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
Our non-profit foundation recently held a large fund-raising event at El Monte Sagrado. The location is beautiful and the staff exceptional. Our contact, Melisha Sales, was knowledgeable, efficient, organized, helpful and fun to work with. Her experience is deep and varied. Every detail from providing rooms, catering, room set-up to the minute was professionally handled in a timely manner. They managed even the more difficult logistics without missing a beat. Our guests raved about the whole experience calling it exceptional. Just what we wanted to hear! I highly recommend a visit to Taos and a stay at El Monte Sagrado. If you are looking for a location and a venue to hold an exceptional event this is it.
Stopped in Taos to break up a long drive. Will be going back for a longer visit. Front desk staff was a little overwhelmed on both check in and check out but that would be the only complaint. Liked the design of the room. Food in restaurant was excellent. Didn't have time this trip to sample the spa but looking forward to the return. Enthusiastically recommend.
We stayed at El Monte Sagrado as part of an organized tour, and it exceeded our expectations. The room was large and comfortable, with an excellent bed. We used the hotel shuttle service to go to dinner, and it was a great convenience. All of the staff were pleasant, courteous and helpful, from the valet to the restaurant staff to the housekeeping staff. The grounds are beautiful, with ponds, waterfalls, gardens galore. The indoor pool area is also special, with many tropical plants. We enjoyed breakfasts in the restaurant, and I loved the French toast with blackberry compote.
The only thing that seemed odd was that there was no door to the bathroom area and Jacuzzi, only to the toilet. There are long curtains that can be drawn instead. I hadn't encountered that before, but it was not a problem, just an oddity.
I would love to return to this hotel if I am ever in Taos again.