The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast
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This romantic Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast offers an opportunity to experience historic New Mexico lodging at its best.
Built in 1886 by a local railroad tycoon, the Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is tucked away on a quiet street near the Santa Fe Plaza, Canyon Road and the Santa Fe Convention Center. Surrounded by lush and peaceful gardens, the inn features beautiful stained glass, ornate fireplaces, unique architectural details and period antiques. We are also known for our delicious organic breakfasts and afternoon treats.
One of New Mexico's architectural gems — The Santa Fe New Mexican
Whether you dream of a fabulous New Mexico ski vacation, an intimate Santa Fe wedding, or a memorable weekend getaway, you'll enjoy your stay at The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn. We strive to offer all the modern-day comforts you'd expect, providing an enchanting alternative to a Santa Fe hotel. Check out our Santa Fe Itineraries for ideas of things to do during your stay.
A special treat for our guests is access to our onsite spa. Absolute Nirvana is a luxurious spa specializing in authentic Indonesian spa and facial treatments, using only the highest quality organic oils and ingredients. We also offer Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and Thai massage and a large selection of relaxing and rejuvenating facials.
We'll remember the sunny spring morning under the blue skies and the cherry tree blossom in the courtyard. — Wendy L, Miami, FL
We have implemented many changes at the inn as part of an ongoing effort to become the most eco-friendly lodging in Santa Fe, while still offering you the utmost in comfort and convenience.
Come stay with us, where you'll experience the warmth of a visit with intimate friends while enjoying all the comforts of a fine hotel.
The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is a proud member of:
- Santa Fe Inns of Distinction
- New Mexico Bed & Breakfast Association
- Professional Association of Innkeepers
- Green Hotels Association
- The Green Spa Network - Cultivator Member
- Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
- TAG Approved
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Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Carolyn Lee for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
The Madeleine Inn is located in a fabulous Queen Anne, built in 1886 by a railroad tycoon. Guests love the history of the building, along with its ornately carved wood, beautiful fireplaces, stained glass windows and peaceful gardens. Also, we are just a three block walk to both The Plaza and Canyon Road. The other big draw is our Balinese Spa - Absolute Nirvana Spa, which is ranked as one of the top spas in Santa Fe:
“One of the Hottest New Spas in the World” - Conde Naste Traveler
“One of the Three Best Spas in Santa Fe” - Santa Fe Reporter
“Best Over-the-Top Spa Indulgence in Santa Fe” - The Santa Fean
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are best known for our historic and unique architecture, proximity to the Plaza and Canyon Road, and our fabulous breakfasts, using local, natural and organic ingredients. We are unique in that our inns (including Alexander's Inn and The Hacienda Nicholas) are the most eco-friendly in Santa Fe. There is a page on our website detailing all we do that is eco-friendly. I most love the building's Victorian + Asian architecture, our lovely gardens, our warm and friendly staff, and that we are so eco-friendly. It is our blessing and our curse to be at the end of a dead-end street near the Plaza. It is so quiet and peaceful, with no drive by traffic. This means we are incredibly quiet, but don't get any exposure from drive-by traffic.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Not sure if there is an absolute #1. Santa Fe is known for its history, culture, arts, food, scenic beauty and outdoor offerings (skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, etc).
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
"We have stayed at lots of B&B's in Santa Fe over the years, and this is by far our favorite!"
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Most people have no idea how much there is to do in Santa Fe. They plan a trip of only a couple of days, but then find there is ever so much more to do and then plan to come again. We have booklets in each room with a full eight days of activities, and even that is only scratching the surface.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Canyon Road Art Galleries, Museums (Georgia O'Keeffe, History Museum, International Folk Art, Wheelwright, Spanish Colonial), visit Puye Cliffs or Bandelier (ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi Indians), take the high road to Taos to see Chimayo and the Taos Pueblo.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The Plaza and Canyon Road, full of shops, galleries, museums and restaurants, are only a few blocks away - an easy walk.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
I love the tapas at La Boca, and The Shed offers the best traditional New Mexican food. Both are just a few blocks away.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
We have a link on our site to our own Eight Day Santa Fe Itinerary madeleineinn.com/About_the_Inn/Santa_Fe_Itineraries/index.html.
