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Perfect Old Town location with New Mexico charm

Bedrooms 1
Space 675 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The perfect place for enjoying your Old Town stay and its many activities, La Perla is a private adobe casita/guesthouse in Albuquerque's historic Old Town neighborhood. Lovingly restored after years of neglect, this property is convenient to restaurants, museums, galleries and shopping. To our delight, guests often describe La Perla as a home away from home with both Southwest charm and modern conveniences.

The casita sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children with a queen-size bed in bedroom and double sleeper sofa in the living room. Enjoy the lovely courtyard during the warm weather months; sip a glass of New Mexico wine while relaxing in front of the living room's inviting gas kiva fireplace in the winter. Brick floors, a slightly vaulted ceiling, along with a traditional banco, dining space for 4 and a comfortable sofa complete the living room.

The bedroom has a courtyard entrance, queen-sized plush mattress, dresser, closet, and shower bath. The kitchen is fully equipped with coffeemaker, microwave and washer/dryer (but no dishwasher.) Maid service is provided every other week for extended stays.

In addition to the courtyard which is shared with the front unit (usually the owners), there is a small, private patio off the kitchen to enjoy your morning cup of coffee or tea.

We hope you'll join our family of La Perla guests.

Key words: Guest house

More Details

Phyllis Harper-Rispoli
Member since: 2005
Speaks english, Limited Spanish and even more limited Italian
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 September, 2018

About Phyllis Harper-Rispoli

Rob Rispoli and Phyllis Harper-Rispoli are the proud owners of La Perla in Old Town. Having traveled a great deal ourselves, we know how important the little things can be and take delight in providing a "home away from home" for our visitors from around the U.S. and the world.

Phyllis, with years of experience in career development, has assisted numerous men and women on how to improve their careers or find new passions. Her experience with people and her dedication to their needs can be seen in the care and consideration she provides to each person that stays at La Perla. Rob has spent decades provide real estate services to families throughout the U.S. He still maintain a mortgage lending company but more often than not you will find him in the courtyard working on the flowers and pond that make the courtyard a quiet peaceful place to 'hang out'. As only the third owners in a hundred years our obligation is to watch over and manage this beautiful historic property for others to enjoy...Rob and Phyllis

Phyllis Harper-Rispoli purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Phyllis Harper-Rispoli chose Plaza Vieja

We moved a great deal and while Tempe, Arizona was our base we lived in Palo Alto, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Durango, CO, Greenville, SC AND Albuquerque. As Tempe and the Phoenix area grew, we decided it was the right time to relocate to a smaller city and a less stressful lifestyle. One day, while on a business trip to Albuquerque, Rob noticed a for sale sign being pounded into the ground in front of a just-renovated Old Town property. He stopped, greeted the owner, went inside, called Phyllis and the rest as they say is history! We love our property and want you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as we do everyday when we greet the day. Come stay with us and enjoy the very best of our town in old town...!

What makes this cottage unique

La Perla is located in the heart of Old Town. We are close to parks, museums and great shopping. We are a block from the beautiful plaza which has restaurants, art galleries, and authentic Native-American jewelry. We are on the main bus grid and you can be downtown with access to the 'Railrunner' to Santa Fe in eight minutes. We have great local dining and lots of music venues in the summer. We are one mile from the Bio-Park and so much more. Park your car and walk, enjoy the great views, the great weather, and tne wonderful atmosphere of old town! (We do, everyday)

Guestbook comments from the owner

La Perla, a casita of peace and joy. It has been a wonderful week of reliving treasured memories of December, 2004 and creating new memories to enjoy in the future. Thank you sharing Aspen, a definite asset to La Perla! We look forward to our next visit.
Jan 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Plaza Vieja

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 675 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Courtyard gate must be latched during the day and locked at night by guests.
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bath with tiled shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • racquetball
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Air Conditioning (evaporative), Convenient driveway Parking


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Perfect Old Town location with New Mexico charm
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews

Awesome! Clean,well cared for patio and gardens. Quaint area to sit by pond and have lunch.

