The “Infamous” History of Two Albuquerque Bed and Breakfasts

Kara and Steve Grant own the Downtown Historic Bed & Breakfast consisting of the Heritage House and the Spy House. The Spy House is so named because in the 1950’s, David Greenglass rented space at this location. He was the brother of Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg and brother-in-law of Julius Rosenberg, convicted Soviet spies who were executed in the 1950’s. David was in New Mexico to work on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos and it is believed that secrets were exchanged at what is now the Spy House.

Steve has maximized the efficiency of the operations of the Downtown Historic Bed and Breakfast. As he showed us the two houses, we were impressed with how everything was arranged to work with clockwork efficiency. Steve has arranged the reservations check-in and check-out systems so guests can come, stay and go without meeting the innkeepers or the other guests. Of course, most B&B guests want to be around other people and Steve and Kara are there for that, but guests do have the choice.

Bottger Mansion of Old Town

Bottger Mansion of Old Town

Another beautiful B and B is the Bottger Mansion of Old Town, adjacent to Old Town Albuquerque. It is owned by Steve & Kathy Hiatt. Steve is actively involved in state and national B&B affairs and politics. Yes, there is such a thing and it is important to all B&B owners. Located on historic Route 66 (really!!!), Machine Gun Kelly and his gang briefly hid out at the Bottger Mansion, then a boarding house, in the early 1930’s. The 1910 Bottger Mansion remains virtually in its original form and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Old Town Albuquerque Historic District is the oldest area of the town. Many of its adobe structures were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. They are now filled with shops, restaurants and galleries. Its still active San Felipe de Neri Church was built in 1793

Catherine Lamb

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