Run do not walk away from this hotel
We attended the Solar Festival the weekend of June 27-28, 2008 in Taos. After a long flight and the tiring but beautiful drive from Albuquerque we were looking forward to cleaning up, relaxing and going to the festival.
It's easy to find, it's accross the street from WalMart as you arrive in the outskirts of south Taos. The lobby and so called lounge are non-descript. The grounds and pool area are less than inviting with a trucking and construction site just the other side of a chainlink fence. We entered the room and were transported to a 1988 Holiday Inn. The furniture, including an upholstered love seat, were not usable. It smelled of mildew and mold. We turned the window AC unit on thinking some cool circulation would help.
I have asthma and lung problems. To say I had an attack is putting it mildly. I medicated as much as possible and we went down the street to a Comfort Inn.
Because it was the Festival weekend they had no vacancy. The manager called Jeanie, the manager at the EL MONTE SAGRADO HOTEL AND SPA, to see if they had anything open. When we arrived Jeanie met us and escorted me to the spa and put me on oxygen while I drank Angel Fire water (look it up, it's very hydrating, oxygenated).
Within an hour Jeanie said she had a room with an unexpected departure and the maids were cleaning it so we could check in. Fifteen minutes later she brought room keys to us and the bellhop took the contents of our car to our room. We were set for the weekend.
The EL MONTE is a beautiful place just off the main street square on 5 acres of landscaped, babbling brooks, open green spaces and gorgeous sculptures facing the base of Taos Mountain. It includes a beautifully detail appointed Lounge and 2 restaurants. Our room was exquisite with king bed,5 star hotel linnens and towels, air heat whirlpool tub,walk in shower and decor beyond words.
All of this for $60.00 more per day.
We prepaid at Don Pedro. The one positive comment is - they gave us a refund.
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