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
We've stayed at El Monte Sagrado several times over the past few years. The ambience is tranquil and the service is excellent. If you are looking for somewhere quiet and relaxing, this is definitely a good choice. The staff is wonderful--very professional with great attention to detail. They are friendly and will make you feel valued as a guest. The location is not far from the main street and is easy to get to. Our only critical comments would be that there are areas that are starting to show their age (The Gardens dining room is in dire need of some new paint and trim) and the bathroom in our suite had a fair amount of soap scum on the bottom of the shower glass. The room decor was starting to show signs of wear, but still a comfortable stay overall. We have always been pleasantly surprised when staying here, and our most recent trip in August of 2018 was no exception. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for a serene getaway in the heart of Taos.
We tried to go in and eat but we were stopped twice once in the car and once walking in asking why we were there. I feel they were profiling people, we were looking for a place to stay as well. But after being treated like that I felt we could stay at the Wyndham and be treated better or for that drive back south and go to Buffalo Thunder and be treated great. With all the money I have spent in Taos I expected to be treated better than that. I would probably never experienced El Monte Sagrado until they learn to respect people.
We spent our weekend at the El Monte and were were pleasantly surprised at the sumptuous accommodations. Everything was just wonderful. The hotel staff is one of the best we have encountered. So quick to respond to our every request. Helpful beyond expectations. Our room was truly one of the most comfortable we have had the luxury of staying in. Spotless room, comfortable bed, great location. We had a patio that overlooked a pond with twinkling lights that was delightful to sit out on in the evening. We look forward to staying there again.
My family and I stayed three nights in the most adorable casita in the beginning of August!! We had a private porch that was cozy and a perfect way to end each night!
We loved the indoor pool and jacuzzi! One evening we asked engineering to light the fireplace in the courtyard so we could roast marshmallows for s’mores!! (Offering complementary s’more kits to families would be a great idea!!) My daughter was delighted! All of the staff was amazing! Everett, Ashley, Brandi, Carlos, (our dinner was delish in the restaurant ) John Davis,
Don, Ann, A big “Thank You” to all!!! We will definitely be back!!!
Pros: excellent attentive staff at front desk and and in dining areas; nice location; well prepared food
Cons: rooms need upgrading and lighting is poor; couldn't see interior of armoire because of the way lighting was set up in room
There is a lot to recommend this hotel and with a bit of upgrading, my grade could easily be 4 or 5 stars.