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The Historic Taos Inn
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
Fayetteville, TX
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“Great Stay - We'll Be Back!”
Reviewed November 11, 2008

A suprising amount of activity at this small hotel mid-week. We loved the historic qualities, very friendly staff, live music, great food, and lots of evening visitors to the lobby. The fireplace in the room was great and complete with wood and starter provided. We took one of the older courtyard rooms so we could have a real fireplace and not one of the new gas fireplaces.

  • Liked — Comfortable atmosphere
  • Disliked — Small bathroom
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed November 2, 2008

The title is there as it seems there is a bit of a rivalry between the two. Taos is different from Sante Fe, smaller, feels more "Western". The Taos Inn was great. Perfect location, small,cozy no frills rooms-which fits in w/ Taos and a great place to stay.
When the say The Inn is the living room of Taos they mean it. Friendly staff and honestly the art galleries were easier to take in as there were a few not about 100 (?) on Canyon Rd in Sante Fe-actually here is where we bought an original piece.
Overall, come here, spend 2 nights, enjoy The Adobe Bar/Doc Martins which really does have good food, and enjoy the experience
P.S. Do The Enchanted circle starting towards Angel Fire--little hint from a staff member and she was correct-more scenic w/Great views!!
P.P.S. Please remember Sante Fe and Taos in my mind are really two different experiences.

  • Liked — The Adobe Bar/Doc Martins and the Staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Chandler, Arizona
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2008

I stayed at the Historic Taos Inn for two nights (Friday and Saturday). The hotel is very charming and decorated in the southwest/adobe style. My room was small but clean and other than the thin walls I didn't have any complaints about it. The common areas of the hotel are great- there is a courtyard with a fountain outside, and on the inside the hotel lobby is like an enclosed atrium flanked on one side by Doc Martin's restaurant and on the other side by the Adobe Bar. The bar hosts live music on the weekends, and the atmosphere is really festive. My room was upstairs in the main building, one of the rooms that has a shared balcony overlooking the lobby. This was both good and bad... if you book one of those rooms, don't plan on getting ANY peace and quiet before midnight. The walls are very thin and it sounded like the band was about a foot away from me, even while inside the room. So on my first night when I was still suffering from a bit of an altitude headache it was pretty rough. The second night though I felt much better so I was able to go with the flow a bit more. I bought a bottle of wine and sat out on the balcony overlooking the lobby and listened to the band play all night and had a great time.

I ate at the Adobe Bar one night, I just thought it was okay. Even the "famous" margaritas didn't seem like anything special to me. I also ate breakfast at Doc Martin's one morning, and that I enjoyed much better. I really got a lot of food for the money (I had the "Kit Carson" - poached eggs on a yam biscuit with red chile, cheese, salsa fresca and home fries).

The hotel also has its own parking lot for guests which was convenient (parking is free). The hotel is located just a block up from the plaza on the main street, so it is very centrally located. The check-in process took awhile, there was a bit of a line at the lobby desk, but the service was fine on the whole, especially at the bar and restaurant where the staff was extremely friendly.

I would recommend this hotel for anyone looking to have a fun, lively weekend and who wants to stay at a place with lots of character. If you want rest and relaxation though, one of the spa hotels in the area would be a better choice for you.

  • Liked — its location and festive atmosphere
  • Disliked — thin walls, very noisy
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
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Melbourne,FL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 11, 2008

We booked a room with the fireplace but was told we could not use because "it wasnt cold enough". It was down into the 40's at night and we were unsatisfied with thier false advertising. We are from Florida .....40 is freezing!

Stayed September 2008
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Tulsa, OK
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91 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2008

My wife and I spent 4 nights here after spending 4 nights at the Inn of the Governors in Santa Fe. While we had an idea of the pros and cons from reading reviews on Trip Advisor, we were not quite prepared for the huge difference in accomadations between this hotel and the Inn of the Governors. We were in Room 111 (main building) up a lot of stairs (long way from the parking lot), with no elevator, ambivalent, not particularly helpful staff at check-in, very loud at night (music in the bar below which is supposed to shut off at 10pm), no coffee maker in the room, broken shutters on the windows, very, very, very small bathroom, no daily paper, no breakfast (even a cold biscuit) and no available computers (I told you we were spoiled by the Inn of the Governors). It is in a very convenient location and seems to be the place to hang out in late afternoon/evenings. The Adobe Bar which encompasses the lobby had extremely efficient wait-staff (Jason) and bartender (Josh) who really knows how to make a great margarita! The restaurant (Doc Martin's) is very good and reasonably priced but the best breakfast can be had at Michael's Kitchen which is just down the street and had the best breakfast of our entire trip! This facility has a great website, but the picture of Room 111 must have been taken about 20 years ago. It is an historic locaton, so if mustiness is what you're after, this is it.

  • Liked — Historic locaton
  • Disliked — Noise, mustiness, lack of amenities
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2008

We depend on the reviews we read on TripAdvisor to guide us to the most interesting of accomodations when we travel - and we were not disappointed this time!! The Historic Taos Inn is as unique as they come, and we would not have wanted to miss it. I love their marketing slogan - "Taos' living room"! When we first drove by it on the street, we weren't quite sure what we were in for... but once through the doors, the ambiance hits you immediately. Yes, it is expensive -- but you pay for "history". We enjoy hotels and inns with character, so we would suggest that you go somewhere else if you need or expect "new and luxurious" or "value". The Taos Inn is not for everybody. It is an extremely old building with a wonderful story behind it to be discovered. Our teenagers could not get enough of it! We took a million pictures. The rooms are small, but quaint, with kiva fireplaces and adobe themes. Go to their website where you can see individual pictures of each room and choose the one you want. We were in the courtyard section and enjoyed it very much because we needed a room with two doubles. The food at Doc Martin's was a delight - we expected it to be over-rated but we had, instead, a memorable dinner. We went back for breakfast and found it to be equally as fabulous. We found ourselves laughing and having a wonderful time as the Adobe Bar lobby filled with people to watch the evening show. Cool place. We smile when we think of it.

  • Liked — The ambiance and history
  • Disliked — Very expensive
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled on business
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Scotland
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2008

My partner and I had a one night stay in the Taos Inn while passing through on the way to Santa Fe. We had room in the "Helen's House" section of the inn. The inn itself is a fascinating old building, with a lot of traditional features, and this is carried through to the rooms, which were beautifully decorated. The location is fantastic, and we enjoyed an evening stroll through the surrounding streets. We found the staff to be very helpful, though they were clearly rushed off their feet.

The free wi-fi did not extend to the back of the inn and we had to come through to the bar to use it. This did provide an opportunity for a margarita in front of the old fireplace, so no complaints there! By evening we had a good meal in the restaurant (the steak was good, but nothing stood out as outstanding) and another margarita in the bar, where live music was playing. It was quite lively so guests in the main building may find noise to be a problem, this was not the case in our room though.

The trip to Taos and the hotel was one of the highlights of our trip and I was recommending it to our friends in Santa Fe. Well worth a visit.

  • Liked — Fascinating building
  • Disliked — Very busy front desk
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Historic Taos Inn
Address: 125 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571-5901
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Taos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Taos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Historic Taos Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quintessential adobe inn located in the heart of the historic district. Legendary Doc Martin's Restaurant on site. Live music presented nightly in the Adobe Bar, fondly dubbed by locals as "the living room of Taos". Rooms indvidually decorated and uniquely adorned, many with seasonal wood-burning fireplaces. Full service fitness center entrance and yoga classes at Shree Yoga Studio inclusive. "An Adventure for Visitors, a Traditon for Locals" - Travel and Leisure Magazine ... more   less 
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