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El Pueblo Lodge 2.5

Taos, Taos County, New Mexico

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Pros

  • Economy lodge features Southwestern adobe decor, lawns, and walking paths
  • Rooms offer New Mexican textiles, flat-screen TVs, fireplaces, and balconies
  • Located near Rio Grande Gorge and Taos Plaza
  • Outdoor pool with wheelchair lift and hot tub
  • Breakfast room features viga ceilings, kiva fireplace, and terrace
  • Small gym with treadmill and weights 
  • Meeting space and business corner with PC computer
  • Snacks for sale in lobby
  • Barbecue areas, dog park, and horseshoe lawn games
  • On-site laundry room
  • Free continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking, and newspapers

Cons

  • Outdated decor found in some spaces
  • Occasional maintenance issues in rooms, such as leaking AC units
  • Breakfast room tends to get crowded
  • Some ground-floor rooms are noisy from upstairs neighbors

Bottom Line

The 50-room El Pueblo Lodge attracts budget-minded couples and families who want a pet-friendly Taos property that includes barbecue picnic areas, a hot tub, and a pool. A quaint adobe breakfast room and terraced seating area are also on hand. Guest rooms feature attractive Southwestern decor along with flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, and balconies or patios. Guests do report occasional maintenance issues (such as leaking AC units) but most guests still prefer El Pueblo to the competition; it may also be worth considering the similarly priced Historic Taos Inn, however.  

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Scene

A two-level lodge with adobe designs and picnic areas

Resembling a small campus, El Pueblo Lodge is a two-level adobe motel with three acres of property that includes lawns, gravel walking paths, pine trees, barbecue picnic areas, and a small dog park. Painted Pueblo designs and petroglyphs on the outside of buildings add New Mexican character. Lawns offer picnic tables, lounge chairs, gazebos with barbecue grills, and horseshoe games. A small stream runs through the property when there’s rain.

The lodge’s small entrance is adorned with folk art decor and a viga ceiling. The interior lobby is charming with Southwestern decorations, terra-cotta tiles, and a front desk with an adobe curved window. The breakfast room continues the motifs found in other common areas. A garden terrace offers a flower-filled well, portable heaters, and green patio tables with umbrellas.

Location

Within walking distance to Taos Plaza and other local sights

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The property is relatively close to an assortment of attractions. Taos Plaza -- with its galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars -- is an 11-minute walk southwest from the lodge. Kit Carson Home and Museum, Historic Taos Trolley Tours, and Taos Art Museum are all within walking distance as well. Driving west to Rio Grande Gorge Bridge takes 15 minutes while it’s a 30-minute drive in the opposite direction to Taos Ski Valley. (Taos Mountain Casino is much closer by.) Santa Fe Municipal Airport is 90 minutes south and Albuquerque International Sunport is more than two hours away. 

Rooms

Budget rooms offer attractive Southwestern decor; it's hard to find better in the area for the price. 

Rooms at the lodge come with king or queen beds, with some spaces offering two queen beds. Southwestern textiles, viga ceilings, and kiva fireplaces add New Mexican charm that is a welcome surprise at this price point. Features include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, tea/coffeemakers, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. There’s also a three-bedroom condominium with three bathrooms, a kitchen, and a fireplace. Patios or screened balconies offer views of the mountains or gardens. Bathrooms include shower/tub combos and some sinks have lovely painted basins. Upgraded rooms have kitchenettes with microwaves, sinks, and toasters. Previous guests recommend second-floor rooms for a quieter night’s sleep. 

Features

Internet corner and small gym along with seasonal outdoor pool

In the lobby, guests have access to an Internet corner with a PC and printer/copy machine. A meeting space is also used for private functions. A small enclosed complex has an outdoor pool, only open seasonally, and a large hot tub that’s equipped with a wheelchair lift. Patio tables and chairs are on the deck. The pet-friendly lodge also offers a dog park and stand with plastic clean-up doggy bags.

A small carpeted gym features a treadmill, weights, water cooler, and flat-screen TV. Glass patio doors provide natural light. El Pueblo serves free afternoon cookies as well.

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Address

412 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos 87571-5906, United States

Phone

575-758-8700

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