If you are traveling to historic Taos, New Mexico and want to spend a night or more, there are a variety of Taos lodging options available in a wide price range for visitors to choose from. If you want a charming B & B or inn, here are some options:
Casa Benevides offers thirty-three rooms in six buildings on historic Kit Carson Road. Most rooms have either wood-burning fireplaces. Each room is has its own unique southwestern décor. The public rooms showcase both traditional and contemporary Native American art. They are known for their breakfasts. Non-guests are welcome for breakfast with advanced reservation.
The cozy, secluded Dream Catcher Bed and Breakfast is located on the west side of town, about a ten minute walk from the historic Plaza. Innkeepers, John and Prudy, with the loving assistance of Jake, the hypoallergenic house dog, provide a welcoming ambiance. Each of the seven rooms and suites, all with private baths, are named for something uniquely southwest and the décor reflects the name. They all open onto the back courtyard hidden from casual view. Guests begin each day with a filling breakfast prepared by the innkeepers before heading out to explore Taos and/or the great outdoors. Need suggestions on where to go and what to do? Just ask.
El Monte Segrado, now part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, is another AAA Four-Diamond property with an interesting twist. It was conceived and built as an eco-property and offers many unusual features including its cutting-edge water-treatment system, The Living Machine™. This holistically designed eco-structure naturally purifies the resort’s waste-water using plants and micro-organisms and then recycles it through the property. The resort’s Biolarium houses the pool and portions of the Living Machine™ system offering a lush semi-tropical environment in both the Biolarium and the Gardens dining areas. El Monte Segrado features geo-thermal heating and cooling. The resort is an oasis of tranquility and offers guests accommodations in unique suites or more traditional rooms. If you’re a fan of retro accommodations, the properties original building, amid-century motel has become the renovated Casitas. If you really want to relax and pamper yourself, book a treatment at the Living Spa.
Looking for a romantic getaway? Hacienda del Sol, on the northwest end of town, has been named one of the top ten most romantic inns in the country by USA Today and Sunset Magazine called one of the top twenty most romantic in the southwest. The back of the property has phenomenal views of Taos Mountain. Owners Gerd and Luann Hertel have a strong hospitality background developed over years in the cruise industry. Hr was Corporate Executive Chef for Norwegian Cruise Lines and later worked for Celebrity Cruise Lines. He opened three of the restaurants on Royal Caribbean’s fabulous Oasis of the Sea. The inn’s twelve guest rooms are all unique, decorated with southwestern flair. Some rooms have fireplaces. They serve a full breakfast daily.
The Inn on La Loma Plaza, an AAA Four Diamond property, is located on historic La Loma Plaza a few minute’s walk from the center of town. The historic adobe home sits on a small hill behind tall adobe walls affording guests quiet, privacy and great mountain views. Décor in the handcrafted interior is eclectic; antiques meet southwest creating a unique Taos style. All the uniquely decorated rooms have fireplaces; most offer mountain views. Start you day with a full home cooked breakfast. They pride themselves on top-notch service.
La Fonda is the oldest hotel in Taos. There has been a hotel in this location on the south side of the Taos Plaza since 1820. The current incarnation, La Fonda opened in 1937 amd renovated in
La Posada de Taos was Taos’ first B & B. It’s located in a historic adobe once the home of Bert Phillips, one of the founding members of the renowned Taos Society of Artists. The secluded location is an easy walk to the Plaza. Located behind adobe walls, the inn has wonderful plantings in summer. The six guest rooms, decorated in Taos-style, have mountain views. Most have fireplaces and private patios. Original art adorns the walls throughout the hacienda. The Innkeepers provide knowledgeable concierge service.
If you’re a Georgia O’Keeffe fan and even if you’re not, you may have heard of Mabel Dodge Luhan. She came to Taos in 1919 with her third husband. After meeting Taos Pueblo member Tony Luhan, she divorced hubby number three and married Luhan. It was an enduring if unconventional union. O’Keeffe’s first visit to New Mexico was as Dodge Luhan’s guest. D.H. Lawrence, Martha Graham, Ansel Adams, Karl Jung and many other luminaries were her guests. Now you can stay here too. Mabel Dodge Luhan House is a B & B and small conference center adjacent to the Taos Pueblo. If you have a sense of history this may be the perfect place for you. You can stay in O’Keeffe’s former room or in one of the other rooms her famous guests occupied or choose to enjoy the panoramic views from Dodge Luhan’s former solarium. Some rooms have fireplaces. The cottages have shared baths.
The Taos Inn opened in 1937. They offer forty-four rooms, most with wood-burning fireplaces. Some are recently renovated. Located a block from the Plaza on busy Paseo del Pueblo Norte, it is the home of Doc Martin’s Restaurant famous for their chile rellenos.
If price not charm is your main criterion, some of the major budget hotel chains and other motels can be found on Paseo de Pueblo Sur and US 64. To get a more comprehensive picture of Taos’ lodging options check with the Taos Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns, the Taos Visitor’s Center or Taos Ski Valley.
Authors’ note: In some cases, we were provided with complimentary lodging. This generosity has not influenced this post in any way.
Read more about Taos:
Take the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos
Things to do in Taos, part one and part two
Touring and encountering the Remarkable Women of Taos