My challenge in choosing our accommodation in Taos was similar to that in Santa Fe – find something central, within walking distance of the Plaza, but that didn't cost the earth! Now at $120 a night, plus tax, no one could call La Doña Luz cheap, but by Taos standards this is certainly reasonable, and we loved our cosy room here. All the rooms are different and are decorated to a theme, and I had selected Los Angelitos, mainly because it was the cheapest one still available at the time I booked. You can guess the theme by the name – the room is full of angels – a little over the top but cute just the same. But what we really liked about the room was the semi-separate seating area, with a comfy couch and large flat screen TV, which made for cosy evenings (once we could drag ourselves away from the excellent bars that we discovered in town!) Indeed the entire building is full of character – a fascinating hotch-potch of the artistic and kitsch covering every possible surface of the old adobe walls.
But I would say that La Doña Luz falls short of some of the other bed & breakfast places we’ve been to in the US on just one respect – the breakfast part. There was absolutely nothing wrong with what we got, but it was self-service from a counter and didn’t offer much more than we had got in some of the chain hotels where we stayed on the trip, except that the waffles were made for us by the young girl in attendance. However, it was served in a lovely room hung with some of the owner’s eclectic collection of art works, and there was fresh fruit to go with the waffles, although I discovered you had to move quickly to get some, as there wasn’t quite enough to go round all the guests.
Unique Quality: The best thing of all about this place is its location, just yards from the main drag in the very centre of town. There is parking reserved for guests at the end of the unpaved lane that leads here, and you can easily leave your car here all day while exploring, except when you need it to go to out of town sights such as Taos Pueblo or Ranchos de Taos.
This is a real bonus at night especially, when you are just a short stagger home from a margarita-fuelled evening in the Adobe Bar, or even closer to the beers of Eske’s Brewpub!
Directions: Although the above is the postal address, check-in and parking are on the south side of the building in Des Georges Lane, which if arriving from the south is on your right immediately beyond the parking lot in the centre of town
412 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos
317 Kit Carson Rd, Taos
108 South Plaza, Taos
125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos
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Address: 114 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, United States