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 wanted a weekend away in a quaint mountain town and El Monte Sagrado exceeded our expectations. From their welcoming and informative text messages, to superb customer service, to the relaxing hot tub and pool amongst live vegetation it was exactly what we wanted and needed. The staff welcomed us upon getting to the hotel and even walked us to our room. The location of the hotel was away from the hustle and bustle of the town, but close enough for us to walk to and from dinner (8-10 minute walk to restaurants). We skied at Taos for two days and the drive was a breeze (30 minutes). Let’s not ignore the value for your money as well - a complete steal for the hospitality, customer service, and size and cleanliness of the rooms. We had a king suite with a private tub, fire place and shower. Our ONLY critique was the water pressure was a little weak in the showers. We wish we had more time off so that we could have stayed longer. We would recommend this hotel and spa to friends and family without hesitation and cannot wait to come back!
We went for a family ski trip to Taos over spring break. This was our first time in Taos and we were blown away by this hotel. They set the bar high as soon as you check in. Maude greeted us and there was a mishap with our booking. We booked through a third party site and they had us in a king room (even though the confirmation has us in a double) - with 3 kids that wasn't going to do. She worked quickly to fix this problem - and she rebooked us into a suite with ample room for everyone. She gave us a of the hotel to highlight their amenities -gym, indoor saltwater pool, lounge, bar (you name it). This property is far more luxurious than other resorts in the city.
We got back to our room our luggage was already placed there by the valet. Marcos and the rest of the valet team did an excellent job. They had wonderful tips to navigate the town and were prompt with our shuttle service. On our way to the mountain to ski, my 3 year old son left his ski hat in the car (it shouldn't have been a surprise), but after a quick text they were able to locate it after returning to the hotel. Instead of bringing it to our room (what one would expect), they drove the hat to us so he could have it while at the mountain!
This is a boutique hotel that is beautifully landscaped with great amenities, but for our family what set them far beyond is the customer service we received when we first stepped on to the property.
We won't stay any place else while visiting Taos.
El Monte Sagrado is the place to stay in Taos! It has a lush and secluded feel and expansive property while still being close to all the action. The service of the staff was superb in every respect, responsive to every need almost before I'd had a chance to express it! Having flown into the Taos Airport, we didn't even need a car, since the staff of El Monte Sagrado was at the ready. The rooms are large, beautifully appointed and restful, and the restaurants and bar are comfortable and delightful places to dine, providing live music on several occasions during our visit. We could not have had a better experience!
The Living Spa was such a fabulous treat. Jennifer at the front desk went above and beyond. A computer crash had lost our reservation. Jennifer got us set up! While we waited in the gorgeous atrium she checked in on us several times and they even delivered us drinks from the Anaconda Bar.
Our massage therapists, Jesse and Melissa were top notch. The treatment rooms are gorgeous with the art and fireplaces. Wonderful experience!
I have a vacation home about 200yards from this resort and am here at least 10-12 times a year. The Anaconda Bar is unique and stylish. A must see for sure. The Drinks feature a good pour and there are creative cocktails done by proficient mixologists and the Bar Food is alway good with fair prices and diverse items. I have stayed here before and eaten at the restaurants and used the spa but not recently. I will leave those reviews to otgers for now.