I opted for the Sagebrush Inn as it seemed a little more pleasant than a generic chain motel without being terribly expensive. But, I found it a bit run-down and not really worth paying twice as much as one of several nearby chains.
The Sagebrush Inn has an appealing Southwest-style lobby and patio area that suggests it at some point had aspirations of being a nicer hotel. But, by the time we got to our room, it was clear the Inn is past its prime. We had a mini-suite, and while the room itself was attractive with adobe-esque walls and log beam ceilings, it had virtually no furniture - besides the bed and murphy bed, only two chairs and a small table in the whole large two-room suite. Literally nowhere for the three of us to sit in the living area without pulling the Murphy bed down. Closet space, but no luggage racks or other surfaces to put a suitcase on. The electric heater had fallen off the wall (not a big concern for us since it was summer), as had a picture above the Murphy bed. There was a mini-refrigerator, but it was oddly located inside a TV cabinet where it generated heat that couldn't dissipate; don't know if it was because of the location or just that it didn't work, but it was barely below room temp. The windows had no screens, preventing us from enjoying the cool New Mexico evening and requiring us to run the A/C all night just for ventilation. We don't care much about TV, but it was odd that all the channels were "snowy" since it was cable. The pool was "temporarily" closed for repairs (we could use the pool at the Sagebrush Suites next door), but the amount of accumulated rainwater and algae growth suggested it had been out of service for a long time.
The Sagebrush Inn serves a choice of several good hot breakfasts included in the room rate. The staff that I interacted with were pleasant and helpful. Most of the rooms are set back from the highway around a tree-filled courtyard. Our mini-suite had lots of space, two TVs, and a microwave. At half the price I'd have thought it a bargain, or it would be a good value at the price we paid if better kept.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A historic Taos landmark, the Sagebrush Inn opened in 1931 as a 17 room hotel, catering to guests traveling by carriage along the trade route between New York and Arizona. Today, the newly restored Sagebrush Inn & Suites offers 156 graciously appointed guestrooms and suites, onsite dining, meeting and event space, and much more. A mix of modern comforts and conveniences surrounded by historic Southwestern charm. The Inn's scenic grounds offer graceful portals, patios, and traditional brick walkways connecting courtyards ideal for gathering, all with spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. With an outdoor swimming pool and three hot tubs, finding somewhere to unwind is easy at Sagebrush Inn & Suites. Interiors feature a classic Southwestern art collection by some of the most well respected regional artists, traditional kiva style fireplaces, authentic hand carved furniture and other historic touches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sagebrush Inn Hotel Taos
- Sagebrush Hotel Taos
- Taos Sagebrush Hotel
- Sagebrush Inn & Suites Taos, New Mexico