Hotel Don Fernando De Taos
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The sunrise was beautiful and it was cold as we headed out this morning. Our first stop was artsy Cadillac Ranch which some guy in the 70s paid some artists to do something creative with some cadillacs. So they buried the front ends and painted them. We found it fairly easily and decided to walk the dogs out to it---BIG MISTAKE. The dogs' paws and our shoes were caked in clay like mud. So we ...
... and keep you from sliding.
Finally decided on Doc Martin's inside the Taos Inn. Both had wonderful entries and a nice glass of wine. From there on the the Alley Cantina where we visited with our bartender friends we have made over the years. There was a nice jazz trio playing and we had a good time visiting with them and enjoying the music.
Nice anniversary and took the High Road home and got to enjoy some more beautiful scenery.
Entry by Matt:
It is hard for me to grasp that this is our last day at the HIVE. I feel very grounded here but everything still has the feeling of novelty. I belong here, the Earthship community feels like home.
Yesterday we helped work on a rebar dome at the Brewery and received our certificates for completing the internship. The dome will be used as an outdoor stage at the Brewery. It has all the largest mountains as a backdrop which will create an amazing atmosphere for a ...
While we were circling Taos and Abiquiu on our map of New Mexico, I noticed that Santa Clara Pueblo was very close and circled that too. (Before that I had had no idea where it was.) I had inherited a pot made there, and two years ago, at the Southwest Indian Art Fair in Tucson, I looked for Santa Clara pottery and met the potter Judy Tafoya. She gave me a brochure with contact information, so when I saw we would be so close ...
Left Durango this morning after a visit to the laundromat and a great (shared) take-out breakfast from Oscar's a few doors down. On the way to Taos we saw the Taos Earthship Biotecture project (west of Taos in the open scrub land). Very "interesting" structures -- like from a different world. We crossed the impressive Rio Grande gorge (oodles of street vendors trying to sell their wares to the people stopping to look at ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Don Fernando De Taos
Not worth it for skiing
The room was okay and clean, however, the amenitites were very lacking. I wanted to spend some time at the hottub after a long day of skiing. However, the water was not hot at all and at a low level, and not always open all the time. When I asked the front desk to help get the water to be up to a suitable level and heated, they said they will send someone over to look at it. But noone shows up, so I ask again after 20 minutes, and they said they sent someone over to look at it. Again, nothing changes and I ask again, then slowly some cold water comes up from the bottom.
For the aggravation and time wasted, I could have stayed a bit more modern hotel with a working hottub for the same amount and a clean room. I do not recommend staying there if you are skiing.
Overall, the room rate was good= $55 a night on their website(internet rate), comfortable and good sized rooms, free continental breakfast, clean.
Our main goal in visiting Taos was to go skiing, and after a long day of being on the slopes, what could be better than hitting the hot tub and soothing your muscles? It's a hypothetical question, because their "hot tub" was more of a half-full tepid tub. We read raves about this place having the best hot tub in the area, and when we finally got there, it was barely big enough to fit the four of us. Not that big of a deal, except that the water level was less than half, and it never rose above a lukewarm temperature.
When I arrived, there was a bit of a delay in locating my reservation. Not to worry, I was upgraded to a suite. Although I didn't use the fireplace, it was nice to know it was included, along with a small fridge and coffee maker.
The suite was more than enough room for my 2-night stay. The hotel is arranged in small sections with courtyards, and my upstairs suite was quiet and pleasant. A large group of kids with an athletic team (playing in some sort of tournament, I guess) were staying there too, and I was not disturbed at all by any extraneous noise as you might fear.
Although not in the "downtown" area of Taos, this is a great place to relax and chill out.
Don't Stay Here
Very outdated, unkempt, with apathetic staff. The reservationist at Fechin Inn recommends this place probably because her boyfriend works there. But you'd be so much better off staying somewhere else for what they charge you to stay here.
Friendly and perfectly adequate
I visited during Thanksgiving 2004 with my husband and 1-year-old. It's not fancy; it's your slightly-above-average-Holiday-Inn-type of place. The rooms were clean and well-kept, and the front desk was very helpful with cribs, etc. The indoor pool was very nice on this freezing weekend. The hotel's only drawback is that it isn't in walking distance of anything interesting, unless you consider Wal-Mart to be interesting (it's across the street). Surprisingly, the bar was hopping - there was live music throughout the weekend.
Great family hotel
Stayed here at the end of March for a hockey tournament.
Had king suite -- lots of room for adults and kids -- great pool area for communal dining and entertainment!
Good location awaay from downtown plaza, June 7-9, 2004
It's no longer part of holiday inn, and quite worn, but suites are nice with fireplaces, refrig in room, just ask to be upgraded. Pool in outdoors. Near movie theater, across the street. and other restaurants nearby, but about 15 min drive to where tourist areas are... we got the best rate by checking on orbitz, then calling hotel direct, they matched orbitz.
Great value in Taos
My wife and I visit Taos every ski season and typically stay at a local bed and breakfast, but decided to hit Don Fernando this last time. The place is very affordable and accomodating for the price. If you are looking for an affordable hotel in the town of Taos then this is your answer. Drive up rooms are nice to lug skis in and out also.
We stayed here for a few nights to do some skiing at Taos. It's a clean place with a home-spun atmosphere as opposed to the usual Holiday Inn business traveler feel. I can't speak about the restaurants evening fare but for breakfast it was more than adequate. It has a small bar that's kind of fun for happy hour, most locals. The rooms are clean, fresh, and not terribly tacky (but this is not 4-star). I will stay here again.