The The Abominable Snow Mansion was the first place we stayed on our six month trip that was more than just a faceless place to lie our heads for a night. It's not that the room was nicer than our other rooms, actually quite to the contrary. But it wasn't just a change motel on the side of the road. It was a hostel, made for travelers, and full of characters. It has a variety of accommodation choices. You have the typical dorm hostel facilities, private rooms, cabins, camping and evidently now they have teepees. There are two communal kitchens and great socializing areas for those traveling on their own, looking to hang out. It is by far the cheapest alternative in Taos. It is a little out of town so not good for those without a car. That said, it's a cool little area and village that the hostel is in and maybe not hard to get a lift somewhere if you're friendly.
We opted for a cabin. It was still getting pretty cold at night and we'd not yet camped so this gave us a comfortable segue away from “normal” private rooms. The cabin was quite small (about ten by ten) but heated and perfectly fine for sleeping. The bathrooms were a short walk away. We enjoyed cooking in the kitchen that was out back, close to our cabin and it was comfortable to hang out afterward and have a few beers.
As in most places we've stayed in the U.S., especially out of the big cities, the service was very good and very friendly.
Would definitely recommend others to stay here for skiing at Taos Ski Valley, not to visit Taos township itself. It also offers packages in other seasons as well with other activities other than the skiing available during winter.
Meals were excellent in their restaurant whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Of course it had the obligatory spa/whirlpool to help ease the aches after a day's exertions in your lesson then free skiing afterwards.
Taking a guess at what prices would be today just below so please advise me otherwise if I'm wrong.
We stayed right after Christmas 03 and it was a great experience - snow and winter in the mountains, and just a 45-minute drive to the valley of White Sands Nat'l Monument it was sunny and warm.
The place is sweet and cozy and special and the two gals are devoted and want you to have a completely perfect stay.
Indoor hot-tub with workout equipment, great views out every window in the place - we saw a head of elk come at dusk to within 200 yards of the front door! They will bring you breakfast to your bedroom or to the patio or you can eat in the common area. They let you place a special order the day before and they give you lots of peace and quiet - very romantic. They have videos, magazines, games, lots you can do there.
If you stay down in Rancho de Taos the accommodations are much cheaper. I think Taos Motel is the name. Two story, single strip of rooms parallel with road. Office is seperate small building out near road.
$48 US per room /2 people
Has all the basics, but usually not hot tubs.
Nice and relaxed place to stay, nice people.
Good facilities, beautifull casitas and best of all a hot tub in the garden.
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