Inn of the Turquoise Bear

342 E. Buena Vista Street , Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA (Show map)

About

The Inn of the Turquoise Bear is a rambling adobe villa, and was once the home of noted poet, playwright and essayist Witter Bynner. Constructed in a Spanish-Pueblo Revival Style, the estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is consider one of Santa Fe's most significant structures. The celebrity guest list included D. H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Willa Cather, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Stephen Spender, Christopher Isherwood, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mary Austin, Thornton Wilder, Robert Oppenheimer, Robert Frost, W. H. Auden, Lynn Riggs, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn and countless others. Today guests will enjoy the magnificent garden setting, gourmet breakfasts, and historic spirit on this Santa Fe bed and breakfast. Our ideal location on the Santa Fe Trail puts you within walking distance of dining and shopping, and only 6 blocks from the Plaza.

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Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Beautiful inn, delicious breakfast

5 on November 18, 2015

We spent a lovely weekend at this inn - it's beautiful, the breakfast was delicious and ample. The location is great, very peaceful and quiet, yet an easy walk to the center of town. Highly recommended!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review! Our historic adobe villa is certainly authentic isn't it! We're very pleased you enjoyed our breakfasts and your stay with us!


Nice stay in Santa Fe

3.6 on September 15, 2014

Inn of the Turquoise Bear is a very impressive property with gracious hosts. Breakfast was tastey and varied with beverages and light snacks available most hours. The room my wife and I shared was small with no a/c. A fan was provided and windows could be opened making the room comfortable. Not sure what you do when you need heat in the room. The building is 150-years old so allowances must be made. Overall not a bad stay but don't think I'd go back, though many guests do return as we met several returning customers during our stay.

Innkeeper Response
Susan, thank you for the kind review! It was a pleasure meeting you and your husband during your brief stay in Santa Fe. We regret you don’t think you’ll return. As you noted, we have many return guests and we love getting to know them better and better with each stay. The Willa Cather room is our smallest and most economical room and regret you were disappointed by booking from a 3rd party web-site. We always suggest guests contact us directly to answer any questions they have about the rooms they’re considering. We’re glad you found the room comfortable. Of course our rooms have heat. As you mentioned, 150 year old adobes don’t have air-conditioning but of course have heating. Heating and air-conditioning are rarely served by the same system in older buildings. We know that B&Bs are not perfect for everyone, but invite you to contact me to try a room more suitable to your preferences should you decide to return to Santa Fe. Happy Travels.


Best thoughts about our stay at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear

4.8 on May 04, 2012

Beautiful, old, adobe buildings allowing you to be immersed in the histroy of Santa Fe. The Inn keeper was friendly and helpful, and could fix a breakfast that made you anxious to wake up in the mornings. John, who works at the Inn, has a relaxed comfortable personality, and is just fun to talk to. The wine hour makes you feel at home. It was a wonderful experience. Also the Inn is an ideal distance from Old Santa Fe. Ron and Marg Price, Manheim, Pa


A fantastic and centrally located Bed and Breakfast in Santa Fe

5 on March 06, 2012

The Turquoise Bear Inn is Robert's and Ralph's labor of love, and it showed in all aspects of our stay. They are some of the most generous and hospitable people I have met in a very long time. The room was clean and comfortable. The sumptuous food was some of the best I’ve encountered in any hotel or B&B. The entire staff was friendly and polite. My husband and I are sure return and we confidently recommend this B&B to everyone. It's so convenient, authentic, comfortable, cozy, welcoming and delicious, I can't wait to go back. Mina Kinsey


Great stay, great doggies, and good breakfast too!

