The most historic hotel in Taos is looking better than ever thanks to an impressive makeover.
For quite a few years, this handsome old hotel directly facing the famous historic Plaza in Taos sat badly in need of sprucing up, but in 2004, it received a full top-to-bottom renovation, making it one of the town's most appealing lodging options. Since the late 19th century, this hotel has been welcoming the community's many storied guests, including Judy Garland, Georgia O'Keeffe, Tennessee Williams, and Robert DeNiro. Off the lobby, there's a small exhibit of risque oil paintings created by Taos visitor D.H. Lawrence. Rooms have been beautifully outfitted with luxe Southwestern linens, custom-made armoires, hand-tiled bathrooms, and such modern touches as DSL and cable TV. Fancier rooms have kiva-style fireplaces and sitting rooms, and the snazzy penthouse is available with one to four bedrooms. From the hotel, you're just steps from the dozens of souvenir shops, fine art galleries, home-furnishings stores, acclaimed art museums, and intriguing restaurants of downtown Taos.