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Palacio de Marquesa
Ranked #7 of 23 Taos B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 30, 2013

We booked here based on friends's recommendation, though dated. On our arrival we found the place to be in a bit of a shamble. We were the only ones staying here and the place was being sold to new owners on the day we were to depart. The fact that spring had yet to appear here was cause for some of the shambled look. However, the outside needed some cleaning and the decorative outdoor lighting needed to be turned on. (We might have been the solo guests but we did pay a high price for the place.) Almost all of the outdoor decorations had been removed.
Rose was delightful and the room had all the amenities we could expect. It was quite, clean and well supplied. Having fresh ground coffee in the room was special for us.
Why the original owner did not fix the shower selection button is beyond me, but we made do.
The breakfast was perfectly balanced and not excessive - this was appreciated.
With new owners taking over on May 1, all prior assessments, including this one, are null and void. I hope the new owners can make good use of this great location and facility. Please repair the hot tub. We would have used it, if it had been working. It appeared that it has been out of order for a long time.

Room Tip: Ask about the hot tub. You may not want to use it but if it has been repaired, it might reflect on...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed at this wonderful Inn nestled in a very quiet residential neighborhood about a 15 minute walk to the Plaza during our two night stay in Taos. It is a beautiful place; very relaxing and tranquil. We were greeted and welcomed warmly by one of the Inn keepers who checked us in and showed us to our room several steps from the main house. There were some snacks offered in the living room of the main house though no drinks of any kind were available. Given the price of the place we found this amenity lacking. It would have been nice if wine, beer, or sangria was offered or at least some kind of juice. There were many menus available in the living room for us to choose a restaurant in the area. We chose Graham's Grill both nights we were in Taos.

If you walk to the Plaza and the main part of Taos, we suggest you walk straight up Montoya Street to Kit Carson Street. There is not any traffic on this road and it is safer than the other way.

Each breakfast we had was delicious, unique, and plentiful. The hospitality of the Innkeepers each morning was warm, attentive, and inviting. After breakfast, we toured the area including the Taos Pueblo which is an easy 15 minute drive from the Inn. After many hours of sightseeing we were hungry and tired. Instead of going to a restaurant, we decided to go to the local grocery store to buy some cheese, bread, wine, and other snacks and went back to the Inn to enjoy them in the courtyard by the fountain. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable way to end the day of driving and sightseeing. Later, we enjoyed the comforts of the living room as we spent time getting to know another couple who were guests of the Inn.

It was disappointing that the jacuzzi was no longer working and the available sauna was not in a very welcoming place to enter. But overall, given the location, beautiful inn, accommodations, breakfasts, and hospitality of the staff, we would recommend this Inn during your visit to Taos. It is not an inexpensive place to stay but a treat if you can afford it!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Rio Grande room which is spacious, has a large jacuzzi shower, separate living area...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We made last minute reservations to Casa de las Chimeneas and were so glad we did. The hospitality of the hosts Diana and Rosie were outstanding. Our room the Library was the best. This suite is part of the original home with all the character of an old southwestern hacienda. It has a living area, seperate bedroom and well appointed very large bathroom with two person jacuzzi, spa shower and seperate toilet area. It also had a private outdoor area with two small wrought iron tables and chairs. All around the grounds were areas to seat and relax. Two tv's and a clock/cd player with a few southwestern cds was provided. We enjoyed a wonderful full homemade breakfast prepared by Rosie. Even got her secret to the black bean recipe! Hint...it's white wine in the onions. We did not partake of the afternoon hor'dourves since we had dinner reservations at Lamberts. Lamberts Restaurant is within a 5 min. walk and was outstanding in every regard. Just be careful walking down the street since there is no sidewalk. Little traffic though. We walked to the plaza in about 15 mins. Again, sidewalks are an issue in Taos. But the walk was pleasant. I would recommend if walking take the Montoya street to Kit Carson instead of the main route. It's residential and takes you right to the plaza area. As for a previous review wondering what is happening with the Casa, well nothing but lack of tourists and rain. I live in NM and like everywhere else, July and August are hot and plants suffer with no rain. The plants were mostly xeric plants with fruit trees around the property and some very large old cottonwoods for shade. The gardens were perking up on our visit this weekend and looking good. The hot tub in question is not working, but 5 of the rooms have their own jacuzzi. Don't listen to the bad review, and plan a visit. You won't be sorry. I definitely plan to return. Pictures are attached.

Room Tip: The Library Suite is part of the main house and has tremendous southwestern character.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

This overpriced "inn" is a ghost town and seems like it is about to go out of business. The outdoor hot tub is "out of service" and steam shower in our room did not work. This is not to be expected in a room costing $329.00 per night. The grounds were in shambles and in need of attention. The night that we stayed there we were the ONLY GUESTS......and the absentee owner just happened to stop by (a rarity we were told) but did not make an effort to greet us as we sat in the garden area.....Something is going very wrong at this place.

Room Tip: I cannot recommend any room
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

We stayed three nights at this inn. We were upgraded to a larger room because of some noise that was coming from next door. We didn't really mind the noise, but the innkeeper noticed and volunteered to move us to another quieter room on the property. The hospitality was outstanding. We were constantly asked if they could do anything for us. We were very satisfied with the garden room and the other room we were moved into. Breakfasts were very good and the evening appetizers were very filling. The location was very convenient to the plaza.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

We were looking for a convenient place to overnight in Taos on our way from Santa Fe to Denver and this B&B was recommended. Due to the slow season we got a great last minute rate and it was terrific! The B&B itself was beautiful inside and out and our room was perfect. Wish we could have stayed longer! The room itself and all of the conveniences it included were top notch. And Rosie made the stay even better as she was so welcoming and helpful and prepared a wonderful breakfast! Absolutely would stay here again when in the area!

Room Tip: Quiet, Comfortable, Convenient
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

My husband and I have stayed at Casa de las Chimeneas whenever we've had enough time to spend the night in Taos, and those visits have included the summer, fall and winter. Regardless of the time of year, it's such a lovely place to visit. Our experiences have been consistently positive--from the comfort of the beds, sensitivity to special needs, charming and well-done room decor, the wonderful breakfasts, good coffee, informative and friendly staff. We especially appreciate the exercise room, too. If the weather is nice, you can walk to the Plaza and lots of very good restaurants less than a mile away.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 405 Cordoba, Taos, NM 87571-6571 (Formerly Casa de las Chimeneas)
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Taos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Taos
Price Range: $203 - $452 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Palacio de Marquesa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palacio de Marquesa is 2 1/2 blocks from the historic center of town, Taos Plaza. Built on 7/10 of an acre with a high wall and seventeen large trees around the perimeter, it seems secluded and apart from the bustle of town, yet is close to all the historic sites, shops and restaurants. ... more   less 
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