The Historic Taos Inn
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... drive out to it!! Quite a small farm...and a very expensive gift shop. I have to say though...Our car has smelled wonderful ever since! We also spent a couple of hours at Ghost ranch where Georgia O'Keefe lived and painted. It was easy to see just WHY and HOW she must have been inspired. It is a little piece of heaven doubt about it. I at this point thought my bag of tank tops was gone forever and fell in love with a tank top here. I had looked at the prices of ...
We drove the Enchanted Circle yesterday and these are a few of the pictures that I took. It was cloudy and rained on us a little. Had lunch in Taos at a Mexicsn resturant and then went grocery shopping. Real exciting but on Monday we were driving back from Mike and Kristin's and stopped for gas in ...
... the native americans have lived continuously for 1200 years! Their celebration on Christmas Eve centres around vespers in the church followed by a native dance where they light massive bonfires and shoot blanks into the air with shotguns - a pretty wild experience and something uniquely New Mexican!
Christmas Day was really lazy and after a fabulous brunch, eggs courtesy of "the girls", we headed off in the early afternoon to check out Taos ski valley and the girls ...
... our houses, our house is "The H.I.V.E." (no one in our house knows what it stands for yet). As soon as we arrived there was a collective sense of amazement! This place is dream house! To top it all off, there are mountains everywhere which make the landscape epic and majestic! Now that we got groceries, I feel very comfortable here ...
... the Taos Pueblo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America and another World Heritage site. The pueblo is known for its multi-storied pueblos and is purported to be the inspiration for the pueblo-style architecture prevalent in this area. We were lucky enough to visit when the pueblo was celebrating the Santa Cruz Feast Day and performed a "Corn Dance" to bless the fields. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Historic Taos Inn
We reserved a room with a kiva (pueblo fireplace) and were so happy to find firewood and starter waiting for us. We have enjoyed the fireplace on these cold nights during our stay. Staff is wonderful, they showed us to our room, showed how to get the fire started, have been so helpful with any request. The shower appears to have been recently updated. Room is very clean, very comfortable. We highly recommend a stay here and we will return.
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The service. particularly at breakfast in the morning, was really friendly. however this was one of the more expensive places that we stayed in and we didn't feel that it was value for money. Nice decor but a little tired around the edges. The room was very dark with no options for increasing the light due to lack of sockets/lights and the en suite was very small.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Historic Taos Inn
The Taos Inn is charming
First of all, The Taos Inn is a little quirky and a little funky and the rooms are small and the hotel personel are a liitle casual but that being said, it is by far my favorite place to stay Southwest. It oozes charm and warmth. The restaurant is great and the little bar is a blast and the people watching is fun. There are a few new cookie cutter hotel chain places now popping up in Taos so if you need squeaky clean to be comfortable try one of them, but if you want great atmosphere and location, stay at the Taos inn.
We were not impressed with the Taos Inn.. As one reader had written, showing her age. The staff was very gracious and the restaurant was nice. Our room was nice but very small. It really wasn't much different though than staying in a small motel other than the decorations... The heat would not go off and this is summer. When you turned the AC on, made noise all night long. Though the flower gardens were pretty they all needed weeding. We were looking forward to sitting in the hot tub, hich was not working and looked as if it had not been in use for awhile. I felt for the price it was not worth it.
Don't let the parking area worry you, the rooms are just wonderful! We visited the Taos area 3/4 and 3/5 and stayed in room 302 a courtyard suite and I would highly recommend this inn. We did not dine their but many did, and is highly rated. The suite has the old style quality that just is wonderful, the floors squeak, the wood ceiling, heated bathrooms, even a closet, all very authentic! The fireplace worked great, and more wood just a phone call away, the staff was most courteous and helpful. I would stay there again if ever the oppurtunity should make itself available.
