Functional rather that funky. A review of Quality Inn
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.