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Hotel Highlights

  • The closest thing to an agriturismo in the US
  • Prime location for hiking
  • Farm-fresh food and organic produce

Overview

Surrounded by 25 acres of cottonwood trees and lavender fields a few miles outside of Albuquerque, the picture-perfect Los Poblanos hotel and working organic farm is the kind of tranquil and relaxing retreat you daydream about. The 1930s-era ranch house and converted dairy buildings, designed by an iconic New Mexico architect, feature tin roofs, cosy kiva fireplaces, lovely outdoor patios and original New Mexican art.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm with us:

A selection of organic lavender spa products made on the farm

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Fireside stays: complimentary suite upgrade

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

22, including seven suites.

Check–out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm, though guests arriving earlier are welcome to use the bikes, pool and gym.

Rates

Double rooms from $170.00, excluding tax at 7.06 per cent.

More details

Rates include full farm breakfast.

Also

Pick up new skills at cooking classes or assorted weekly workshops, including aromatherapy lessons using the home-grown lavender, classes on raising barnyard animals, and gardening tips. The Farm Shop stocks an impressive selection of soaps, oils and salves, all made on the premises.

At the hotel

Gardens, gym; free WiFi throughout. Bikes are free to borrow. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Tivoli alarm clock, minibar, the farm’s own lavender bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The rooms have beamed ceilings, authentic New Mexican art and wood-burning fireplaces for those cold desert nights. Greely 2 Suite has the prettiest tiled bathroom, an especially secluded private patio and views of the garden, designed by landscape architect Rose Greely.

Poolside

The heated outdoor saltwater pool is surrounded by loungers, and gated to keep little ones safe.

Packing tips

Since things start quite early on a farm, the hotel thoughtfully provides earplugs, lest strutting peacock calls rouse light sleepers. Bring wellingtons if you want to explore – farmyard terrain makes short work of ruining heels.

Also

Farm 4 Guestroom is a wheelchair-accessible room with a roll-in shower and courtyard patio. Smoking is only allowed by the willow tree near the pond.

Children

All ages are welcome, and most will enjoy visiting the farm, milking goats and roaming the ranch. Children under 12 can stay for free; over-12s are charged $25 a night. The hotel offers free pack ’n’ plays, and many rooms have a sleeper sofa.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel grows much of its food – and bath-product ingredients – at the organic farm on site. Cleaning products are all biodegradable and the staff compost.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

La Merienda looks and tastes the part of a New Mexican farmhouse. Open only to inn guests (exceptions are made by arrangement), the restaurant serves farm-fresh breakfasts and dinners featuring home-grown produce. At breakfast, eggs benedict uses local ham and sautéed farm vegetables. At dinner, ‘Hen & Egg’ is a specialty, topping chilli-chicken patty with a poached egg.  There are also plenty of good options for veggies.

Hotel Bar

There is no separate bar, but the restaurant pours New Mexican wine and mixes interesting seasonal cocktails.

Last orders

The restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10am, and dinner is available from 5 to 9pm.

Room service

None.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Ladies should don their chunkiest turquoise and a sundress for alfresco dinner. Gentlemen are fine in plaid shirts. Nearly anything goes at breakfast, and many diners are dressed for outdoor adventures.

Top table

Nab a seat on the patio to enjoy the lavender-scented air and occasional glimpses of the peacock perched in his tree.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

After you’ve played with the baby goats, dipped into the pool, explored the gardens, sniffed the lavender products in the Farm Shop and snapped photos of Albert the peacock, prepare to spend some time exploring Albuquerque’s great outdoors.

Across from the hotel is the Los Poblanos Open Space, which has 100 acres of gardens and trails. For an all-American afternoon, see the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A team for the LA Dodgers at Isotopes Baseball Park on Avenida Cesar Chavez Southeast. One night, ride up the mountain via the 2.7 mile Tramway (the longest aerial tramway in the world, donchaknow), and dine on top of the Sandia Mountains at High Finance tavern (www.sandiapeakrestaurants.com), more than 10,000 feet above sea level, with views over 11,000 square miles.

New Mexico is famous for its turquoise, and the Sandia Indian Market Center (www.sandiapueblo.nsn.us) is one of the best places to buy some. Bien Mur sells handmade Native American arts and crafts, Navajo rugs, sand paintings and jewellery.