There is also santafe.org and santafe.com - both feature attractions and events.
How many rooms does your inn have?
There are seven rooms - the two garden cottages are especially quiet and private, with separate entrances opening off the garden. They offer king beds, window seats and fireplaces. There are five rooms rooms in the main building - one of the first floor, two on the middle floor, and one third floor hideaway room. .
Do you accept pets?
We are not able to accommodate pets, though welcome pets at our other two properties - Hacienda Nicholas B&B and the Alexander's Inn.
A Santa Fe B&B Truly Known for it's Breakfasts
Guests at The Madeleine enjoy a fabulous breakfast at Hacienda Nicholas, our Southwestern adobe inn located just across the street.
Start your weekend getaway vacation with the enticing aroma of locally roasted, freshly-brewed organic coffee and our unforgettable just-baked breads or muffins. Our generous breakfasts feature a hot entree of either a sweet or savory nature. The week's menu is varied to include a Southwestern Frittata, Blueberry Stuffed French Toast, our Southwestern Breakfast Burrito, Blue Corn Pinon Waffles or other delights that change daily. Accompany your hot entrée with our homemade breads and special granola, muesli, fresh fruit salad, whole grain breads and yogurt. All dishes are vegetarian, with bacon or breakfast meats served on the side. We make a special effort to accommodate those seeking a healthy, organic and vegetarian bed & breakfast.
In the early afternoon we put out a plate of fresh-baked cookies, should you wish to put up your feet with a sweet nibble and a cup of tea.
We welcome you back after a day of touring to our nightly Social Hour - an opportunity to swap tales of the day with fellow travelers and get assistance with dinner reservations from our innkeeper. Enjoy non-alcoholic cocktails and appetizers from 5-6pm. (Due to extremely strict laws regarding alcohol in the state of New Mexico we are not allowed to serve wine at the Social Hour. We can provide glasses and corkscrews, as well as information on the nearest stores to purchase alcohol, so you may enjoy libations in your room.)
Over the years our guests have asked for our recipes for Migas, Southwestern Frittatas, Callabacitas Breakfast Enchiladas and Blue Corn Waffles. Cookie lovers always request the recipes for Russian Tea Cakes, Lemon Bars and Apricot White Chocolate Cookies. Perhaps the most-requested recipe is for our Daily Granola - a favorite now for 20 years!
About The Inn
The First Bed and Breakfast in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Originally named The Preston House, The Madeleine was the first Bed and Breakfast to open its doors in Santa Fe. This elegant New Mexico inn offers you an authentic taste of Santa Fe's past along with a big helping of convenience and luxury.
Whether you dream of a fabulous New Mexico ski vacation, an intimate Santa Fe wedding, or a memorable weekend getaway, you'll enjoy your stay at The Madeleine. We strive to offer all the modern-day comforts you'd expect, providing an enchanting alternative to a Santa Fe hotel.
Built in 1886 by railroad tycoon George Cuyler Preston, this delightful Santa Fe B&B is very much a part of New Mexico tourism.
Standing as one of the few architectural reminders of the frontier days of the Wild West, the inn is the only historically-plaqued hotel in Santa Fe New Mexico. It is also one of only two known Queen Anne-style structures in the entire state. Its very design lends ambiance to romantic weekend getaways.
The Madeleine beautifully reflects the construction the railroad made possible in once-isolated Santa Fe. Preston must have enjoyed the Madeleine's turrets, steep-pitched pressed metal roofs and the ornamental detailing of the graceful Queen Anne style.
Imagine him beneath the parlor's domed ceiling making business decisions over whiskey and cigars with his influential friends. Perhaps their wives chatted in the comfortable sitting rooms, warmed by two Edwardian fireplaces, or sipped lemonade outside on the spacious front porch in the summertime.
