El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Individually designed rooms with their own private courtyards or balconies
- Tapping into the city’s idiosyncratic art scene with onsite works and nearby galleries
- Local musicians perform at the vibrant Anaconda Bar on weekend nights
What To Know
- Most but not all rooms have gas fireplaces
- Pets are welcome for a $75 fee
- WiFi is available for $9.95 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With grounds of tropical flora flanked by ruddy hued desert, the 20 pueblo-style stucco buildings of this artsy hotel feel much more remote than their location in downtown Taos. The 84 individually designed rooms and suites pay homage to their natural surroundings, with Native American details in wood-beamed ceilings and on private courtyards and patios. Southwest style carries into the curated collection at the onsite gallery, which displays works by local, regional and international artists, and at the Living Spa, where therapists offer signature desert flower-infused treatments. Breakfast is served beneath a canopy of Ceylon cinnamon and white guava trees on the Gardens terrace. At the award-winning De la Tierra restaurant, Native-American chef Ray Naranjo specializes in regional and international dishes like elk tenderloin with green chili-chive mashed potatoes, seasonal greens and a wild berry demi-glace. Cocktail enthusiasts will love the signature margarita at the exotic Anaconda Bar, where there’s live music on the weekends.
In the Area
It’s just a short stroll from El Monte Sagrado to local art galleries and museums in traditional pueblo-style buildings. Pair a walk through the famous Taos Art Museum at Fechin House and its collection of paintings by leaders of the Taos Society of Artists, with a trip to the 1,000-year-old Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a window into the city’s more contemporary side, join offbeat locals in the historic Plaza’s galleries and boutiques. Afterward, head over to Orlando’s New Mexico Cafe for its searing chili and blue-corn shrimp enchilada, or keep the art walk going to Doc Martin’s, where you can sit in front of a kiva fireplace with a chile relleno platter—the same place Bert Philips and Ernest Blumenschein came up with the idea for the Taos Society of Artists.
How to Get There
My boyfriend and I just returned from our first trip to New Mexico and had an outstanding stay at the El Monte Sagrado in Taos. The resort property is absolutely stunning, our room was superb, and the staff blew us away with their hospitality! We stayed for five days and did not want to leave. We were in one of the Native American suites which was roomy and luxurious, and were right by the main water feature of the landscaping (extremely soothing!). While we were there we dined in both of the restaurants and enjoyed the chef's just released Spring menus which were superb! We also got to meet Christina (one of the bartenders) who treated us to her signature "Blood of the Dragon" cocktails when she learned we were GOT fans (it was delicious!) The saltwater pool & hot tub were lovely and we made daily visits. I also treated myself to several spa treatments at the beautiful Living Spa, and enjoyed a fantastic deep tissue massage with Nancy and a body polish and hot towel signature treatment from Melissa. Both were amazing and I highly recommend the sap! The property is a short stroll from the historic downtown plaza in Taos and we could easily walk into town or have the hotel staff drop us off/pick us up as needed. The staff were all extremely friendly and made many fantastic recommendations on what to do & see in town, as well as marvelous restaurant recommendations. They even helped us plan our visit to Santa Fe (our next stop) with many great recommendations for that leg of our trip. Our sincere thanks to the entire staff at the El Monte Sagrado for making our first visit to "the land of enchantment" truly special. We will be back!
We spent 3 beautiful days at El Monte Sagrado. First of all the staff is genuinely warm and friendly. We had several meals at de la Tierra where Sierra and Delores made sure everything went perfectly. And the food was sublime! Especially enjoyed the cured salmon for brunch. Try the Anaconda Bar for margaritas and discounted snacks!
Had spa treatments in their gorgeous spa building where Rebecca tended to my sore leg (Staurolite Hot Stone Treatment) with sensitivity and skill. She even wrote up an aftercare plan for me! We used the indoor pool and hot tub which has a all kinds of tropical plants and stones to enhance the organic feeling. A high point of our stay was a healing session with Patrick Shendo, he used readings and native music to help align our disordered spirits. He is a beautiful evolved soul. We left the resort feeling light, refreshed and happy. Highly recommended.
I greatly enjoyed my three-day stay at El Monte. Dawn and Maude were kind, helpful, and highly informed about diverse aspects of the resort. I found the casitas charming and the grounds relaxing.
I will definitely plan on returning!
El Monte Sagrado is an oasis in the center of town. We loved the spa, and Melissa did a wonderful job with the massage. The grounds are really well kept, and we enjoyed just walking around the property, as well as indulging in the salt water pool and hot tub next to the "jungle". Marco did an amazing job as you arrived, and your luggage and car could not be in better hands. The check in people were efficient and friendly, and the food in the restaurant was very good. We will definitely go back, and will enjoy the fireplace in cooler weather!
My friend and I had the most wonderful treatments at the spa. Marjorie and Melissa were our therapists and made us feel very relaxed and comfortable. The spa is beautiful. We happened to be the only people there that morning. I wanted to stay all day. I would definitely return if I’m back in Taos.