Local restaurants

A short walk from the hotel on Mountain Road Northwest, Seasons (‎+1 505 766 5100; seasonsabq.com) uses local ingredients to prepare sweet-corn griddlecakes, rotisserie chicken and the best margaritas in town. Take a seat outside for the best mountain views. Farm & Table (+1 505 503 7124; www.farmandtablenm.com) on Fourth Street Northwest grows its own produce, and sources the rest, including beer and wine, from nearby producers for its seasonal Southwestern dishes. On the edge of Downtown, a 15-minute drive from the hotel, Artichoke Café (+1 505 243 0200; www.artichokecafe.com) consistently earns rave reviews from locals and visitors for its modern American dishes, including steamed artichokes and an excellent tea-smoked duck breast.

 

Local bars

Travel three miles south of the hotel along Rio Grande Boulevard to visit the tasting room for prestigious New Mexico winery St Clair (+1 505 243 9916; www.stclairwinery.com). The restaurant pours the best local wines, and hosts live music most nights. For a wilder night, visit Burt’s Tiki Lounge (burtstikilounge.com) four miles away on Gold Avenue, and test a few of the extra-potent tropical cocktails and check out the roster of local bands.

Local cafés

 Ride bikes or, better, horses to Flying Star Café (www.flyingstarcafe.com), a casual all-day restaurant a quick walk from the hotel. Try the NM Burger, a state specialty topped with local chillis and a slick of cheese. If you choose to pony up, there’s a hitching post right in front, and outdoor seating with a stone fireplace. The popular Gold Street Caffe (+1 505 765 1633; www.goldstreetcaffe.com), on Gold Avenue downtown, serves spicy takes on lunch and breakfast classics. Start the day with huevos rancheros or an overstuffed breakfast burrito. At lunch, spicy chicken salad and the fajita-style French dip are the best bets.

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Fragrant lavender fields

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

4803 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107, United States

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm is located in Albuquerque’s North Valley, just off the Rio Grande.

Planes

Albuquerque International Airport is 10 miles away, and offers flights to Chicago (www.united.com), Baltimore (www.southwest.com), Los Angeles (www.aa.com) and other major airports.

Trains

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line, which cuts through the American West, makes a stop in Albuquerque, only five miles from the hotel. The line – which includes commentary from National Park service guides – travels from Los Angeles to Chicago, via Albuquerque and Kansas City.

Automobiles

Driving in New Mexico is fairly easy, and the best way to see the desert landscape. The airport has rental kiosks, and the hotel offers free parking.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team prior to review and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Albuquerque and unpacked their lavender soap and turquoise belt buckles, a full account of their Southwestern escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Los Pobl…
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Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team prior to review and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Albuquerque and unpacked their lavender soap and turquoise belt buckles, a full account of their Southwestern escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Los Poblanos hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico…

There is no bellboy at Albuquerque’s Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm hotel. Instead, the ceremonial greeter is Albert, a giant albino peacock who struts the grounds like a general manager. Such is the norm at this 25-acre organic farm by the Rio Grande. Designed in 1932 by John Gaw Meem, New Mexico’s most famous architect, the pueblo-style buildings are like Southwestern cottages, with local art, patterned quilts, wood-burning fireplaces and beamed ceilings.

Albert isn’t the only resident animal. The farm is home to a menagerie of baby goats and chickens who live a few feet from long rows of fragrant lavender and organic vegetables, in the shadow of two beautiful, historic grain silos. Wander the grounds to investigate yourself or pop by the Farm Shop, where the lavender harvest is turned into salves, shampoos and gourmet products. In the evenings, taste the farm bounty for yourself at the house restaurant, which serves elegant renditions of classic New Mexican food, and changes nearly daily based on the farm harvest.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

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Stayed on

We loved

Oh, I loved this place. I am dreaming or my return. It is peaceful, so peaceful. The rooms have doors and windows that open wide and screen doors allow that refreshing, dry afternoon New Mexico breeze to come through. Lavender surrounds the hotel and the scent is everywhere but quite subtle. A small, friendly cat found its way inside our room and slept with us. The beds felt luxurious. There were paths that led to the Rio Grande River and one morning I watched hot air balloons rising high. They were so close, you could hear them. The trees in the property were old, grand, established cottonwoods and elms. This is rare for the Albuquerque area and the shade was most welcome. The staff was warm and friendly and unhurried.

Don’t expect

We only had breakfast here, but it was excellent. The service was a tad bit slower than we like, but the grounds were so pretty it was easy to relax as we waited.

Rating: 10/10 stars