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La Dona Luz Inn, An Historic Bed & Breakfast
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We had previously stayed at La Dona Luz, but were in town for an impulse trip, without hotel reservations. We love the location - across the street from the plaza, and surrounded by great shopping and restaurants - so thought we'd give it a try. Luckily, we were able to get into the Rainbow Room on our first night. This is a large, two floor suite, with ladder access to the rooftop patio, which has a hot tub, potted geraniums, a patio area and the best views of Taos! We had planned to move on after the first day, but felt so welcome and comfortable at La Dona Luz, that we decided to stay on - and on! As "our" suite was booked for the next day, we were moved to the Santiago room. One of the sweet girls who works here told us to go on with our hike and that she'd move all of our stuff while we were out - which she did - twice. We stayed in the Santiago two nights before moving to the Yellow Bird Suite (off the patio.) All three rooms were bright and immaculately clean, with gorgeous furniture, paintings and decor, and kiva fireplaces. The owner's mother has contributed much of the painting and interior decoration, and the colorful touches and creative artwork make it feel like you are in an art gallery. Sound travels from common areas to some of the rooms, but this is to be expected by anyone who has stayed in bed and breakfasts, and is not troublesome. The breakfasts, served in a dining room off the patio, are tasty - cereal, breads, eggs, fruit, yoghurt, and waffles to order. Everyone who works here made us feel most welcome and were engaging and helpful about local happenings and places. The owner, Paco (who seems always to be working on refinements) stops what he is doing whenever guests come by and is ready with friendly conversation and genuine interest. This inn truly seems to be a labor of love for him and he takes great pride in the quality of his guests' experience. Having stayed here previously, three years ago, I can definitely say that the place is only getting better. For less than the price of most bland chain lodging, staying at La Dona Luz is a unique, homey, and welcoming experience.

Room Tip: The Rainbow Room is a great splurge!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank mizmhollan
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Nice Bed and Breakfast with several unique rooms. Rooms are beautiful and well kept. We spent a weekend in October in the Rainbow Room. This is a fairly large room on two floors and has a Hot Tub on the roof above. Not to hard to negotiate via ladder but my wife was a bit concerned. Overall this is a nice historic hotel.
Couple of Concerns:
1) If the Inn is fully booked it does not have adequate parking. Don't park in the parking lot next door, you will be towed.
2)The breakfast also does not come close to accommodating a full house. Not near enough tables and chairs. There was a good selection of items to choose from.
3) The heat is turned on centrally. We were there in October and it was in the 40's at night. No heat because they still had not switched for A/C to heat.
We arrived on the "Wool Weekend" and had a great time and several nice restaurants. Not a bad Bed & Breakfast but could use a bit of work..

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

This small place offers everything you can possibly expect: Suites with TV in each room, traditionally decorated, with kiva fireplace, heavenly bed, delicious breakfast, located in the heart of Taos, and all this for an affordable price. And if this would not be enough: Paco would do everything to help his guests, e.g. to find lost friends of whom you only know their names and that they live in Taos.

Room Tip: If you have heavy luggage, ask for the Yellow Bird Deer suite on ground floor
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Christine G
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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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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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Thank BobMar08
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