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Ohio City, Colorado to Taos, New Mexico "Earthships and Heavenly Beer" more beautiful mountains gradually change to scrubbiness in southern Colorado before crossing into New Mexico. We stop at the Rio Grande Gorge overlook, where the river has carved out a mini Grand Canyon.
Just outside of Taos we see a community of aptly …
This month's trip is coming to an end. We are leaving for home tomorrow morning. It's cool here ( high 50's). It has rained every afternoon this week but didn't t keep us from doing anything. We went hiking in the mornings. Here are some pics from our trips last week. ...
We took a hike this morning and this is some of the sites we saw. Very pretty but was all uphill.
We then drove to Taos. Looked around some shops, had lunch & then back to condo. Looks like rain again this afternoon. ...
... that can build a community like that. It is an ambitious goal, and would require a great deal of willpower to conjure into reality... good thing we are going to the Amazon basin where willpower is grown and cultivated!
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When I arrived on the Earthship Biotecture grounds that first Monday morning I never could have imagined what was in store. While learning about the building process this month I ended up learning more about myself. I am feeling ambitious ...
Travelling through outback Colorado and New Mexico you see an amazing variety of scenic landscapes from high mountains to sagebrush covered plains. One feature which stands out is the Great Sandhills of Colorado. These amazing high plains hills (9000ft) are in an alpine area banked up against massive mountains. They cover 300 square miles and reach up to 500ft in height. They are the result of thousands of years of sand/silt washing down from the mountains and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Quality Inn Taos
Nice experience and clean
Quality Inn Taos
This motel experience was really a pleasant one. From other Quality Inn experiences I was a bit nervous before checking in, occasionally expecting low quality. But this motel/ hotel really has a better standard and we enjoyed our stay very much.
The building fits into the style many buildings in Taos are built - pueblan style. The entrance door is a small wooden one, not one of those common big glass doors, and when opening the door you wonder what would be behind. It was really a funny feeling I got. Then we entered the hall and I really have to say, huge hall. Very nicely decorated with Halloween decoration.
Check in was great, the guy, wearing Halloween costume, was so nice and helped us so much. And we had a nice short chat about Europe as well... He even told us much about Taos and surroundings.
Adjacent to the big lobby are various comfortably furnished rooms like a lounge. There you can sit in and have a chat, or sit at the big nicely decorated fireplace in the lobby. There is a huge restaurant for dinner and you get your free cooked breakfast there as well. Furniture is southwestern style and there is a fireplace in the restaurant as well.
Rooms have in- and outdoor corridors as well, that means 1st floor rooms open to 2 sides. You can park right in front of your room. Rooms have big glass windows, more like balcony doors, I always like that when rooms are not dark.
Our room, with 2 queens, was really spacious and very nicely decorated with some southwestern style wooden furniture with carved decoration, a very decorative mirror and more decorative lamps. Beds and pillows were good. Unfortunately they do not cover the lower mattresses so you see they are stained. Furniture is really nice and makes me feel comfortable. We had a round table and 2 chairs, too.
A sign says there is internet connection but we could not find any cable and wireless did not work. Probably they had taken away the cable, but as we arrived late I did not want to call in the lobby to get a cable. Even saw no chance to plug it into any wall. Probably they use the telephone for internet access.
The room and carpet was clean as well as the bathroom and the small room with the sink. They use a nice dark red colour for their bathroom walls and the sink. There are real tiles around the sink and the tub as well as the floor is tiled. The tub looked a bit dirty.
Walls to bathrooms are not thin, you even hardly hear the own bathroom noises in the sleeping room, neither those of neighbours. But you can hear every word neighbours talk in the sleeping room. Walls room to room are really thin.
The public restroom of the motel, probably also used by guests of the restaurant, urgently need to get renovation, especially the doors and walls, as the floors. Those restrooms were very dirty in the morning.
There is a hot tub you even can use when it is cold, as it is indoor. They provide towels there. Unfortunately it was out of order. And they have a seasonal pool.
We got breakfast in the restaurant, one can choose from 4 menues. You can get tea or coffee and a small juice with food, but if you want milk or hot chocolate, because you or the kids do not drink coffee you are charged extra for it.
TV has more than 40 channels but not all worked. Coffee maker, ironing equipment and hair dryer are in room.
Good value,nice place.
This motel is clean,comfortableand quiet.It is located on the main road into town,in a quiet area.The driveway and parking areas are good.Each morning you have a choice of various complimentary breakfasts.We stayed here two nights in September,2005 and both nights ate at the hotel restaurant.The food is excellent,great chef,and inexpensive.The location is excellent for day trips.All the front desk people were very helpful and friendly.We would definately stay here again.
Inn was excellent after you get past the worn-looking exterior
My wife and I stayed here for two nights in September, 2005. The well-worn exterior and low price made me wonder if I had made a good choice. However, the room was perfectly fine and very quiet, the bar was nice and relaxed, the price of the room was very reasonable and the breakfast was GREAT. It was a hot, off-the-menu breakfast which was served to us at our table - promptly.
The pool and courtyard were also very inviting.
Quality Inn - Taos NM
Duration of stay Aug 18 2005 - 1 night too many!
Location - Just off main highway on approach from the South to TAOS - not a pretty location with a run down feel to it, near a number of chain restaurants, gas stations, grocery store, liquor stores etc - the unprettiest part of TAOS! 2 miles up the road and you are in a pretty part of the world - keep driving
Description - this is a horrid hotel with unkept, overgrown, crumbling parking lot and approach. The outside of the building almost looks derelict! The grounds were scrubby and a filthy outdoor pool awaits you.
Please do your self a favour and drive on.
