If you have to go to New Mexico then this is the place to stay. Santa Fe (known locally as Santa Fake) and Albuquerque should be avoided - they are both ghastly - but Taos is still a charming and quirky small town with a number of interesting galleries, some good restaurants and interesting sights to see in the vicinity.
Desperate for somewhere decent to stay having had a disaster in Albuquerque, I rang a friend in Colorado for some advice and she steered me to this place. Much of it was built 200 years ago and the couple who now own it have been there 16 years (she was a former Mayor of Vail, and is as quirky as Taos itself and wonderfully helpful) . Each room has its own theme - mine was the Georgia O'Keefe room - and every room has a wood fire, laid and ready for a match. Perfect. The bathrooms tend to be very small and the baths too small for British tastes, but there is the usual range of bath robes, toiletries, slippers etc. Also books abound, DVDs by the hundred, CDs to suit most tastes and on your pillow at night, in place of the ubiquitous chocolate, there is a dream catcher. Breakfast was utterly delicious - anything you want - fresh fruit juices (truly fresh - I spend my life trying to explain to hotelliers that juice squeezed the night before is not fresh), smoothies, eggs cooked in every way imagineable - we had French toast made with croissant - you name it you get it. And for the first time ever in the U.S. decent coffee. And a choice, too.
In my mind New Mexico was a place where the mildly eccentric come to live, people trying to avoid the hazards of 21st century living, new age hippies and those wanting to drop out of the humdrum of urban striving. Well - here at the Inn on La Loma Plaza is about as close as you will get to this ideal. And the beds and pillows are sensationally comfortable. 3 or 4 new rooms are being constructed at the moment - the bathrooms will probably be better, and I'm sure that the standards will be as high as for the rest and the care given by Peggy Davis and her husband will be as attentive as ever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inn on La Loma Plaza is an historic Taos landmark located near the downtown Plaza providing intimate and luxurious accommodations. Sequestered behind high adobe walls, the Inn has expansive grounds, towering trees, and commanding mountain views. The spacious guest areas feature high ceilings, fountains, green plants and quiet corners. Most rooms have private patios or decks, sitting areas in front of the wood-burning fireplace, mountain views and include a full breakfast. One-bedroom studios, one and two-bedroom suites with kitchenettes are also available. AAA Four-Diamond rated for twelve years in a row. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn On La Loma Hotel Taos