd for the cake cutting ceremony. Even at the very end we can’t express how amazing their entire family is except to mention that everyone chips in and helps clean up and put things away.
To conclude, the B&B is five stars. And if you are hosting a wedding there, tack on five more.
Thanks Grant Family and Lindsey!
-Kim and Chris
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