Over the years the inn has had many owners, from Santa Fe's first alternative healer, when it was known as "the Palace of Health", to the resident who fed so many birds that the house then became known as "The House of Birds".
Carolyn Lee purchased the inn in 1997 and renamed it in honor of her daughter, Madeleine. The neighboring brother inn, Hacienda Nicholas, is named for Madeleine's twin brother. Alexander's Inn, which opened in 1987, was named for their older brother, Alex.
Carolyn is married to Ted Larsen, a well-known artist with galleries across the United States. His work can be seen in Santa Fe at Eight Modern, just off Canyon Road.
Purify the body and calm the mind with a visit to our award-winning Absolute Nirvana Spa, located in the quiet back garden of The Madeleine. Our staff consists entirely of Master-Level therapists, all of whom have 16-23 years of experience. We offer traditional Asian spa rituals along with a wide array of facials, therapeutic, Thai & hot stone massage, and luxurious rose petal baths. "One of the Hottest New Spas in the World"- Conde Nast Traveler.
We invite you to experience an unforgettable romantic getaway with the offer of a spa package at The Madeleine. Begin your stay with a relaxing massage or spa treatment for two, followed by a rose petal bath. Luxuriate in a hand-carved granite tub, soaking in a sea of rose petals, a fire burning at your feet. Return to your room to enjoy a Dozen Red Roses and Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Sink into a heavenly bed, made up with 100% cotton sheets, down comforter and feather pillows. In the mornings, start your day with a sumptuous breakfast of fruit, organic locally baked breads, yogurt, homemade granola and a hearty hot dish, accompanied by organic locally roasted coffee or tea.
We are committed to incorporating sustainable earth policies and practices in the running of our inns, vacation rentals and the spa. To that end, we have implemented the following changes and will continue to make advances in our endeavor to be an eco-friendly business.
- All cleaning agents and chemicals used to clean guestrooms have been replaced by all natural, environmentally safe products. We use no bleach, dyes or perfumed detergents in our laundry and are searching for a truly effective and bio-degradable laundry soap at the moment.
- We encourage guests to keep towels and linens for up to three days in an effort to reduce water consumption. Only hand towels and wash cloths are replaced daily, unless otherwise desired by our guests.
- All new appliances purchased are energy and water-efficient models.
- Our gardens are watered with a drip system to further reduce water consumption.
- Our spa has its own water treatment system, allowing for the continual circulation and cleaning of water. An environmentally correct bath in the desert!
- We recycle all allowable glass, paper and plastic.
- Wherever possible, we use compact fluorescent light bulbs, which use 1/3 the energy of incandescent bulbs. These compact fluorescent bulbs are then recycled. Motion detector lights are used wherever possible to eliminate the waste of all-night outdoor lighting, though path lights are still used for added safety.
- All toilets have been replaced with low-flow toilets, and all faucets and showers have flow restrictors, allowing for a comfortable and water-efficient shower.
- Our stationary is printed on recycled paper, using soy-based ink.
- In an effort to eliminate the waste of small plastic amenity bottles, we have placed dispensers in each bathroom which are filled with all natural soap, shower gel, lotion, shampoo and conditioner.
- Paper cups have been replaced with glass or plastic cups, and bottled water has been replaced by filtered water.
- We use only earth-friendly and non-toxic fertilizers in our gardens.
- As rooms are re-painted, we use only environmentally-responsible paint products (no VOC's used).
- Our gardens are irrigated using the inn's greywater.
About Santa Fe: Welcome to the City Different
For more than 300 years, visitors have been drawn to the extraordinary light, diverse cultures and incomparable scenery that makes Santa Fe unique.
The Grande dame of the Southwest, Santa Fe is the nation's oldest and highest capitol city with an abundance of art galleries, world-class restaurants, museums and recreational activities to please the most sophisticated visitor.
As the end of the both Old Santa Fe Trail and El Camino Real, the trade route from Mexico, the city has a long tradition of hospitality for travelers.
A pleasant 3 block walk down Palace will take you to The Plaza, the bustling heart of the city. You'll stroll past 19th century pitched-roof bungalows and adobe family compounds, some owned by descendants of the Spanish settlers who built them.
