My husband and I had our wedding at El Monte Sagrado at the end of January and it was truly a great experience. The hotel and grounds are incredibly beautiful and serene. The attention to detail in both architecture and decor is amazing. Overall, service was quite good and our guests all enjoyed the resort as well.
The rooms: We stayed in the China suite, which was elegant and romantic, and perfect for us. Our wedding coordinator had left a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, the fire was lit and music playing when we checked in. It is a huge 2 bedroom suite with two full baths, and could easily be shared by two couples for the weekend. The decor is truly impressive, especially the paint in the master bath.
All of the Global suites have private patios with hot tubs, which was fantastic for hanging out with our friends and family who came for the wedding. I also saw the Mexico suite and the Argentina suite which were beautiful as well. Our suite had a very nice wet bar and a comfortable living room. The bed was very comfortable too! The hotel provided an extra mini-fridge for our use upon request, which was very helpful since they have the type of mini bar that charges you if you even look at an item too hard!
My folks brought their two little dogs along, and the hotel was very accomodating.
If you're looking at one of the standard Taos mountain rooms, they were very nice as well. I'd request one that faces into the courtyard lawn area, as opposed to facing the parking lot/back edge of the resort.
We did have an issue at check in with my parents room, and the person at the front desk was not helpful at all and was entirely unapologetic, despite several calls from my parents and a visit from myself. However, I spoke with a manager that evening and he went above and beyond to resolve the issue. Room service and requests for ice, towels and even a steamer for my dress were all handled very promptly and the staff was friendly on all occasions.
Our wedding itself turned out perfectly. We worked with the hotel's wedding coordinator and she was really great. The location and the food for the reception dinner could not have been better.
We ate breakfast twice in the hotel restaurant and found the service to be quite good, contrary to what I've read in other reviews here. Same with the bar. Breakfasts were good, although very expensive and I'd recommend just walking up to the main street for a better value and variety.
The parking and resort fees do seem a bit ridiculous, especially when you are already paying 5-star rates. Some friends took advantage of the complimentary shuttle service up into town, although I found it to be quite a pleasant and short walk.
The pool area was very beautiful and relaxing and the spa seemed very nice. I got a manicure before the wedding, which was very pleasant, but she did a mediocre-at-best job with the shaping and polish. I'd skip it for the price. A friend had a couples massage with her husband which she said was fantastic.
I would definitely go back for another visit, and would try to go in the summer to really enjoy the beautiful grounds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just three blocks from Taos Plaza, El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa offers a secluded yet indulgent sanctuary. In harmonious coexistence with its natural setting, El Monte Sagrado is surrounded by towering mountains and rustic high desert, sunlit, fish-filled streams, tropical flora and the sounds of calming waterfalls. Guests are inspired by the nurturing ambiance and mystique of the resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Monte Sagrado Hotel Taos
- El Monte Sagrado Taos