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The Historic Taos Inn
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Taos
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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“Choose your room wisely if you value early-ish sleep”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

My wife and I love Taos - and New Mexico as a whole. We visited for the second time last month on our annual spring ski trip. Usually we stay at the cheapest and nastiest dives in town - figuring that after a days' skiing, you are so tired that a good hotel room is not necessary. This trip we did it differently; we stayed at 6 different places in 17 days, and the Historic Taos Inn was second on that list. It's certainly got plenty of charm - from the slightly crumbling adobe exterior, the narrow and winding car park entry road, the mezzanine seating in the main building, the cool bar....it's a lovely place to spend some time. The problems we had were just two - firstly, our room 120(in the aforementioned main building) was tiny. Barely enough room for two people to move around in. Bed was OK but crammed into a corner, couldn't really get out very easily. The main advice here is to use the hotels website and read up on rooms before you book(we didn't do this) - some are very different to others. The other issue is the every-night live music - the bands set-up next to the bar in the main building...just below our room, and those others in and around the reception area. The bands were generally setting up around 4pm - just as we got back from skiing - and music began from around 6ish until 10ish. This does not sound bad at all but....it was SO loud in room 120(they do mention this on the room guide on their site. We didn't see it and they didn't mention it at check-in). If the band had been playing IN our room(which would've been tough given how small it is) it could barely have been any louder. I'm not prone to exaggeration but even I was pretty depressed by it - we just wanted to relax, had serious jet lag and were exhausted from skiing Taos. There was no escape. I'd hate to give a bad impression of this cool hotel but beware of the live music if you value your rest.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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mexicotomaine, General Manager at The Historic Taos Inn, responded to this review, 20 April 2014
Dear hjworton-

Thanks for your feedback. You are right in alerting that folks should spend the time to pick their room. Your location, which represents just a small fraction of the hotel(6 of 44 rooms), is typically booked intentionally by individuals and couples wishing to be a part of the "living room of Taos". They want to people watch and enjoy the music. Your needs were to have some privacy and tranquility, which we do offer in the remaining 38 rooms on the property in our gardened courtyard, in the Helen's House, Sandoval House, and other areas of the main building. Your location above the lobby and bar was not appropriate for your needs. Had we been made aware of the situation, and we had the inventory to provide another accommodation, we would have gladly done so free of charge.

By the way, the funky cracked plaster you indicated as part of the charm is not on our building, but our neighbors. As is typical of pueblo style adobe architecture, many of the buildings have shred walls, and it is impossible to tell where one property distinguishes itself from it's neighboring properties.

Certainly hope that you might join us again. Thanks for all of the positive feedback about your experience.

Chris
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We've stayed at the Taos Inn twice now, most recently in March, and came back for the atmosphere, the location, and the Adobe Bar. Not much had changed in 10 years, and that was part of the problem. Somewhat randomly, we picked a room (not the cheapest either) in the Sandoval House. When we checked in and checked it out, it took shabby chic to a new low (as others have mentioned), with emphasis on the shabby and not much if any chic. The lighting was non-existent, bathroom was rough, and bed in particular was a deal breaker - the mattress sank to the floor when one of us sat on it, it was so soft and beat up. We would have been crippled after a night on that one. I've never actually done this before, and my wife was mortified, but I went back to ask for a different room with a tolerable bed. The good news is that an accommodating registration person didn't bat an eye but switched us to a room in Helen's House with no fuss, and it was a substantial improvement. That said, the furnishings still belong squarely in the category of "funky," not luxury, but the bed was normal at least. Other less-than-perfect aspects included the heating, and I guess A/C, which came from a rather noisy built-in unit, and our room had only a shower stall, no tub (but the bathroom itself was good sized and comfortable). I suspect (but never checked) that we were bumped up to the next price level in the process. That would mean it takes some significant money to get to the more decent rooms, and thus diminish the relative value.

But in the end things were clean and comfortable, the people were friendly and helpful, the location (and easy parking) remains ideal, and the lobby/bar is a great place at most any hour - but especially when the margaritas are flowing. All in all, about a 3.5, depending on your priorities. We weren't there to hang out in the room, and Taos and the surrounding area is terrific. But my guess is that it's time for a general makeover to the Inn, atmosphere preservation or not, for the parts that matter to ensuring a good night's sleep.

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mexicotomaine, General Manager at The Historic Taos Inn, responded to this review, 13 April 2014
Dear Kay4213-

I am very sorry to hear of your assessment, especially as a repeat guest. It is especially difficult to hear in light of the investment and care we put into this much loved building. Your description of the decor is certainly not what we aspire to, nor would I find that reflective or accurate. None of our mattress in the Sandoval house are old or soft, so I am at a loss there. The room you were upgraded to was a king in the Helen's House, which was built in 2006. The shower design is intentional and befitting to the design of the rooms and the open space and sense of luxury in the bathrooms. Most of our customers enjioy this feature. I am sorry that it was not up to your expectations. I agree that our next investment should go towards improvements in lighting options.

