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BEST WESTERN Rivers Edge 3.0

Red River, Taos County, New Mexico

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  • Guests by fire pits can get boisterous at night
  • No elevators
  • Breakfast room gets crowded
  • Front desk not staffed 24 hours

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The 30-room Best Western Rivers Edge is directly on the Red River and close to area ski slopes. The property attracts couples and families with its free hot breakfast and affordably priced rooms. Modern rooms have classic decor, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, and riverfront patios. Keep in mind that noise from nightly gatherings at waterfront fire pits can be bothersome in some rooms.

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Riverfront hotel with lodge decor, fire pits, and barbecues

The two-story Best Western Rivers Edge evokes the warm, welcoming feeling of a lodge, with wooden railings, green doors, antlers over the entrance, and a forest landscape.

The chain hotel features a modern lobby and offers the intimacy of a bed and breakfast, with most guests knowing the property manager and cook by name. The hotel is designed to highlight the serene Red River that runs in the back, where fly fishermen can be found casting a line for trout. At night guests are known to gather at riverfront metal benches, tables, chairs, and fire pits to play music, roast marshmallows, and socialize. (Noise from the nightly gatherings, though, can be bothersome in guest rooms.) 


Located on the Red River, near array of eateries and the ski area

The hotel was constructed where Pioneer Creek and Red River meet, with a hiking trail found behind the property. The location is convenient for those looking to take to the slopes, with the Red River Ski Area only three minutes away by foot. Several restaurants -- the Black Diamond Grill, Old Timers Cafe, Capo’s Corner, and Shotgun Willie’s -- and a grocery store are less than a five-minute walk away. The closest airports on the other hand are more than two hours south by car. Driving to Taos Pueblo, a famed Native-American historical landmark that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site, takes around 45 minutes. 


Modern rooms offer classic decor, flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, and patios with river views.

The hotel offers 28 rooms and two suites with Southwestern style, incorporating classic wood furniture and carpeting. They're updated and attractive, if a bit basic (expect machine stucco on the walls) -- this is still a Best Western, after all. All units have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, patios, and (in some cases) DVD players. Furnished patios offer stunning views of the forest and river. Bathrooms have traditional finishes and standard shower/tub combos with thoughtful touches like makeup remover towelettes. Rooms with adjoining doors, especially geared toward families, are available as well. Pets are allowed for a fee but crates are required.


An Internet corner and sitting room with a fireplace

The modern lobby -- decorated in blacks and browns with wood accents -- offers a sitting room with a brown leather sectional sofa across from a fireplace and large flat-screen TV. Coffee is available as are free local and national newspapers. The hotel also offers a PC computer and a printer/copy machine at its business corner. Certain business services, including faxing, are available for a fee. A hot tub is located in a covered terrace overlooking the forest landscape, with a free outdoor parking lot in front of the property. Other freebies include Wi-Fi and an on-site continental breakfast, served in a dining room with contemporary furniture.

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301 W. River Street, Red River, New Mexico 87558, United States



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