  • 5 of 5

Our overall experience was just fabulous. We loved the casita and how it provided all the comforts of home. Also the owners could not have been any nicer. They tended to our every need with patience, kindness and a great sense of humor. They absolutely made us feel comfortable the moment we met them...Phyllis and Rob are definitely in the right business, their people skills are a quality we all should have. I would return/recommend La Perla to all of my friends,family and acquaintances.

  • Review Submitted: 30/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Gloria. As long as life continues to send us such delightful guests as you two, we will stay in the business of welcoming guests to La Perla. Stay wonderful!
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Boulder, Colorado

Wonderful experience! The casita is charming and spacious. We felt right at home!

  • 5 of 5

Our host and hostess were so welcoming and thoughtful. We enjoyed getting to know them a bit and our stay in their lovely Casita was a true pleasure. I highly recommend La Perla!

  • Review Submitted: 03/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, USA

Comfortable, friendly, beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This host was available responsive friendly while respecting my privacy

And the casita was beautiful and spacious.

  • Review Submitted: 11/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to your return! Phyllis & Rob
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BEST host and hostess ever! Rob, Phyllis, & Aggie went over & above making sure we were comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, genuine casita!! Clean and well equipped and maintained for all our needs including that of a spoiled rotten golden retriever! Perfect location to walk to Old Town, parks, and museums. The courtyard was welcoming with gardens, flowers, and trees and our dog was very comfortable with the accommodations as were we. We stayed just over 2 weeks and couldn't have been happier. Host and hostess, Rob and Phyllis, offered valuable tips and recommendations about the area and were very congenial. We would HIGHLY recommend this casita to anyone seeking serenity yet proximity to restaurants and shops. We will definitely stay there again when we travel to Albuquerque. Rob, Phyllis, and Aggie...again, thanks so much for the welcome and the perfect accommodations. Hope that Aggie and Lulu get to play again soon!

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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La Perla....the jewel

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay!!!! The house is charming and truly accomodated family and friends The garden was a wonderful place to visit and enjoy the beautiful weather.. We enjoyed time with the owners, Phyllis and Rob and they made every effort to make us feel at home. The location is wonderful and allowed for easy walking access to restaurants and shopping in Old Town. La Perla is truly a jewel.

  • Review Submitted: 09/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great month!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in the Albuquerque, N.M., casita! Phyllis and Rob were great hosts. They answered many of our questions about the area as we had never been to N.M. before. They gave us privacy and/or conversation whenever we wanted. They even had a great little white lab that played with our sheltie while there! We were in walking distance of Olde Towne, which we enjoyed and walked to frequently. So much rich history not in our history books to investigate. We certainly would recommend staying there. In fact, we

plan on going back when the steam locomotive engine is finally fully repaired and begins it's run on the tracks! (My husband, who loves steam engines, discovered this site in Abq.!) We certainly would recommend this property. Thank you Phyllis and Rob!

  • Review Submitted: 02/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having you two (& Clancy) for a March stay was the highlight of our Winter. You were a joy to have as guests and we anxiously await your return for the locomotive launch! Rob& Phyllis
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Albuquerque Sunport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
High Noon Saloon
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Univ. of NM
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Amtrak & Railrunner to Santa Fe
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Lots of walkable restaurants in and near Old Town
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Sandia Peak tram to day ski area
Nearest Point of Interest
Tiguex Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Town Plaza
Nearest Point of Interest
Albuquerque Art Museum
Car: recommended

Yoga studios nearby. Happy to recommend if asked.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage around the Plaza Vieja

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Balloon Fiesta
5 Oct 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
21 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
Xmas & New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$279.68
Pet Fee AU$48.94
Cleaning AU$69.92

NIGHTLY STAYS: 2-nite stays accepted up to 2 weeks prior to arrival; 3-night stays accepted up to 45 days prior.
PET GUESTS: Up to 2 Dogs are welcome with prior approval. Must be sociable as they are sharing the courtyard with our young Labrador.
STAYS of 28+ days are not required by New Mexico State law to pay taxes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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