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La Dona Luz Inn, An Historic Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #6 of 23 Taos B&B and Inns
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Melbourne
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Somewhat disappointing”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

We stayed here for three nights recently and had mixed feelings about the place. The positives: great location, just steps away from Taos Plaza, and with distant mountain views from our windows. The room was quite large, and well fitted out with two queen sized beds, separate sitting room etc. My misgivings relate to an overall impression that it was generally rundown and could have been much cleaner. The covers on the beds were very worn and felt gritty; and we were not given a doona, just a very thin blanket, inadequate for the night temperature. Fittings, veranda floors etc were dusty and the place just seemed generally neglected. The hosting was similarly a bit disinterested and unengaging. We appreciated the individuality of the decor, and the work that had gone into making a unique environment, but in the end were left wishing that we'd made a different choice.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Our stay at La Dona Luz was nice. We stayed in the Santiago room. Our room was furnished with many antique wooden pieces of furniture. Our bathroom was large and the tile work was beautiful. The breakfasts were good as we enjoyed delicious waffles with strawberries. The young lady who works there is sweet and helpful. The only minor issues we noticed were that the windows were dirty, When we did open them, the people in the courtyard were smoking and the smell of it bothered us. That was our fault for not looking into this. Other than that, the location is perfect.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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State College, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is definitely the best place to stay in Taos. It's comfortable, beautiful and the host and staff could not be nicer. We've had the opportunity to stay in almost all the rooms now and will only stay here when in Taos. My sister and her family joined us here last year and also rave about it. If you want a great experience, this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed out stay at Doña luz. We had a fabulous room that was decorated with many antique artefacts and artwork. I loved the authentic adobe fire we had in our room.
Breakfast was delicious and very filling.
Thank you Paco for making us feel so welcome. You are doing a wonderful job.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

First, while our stay was brief, it was truly memorable due to the care & attention we received from Paco (our friendly host) and his staff. The Taos Information Center recommended this B&B which is right in the heart of "old" Taos and across from the Kit Carson house & museum. Paco recommended a restaurant about a block away and it served fantastic New Mexican food and drink. The interior and exterior of our adobe abode seemed right out of a 50's western film. I've attached a few pix so you can get the feel.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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51 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2013

We really enjoyed this B&B and would stay there again. It's full of beautifully carved wood furniture, and each room has a theme (Spanish, Indian, etc.). We stayed in the Santiago, which was very nice; however, it has a skylight, which makes the room nice and light during the day, but allows the sun to shine in awfully early in the morning. For us this was not a problem, as I had a sleep mask and my husband wasn't bothered. Nevertheless, it's something to inquire about.
The inn is quite close to the Plaza, and breakfast was adequate --- continental, with the option of fresh waffles. I never did meet Paco (the owner), but the staff was friendly and helpful. Many of the guests are "regulars," and it's easy to see why.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Marcos, TX
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100 reviews
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We have stayed here every year since we first discovered it 8 years ago while researching a place to stay with our dog. When I stepped into my room that very first time, my first reaction was that I couldn't believe that anyone would allow dogs in such an incredible place.

Because La Dona Luz is not just a place to stay, it's more of a work of art, created by the family who originated there. The property itself is a part of Taos history, and each room is filled with authentic New Mexican antiques and art. I have stayed in many different rooms, each of them offering a special and unique theme. Almost every room has it's own little courtyard or outside area where you can just sit and soak in that incredible Taos sunlight. It's also in a perfect location, and almost everything on your "to-do" list will be within easy walking distance.

The owner, Paco, is an absolutely wonderful guy, who goes far and above the call of duty. (He's also the artist who creates these incredible rooms.) My example being how he helped two of my friends plan and execute an impromptu wedding in 2 days without any notice or notification beforehand. One of the best weddings I have ever been to. So, be careful, this place is the kind of place that inspires people to get hitched!

La Dona Inn is truly magical. I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else when I am in Taos.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: La Dona Luz Inn, An Historic Bed & Breakfast
Address: 114 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, NM 87571-7012
Location: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Taos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Taos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Dona Luz Inn, An Historic Bed & Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Delight in the ambience of our quaint and colorful adobe inn. Our rooms are richly decorated in the Taos tradition and feature a large collection of fine art, Native American and Spanish antiques.Located in the heart of the historic downtown area, just a few steps off the old plaza. Recommended by The New York Times and USA Today. Featured on The Travel Channel series "Romantic Inns Of America". "The Essence of Old Taos". ... more   less 
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