Kachina Lodge Resort and Meeting Center
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... at the sustainable community you see only parts of houses above ground and funny shapes for the roof. In the visitor centre we watch a documentary about how they build the houses and how they work, requiring basically no utilities at all. They generate their own power from solar and the wind and then store then harvest the energy into batteries from which the power is transformed when needed into DC current appliances. They also capture all their water in large ...
Complete change of scenery and weather !
We left Moab a few days ago and travelled towards Durango in Colorado.
Just before reaching Durango we visited the Mesa Verde Nation Park, which offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. We visited several cliff dwellings, one of them ...
... community which is awesome! The only plant that grows well here on its own is sagebrush, which is not edible. It is possible to grow a good amount of food year round in the earthships, but if food production was supplemented by food forests it would create a huge abundance of food! It is going to be really exciting to see Mike Reynolds and Sepp Holzer work together to turn this desert into an oasis in the next few years!
A little more details on yesterday...i headed south from Trinidad thru Raton to wards Cimarron down 64. This is some of the most desolate land i have ever seen. Long straight highway, pronghorn antelope on the side of the road and it even looked like the stunted cactus didnt want to be there. In the middle of nowhere, one pronghorn was just sitting along the side of the road near the barbed wire fence (yes even in the wastelands there is barbed wire fences, imagine ...
... drinking water. You can see inside part of the Pueblo, where residents run shops selling beautiful artwork, crafts, and food. But aside from that, it is hard to learn much about their culture. The Taos Indians are known for being secretive, and say that centuries of oppression and religious belief mean they cannot and will not share their detailed verbal history. Their native language, Tiwa, is spoken only and will ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
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.