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
What a fantastic place to stay! From the moment I arrived, I felt that I was part of the family. Every staff member was perfectly friendly and welcoming. I was cared for at all times. I sadly left today and have already booked my next trip. A special shot out to a couple exemplary employees:
Jace the bartender—makes a great margarita. He is a warm young man. One night, I brought out my guitar and we played and sang together.
Travis the valet—super friendly and helpful. A great shuttle driver. Took the time to get to know me. He always escorted me and opened doors for me. What a gem!
Lynn—guest services extraordinaire. Always welcomed me when I walked past. Met all my needs with a great personality and a smile
Thanks to EVERYONE for making my stay so special and memorable. I can wait for my next stay!!!
From the moment we walked through the front door every staff member was gracious, hospitable and eagerly greeted us as though they truly had been waiting for us all week. We were there for s family party and reunion weekend. The staff made us feel welcome and genuinely appreciated our patronage.
The meals served were excellent. The hostesses, bartenders and other service staff really went out of their way to make our event a huge success and make it a wonderful weekend for all of us.
Just to let you know, even though there are lots of comments, I am still giving this a 5 and my wife just loves this place.
We had a regular room with a king bed; not a suite or small house on the grounds.
“Form Over Function” = FOF
OVERALL GROUNDS - just beautiful worthy of being called a resort.
ROOM DECORATIONS - lots of dead cow hide with fur attached on wardrobes and chair.
OVERALL ROOM - FOF 1, strange layout with large jet bath near center dividing bathroom from bedroom with curtains. Looks cools, but just not a good idea.
ROOM LIGHTING - FOF 2, very very dark because the lighting needed to look cool, bring a flashlight.
SHOWER - FOF 3, rain head shower only, door doesn’t stay closed, hard to take shower if you don’t want to wash your hair.
TV - FOF 4, placed back between wardrobes so cant be watched unless you move chair to center of room or lay in bed.
OTHER - our room came with a free collection of ladybugs clustered in a corner of the ceiling... we did not call maintenance. One lady bug came with us to the next hotel in a small bag. Sheets looking tired, nice gas fireplace, worn out bedside table tops.