5 on September 29, 2011

Another great stay in Santa Fe. I almost always stay here when visiting Santa Fe, and it is always wonderful. The doggies are so much fun, Colt & Cody, helps me keep the girlfriend from getting a dog of her own. The breakfast is great . . . the times we've actually woken up early enough to get it (and they do keep it going for a while, I think until 9 or 9:30), but we sometimes don't make it out of the room until after 10:00. Mostly because the rooms are quite and comfortable. This place is walking distance to downtown Santa Fe, which is awesome since we like trying out different restaurants downtown. And one of the best restaurants is one of the closest ones, near the capitol building. Every room is different, so your experience might vary as you stay in different rooms. But I've stayed in at least 4 different rooms, and they are all great. The place has free WI-FI, which is transmitted from the main living room/dining room/office, so if your room is close, you'll get great signal. If your room is farther away, you might get a weaker signal. But you can bring your laptop into the living room and lounge using the internet there. It is very comfortable. If you are visiting on business, or need internet, something to keep in mind and ask the reservation person when you call; for one of the rooms that gets stronger wi-fi signal.


Best B&B stay ever!

5 on November 14, 2010

Stayed for Veterans day. Owner gave free stay to veterans. The man is the most generous and hospitable person I have met in a very long time. The room was clean and comfortable. The food was some of the best found in any 5 star hotel or B&B we have ever had. The entire staff was friendly and polite. I will return and recommend this B&B to everyone I know.


Thelma and Lousie's stay in Santa Fe

4.8 on August 25, 2010

My sister and I had a delightful experience at your lovely inn. From the time we were checked in by Michael who gave us a little history of the historic inn to next, meeting other charming guests and our host Ralph (Robert had to go out of town) to a entertaining wine and cheese social, and finally the huge breakfast of our choice the following morning. Everything was marvelous. The landscapers even helped us with our luggage to our car!!! We will be back and tell our friends in Colorado and New Jersey!!!!


Southern hospitality in Santa Fe...

5 on August 07, 2010

should not really be a surprise since innkeeper Robert is from Alabama; the blue bear, from my room, common room, breakfast (incredible), wine and cheese, all of the other inn and guest "keepers", the critters, and the gardens are all there waiting to be thoroghly enjoyed. This place and the people can keep me any time! s, atlanta


Hated to leave!

4.6 on July 20, 2010

My friend and I absolutely ADORED The Inn of the Turquoise Bear...I'd never stayed in a bed and breakfast before and it was just wonderful. I loved the people there, so helpful and personable, the food was stupendous and the Wind and Cheese Social hour was SO FUN! Such an eclectic group of people that fast became friends. I cannot wait to go back...


Outstanding in Every Way

5 on July 08, 2010

Forget those overpriced five-star hotels off the Plaza. Been there, done that. From now on this, Robert's and Ralph's labor of love, will be my go-to home away from home in Santa Fe. It's so convenient, authentic, comfortable, cozy, welcoming and delicious, I can't wait to go back. In April, I read by "my" fireplace every evening and drifted off to sleep in the comfort of a great bed. As others have mentioned, the afternoon wine and cheese hour's a blast; lots of laughter and trading of travel stories -- and opinions. Don't miss it or the Inn of the Turquiose Bear.


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Rooms & Rates

Witter Bynner

The Witter Bynner Room is a spacious, second-floor room featuring a large fireplace, king-size bed, air conditioning, viga beam ceiling, windows on all four sides, and a sitting area with a full-size sofa and three overstuffed chairs.
Attached to this room is a private balcony nestled among towering pine trees with gorgeous views of the gardens, Santa Fe, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
This room was originally Bynner's study. The newly renovated bath, including spa shower, is private but accessed by going down four steps in the adjacent public stairwell. Robes are provided. The Robert Hunt Room can be rented with this room to create the Bynner-Hunt Suite for guests requiring a two-bedroom suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Witter Bynner Suite (Witter Bynner & Robert Hunt Room)

