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“This is the Bates Motel!!! Danger! Danger!”
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Taos Trail Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Ojo Caliente
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“This is the Bates Motel!!! Danger! Danger!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2012

I stayed here on 9/5/12. Upon arrival, no one was there. Two hours later, someone arrived. The room was scary. Windows broken, an open hole in the back of the cabin, the keys to every room hanging on another cabin door where laundry was stacked to the ceiling. Big and little bugs abounded. It smelled bad. My travel companions were so freaked they ditched me and stayed at Ojo, but my dog prevented me from leaving too. I made it until 1:30, and then, terrified, I called my friends and demanded they come get me. Worst night I've ever had in a hotel. It's right on the highway, and trucks zoom by, or worse, stop for some unknown reason. I sat with my shoes on, and the flashlight in my hand until I couldn't take it any more. The owners are dangerously lax and this place should be shut down.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Dana K, Public Relations Manager at Taos Trail Inn, responded to this review, 10 May 2013
Sorry for your bad experience but at the time you stayed their the new management had just taken over and were in the process of remodeling all the rooms, they needed it badly.
They had been updated for 30 years and you must have gotten one of the old rooms.
The new rooms have had extensive remodel, all the walls, bathrooms, beds and furniture have been replaced with new every thing and no one should have that experience again.
Thank you for your feed back. Public Relations Manager
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Linden, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2012

The pace is so much slower. Solitude. And, the newe owners have done a marvelous job in decorating and upgrading. The difference between what was then and what is now is as a pig is to a prairie dog. They are two totally different animals. The new owners have done an excellent job. I see the Taos Trail and Lomita Lodge as what Durango, Co. was about 50 years ago. There was a great restaurant up there by the name of Sweeney's which years ago had the best steaks in the Western USA. Well, now Taos Trail Inn can lay claim to that honor.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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corona del mar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

loved the host
loved the comfy beds
loved the firepit areas located around the property
WISH the steakhouse had been open but guess I'll have to schedule an encore trip
the thing that made this the most special was all of the funky art and quirky corners filled with treasures.
i actually had an entire itinerary planned out but the gracious inn keeper gave me so many good local adventure tips: earthship compound (off the grid eco houses), hiking the gorge, hiking ghost box ranch...that I ended up spending less time at the spa across the street (Ojo Spa)...and that was a good thing because the spa is okay but NM is gorgeous and I am glad that I spent less time in spa mud and more time hiking in red dirt.
My room was so interesting. the footboard was actually attached to the ceiling above the bed and I think that this helps to illustrate what a different sort of inn this is. There is a visual treat at every turn.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Denver
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

Our cabin had nice decor and linens, but they couldn't overcome the poor quality of workmanship in the cabin. Plunger was provided for kitchenette sink that always needed encouragement to drain. Porch light had an electrical glitch and there was exposed copper wire to a heater. Scary. Shower had no light and no place to put your soap/shampoo/washcloth, etc. The bath sink fixture (spout/handle combined) was wobbly and ready to fall off. Beautifuil glass sink needed some CLR to remove its hard water stains. Windows were cracked, filthy, badly painted, and wouldn't lock. Deadbolt on front door wouldn't lock. Brad nails were sticking up on kitchen floor transition. Going barefoot was a high-risk behavior. While there was a TV in the room, there was no cable or satellite--you could only watch movies. Rooms at the spa might be more expensive, but it would have been money better spent. Motel sits 30 ft. away from a 2-lane highway. Lack of exterior lighting made it difficult to see on approach at night. Also, the exterior needs considerable TLC. It has been pretty much ignored. This place needs a lot more work to bring it up to a standard acceptable to most travelers.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2012

We love Ojo Caliente spa and Artesian restaurant, but over the Christmas holidays lodging there starts at $140 per night.

Taos Trail Inn offered beautiful rooms (we stayed in Chama) for $85. In addition to the amenities (hot chocolate, refrigerator, fine furnishing, DVDs in the room) we could park close to the room, the staff was friendly, walkway lights turn on at night, and it's charming.

Taos Trail Inn is now our first choice for lodging when we visit Ojo. Check out my uploaded pictures.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cripple Creek, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

I stayed here! It was awesome! Reminiscent of those comfortable old adobe inns back in the good old days, this hotel is tastefully decorated and pleasantly appointed! Comfy beds, ample covers, (it was chilly November) and very pleasant and gracious hosts! Went to the Hot Springs who need to get over themselves ($$$$$) but love the steaming waters anyway. The Lomita is on the main drag in tiny little Ojo Caliente and a must stay for travelers going to, through and beyond to Taos, Santa Fe, Alberquerque and beyond along Highway 285! Plenty to do, visit the Ghost Ranch where Georgia O'Keefe spent years painting the New Mexico Landscape, hike the Copper Canyon, explore Santa Fe, Escalante, Espanola and Taos, raft in the Chama or the Rio Grande, horse back ride with Equine Escapes to secret ruins and visit the many museums, shops and culteral exhibits dotting the landscape! Thanks to my gracious hosts, I had nary a problem and enjoyed every minute of my 2 nites in this wonderful place!

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2011

As one who has traveled extensively all over the world, I would love to share with my fellow travelers my experiences with Lomita Motel, and the genuine care that was offered to my friend and I while we were guests.

We had toured the place, and decided that it was perfectly priced, and very convenient to the Ojo Caliente spa that we were planning to enjoy.

When we left the spa it was late, and were bone tired. The owners met us, were incredibly gracious to us, making us feel at home. We opened the door to not only a very clean room, but a cozy friendly atmosphere. Lovely decor, comfortable beds with fluffy down comforters,(yum), television, and a nice choice of movies!

We both slept like babies, and then enjoyed a large spacious bathroom, and fluffy towels. It was closer to a B&B experience...but bed only! :-)

I highly recommend the down home, clean, sweet comfort that this little motel offers. What a find!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Taos Trail Inn
Address: 35305 Highway 285, Ojo Caliente, NM 87549
Region: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Ojo Caliente
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Ojo Caliente
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly Remodeled!!! New Owners!!! Affordable lodging in Ojo Caliente, NM, the Taos Trail Inn offers a friendly staff, comfortable beds, rooms with a real feel of Northern New Mexico and a restaurant and brewery on site.Located within a 1/3 of a mile to the mineral springs and walking distance to no less than 4 restaurants and shops.Agree with old reviews the place really needed the total renovation it has now. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Taos Trail Inn & Lomita Hotel Ojo Caliente
Taos Trail Inn And Lomita Lodge
Lomita Hotel Ojo Caliente
Lomita Motel Ojo Caliente
Taos Trail Inn Ojo Caliente, New Mexico

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