From the other reviews it seems this hotel is under a new name and new ownership and has improved from its earlier incarnation. The price was right, especially for Taos, and included breakfast, wifi, hot tub, and indoor pool. All of that was true, but there are still some issues.
The beds and bedding appeared new, the carpet also, things were freshly painted, and no bad smells. The room was big, the bathroom was small. The tv was large and flat-screened, but the picture was fuzzy, sort of like watching a 3D movie without the magic glasses.
One remaining issue for the new owner must be the plumbing, which was old and stained and the bathtub/shower drain was sluggish to the point of clogged and obviously had been for a long time. The shower head was at shoulder level on my 5'6" frame so prepare to duck as you shampoo. All of that may take time to fix, but at least they could have properly cleaned the toilet, which had accumulated grime and God knows what around the seat hinge. Ugh.
Wifi did not work at all in our first room. They moved us to another where it seemed to come and go on a whim. Their techie was unable to explain that and implied that it was our computer's problem. But we got great wifi with the same computer as long as we were in the lobby, and occasionally from the room, so I don't think so. There is also a courtesy computer in the lobby for quick email checks, but you have to wait your turn while the staff's children use it.
Breakfast there was, as long as your tastes run to cold cereal and Hostess-brand danish. There was a do-it-yourself waffle iron that makes great waffles but there was only one of it and each waffle takes 2.5 minutes if the operator knows what they're doing. If the guest ahead of you needs instruction, it takes longer. The hotel couldn't have been at more than 50% occupancy but there was a big waffle backlog at rush hour, with guests teaching guests how to do it. If they ever expect to fill the place, they will need at least two more of these and/or a staff person on hand to assist. And some fruit. Orange juice was the closest thing to fruit in evidence. Add some fruit, maybe some individual yogurts, a couple more waffle irons, and the breakfast would be fine.
The hot tub was large and hot, the pool was large and warm. No problem with either. The problem was, neither one was open at 4:30 in the afternoon because of chemical treatment and cleaning. This on a winter day on the weekend in a hotel that caters to skiers. And the cleaning part was bogus because when they did re-open there was trash still left around from the previous night, including unidentifiable objects on the bottom of the hot tub.
On the plus side, the rooms are set well back from the main drag and so are very quiet. They allow pets and there is a big vacant lot next door that makes for convenient business outings with a pet.
Oh and did I mention the price was right?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recently under new ownership with improvements underway in 2017/18! With all new updated rooms, refreshed lobby/breakfast area, updated indoor pool/spa. We look forward to welcoming new and previous guests to experience our new updates in the coming months. Our team extends much appreciation in the patience and support in the completion of our progress. We look forward to a successful outcome with a new and improved guest experience for all! Warmest Regards, TVL Team of Taos, NM ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Odigeo, TripOnline SA, getaroom.com and Evoline ltd so you can book your El Camino Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Whitten Hotel Taos
- Paragon Hotel Taos
- El Camino Lodge Taos, New Mexico