Many people don’t think of New Mexico as a ski destination, but there some amazing snow sport opportunities in the Land of Enchantment. Not only does Taos have a world-class ski resort, but it also is an artistic community with a historic district, a Native pueblo to visit, and some seriously scenic drives. The landscape is mesmerizing, the vibe is creative, and there’s always a fun event going on. As you plan your next New Mexico trip, here are some recommendations for the best places to stay in Taos.
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If you’re looking for a luxury experience in Taos, the El Monte Sagrado is an excellent choice. There are elegant rooms suites, historic casitas, and a collection of premier and global suites that have décor that’s “East-meets-West.” Some suites here even have hot tubs. Additionally, there is a lovely spa here that uses organic and indigenous plants and minerals in its treatments. Couples here enjoy the two romantic candle-lit treatment suites that are designed for couples. Foodies also enjoy dining at the De La Tierra Restaurant and making reservations for the private wine room. While staying here, you can also take an inspirational painting workshop, watch a live flamenco performance, and host well-appointed weddings and business events.
If you’re looking to stay in Taos’ ski valley, the El Pueblo Lodge is an affordable choice that is centrally located in town. This lodge was built in 1912 and originally served as a small ranch. There are now additional buildings and accommodations for suites here, but the lodge still retains its original charm and Southwestern style. For a little extra space and luxury, you can stay in the king room with a fireplace or the condo with three spacious bedrooms. This is a pet-friendly hotel with complimentary Wi-Fi and a complimentary self-serve hot breakfast. There’s a seasonal swimming pool on site, a hot tub open year-around, barbecue grills, a fitness room, and grounds with horseshoes and picnic tables.
The Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant is a great choice for ski-in/ski-out access in Taos. This is a welcoming log guest house filled with European antiques and three spacious guest suites. Two of the suites have full kitchens, there’s a sunny outdoor deck for the on-site restaurant and a cozy dining room indoors. Full breakfasts are included with your stay, and some suites have Jacuzzi tubs. While you stay here, enjoy tasty German-themed dishes to fuel your energy for the ski slopes, such as Wienerschnitzel and Käsespätzle. This lodge and restaurant are located at the bottom of Lift #4 in Taos.
If you’re looking for more of a bed and breakfast vibe, then Hacienda del Sol is a highly recommended place to stay in Taos. This romantic B&B offers great views of Taos Mountain, and the owners Gerd and Luellen Hertel are welcoming and accommodating. There are four adobe buildings on the property, which is about a mile north of the Taos Historic Plaza. There are unique guest rooms here with original art, Southwest quilts made by local artists, and antique hand-crafted furniture. The rooms come with complimentary firewood for the kiva fireplaces, Wi-Fi, luxurious robes, bedtime chocolates, and other luxury amenities. The exclusive rooms here have their own private hot tubs and steam room. Your stay here also includes delicious breakfasts in the colorful Southwest dining room served from 7:30am to 9am. Breakfasts are made-to-order with three daily options. Special package deals are available for romantic couples, birthdays, and in-room couple’s massages. The owner is also a master chef who can arrange a private four-course gourmet dinner during your stay, as well as cooking classes for large groups.
You’ll be in the heart of the historic district when you stay at this top hotel in Taos. This inn has welcomed guests since 1936 and is a collection of adobe houses with a history that dates back to the 1800s. There are charming guest rooms in these four buildings, each with Southwestern charm and with beautiful details, such as kiva fireplaces and antique furnishings. A fun place to be is the hotel’s Adobe Bar, which offers live musical entertainment and lots of local flavor. Meanwhile, Doc Martin’s Restaurant is a historic landmark and serves New American fare with fresh local foods from the Southwest. Check out the nightly entertainment schedule on the inn’s website to see what’s happening during your trip to Taos.
Casa Gallina is an artisan Inn that really allows you to get to know the local community. It’s about five minutes from the historic Taos Plaza and situated in a farm setting with five adobe casitas. The casitas are decorated with local art and New Mexican textiles, and you’ll get mountain views when you step outside. There are beautiful grounds here to relax in and enjoy the organic vegetable gardens. Richard Spera is your host at Casa Gallina who fell in love with Taos after moving here from New York City. He is also a tango teacher who teaches classes and gives private dance lessons. The inn is also home to a collection of over 40 chickens that are social with guests and always entertaining to watch.
Another romantic B&B option in Taos is the Adobe and Pines Inn. This historic inn is centered around an 1832 adobe hacienda and about four miles south of the Taos Plaza. Here you’ll find luxury suites that have fireplaces, fine art, and sitting areas. Inn amenities include locally sourced breakfasts, complimentary firewood, organic produce from the garden, and pet-friendly accommodations.
To be right on the plaza and close to all the action in Taos, stay at the Hotel La Fonda de Taos. This hotel has beautifully decorated rooms and offers guests free access to the famous D.H. Lawrence Forbidden Art Collection. Children over the age of eight are welcome here. Meanwhile, packages are available for romance, relaxation, and fly-fishing excursions.