The property on which the Guadalupe Inn is located has been owned by someone in our family for 150 years. It was sold to our great grandmother in 1863 for $1.00 so that her sons could have something for themselves.
We, the current owners, are two siblings, Henrietta Quintana, and Pete Quintana. Our parents were Pedro “Pete” and Concha Quintana. We (along with our sister Dolores who passed away in 2014) purchased this property in 1984 from our Grandpa Quintana’s estate and decided that an Inn would be the best use of the property. Our Mother had always been an active person, and we felt it would be great for her to visit with the guests. She “worked” with us every day for 19 years. Now that she is gone, we realize that she was our most valuable asset.
Some of our earliest memories are of our Grandpa Q (Alejandro Quintana) and our Grandma, Josefita Quintana who owned and operated a grocery store on this property. Many of us grandchildren had the opportunity to work in that store. It was a sad day when we finally had to close the store in 1958 after he died. Grandpa and Grandma Quintana had 12 children. Grandpa was a not only a store-keeper and liquor store owner, he was a butcher, a landlord, a jeweler and an inventor.
Our Grandpa and Grandma, Enrique (Henry) Sanchez and Benigna Lobato Sanchez lived one block down Agua Fria Street. They too had 12 children. Grandpa Sanchez made carpentry his life’s work. According to our Mother, Grandpa Sanchez was the greatest carpenter in the world after Jesus Christ. He did a great job handing down his skills to his heirs.
Pedro A. Quintana and Concha Quintana were our parents. They were a humble, generous couple who had 7 children. Everyone was welcomed to our table for something good to eat. Her biscochitos (cookies) were made individually for family, friends, Governors and even the King of Norway! Our Dad, Pete, was a sheetmetal worker, an HVAC contractor, a jeweler, and an ornamental tin and copper artisan. His work is mentioned in several books. Most especially he was a lover of people. Just ask the boys in our family about the fishing trips they had with “Uncle Pete.”
We, the owners of the inn, pursued different vocations in our early years. Pete continued working in the field that he learned from our Dad. He is a contractor who, with his son and a small crew, built our inn. Dolores was an accountant who worked at our local hospital and at an insurance agency before she managed at the Inn. Henrietta was an educator at the local school for deaf children. She worked in every department at the school except maintenance!
It is our goal to offer an authentic Santa Fe experience at moderate rates. We believe an Inn is an extension of one’s home, and while we grew up in a modest home, it was filled with love and comfort. If you are looking for a family atmosphere, run by down-to-earth folks, then this is the place for you.
Come to Santa Fe and enjoy all that this great “City Different” has to offer. And, if you enjoy a bit of local color, come stay with us. “Mi casa es su casa.” (My house is your house.)