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“Go elsewhere; anywhere else” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The SnowMansion Taos Hostel Ski Lodge Inn & Campground

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The SnowMansion Taos Hostel Ski Lodge Inn & Campground
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   476 Hwy 150, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 (Formerly The Abominable Snowmansion)   |  
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Go elsewhere; anywhere else”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

This 'hostel' charged $24 for a 16-bed dorm that would be overpriced at $12. Two other persons in the room. Bathrooms were tiny and minimally equipped. They charge for WiFi that is free everywhere else. The 'private' rooms were $42 and grossly overpriced. They apparently have forgotten what 'hostel' means. Go into Taos and do some bargaining at the less expensive inns on the main drag: end up with a nicely-furnished clean room, free internet, telephone, and a free 'continental' breakfast: cereal, pastries, waffles, toast, juice and coffee. I can't believe they're a member of Hosteling International-if they are

Room Tip: Go someplace else; try the Laughing Horse Inn
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

The Snowmansion is located in the charming little town of Arroyo Seco, just 20 minutes from the beautiful Taos Ski Valley. The views here are amazing, with mountains all around and a breathtaking sunset every evening. The area around the hostel is loaded with great hikes, hot springs, the art of Taos, and native culture.

The building that is the Snowmansion used to be the town mercantile in the 20's and is about a 100 years old with a lot of character and charm. Located on the property is a several acre vegetable garden that guests can pick from to prepare their meals.

One of my favourite things about staying here was all of the interesting people that I met. If possible stay here for a few days to properly explore the area. Chances are you won't want to leave.

Room Tip: Reserve a room, tipi, or cabin in advance if possible to get the accomidations that you want.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Coolidge, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

Fantastic place to stay for travelers, young and old. The staff was very welcoming and would answer whatever questions I had. Better than any other hostel I've been to, obviously not the Waldorf Astoria... But it's not meant to be. Full of some very unique characters, and while I was there.. the other visitors were a lot of fun to talk to as well. The dormitory beds weren't bad, I'd just suggest the bottom bunk, cause getting into and out of the top can get a little noisy.

I would absolutely suggest this to just about anyone, it was certainly a unique experience and if you're a knowledge seeker, there is a lot of interesting stuff to be found in the Snowmansion

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

Taos was the destination of one last, long bike tour before I was to old to pedal and the Snow Mansion was a wonderful and unexpected discovery after roaming around Santa Fe and Taos for a couple of weeks. These folks are kind and caring owners who attract a staff with similar qualities.
I spent three weeks as a tent camper and found myself quite comfortable with full use of all the facilitites. And, during my visit, I observed and met
many people who stayed in the rooms, the tipis and enjoyed their stay
very much. Several spent an extra day because they found the Snow
Mansion so much fun, relaxing and comfortable.
Sure, this is not a perfect palace. The odd upgrade could be done
here and there, but, I watched every day as the staff capably
cleaned and prepared the mansion for another day all around the property.
(under strict supervision of the two cats no doubt - Pumpkin and Snowcone)
If anything was missed or you have a special request, all you need do is ask
and they will immediately help you with any of your needs and wants.
All things considered, this is a place to stay if you're seeking a unique
adventure filled with character and interesting people all around you.
If you're seeking the same o' same o' cookie cutter room,
devoid of enlivening qualities then, any motel chain will do just fine.
The Snow Mansiion should definately be on your list of places
to see and stay- and for an extra day. I'll be back in a couple of weeks.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

I stayed at the snow mansion last month with some friends. We were on a road trip and stumbled on this hostel after a long day of hiking. It was the warmest friendliest hostel we found on our trip. There was a beautiful meal cooked from their garden that the staff generously shared with us.

We slept in a tipi and it was a really fun unique experience! I will definitely try to make it back there next time I'm in the southwest!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

I am used to hostels and enjoy funky places, so I wasn't expecting the Four Seasons, but this place was the worst hostel experience i have ever had. The blanket on my bed had a bunch of cat fur (I have two cats and love them, but this was too much...thank goodness I'm not allergic), the main communal bathroom by the kitchen did not have soap (Ewwww) or towels. The bathrooms in the outbuilding were better than that in the communal bath (by that I mean you didn't have to turn the water on and off with pliers) but had pubic hair in the shower. I had a room in the back of the house, which was by the back porch. The light to the porch was on all night and the thin, white curtains did nothing to keep light out. On top of that, the back of the house was the hang out for smokers/drinkers (in spite of having a special out building and outdoor area 200 feet away). When I tapped on my window (a friendly 'hey I'm in here and would you please be quiet' tap) at 11 p.m. (quiet hours start at 10 p.m.) I was jeered by the 20 something guys (some of whom I think work and/or hang out here regularly). In the morning, I found someone had thrown an egg at my car (at least I hope it was free range and organic) and I had to drive 10 miles into Taos to a car wash, as it was baked on. The manager did move me to another room with a private bath, but I was afraid to complain too much in person, as I didn't want to wake up to slashed tires!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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McKinney, Texas, USA
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

I'm not sure where some of the people stayed on this survey but the carpet was torn and stained, the place stunk the towels had stains on them. I paid for three nights and only stayed one.. lost over $500.00.. the night we slept there we slept in our sleeping bags because it was so nasty. When I went looking for other quarters to stay in and shared where we were staying..the towns people were more than willing to help. If you are just wanting a place to lay your head and don't care about what it looks like..then this is the place, but if you are looking to truly have a fantastic vacation experience.. I highly recommend you look elsewhere. I firmly believe management is use to people not staying because they keep you money even if you don't stay the full time.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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SnowManNewMexico, Owner at The SnowMansion Taos Hostel Ski Lodge Inn & Campground, responded to this review, March 29, 2011
We are very sorry these guests found their experience lacking. We bleach the bathrooms and showers, change the linens and towels after every check out. Like every hotel, some of our towels and linens have stains, but they are clean. If any guest ever expresses a concern we are happy to change or clean the offending item right before their eyes. You do not get into this business without getting a bad review on occasion. The vast majority of guests enjoy their stay here. If this review gives you any concerns please mention it when you call and we will happy to address it.
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Additional Information about The SnowMansion Taos Hostel Ski Lodge Inn & Campground

Address: 476 Hwy 150, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 (Formerly The Abominable Snowmansion)
Location: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Arroyo Seco
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Arroyo Seco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The SnowMansion Taos Hostel Ski Lodge Inn & Campground 2*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
World Famous! We are great lodging for all ages! Private Rooms, Cabins, Tipis and Dorm Beds Available! We've welcomed individuals, couples, families and groups since 1973! We look forward to welcoming you! Located in the village of Arroyo Seco, featuring an array of great breakfast, lunch and dinner choices, a health food store, shops, art galleries and nightlife. The Taos Ski Valley, the historic Taos Plaza, the Taos Pueblo, the Rio Grande Gorge and the Hot Springs are all minutes away. Angel Fire, Sipapu, Red River, Ojo Caliente, Ghost Ranch, Philmont Boy Scout Ranch are all within easy driving distance. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Abominable Snowmansion Hotel Arroyo Seco
The SnowMansion Taos Hostel Ski Lodge Inn & Campground Arroyo Seco, Taos County, NM

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