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“Dog crap on steps, filthy bathrooms, Owners rude and definately not worth the cash”

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Laughing Lizard Inn
Reviewed August 1, 2010

Before I review, want to say the staff(not the owners) are wonderful. It's too bad they have to work here.

This was my second visit this month. The new owners had just taken over and things were a little rough the first trip. Since I love Jemez Springs and the Lizard, I decided to give them another shot so came back. It was horrible. They misrepresented the room on the phone, refused the promised breakfast and, when I attempted to talk to them, they turned away and wouldn't talk about it. They made their employees make excuses.

(see uploaded pics) The room was filthy, windows cracked, dog crap on the steps, moldy shower, smelly room, no towels, leftover soap(with hair on it) from the last guest. The guest patio reeked of urine, had greasy old kitchen equipment, cigarette butts and garbage all over it.

Television only had infomercials and pay per view porn channels.

The new owners should not be in the hospitality business.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 21, 2009

I've stayed here several times. The rooms are sweet and it feels more like someone's guest bedroom (in a good sense) than a hotel - homey, individual decor in the rooms, real books on the bookshelves. The porch is a great place to sit and visit or have a glass of wine. In the fall and spring it's lovely, but a winter stay is a little tough. They used to have a lower rate for winter, and frankly that seemed more reasonable; the heaters are loud and uncomfortable (drying) and not always adequate if it's a very cold windy night - not uncommon at that location. The restaurant hours are extremely limited and there's not even a coffee pot in the rooms. On the other hand the coffee/pastry shop next door, Highway 4 Coffee (unaffiliated with the inn) is awesome and open early.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank CarmenOfSF
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Reviewed July 15, 2009

Me and my adult kids had a couple of rooms for the night. One of the highlights of the trip was sitting on the porch of the LL sipping wine, talking and watching the mountains. Great location. We enjoyed the little bar next door. And the little pastry / coffee shop (The LL cafe was closed ). The only hitch we had was missing the part about "the rooms will be open when you get there; just walk on in". But that was no bigee.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with family
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Thank ODennehy
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Reviewed July 8, 2009

Just spent one night on our way through town. It's a nice quaint little place. Our room had a bunch of books in it, which was a nice touch. It is one of the more affordable places in town, and worth the money. I do remember the heater in our room being a bit noisy.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank sukhoi_584th
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Reviewed September 15, 2008

My friend and I saw the sign for the Laughing Lizard Inn and Cafe while driving between Albuquerque and Bandelier National Monument. We were able to book a room with two beds and enjoyed a 24 hour visit to the area.
The Laughing Lizard is a funky motel/ restaurant, with artistically rendered drawings on the walls of the motel, and rooms which offer bookshelves with old and new tomes to read. The rugs are not spotless, but the softish beds were clean and comfortable enough to collapse into after a day of travelling or soaking in the hot springs. This is not Motel 6, but more like the room your Gramma keeps clean for your visits. If you want luxury, look at the more expensive places in the area.

There is not much to the town of Jemez Springs; most stores/ motels/ restaurants are within a ten minute walk to each other. The hot springs bathouse is among these businesses, and is well worth the visit for a personal bath.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with friends
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Thank earmark72
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Reviewed June 17, 2008

We found our room quite quaint, a bit like staying in a room at your Grandmother's home. The people who run the inn are very sweet and we couldn't have asked for better in keepers. I would however like to advise people of some things that are not on their website:

The rooms have no air conditioning and the summer temperatures can reach into the 90's with very little breeze, they do however have a small fan in the closet which you can get out and use. If not having air conditioning doesn't bother you, you will be fine. If not, quaint as it is, this is not the place for you.

There was no phone in our room, and our cell phones had no reception. The cafe has a phone, but they don't stay open past five most of the time.

Speaking of emergencies, there is only one medical clinic in town with very limited hours, no emergency care, and it's not really open on the weekends. The nearest medical care is about 45 minutes to an hour away. So if you have any kind of medical condition this could be a problem.

On a less serious note the beds are very uncomfortable, and the some of the furniture is worn out and a bit unstable, a chair in our room for instance felt as if it might give out so we refrained from using it.

Again, the inn keepers were lovely people and the rooms quaint, but there are some things they don't tell you on the website you should be advised of.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 27, 2007

Ok so the place is a little run down and the mattresses on the beds have seen better days but the Laughing Lizard is so quaint New Mexico. They have a great restaurant and a very helpful staff. The rooms have lots of books to read. Good place for a romantic getaway without paying Santa Fe prices.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank vaquero viajero
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Additional Information about Laughing Lizard Inn

Address: 17526 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025-9403
Location: United States > New Mexico > Jemez Springs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Jemez Springs
Price Range: $70 - $80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Laughing Lizard Inn is a perfect weekend get-away spot located in the heart of the beautiful Jemez mountains, an easy drive from Albuquerque or Santa Fe.The four-room inn offers front porch views of surrounding mesa walls. Perfect for sunset watching. Rooms are hand-decorated with queen size beds, private bath and simple mountain charm. Located next to locally owned bakery and coffee shop. Free wifi available to guests. ... more   less 

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