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Faith, completed in 1882, shows its Gothic influence. Across the street at La Posada, some say the Staab House, a Victorian mansion is still occupied by Julia Staab's ghost.
Another historic home, Sena Plaza, was once the house of a New Mexico governor and his large family. The compound retains the nostalgia of Spanish Santa Fe with its beautifully landscaped interior courtyard and balconies. Take a look.
The Palace of the Governors, which gives our street its name, is one of New Mexico's most treasured landmarks. Built in 1610, it's the oldest public building in the United States and New Mexico's premiere history museum. Under the portal, you can buy Native American jewelry, pottery and other arts and crafts. The artists comprise a living exhibit; some trace their ancestry to the Pueblo people who near the Plaza centuries ago.
Head southeast just 4 blocks and you'll quickly discover the galleries, shops and restaurants of Canyon Road. Originally a burro trail for wood haulers on their way to the Plaza, this area became home to a group of painters from the East Coast who fell in love with the city's light, mountain vistas and historic ambiance. Most modern visitors feel the same romance.
Feel like an outdoor adventure? Ask us about hiking, biking, rafting, skiing, snowboarding and horseback riding in the area. Want to explore Indian ruins or find a trout stream? Need opera tickets, a seat at a Santa Fe Chamber Music concert or tips on Santa Fe nightlife? Looking for a first-rate margarita? Need help visiting nearby Pueblos or touring scenic Georgia O'Keeffe country. Just ask. Our attentive staff at Hacienda Nicholas is available to assist you.
SANTA FE IS THE TOP DESTINATION FOR NEW MEXICO TRAVEL
Let us help you plan your Santa Fe vacation. Our knowledgeable staff can guide you through the maze of Santa Fe art galleries, shops and museums, as well as a multitude of outdoor and cultural activities.
We'll help you select one of the world-famous Santa Fe restaurants. Or we can assist with day trips to Bandalier National Monument, Taos New Mexico, and many other New Mexico destinations.
For more than 300 years, visitors have been drawn to the extraordinary light, diverse cultures and incomparable scenery that makes Santa Fe unique. The grande dame of the Southwest, Santa Fe is the nation's oldest and highest capitol city. As the end of both Old Santa Fe Trail and El Camino Real, the trade route from Mexico, the city has a long tradition of hospitality for travelers.
A pleasant 3-block walk down Palace is The Plaza, the bustling heart of the city. You'll stroll past 18th century pitched roof bungalows and adobe family compounds, some owned by descendants of the Spanish settlers who built them. The Palace of the Governors is one of New Mexico treasured landmarks. Built in 1620, it's the oldest public building in the United States and New Mexico's premier history museum. Under the portal, you can buy Native American jewelry, pottery and other arts and crafts.
Just four blocks from The Madeleine you'll find the galleries, shops and restaurants of Canyon Road. Originally a burro trail for wood haulers on their way to the Plaza, this area became home to a group of painters from the East Coast who fell in love with the city's light, mountain vistas and historic ambiance. Most modern visitors feel the same romance.
From Interstate 25
- Take I-25 to Santa Fe (approx. 60 miles from Albuquerque) to exit 284, Old Pecos Trail and at the stop sign, turn left
- Then travel 1.5 miles and turn right at the 3rd signal onto Old Pecos Trail
- Continue on Old Pecos Trail for 1.2 miles, through two signals
- Old Pecos Trail becomes Old Santa Fe Trail 4/10 mile after the second signal (Cordova Rd.)
- Turn right on Paseo de Peralta and follow around to Palace Avenue
- Turn right on Palace, and then make your first left onto Faithway Street
- We are the last building on the right side of the street on Faithway
From Highway 84 / 285, Taos
- Follow the signs to Downtown Plaza
- Turn left at Paseo de Peralta
- Then turn right on Otero St. and go up about two blocks to Palace Ave
- Turn left on Palace Ave. and then left at Faithway St. (just past the church)
- The Madeleine will be the last house on your right