Kachina Lodge Resort and Meeting Center
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I headed for Taos, NM today. Some of the drive was through some nice scenery. Near Taos I came across Earthship Biotecture, a group of houses built with natural and recycled materials using solar and wind for power. I stopped and ...
... folded against the chest, and the head), and they strongly believe in this deity as simply sleeping, to rise again some day and fight for the lands lost by their nation. As we crossed into New Mexico, we encountered miles of industrial properties, derelict buildings, tourist traps etc. Mile after mile. What does it tell you if there are 967 or so Pawn shops PER MILE, followed closely by pay-day loan hovels. Cheeez.
... a mini Grand Canyon.
Just outside of Taos we see a community of aptly named "Earthships", built with tires and recycled materials (earthship.com) .
The weather was kind of forbodeing and we decided not to paddle but instead go to Taos for an evening of dining and dancing.
We did a walk around the older parts of Taos before we went to eat enjoying all the sights and sounds as usual.
It was not as crowded as in the summer but the traffic was still backed up through the downtown ...
... was the correct one to drive on she decided I could be the navigator, probably wise. We went to the Taos Pueblo, the oldest continually inhabited community in the country. Native Indians still live in these dwellings as they originally existed, but as they remain without power and other modern conveniences it tends to be more the elders that continue to live here rather than the younger generations, though the younger generations do still live ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
Historical Traveler Reviews Kachina Lodge Resort and Meeting Center Taos
Normally, we stay at another hotel when we're in Taos but on the last trip we weren't there to hang out and shop, we went to find property. So we thought we'd save a few bucks since we didn't plan on spending much time in the hotel anyway, and we found a great price at the Best Western. For decades now, the Best Westerns have been the first place I look for a room when traveling. But like I said, we have another place in Taos we prefer but under the circumstances, we booked at the BW. What a mistake! They gave us the key and we went to our room. It looked like a poor attempt at a remake of the Bates Motel. My wife and I looked at each other and I said, I've never stayed in a room like this in my life. I don't think I'll start now." She concurred. We went to the other end of town and found a satisfactory room and then returned to the BW to cancel our reservation. We told them what the problem was and they offered to find us another room but if they had a better room, why didn't they give it to us in the first place? We later found out that there is an old part of the hotel and a new part. We're told the new part is very nice. So, the moral of the story is; if you choose or have to stay at the BW Kachina Lodge tell them you want to stay in the new part of the facility or at least ask them to show you the room first.
Great Value in Taos
What a find! We were priced out of the Ski Valley and stayed at the Kachina this Christmas. Much value for the money: renovated room, large dressing area, free wireless internet, free wine and snacks in the bar, and a full hot breakfast. There's even a shuttle to the slopes. We'll definitely return.
Unfortunate: A Diamond in the Rough
This could be a great place, but it is not. The current management does not know that they have a diamond in the rough or worse, they just do not care. Our room was filthy, the carpets old, the bathroom moldy, the windows in bad condition, etc. The breakfast buffet was poorly presented and we were glad to go in town just a few blocks away. I would not go near the hot tub. On a positive note, someone with a bit of imagination could quickly turn this place around and make it the magical motoring haven that it once was. I know because I stayed there when I was 9 years old in 1965 and immediately remembered the place when I drove up for the first time in almost 40 years! Ian Schrage, where are you?
If you are looking for a super value in Taos this would be a great choice. While not the most elegant place to stay in Taos, there are a lot of great things to say about the Kachina Lodge. The nightly Native American dancing was wonderful. The free wine in the afternoons was a huge bonus. The breakfast food was not good, but the setting was really neat. The hot tub was simply gross, but the pool was nice. The Kachina Lodge was very colorfully appointed with local decor (ristras, vigas, etc). I had a bit of trouble with the staff on the phone (refused to honor the internet rate, was a smart-alec about it & hung up on me - don't count on getting the "election year special") but in person, the staff was very kind & accomodating.
we chose this place because of the location, but that was the only redeeming feature. the place is in terrible shape and badly in need of renovation. the curtains were torn, the carpet and comforters were filthy and there were even spiders on the floor. the "full breakfast" was sparse and very poorly prepared. we ate at a restaurant in town instead. i would strongly recommend staying somewhere else.
Needs renovation badly!!!
Needs renovation badly!!! From cold water in the showers to non-smoking room reeking of smoke to poor breakfasts...this place needs a complete redo! Love Taos, but will NEVER stay at the Kachina Inn again! Oh yes, being on the first floor...you can hear everything upstairs...like people stomping around in their ski boots all night long. Staff needing lessons in courteous behavior also! We will try a bed and breakfast next time!
The service was great. Very nice place.
This hotel definately needs renovation. Pretty decor doesn't make up for sagging beds, inadequate lighting and either hot or cold room temps. The room was okay for the bargin price compared to other rates for available rooms at the time of our visit, but we would not stay again unless serious inroads are made to improve accomodations. We only received two free breakfast coupons, we were not told we had to get them daily from the desk. The buffett for that breakfast wasn't worth it anyway. The food was cold, served portions skimpy and very unappetizing. It was worth paying to get a better breakfast in the coffee shop. The restaurant menu was limited and a bit pricy, but good.
We have stayed at the Kachina Lodge several times but haven't in the past few years. We remember it as a wonderful hotel, large swimming pool and within walking distance to town. Well I don' really know where to begin. The good points first. The rooms are large, the pool is great especially for kisd and of course the Native American dances nightly.
The rooms are really spacious but the place is...
The rooms are really spacious but the place is a little run down. The service in the coffee shop was atrocious. An older woman with black hair was downright rude. Food though is great. They have a nice gallery too. They have an indian dance every night and that's pretty cool. And breakfast is a full buffet that is worth getting up early for. The establishment is 40 years old and it shows. Really could use some repair work and major clean-up.