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
- 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 husband and I stayed at El Monte Sagrado for a babymoon weekend getaway and we couldn’t have had a better time! The hotel is absolutely stunning!! We kept calling it “the compound” because it had everything we needed and even on the first night, we’d planned to go out but ended up dining in the hotel and relaxing at the bar with the live music. The rooms are beautiful and elegantly decorated and ours had a fireplace too. We had wonderful massages at the relaxing living spa at the hotel. The staff was so nice and accommodating. In particular, Ann was able to get us a last minute reservation at the Love Apple which was delicious for dinner. Hunter helped us choose which restaurant to visit in the hotel and answered all the questions we had about the area. Ann and Kent both recommended La Cueva for lunch, which was a delicious local New Mexican food restaurant and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the suggestion. There is also a convenient free shuttle that takes you anywhere within a 3 mile radius, although the main plaza is also walkable. Overall, highly recommend this hotel and can’t wait to go back!
We stayed at The El Monte Sagrado in late October and early November. We stayed in one of the Casita's (two beds, 1 bath, table with chairs, small area with sink/water/coffee, and a safe) with front and back decks. We LOVED our Casita with the authentic painting on the walls. The shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.. smelled wonderful. The property was quiet, and we did not hear any other guests. (I can only speak for the Casitas). Our service was OUTSTANDING! My girlfriends and I were on a trip of a lifetime (we had not seen each other for 20 years) We want to recognize the exceptional service provided by DAWN (she was a wealth of knowledge about the area, made many dinner reservations for us, helped us with so many questions, and assisted us with specialized amenities we were looking for as well). She also wanted to make sure the room was exactly what we wanted as we had a choice of a regular room or the Casita. We chose the Casita as originally booked, and it was wonderful! The grounds of this property are SO beautiful, I cannot stress enough how lovely this property is. We ate breakfast at the hotel every day and it was quite good, large portions too for those who are really hungry. We also had services at the spa twice. It was HEAVENLY! All of us (3 of us) had wonderful massages, we also ordered ad ons, and everything was wonderful. Other women we met in there too all felt the same, two of them said they come every year, just for the spa! I am sorry I did not save their names, but we had 5 different therapists and they were all great! Additionally, the hotel offers a shuttle service (limited area but it's where you want to go) that we utilized several times. I want to recognize EVERETT (valet driver). He too was exceptional. One night there was a patron riding with us who had a little to much to drink who was being a little confrontational as I had to change seats as I was not feeling well and it set her off. Everett handled it like a real pro (that he indeed is) and got her calm enough to get us back to the hotel without further incident. The woman's husband even apologized to Everett and told him that he too thought he handled the situation like a real pro. Other staff kudo's go out to SOPHIA in the dining room, she was very helpful to my friend as well with great recommendations for food and for checking on food allergies, etc... as well. We LOVED our stay and would definitely stay again (and will!) We waited far to long to see each other, that we will need to do this more often moving forward. Thank you El Monte Sagrado for a memorable stay! We'll be back!!
We were 21 people and booked four of the global suites. Had some issues with light bulbs and fire places, but overall it is a wonderful place to have a family gathering. The younger kids really enjoyed playing in the snow outside our rooms. Both younger and older kids had a blast in the pool area. Went skiing in Red River, shopped Taos and really enjoyed the Thanksgiving Buffet. Many thanks to all who tended to us throughout our stay.
I had a great massage from Sarah at Living spa on Sat 12/8/18. I highly recommend her as a massage therapist. She is professional and experienced. A great way to end my vacation in New Mexico. Thank you!
This is a great location and great property. The staff is very helpful and responsive -- we loved the restaurant and bar crew!. The restaurant is excellent and the "bed and breakfast" package a great deal. We were celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary and the staff sent a surprise bottle of wine and berries for our enjoyment. The property is walking distance to the historic plaza and easy driving distance to hiking, the ski valley, and other museums and restaurants. We will be back.