We had only one night in Taos and didn't want to spend over $100. It was shoulder season - mid October - and the hotel rates should have been down but they weren't. We were advised that we should not stay on the "Hotel Strip" south of town and wanted to be close to the Plaza. Someone on a travel board recommend this hotel as a place she puts up her relatives. So I called and booked a standard room with a fireplace for some atmosphere. With Our AAA discount the room was $85. incl tax.
Location is great if you have to stay in Taos. Personally we were disappointed with the area since we were there last time - 15 years ago. Check in was okay though the woman at the front desk wasn't "Ms. Personality". We were sent to room 121 one of the two Standard With FP. The room is spartan. I'll post photo. One old poster on the wall. The Air conditioning and heating vents were FILTHY. I have a photo of that too. The small bathroom has a sink which was corroded. (My photo of that didn't turn out.). We were tired and wanted the fireplace so we didn't say anything. (I noted as we checked out the next day a sign that says any complaints or adjustments must be made at time of check in.).
There is a nice Gazebo to sit under if weather is good (It was too cold in October.) and a pool that was too cool for us to use.
After dinner I hung out in the Lobby talking with the night clerk. (well 4pm to 11pm. Now he was personable and interesting. I asked if all rooms were that worn. At the same time an single Asian man came in looking for a Sushi restaurant and remarked on how nice his room was. So I asked the clerk again. He said the man was in the Stanards which did not have fireplace and are stacked as 2 level. He said ours was the oldest and agreed it needed renovation.
Well we used the small fireplace (called a Kiva) and had a roaring fire for about 2 hours which was fine.
Oh yes, the only NEW thing in the room was a band new Color TV with at least 40 cable TV stations.
I read on TA that the continental breakfast went quick so we got there early. The hotel was less than 25% occupied and so there was plenty of raisin toast, mini muffins and peanut butter and jelly plus coffee. (There are old coffee makers in room but the lobby always has brew by the cup coffee machine at no charge.)
The location is good as it's across from the entrance to Taos Pueblo and 1/2 mile from the Casino. (Amazingly small and both smoke and Alcohol free. They don't even comp the players cokes. They have to buy them!).
We checked out Michael's Restaurant for breakfast - a place everyone talks about. But it's REALLY pricey for down home food. 2 eggs and toast and potatoes were $6.50! I saw big AAA Rating sign and looked it up in the AAA book. It got ONE STAR. Stick with the Toast, PB&J.
Great find for Dinner by the way - we don't east food with Chilies, was Lamberts.
So, if you are planning to stay here and don't need a fireplace, ask for one of the "New Rooms". If you book a fireplace Standard (121 and 120 room #s), expect used and worn and filthy vents and rusted sinks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on four beautifully landscaped acres on the north side of Taos, we are a short walk to the Historic Taos Plaza, in addition to shops, galleries and world class restaurants. Taos Pueblo and Taos Mountain Casino are one mile away and Taos Ski Valley only a short drive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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