A June 2006 trip
to Taos by beckilena
Quote: A mother and daughter's discovery of great food and a friendly small town atmosphere.
The sign out front claiming to have the "cleanest rooms in Taos" was a far cry from the stained bath tub and dingy hotel room we walked in on. We asked for a refund and the desk clerk insured us that their "deluxe" rooms we're much better and she'd upgrade us to one for no extra charge. The "deluxe" room was the same deal, but with a ceiling fan and a border around the walls...horrible. On the phone when making the reservation, we were told the complementary breakfast included fruit, juice, and a pastry of sorts...upon arrival, the clerk informed us she'd make a pot of coffee at 7am, and that my friends was breakfast...disgust!
When we asked for a refund the clerk informed us that she was not authorized to do that and she would have the owner do that in the morning. We called the credit card company and they said they would dispute the charges. When we arrived at the visitor center to reserve another room, they laughed in our faces for believing the Hacienda's sale pitch, which I guess most tourists fall for. They redirected us to the Best Western, and for $30 more our horror film was brought to a happy ending.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 12, 2006
1321 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur
Taos, New Mexico 87571
Hotel | "Best Western Kachina Lodge and Meeting Center"
So after a horrible experience at the Hacienda Inn the visitors center directed us to the savior that is the Best Western Taos. For about $90 a night for two guests we had access to a pool and hot tub, a complimentary glass of wine and cheese in the evening, high speed wireless connections in all rooms, a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, and a Pueblo Indian dance performance in the main outdoor meeting area.
The rooms were beautiful, spacious and clean. The staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating considering we showed up with no reservation, and after hearing our horror story about the Hacienda Inn they even gave us a deal. The breakfast was great. It was served in this amazing old retro diner on the premises. We sat at the bar and after you help yourself to the ample buffet selections a waitress serves you your choice of juice or coffee. The pool and hot tub were extremely clean and not too crowded. The Indian dance performance was a mere 15 feet from our hotel room and really helped to express the cultural heritage of the area. Overall the Best Western rescued from the depths of insanity. Thank you Best Western!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 12, 2006
Best Western Kachina Lodge & Meeting Center
413 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, New Mexico 87571
+52 (505) 7582275
This amazing cafe just outside the heart of the Taos downtown is the best place to eat in town. They are connected to a gallery that offers dining space in a very elegant yet laid-back atmosphere. My mother and I chose to sit out back in the backyard dining area. It was spectacular! Our waiter was incredibly friendly and even recommended some really amazing food. We ate the pound of sauteed baby clams which for an appetizer was incredibly filling with the free bread and it was complimentary lovely by the green salad.
We of course had room for their homemade deserts and tried the waiters suggestion of the chocolate rum cake, which was out of this world. The lunch menu ranges in price from $8 to $13 and the dinner menu ranges from $8 to $25. We found the appetizers to suffice as a meal, so eating affordable here is not hard to do. It's a stones throw from the downtown area as well as our hotel the Best Western. The food was well worth the visit and the seafood was exceptional, definitely something I wasn't expecting to hear myself utter in New Mexico. Really if your in the area your a fool not to eat here.
133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, New Mexico
(505) 758 0244