The Witter Bynner Suite is comprised of the Witter Bynner Room and the Robert Hunt room. The Witter Bynner Room is a spacious, second-floor room featuring a large fireplace, king-size bed, viga beam ceiling, windows on all four sides, and a sitting area with a full-size sofa and three overstuffed chairs. Attached to this room is a private balcony nestled among towering pine trees with gorgeous views of the gardens, Santa Fe, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This room was originally Bynner's study. The newly renovated bath, including spa shower, is private but accessed by going down four steps in the adjacent public stairwell. Robes are provided. The Robert Hunt Room us bamed for Witter?s long-time companion, it is of moderate size and features two twin beds. The room has a kiva fireplace and hardwood floors with area rugs. Since the room is accessible only by going through the Bynner bathroom, it is never rented separately. Rather, it is rented only in conjunction with the Bynner Room to create the Bynner-Hunt Suite for guests requiring a two-bedroom suite. Only the occupants of the Bynner & Hunt rooms have access to this bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

D.H. Lawrence

This room features built-in bookcases and overlooks the Inn's courtyard. The second-floor D. H. Lawrence Room is a junior suite named for Bynner's close friend and traveling companion.
Bynner along with D.H. & Frieda Lawrence traveled together on extended trips to Mexico, about which they each wrote books. D. H. and Frieda spent their first night in an American home in this villa and were frequent guests here.
This light-filled room with adjacent sitting area features a queen-sized bed, air conditioning, kiva fireplace, wood floors, and private en-suite bath with shower. The sitting area has a twin-size sofa-bed, bookcases and two Mexican equipale chairs. An adjacent balcony with bench seating overlooks the interior courtyard with a rustic staircase leading to the courtyard.
The room is accessible via the courtyard staircase or the Inn's main staircase.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Shaman

Enjoy beautiful lodging in our Shaman Room. The Shaman Room is a very large room with a private entrance, king-size bed, air conditioning, polished brick floor, viga beam ceiling, built-in bookcases, desk, and a grand fireplace.
There are two sitting areas, one with a twin sofa-bed and the other with two large comfortable reading chairs. The front of the room features an expansive picture window that looks out into the lush grounds. The private en-suite bath features a brightly-colored Mexican tile shower. The Shaman Room is pet friendly.
Originally Bynner's office, this Native American decorated room was built for solitude, writing, and contemplation.
Our pet amenity fee is per day regardless of the number of pets you are bringing. Please select 1 from the drop down menu but indicate in the special accommodations field on the billing page how many pets you are actually bringing so that we can prepare your room accordingly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Georgia O'Keeffe

The Georgia O'Keeffe Room offers wonderful lodging in a one of a kind room. The room is named in honor of one of New Mexico's most illustrious artists with whom he shared an interest in Chinese art and culture. Bynner and Georgia O?Keeffe were longtime friends.
This is a very large rectangular room that has a private entrance, king-size bed, air conditioning, kiva fireplace, three comfortable sitting chairs, viga beam ceiling, built-in bookcases, and a pine wood floor. The O'Keeffe room includes a twin sized sofa-bed and private en-suite bath with tub and shower. The private entrance to the O'Keeffe room is three steps up from the garden level.
The room has adjoining doors with the O. Henry Room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

O. Henry

The O. Henry Room is a standard-sized room accessible from inside the Inn and features a queen bed, air conditioning, kiva fireplace, viga beam ceiling, large comfortable reading chair, side-chair, and wood floor.
The private en-suite bath includes a large talavera-tiled shower. This room is named for the famed short-story writer whose work was edited by Bynner when they lived in New York. The sale by Bynner of three short stories by O. Henry paid for the construction of several rooms in the estate.
This room has adjoining doors with the Georgia O?Keeffe room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams, the famous photographer, was a close friend of Bynner. A frequent guest in this villa, along with his wife, Virginia, Ansel took many photos of Bynner and his rambling adobe estate.
For those looking for unique and beautiful places to stay in Santa Fe, the Ansel Adams Room fits the bill. It is a small but comfortable room with a queen-size bed, saltillo tile floor, and a large en-suite private bath with claw-foot tub/shower combination. The bathroom is one step up from the bed room level.
The room is located in the oldest part of the estate dating back to the early 1800s and is accessible from a private portal entrance adjacent to a small tree-shaded courtyard. Enjoy a wonderful Santa Fe lodging experience near downtown.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Willa Cather

