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“Getting Tacky” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Monte Sagrado

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El Monte Sagrado
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
Naples, Florida
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150 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
“Getting Tacky”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

The hotel seemed very nice on our arrival. The reception was somewhat lacking in that you pass by several large conference areas and ballrooms to get to the reception area.

The grounds were nice.

We were in a mountain view room which really didn't show you much mountain at all. The room was worn and dark. Carpet needed replacing.

The hotel was supposedly non-smoking but we had smokers on all sides. We couldn't enjoy the outdoor balcony because of this. The front desk said they would "come over" but we requested that they not since the smokers were young rough looking folks and after hearing about the gangs in NM we decided it would be better to smell the smoke than deal with any blow back. It seems like the biker crowd was here for the weekend.

Won't be back to this hotel - they seemed to have lost control.

Stayed July 2014
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Kelly R, Executive Assistant at El Monte Sagrado, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We work continuously to update and upgrade our property and these projects are ongoing. We strictly enforce our no smoking policy and we do not have gang members or other unruly types staying here. Bad behavior is not tolerated and we do escort guests off the property if they fail to comply with our policies and proper decorum.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Merritt Island
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68 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

My family and I stayed here for a week in February and used the property as home base for daily ski trips in the mountains up north. PROS: The place is beautiful and the rooms are tastefully done. The decor is awesome and the gas fireplace was thoroughly enjoyed in the dead of winter. Housekeeping is very accommodating with coffee, linens, etc. CONS: The front desk personnel were stoic, unfriendly and unwelcoming. The location is a bit out of the way from downtown area...walkable but a bit of a hike. We changed to the Taos Inn on our most recent trip and although it is a downgrade, it is way, way funner.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Mike3500
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Kelly R, Executive Assistant at El Monte Sagrado, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Thanks for your response. We use all feedback as training opportunities and appreciate your comments which point out areas for improvement.
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Denver
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25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

Yes, I am reading the recent reviews and am not surprised. I have stayed there twice. The first time was before Marriot's name started appearing on their website--the stay was amazing. Service and food was excellent, attention to detail was spot on, and the overall feel of the place made one want to return. Last time I stayed Marriot's name was omnipresent and the service was missing along with the attention to detail. This is a shame because El Monte is a special place that deserves handlers that live up to the aesthetic vision of the place. Somebody had it right at one point and whomever is presently calling the shots needs to figure out what went wrong. Ladies and gentleman, it's time to right the ship.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank bhight
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Kelly R, Executive Assistant at El Monte Sagrado, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Sorry you were unhappy with the service. Our standards have always been high and will continue to remain there. We continue to work on training of new staff to reach and maintain these standards. Please feel free to contact us directly with specific issues we an address. El Monte Sagrado is still independently owned an operated by the Kessler Collection but it is member of Marriott's Autograph Collection brand and is not owned by Marriott.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in early July 2014. Grounds and pool area were nice and it is close to town. Those are the good things. The hidden fees, the noisy rooms, and indifferent staff are the not so good things about the place. This was our last stop on a long vacation to New Mexico, stayed out other "lower" grade Marriott's during the stay that had better service and way better experiences.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Kelly R, Executive Assistant at El Monte Sagrado, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
We hate that you left here less than completely satisfied with our resort. There is no excuse for service below our standards and we will refocus our training efforts to resolve this. Any fees should be disclosed when you make your reservations and if they were not, we need to know so we can address that issue. Please allow us to redeem ourselves on your next trip to Taos.
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Pueblo, Colorado
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

We stayed at El Monte Sagrado this past weekend with high expectations from it's 4 star rating, description and pictures. The room was clean, unique and lovely (Taos Mountain) and the grounds are absolutely beautiful (best part of the experience). The pool and hot tub were also wonderful. The down side is the Restaurant and all the extra fees, which seems to be consistent with a lot of other reviews. The service at the Restaurant was very poor and the waitress was so rude that we ended up ordering dinner in the bar. The food was average at best and high dollar for a bar. Breakfast was even worse, very pricy and food not good at all. My husband paid with his credit card and left a 20% cash tip and noticed that he was charged a 20% gratuity charge on top of this. We also were charged $21 dollars for self parking which is an unnecessary fee. As mentioned in other reviews, water is $5 a bottle in the rooms. Beautiful property but would probably not stay there again because of all the extra petty fees.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Jazzqn50
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Kelly R, Executive Assistant at El Monte Sagrado, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Thank you for your review and sorry we failed to live up to your expectations. If we have the opportunity to address your concerns and issues on the spot we can usually resolve them to your satisfaction immediately. Please contact us and we will correct the gratuity duplication for you. Our goal is provide every guest with a positive memorable experience but we are unable to do that if we are unaware of problems that arise during your stay.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

I couldn't decide whether to rate this hotel average or very good. The grounds are unique, serene and beautiful. We enjoyed the setting of the hotel. We booked a Mountain View room that was nicely appointed and clean. It looks just as the photos depict. The 'bathroom' can be completely open to the room (except for the toilet) or shut off by curtains. In a strange place at night we like to have some kind of lighting to guide us to the bathroom, but like to sleep in a dark room. The best we could do was to pull all the curtains and leave the makeup light burning. It was still very bright. The second night we kept our phones handy to use as flashlights. The room had a gas fireplace, as well as a balcony. Very nice. However I got the impression that once one built the beautiful hotel, he or she lost interest in the project! One of the most pleasant and appreciated parts of our stay was our interactions with a very professional valet named Marcos.. He simply could not do enough to make our stay enjoyable. The biggest downside to the stay was the restaurant. The food was simply not good. In fact it was awful! There's no happy hour in the bar -- really no reason to try to eat or drink there. The hotel is .4 of a mile from the historic pueblo. A pleasant, doable walk. We had breakfast at Michael's one morning. It was such a treat-- perhaps the best meal of our 8 day trip. It's a very humble place, buzzing with locals. Try it! To get there make a right at the major stoplight between the hotel and the pueblo. Walk about 4 or maybe 5 blocks. It's on your left. We had drinks at the Taos Inn. Great bar. And they do have a happy hour. One more tip: Be sure to drive the 20 mins or so to see the Gorge Bridge. Well worth it!

Room Tip: The Mountain View Rooms are lovely. Bring your own night light!!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank PatM208
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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43 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

We stayed just one night at El Monte Sagrado in July 2014, and had an excellent experience!

The grounds are beautiful, a really serene setting. My husband and I stayed in one of the casitas, Tibet, and slept with a window open to listen to the waterfall just outside. The décor was exotic and charming, luxurious without feeling formulaic. We had dinner and breakfast at the hotel's restaurant, which was fantastic! Really delicious food and great service.

All the staff were helpful and friendly and welcoming. We weren't sure we'd be able to make the check-out time of 11am, and they were able to work with us on that. We will definitely return!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Sarah W
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Property: El Monte Sagrado
Address: 317 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, NM 87571-6405
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Region: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Taos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Taos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — El Monte Sagrado 4*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just three blocks from Taos Plaza, El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa offers a secluded yet indulgent sanctuary. In harmonious coexistence with its natural setting, El Monte Sagrado is surrounded by towering mountains and rustic high desert, sunlit, fish-filled streams, tropical flora and the sounds of calming waterfalls. Guests are inspired by the nurturing ambiance and mystique of the resort. ... more   less 
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