The reception area is reasonable compared to the outside and lifts your hopes momentarily but don't get excited the worst is yet to come! The staff are friendly I guess in the hope that someone will actually stay with them!
There is a free breakfast in the morning from a choice of 4 plates but we didn't hang around to stay.
The swimming pool (very dirty) is in the middle of the courtyard.The bottom of the pool is flaking and just covered in dirt - it has got to be a health hazard!!
The windows are filthy and have not been cleaned in weeks possibly months
We checked into 2 rooms (group of 4 travelling).
Both rooms were identical dirty, worn and uninviting. The windows were filthy and covered in greasy hand marks - I have never seen dirtier windows!
We dropped of our bags disappointed but wanting to explore Taos.
On return to our room late that night we went to jump into bed only to find it WET!!!! I called reception who couldn't move us and said they would report it to housekeeping in the morning! Can you believe it !
We would have checked out of the hotel other than by the time we discovered this it was just too late.
Luckily enough there were 2 beds in the room - I am not sure what we would have done!
One point to be fair though the bathrooms ion the rooms were very clean - laughable really
Would you stay here after reading this !!?
We had selected a different hotel in TAOS but read bad reports about it and settled for this as the report were quite reassuring. Please ignore previous comments -this really is a poor hotel and for the sake of a couple of dollars more go closer into town.
We had originally booked into this hotel for 3 nights but only stayed one and it really was one too many -
There simply is nothing quality about the quality inn - a truly awful hotel in need of a good clean and money spent on it. Or just knock it down and start again.
We spent just one night in Taos, and the Quality Inn delivered. The front desk woman was very pleasant and helpful... she switched our room when we weren't happy with the first one (the first was a king room that overlooked the roof and was adjacent to the stairs). Our second room was pretty spacious with two queens, a large dresser, table and chairs. The room was standard in decor, but the price was right. However, we could hear full conversations in both adjoining rooms (thin walls). I would recommend that future guests ask for a room that is well-removed from other people. We did not have the complimentary breakfast because the restaurant was packed with at least eight other tables ahead of us awaiting their food... we simply didn't have time to spend an hour on breakfast. We also didn't use the outdoor pool due to the cool weather, but it looks like a great place, especially for families. The Quality Inn is located a good mile or two away from the plaza and shops, but worth the price.
Excellent in every area
My wife and I spent two nights here and everything was very good to excellent. Our room was large and very clean. Most of the staff were very pleasant and helpful. When we asked for restaurant suggestions, one of the front desk clerks recommended Vestini's (Italian) just a few blocks from the hotel, and our dinners were excellent.
We did not use the pool, but our room overlooked a nice large and clean outdoor pool in a courtyard area, which is great for families. Breakfast in the restaurant was excellent, and complimentary for hotel guests. Each day we got a choice of four hot breakfasts, including eggs and bacon, pancakes, or simply a continental breakfast. All of these were served on china plates and with china coffee cups, making breakfast very relaxing and enjoyable.
We stayed here some years ago and maintenance is still excellent. We very definitely would stay here again.
Quality is right!
The Quality Inn in Taos, N.M. was a perfect antidote to the expensive lodging for skiiers heading to Taos. It was conveniently located just off the highway, and the added bonus of a complimentary hot breakfast made it the perfect resting spot for our recent ski trip.
Good location. Has a heated indoor pool. Some of the nicest service people I've met in the hotel industry. Outstanding breakfast
Functional rather that funky.
Stayed here in November 04 for 1 night due entirely to the fact that the B&B we had booked on the web had to close due to circumstances beyond their control. They had booked us in here instead, so not our 1st choice.
Place is a Motel style building with an out-door pool (cold!) and indoor Hot-tub which we used and enjoyed.
Room was average, with usual American Motel blandness , (enter room, bathroom to left or right, 2 beds, tv, table, chair etc-you get the picture!). Very quiet room ,facing onto pool (which because it was cold was obviously unused ) but would imagine noisy when pool usable,so ask for room facing away from pool if you don't like noise.
Good bed-slept well,good shower.
One problem we had was with the heating system, (type as in use in most other U.S. lodgings). Due to noise when operating and also when automatically turning on/off meant we had to (as in all other places with same system), turn off completely, as, because of noise and ability of these systems to go from hot/cold by themselves we found it better to leave switched off.
Breakfast was included in rates and for once, (unusual in majority of U.S. hotels/motels), found they had a proper European style Dining room with private tables, no buffets and no queues! Not a gastronomique delight but good-ish when compared to other more expensive Hotels which offered poorer fare. A bit mean with juice glass size and no refills! Followed by Eggs and "Bacon"- really 2 strips of congealed fat stuck together- what do Americans do with all the good bacon???
Staff were stiff enough, no smile or chat, just usual sterile "good morning ,what can i get you..." with no heart or soul. This was a constant problem we had travelling thoughout South-West, to try and get over guarded, distant approach these states have in dealing with people/tourists. We can only put it down to been their nature/temperment and let others know that this is so and just be aware of it. We are not saying they are bad mannered or such, but this attitude does make you feel invisible and unwelcome.
Taos itself was very disappointing. It completely mis-represents itself on web etc, as we found it to be a mish-mash of a place, with a huge suburban sprawl and a very small, incredibly modern looking, 'historic Centre'. Obviously a lot of moneyed people have 'discovered' it and have attempted to re-design Taos to their own style and taste and messed up completely the image it must once have had.
Overall while the Quality Inn is not the Ritz, you could stay in worst places for the rates charged.
OK, nothing special
Smallish room, showing signs of wear, but on the top floor and away from the highway, so it was quiet. High-speed internet access worked OK. Basic hot breakfast in restaurant was good, but the wait staff was a bit overworked.