In the 10 years since your last visit, we have completely replaced all of the mechanical systems, including plumbing and heating, completed gutted and replaced all of the bathrooms and fixtures, replaced all of the beds, carpet, and furnishings in every room. Additionally we have replaced our lobby floor, installed a new bar, new kitchen floor, new roof over the whole property, in addition to building the Helen's House wing that you stayed in. I could go on, but your impression is what is important, so I certainly appreciate the opportunity to look at these comments and figure out where we can make adjustments.

Please feel free to contact me if you have additional more specific observations that you would like to share. I can be reached at (575) 758-2233 or at csmith@taosinn.com. I certainly hope that your experience does not deter you from a future visit to Taos.

Chris
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We have stayed at the Taos Inn numerous times over the years but this last trip was the first time we shared the experience with our best friends. They had never been to northern New Mexico before and were truly "enchanted" by the experience. From the trip up on the high road through Chimayo to the joy of open mic night to the scenic gorge and the drive around the enchanted circle, they were awestruck each and every day. The Inn was our home base and, as always, we were treated like their most special guests of all. I would recommend the Taos Inn to anyone who was planning a trip to that part of the country!

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

The Taos Inn was a cute and historic hotel. But we had a problem. Our TV was unwatchable. We called the front desk and she said they were having trouble. It never got cleared up the entire night. There was another TV in different room. We tried that, and it didn't work at all. This room, by the way, cost us $243 for one night.

As we were checking out, we told the front desk about this, that we had no TV for the night. They NEVER gave us an apology. They never said a word about it as we paid the bill. No discount, no nothing. We will never stay there again. For that price, I would like a TV we could watch. BOTH TVs not working? Unheard of for a $243 per night room.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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mexicotomaine, General Manager at The Historic Taos Inn, responded to this review, 13 April 2014
Dear Richard y-

Thanks for letting us know of your dissatisfaction. From the notes we keep for the night in question, I see that you notified our front desk, and were offered alternative accomodations. I agree that this was not the right solution, as the manager on duty should have taken the time to pay you a visit and attempt to assist with the television. I do not have other complaints from that evening, but I do see that there was a problem also occurring with the satelite in our bar, which can occurr, though very rarely, when snow has covered the dish. The bar is seperate from the rooms, so I am still at a loss as to why your connection was behaving poorly.

Nonetheless, we do believe that a well functioning television set is an expected accomodation, especially during March madness! We have adjusted your invoice with us to reflect the missing amenity. Please understand that this is not the norm, nor do we ultimately have control over things like weather or the satellite tv vendor. However, we do feel it is our responsibilty, and delight usually, to deliver service, which in this case, we failed. Thanks for letting us know.

Please feel free to contact me directly shoudl you have additional comments or further questions about our hotel.

Chris
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Always a treat to stay at the Old Taos Inn! The atmosphere is historic/eclectic and it is always the place to be on the weekends, especially in the Adobe Bar. Food is great at Doc Martin's. We have been eating there for over 20 years and are rarely disappointed. Our waiter was superb!
This was our first time to stay in an inside room in the old original part of the hotel. The music and partying died down promptly at 10 PM, so not an issue. The room was a bit quirky as one would expect, but generally adequate. Nothing upscale, but comfortable. The kiva fireplaces in the old part of the hotel are decorative (unlike in the newer rooms) due to fire codes. Our only complaint was with the front desk clerk when we checked in. She had a really bad attitude, especially when we tried to check in at 1 PM instead of the published 3 PM check in time. The housekeeping manager was sitting in the bar, but they told us we could not check in until 3 or later, even though there were no other guests waiting ahead of us. No effort made to accommodate us at all, no apologies, and very unpleasant.
Oh well. Not perfect, but we will come again.

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Parker, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

Fun people and great atmosphere. Enjoyed the bar and the music and the location of the hotel was perfect for walking around. No pool or spa. Really not a town for kids. We did drive out to the Rio Grand gorge bridge which our two boys enjoyed. We enjoyed the Taos Diner for breakfast.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

What a special place. 4 of us ladies and our 3 year old shared one large room with a fireplace and it was great. Loved having coffee in the lobby in the morning, and the food at the bar and Doc's was outrageously good! Great fun lively bar music scene in the evenings with locals, and the staff were so helpful. I'd make this a destination!

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Property: The Historic Taos Inn
Address: 125 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571-5901
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Region: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Taos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Taos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Historic Taos Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quintessential adobe inn located in the heart of the historic district. Legendary Doc Martin's Restaurant on site. Live music presented nightly in the Adobe Bar, fondly dubbed by locals as "the living room of Taos". Rooms indvidually decorated and uniquely adorned, many with seasonal wood-burning fireplaces. Full service fitness center entrance and yoga classes at Shree Yoga Studio inclusive. "An Adventure for Visitors, a Traditon for Locals" - Travel and Leisure Magazine ... more   less 
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