Cozy & Historic But She's Showing Her Age
We have stayed at the Taos Inn several times and each time the experience has been different. The first time (01), the accomidations were wonderful and the food in Doc Martins (the attached Resturant & Bar) was EXCEPTIONAL ! The second time we thought we had just drawn a "older"suite that needed attention. The last time we stayed there(03) The room was a joke. The room smelled, the furnishings were worn out and we listened to the wind wistle through the windows all night. The floor sloped terribly and its cleanliness was questionable. We ate in the resturant and the food was fair. I have been very embarrassed by recommending the Taos Inn to family and friends.
We loved the convenient location and our room was good sized but a bit noisy. Front desk and restaurant staff were helpful and friendly. The lobby is a comfortable place to relax and get a real feel for the old southwest. Make sure to eat at Doc Martin's!
Nice hotel fantastic food
I stayed here in September 2003 and thought the rooms were nice and the hotel has the South Western charm one expects.
The bar downstairs has live music most nights and the Doc Martins restaurant is well worth experiencing with an extensive wine list.
Also the location is ideal being just a minute away from the main Plaza. Private parking at the back.
Overall taking into account the location and restaurant/bar/live music, then I think it was well worth the money.
Poor front desk service
Unfortunately, we stayed at the Taos Inn during the Solar Musical Festival. The desk person was very busy and overwhelmed, and didn't return our credit card after checking us in. When she realized what she had done, she put the credit card into the safe and didn't tell us or anyone else where it was. The next day we realized we were missing our card, called the office, and the next person on shift said no, it wasn't there. We checked back 5 times, and were told each time that it wasn't at the desk. Finally the person who had locked it into safe returned, said yes, she had it, and that we should have remembered it, with no apology! We lost a whole day, and left Taos a day early. In addition to all of this, there was no parking left in the lot, or in the overflow lot, as music festival attendees had taken it over. It all was very disappointing, and our experience with this woman at the front desk was abysmal.
A genuine taos experience
I live in Taos and my family always stays at the Historic Taos Inn when visiting. We have always found the staff at the Inn to be very helpful and friendly. The restaurant serves a unique and tasty selection, and the service staff is knowledgeable and efficient. My family and I always make a point of eating there at least once during their stay.
The rooms are, indeed, quaint, adding to the charm of the Inn, which is right in the middle of town. Good music in the lobby, too. I highly recommend the Taos Inn for a genuine Taos experience.
(By the way, re: the review from TX in which one of the front desk staff is referred to as a "moron"--there IS a post office two blocks from the Inn, right on the main road. Incredibly hard to miss it. There is also another post office a couple of miles north of town, in El Prado. This must be the one our gracious visitor stumbled upon after missing the one he was directed to.)
Nice room, great food, okay service
Stayed in mid-June 2003. Room was excellent--a bit pricey for what you get but it's quaint and clean. Quiet also.
The front desk help at check-in was very helpful. A little later, around dinner time, they seemed harried and preoccupied.
At the restaurant (rated one of the best in the city), we had to wait for someone to even acknowledge us. We were seated right away though, which was nice. Food was EXCELLENT. Get the chili relleno, chipotle shrimp, and pork tenderloin. AMAZING (we ate breakfast there too. I recommend the huevos rancheros or the omelette of the day).
The next morning, we needed a post office. The moron at the front desk was less than knowledgeable and told us to walk a few blocks down the street. After spending half an hour walking aimlessly and not finding a post office we decided to get back to the hotel, check out, and then figure it out. We found the post office she was talking about--maybe 2-3 miles from the inn. Not very bright. Oh well. Was a good stay anyway.
The hotel bar was not as fun as they make it out to be. More like a bar that local drunks like to frequent and stare at the tourists. We were also yelled at on the street by some teenagers in front of the inn.
Guess there's not much to do in Taos unless you're into bad art and shopping.
We enjoyed the inn and the food, but not the necessarily Taos itself.
We loved the Taos Inn and the food and service at the resturant was great. The staff was very friendly.