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“Beautiful Place”
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Casa Gallina
Ranked #1 of 23 Taos B&B and Inns
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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14 reviews
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“Beautiful Place”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

My husband and I spent five days at Casa Gallina in October, 2013. He had been there before we were married, but words and pictures could not describe how beautiful it is. Our casita was warm and welcoming, and we appreciated the lovely late afternoon spread that Richard provided. This was the studio casita which was perfect for two people. The kitchen was well stocked and Richard even provides internet access as well as a laptop right in the casita. What a great convenience! The fresh eggs from the chickens out in back were over the top. Richard was a wonderful host, recommended restaurants and especially a spa with natural springs (about an hour's drive) which was wonderful. We loved the fireplace, since it was chilly when we were there.
What a perfect romantic spot to be in with my husband.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Richard Spera has created a restorative oasis in the desert!

Casa Gallina, a stone's throw from Taos Mountain, is an enchanted artisan inn where detail, design, charm, and generosity intersect. Upon arrival, I walked into the stunning "Leghorn" casita greeted by pinon wood perfectly arranged in the fireplace, a bottle of red wine, fresh eggs (thanks to the chickens on the pastoral property), local goat cheese, and the attentive, stylish and thoughtful host himself.

The casitas and surrounding gardens inspire deeper breathing and a country pace (exactly what I was looking for in a trip to Taos). And Richard matches the beauty of the shangra-la he's created by providing his guests with a nourishing and rejuvenating vacation experience. This is a magical place not to be missed!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2013

I loved this place and it's wonderful host Richard. We'd shared our two bedroom split with our sinister and brother in law in June 2013 on a stop and go trip that started in Albuquerque, and made stops in sante fe, Taos and then on to Durango for our daughters wedding. What a lovely setting ..... I could have sated a week. A great location with a backroad to many wonderful restaurants. Richard has the take on all the great places. I learned about chickens here as there is a grand chicken house and many chickens, we had fresh eggs every morning. A well equipped kitchen and lots of details in our casa. I wish we had taken the time to use the kitchen more as well as the grounds, next visit I will plan a trip to the store and cook more using the fresh herbs and eggs Richard shares. I spent some time just watching the chickens and they are so unique. Although we did not have a child traveling with us there was one in the casa next door, the toddler was mesmerized by the chickens. What a great place and excellent value.

Room Tip: We shared a split two bedroom that had a washer dryer in one bath that had a shower, the other room...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Grass Valley, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2013

Mid-September 2013, my birthday and my wife asks where would I like to spend it. We are on our first road trip in 30 years, somewhere between the Grand Canyon South Rim and Tulsa: I say Taos, thinking I always wanted to see that hard ball mountain where the powder snow was so good. She hears, "Taos, artists' community." A match made in heavenly miscommunication. Richard Spera, owner and creator par exellence, brought it all together for us, with such attention to just the right details and the so very rare ability to connect with us intimately but not intrusively. A true life experience. Be there or miss out: one of life's easy, best choices! Chuck Farrar, Grass Valley, CA

Room Tip: View from Bantam Roost private deck is killer!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

Fortunate is the traveler who is given the experience hoped for. The extraordinary Richard Spera greets with a smile so warm and sincere. In this enchanting setting, under the protective wing of its sure-handed host, you will be cared for. We left Houston with cluttered minds, but fell into the calm, effortless,precise rhythm of Casa Gallina. Unhurried luxury.
For me, Taos is at its best in the quiet of winter...the pungent pinon, fresh snow falling gently, and breathtaking stars. But there really is no "lesser" season here. They are all gems.
At the end of a week, we closed our casita door with regret. Hopefully, this second visit will be followed by many more.
Oh, did I mention Richard's lovely surprises for my 70th birthday celebration, the wonderful Shawn, the sweet dogs, and the resident hens (as well as Big Daddy, the imperious rooster) who gift you with the most intense, distinct eggs ever?

Room Tip: I was graciously allowed to tour all of the casitas. Each exudes its own charm. The photos on the...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denver, CO
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107 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed December 12, 2013

We absolutely love this place. Richard, the proprietor, was born to do what he does. He is attentive without smothering, kind, and he has thought of everything. From the snacks he leaves waiting for you when you check in, to the fresh eggs every morning from "the girls", this is an absolutely otherworldly experience, and we recommend it to everyone going to Taos. it's the kind of place that you (at least I) hope to find when travelling. We've been multiple times, and intend to return often.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2013

When our fave hotel in Taos was sold to corporate chain and declined thereafter, we looked around and found this gem. Stayed here in February of 2012 and just thought to review it when planning our next Taos visit (TA site won't let me go that far back, but we found Casa Gallina on TA). Richard wasn't home when we arrived, but he'd left snacks, beverages, and a personal welcome note. We had corresponded with him leading up to our arrival, and his directions were perfect. When he saw that our curtains were opened the next morning, he knocked and greeted us with all the info needed PLUS some pastries and eggs. When Richard wasn't busy (rare), he showed us the chickens and his other casitas, which were even more impressive than ours. He puts his blood, sweat, tears, and his own labor into the art of hospitality. Our bungalow included full kitchen with basic cooking supplies and a few stock groceries, including the frequent delivery of fresh eggs. Upstairs: bedroom (queen), bathroom (spacious enough), and porch with a hammock (declined to use in cold February). Downstairs: living room with satellite tv, couch, fireplace, mini-desk, and kitchen with quaint table seating. Wi-fi worked better downstairs. Richard was kind enough to let us use the laundry machines two steps outside our door to wash our ski clothes before leaving (no charge). The location is not near the action of Taos, but we go to Taos to ski so Casa Gallina is fine for us. Clean, private, perfect for those wanting more conveniences than hotels.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Casa Gallina
Address: 613 Callejon Rd, Taos, NM 87571-5144
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Taos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Taos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Gallina 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the edge of town in a quiet, pastoral setting, Casa Gallina's three gorgeous adobe casitas offer an oasis of home for visitors exploring the Taos area. Spacious, charming and just a five minute drive to historic Taos Plaza, each casita is decorated and appointed with furniture, art, antiques, and textiles from New Mexico, Old Mexico and the world over. Casa Gallina feels truly like your home away from home. ... more   less 
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