Exceptional lodging awaits in our Willa Cather room. Willa Cather was a friend of Bynner and a frequent visitor to his home. The Willa Cather Room is named for the author of the most famous novel about Santa Fe: Death Comes for the Archbishop.
This small but comfortable room features a queen bed, kiva fireplace, viga beam ceiling, large sitting chair, writing desk, and saltillo tile floor. The bath with shower only is accessed from a common foyer and is shared with the Edna St. Vincent Millay Room. Bath robes are provided.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Edna St. Vincent Millay

The distinguished poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, was once engaged to Bynner. The room was named for her as it is a pleasant light-filled room with large window views across the grounds toward the Old Santa Fe Trail and the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
The room is furnished with a queen-sized bed, small sofa, kiva fireplace, viga ceilings, saltillo tile floor, and a Mexican equipale sitting chair. The bath with shower only is accessed from a common foyer and is shared with the Willa Cather Room. Bath robes are included. The Millay Room is pet friendly. There is a step from the bedroom level to entry and bathroom level.
This room is accessible from the shared foyer or via a private portal entrance from a small tree-line courtyard just outside the room.
Our pet amenity fee is per day regardless of the number of pets you are bringing. Please select 1 from the drop down menu but indicate in the special accommodations field on the billing page how many pets you are actually bringing so that we can prepare your room accordingly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Igor Stravinsky

The Igor Stravinsky Room is named for the composer who made the Santa Fe Opera famous, and who was a friend and house guest of Bynner for the opening season of the opera. It was originally built as lodging for Rita, Bynner's housekeeper.
Furnished with a queen bed, two overstuffed reading chairs, kiva fireplace and windows looking out onto tree-shaded patios, this bright room is accessed from a private entrance adjacent to the Inn's front patio. There is one step down to entry foyer and bathroom level with another three steps down from foyer into bedroom area. The Igor Stravinsky Room is pet friendly.
The private en-suite bath includes a claw-foot tub / shower combination.
Our pet amenity fee is per day regardless of the number of pets you are bringing. Please select 1 from the drop down menu but indicate in the special accommodations field on the billing page how many pets you are actually bringing so that we can prepare your room accordingly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Spud Johnson

Separate from the main building adjacent to the Inn's circular drive, the Spud Johnson Room offers exceptional accommodations in what was once the carriage house for the estate. It is decorated in a Western cowboy motif that guests love.
The room is accessible from its private portal and is furnished with a queen bed, two large comfortable reading chairs, kiva fireplace, viga ceiling, and saltillo tile floor. The private en-suite bath includes a large walk-in ADA compliant shower.
This pet-friendly room features a private garden-level portal with a brick floor and outside seating for enjoying the gardens. Willard "Spud" Johnson was a writer and was Bynner's secretary/companion before Spud was lured to Taos by Mabel Dodge Lujan.
Our pet amenity fee is per day regardless of the number of pets you are bringing. Please select 1 from the drop down menu but indicate in the special accommodations field on the billing page how many pets you are actually bringing so that we can prepare your room accordingly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location

Location Type

Downtown

Airport

Albuquerque, NM (ABQ) 55 miles

Directions to property:

From I-25, take exit 284, go North approx 1.3 miles, bear right to continue on Old Pecos Trail; Go about 1.3 miles more, turn left onto E. Buena Vista St, and Left into the first driveway.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Ski area, Tours, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sunbathing, Massage and spa treatments, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Video Arcade, Whitewater Rafting

