Last Updated on December 26, 2022 by Katrina

Photo credit: The Blake at Taos Ski Valley

Culture meets natural majesty in Taos. The New Mexico town that sits between the high desert and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is home to the Taos Pueblo community of adobe buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as the ski slopes at Taos Ski Valley and the hiking trails of Carson National Forest. Any time of year, you can also browse the shops and art galleries of the Taos Plaza. If you’re seeking the artsy, laidback vibe of this city, here are the best hotels in Taos.

El Monte Sagrado (317 Kit Carson Rd.; 575-758-3502) Downtown

This 84-room luxury hotel “may be just a few blocks from Taos’ historic plaza, but it feels worlds away thanks to the waterfalls, ponds, and cottonwood trees surrounding this oasis,” says Travel+Leisure. The magazine recommends the hotel’s spa, its free yoga classes and the Anaconda Bar, featuring a giant snake sculpture. Many Google reviewers commend the spa, too—one user says it was the “best massage I ever had,” while another says “the property, spa, scenery and changing leaves were beautiful, and I don’t think there could have been a more peaceful place to stay.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Palacio de Marquesa (405 Cordoba Ln.; 575-758-4777) Downtown

“If you just need a hotel room, this is not for you,” says a Google reviewer of this eight-room inn just a block off the town’s main roads. “If you want an experience that costs a bit more while visiting this historic town, then this is the place. It’s very quiet, well located, and off the beaten path. Each room has its own unique design. ” One Yelp reviewer raves about the niceties like “ a comfy king-size bed and lots of pillows, the prettiest heated marble floors in the bathroom, and for breakfast, a beautiful frittata.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Hotel La Fonda de Taos (108 S. Plaza; 575-758-2211) Downtown

This 25-room hotel dates back to 1820 and has some pretty unique features. D.H. Lawrence’s “Forbidden Art” collection is one — nine paintings that the author had to remove from England in 1929 because they were deemed inappropriate by the authorities. A Yelp user says the “hotel room was charming—love the history. Fascinated by the “forbidden” D. H. Lawrence paintings. And the location is ideal; you can walk to practically everything.” Fodor’s agrees, saying that “this handsomely updated and elegant historic property …makes a great choice for a romantic getaway. The rooms are rustic yet elegant and are furnished in neutral colors with luxe linens and hand-tiled bathrooms.”   >> Book this hotel for less

The Historic Taos Inn ( 25 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte; 855-963-2180) Downtown

This 1936 hotel, housed in adobe buildings from the 1880s, “has been maintained and upgraded over the years,” notes Afar, “but the look—Spanish colonial antiques and brightly patterned bedspreads—hasn’t changed much, and that’s part of the charm.” The magazine and online users alike love the onsite food and drink at Doc Martin’s and the Adobe Bar. “What an interesting place,” says a Google user. “You can feel the history. Not a lot of luxury, but locals come to the bar and eat at Doc Martin’s. Everyone seemed to know each other. I absolutely love their neon sign.”   >> Book this hotel for less

The Blake at Taos Ski Valley (16 Sutton Pl. ; 855-385-0437) Taos Ski Valley

A Google reviewer calls this 80-room resort “truly one of the nicest ski/hike based properties in the country. The hotel is beautiful and the amenities are amazing! You can’t beat the location—the village and lift are right outside the door.” Forbes Travel Guide likes it for its “alpine-meets-Southwest-styled rooms, vacation rentals and penthouses. In the summer, The Blake hosts special events … from yoga classes and movie screenings to live music.”   >> Book this hotel for less

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