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: ;00 am11
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Pets allowed in some rooms.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night min. Apr 1 - Oct 31 if Sat booked). 3 - 4 night min. holidays & events.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% of the total lodging cost with taxes
  • Cancellations: We look forward to having you in our If your plans require that you cancel your reservation, we will gladly refund your deposit (less a $25 plus tax per room cancellation fee) provided that we are given sufficient notification of the cancellation in advance of the confirmed arrival date. Reservations canceled, or stays reduced, greater than 14 days (30 days for holidays, special events, July & August) prior to originally confirmed arrival date will receive a refund of any deposit, less a $25, plus tax per room, handling fee which will be deducted from the refund. Reservations canceled, or stays reduced, 14 days (30 days for holidays, special events, July and August) or less prior to confirmed arrival date will be responsible for the entire reserved stay. This is also true for “no-shows”.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Dan Clark, David Solem

Languages spoken

English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

.Once home of Witter Bynner (1881-1968), a prominent Santa Fe citizen for almost 50 years, Dan Clark & David Solem acquired the Inn in 2014. As innkeepers and stewards of the estate, their goals are to provide their guests with a unique experience that captures the essence of Santa Fe’s past and present by rekindling the comfort, creativity and hospitality for which this home was renowned in the past. They look forward to the privilege of serving as your hosts during your stay in Santa Fe.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 7:30 to 9:30
  • Serving Location: Patio, Courtyard, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Vegan


Signature Dish

Hot Served Breakfast Entrées
Breakfast includes hot served entrées such as artichoke & potato frittata with turkey sausage, blue corn pancakes with piñion butter, classic Quiche Lorraine with spring greens & asparagus salad or Dutch baby pancakes with house made lemon curd & blueberry compote.


Deals


Special Package

Isn't It Romantic!

Give the gift of flowers and chocolate for your loved one! Includes: - Vase of roses in the color of your choice - Assorted fine chocolates or Chocolate-covered strawberries hand crafted by C.G. Higgins Confections in Santa Fe! - Sparkling beverage - Use of electronic votive candles to enhance your room’s romantic ambience Price: $95 for Two

Picnic Basket For Two

Day-tripping to explore our Land of Enchantment or simply dining al fresco on the mountain? Our deluxe picnic basket is perfect! Your basket will be filled with selections of house and artisan lunch foods including: salads, fruit, sandwiches, sparkling water, and house baked goodies. This special is based on availability. If you have any food preferences or allergies, please notify us. Price: $75 for Two

Craft Your Santa Fe Honeymoon

Begin your new life together with the most important vacation of your life - a honeymoon in Santa Fe. If you are looking for romance and adventure all in one package, look no further. Our package includes sparkling beverage and Horsdoeuvres upon check-in, dinner for two at one of Santa Fes most romantic restaurants, chocolates, flowers, two in-room massages, and more. Price: $475 for Two Please contact Innkeeper to book now!

Explorer Hiking Package

Gear up for a day trip adventure with Falcons guide to the Best Easy Day hikes in Santa Fe, the use of two Leki adjustable carbon trekking poles, mini compass, first aid kit, signaling mirror, and a lunch that includes fruit, trail mix, energy bars, and bottled water. Price: $50 for Two Please contact Innkeeper to book now!

Mother's Day Specials

Available anytime of year! Celebrate your Mom this Mother’s Day or anytime of year! Our Mother’s Day Package can be added to any reservation and includes a bouquet of fresh seasonal flowers and hand crafted chocolate truffles from Kakawa Chocolate House in Santa Fe! Please provide one week advance notice to order or call the Inn for availability.

Wine Lovers Package

Experience the beauty of New Mexico with a romantic wine tour. Package includes: bottle of wine, $10 wine tasting tour discount, tasting at 5 wineries & more. Only available on turquoisebear.com using promo code: wine

Midweek Savings

Get 10% off when you stay 2 weeknights this July! Enjoy gourmet breakfasts, twilight wine reception, fresh baked treats & more. Only available on turquoisebear.com using promo code: june16

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