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The Historic Taos Inn 3.0

Taos, Taos County, New Mexico

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  • Historic inn features adobe designs, log decor, and courtyards
  • Southwestern rooms with kiva fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, and patios
  • Central location within walking distance to Taos Plaza
  • New Mexican restaurant features adobe touches and viga ceilings
  • Bar with kiva fireplaces and live entertainment
  • Meeting space available for private functions
  • Sitting area provides comfy seating and free coffee
  • Freebies include parking and Wi-Fi


  • Rooms near bar can be noisy
  • Outdated furnishings in some rooms
  • Breakfast gets mixed reviews
  • Wi-Fi reportedly slow in rooms

Bottom Line

The 44-room Historic Taos Inn is a comfy landmark with live entertainment at its popular pueblo bar, an authentic New Mexican restaurant with adobe fireplaces, lovely courtyards, and outdoor parking. Southwest furnishings are in rooms that also feature flat-screen TVs, kiva fireplaces, and viga ceilings. But the lively bar scene, while a major draw for some, can be noisy and bothersome to guests trying to rest. The nearby Hotel La Fonda de Taos, which doesn’t allow kids under eight, offers quieter rooms.

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Well-known adobe inn offers New Mexican charm

The adobe buildings on The Historic Taos Inn’s property date back to the 1800s. The inn is recognized as a national and state historic site. Original structural designs and touches have been preserved and incorporated into modern conveniences. The old town well is now a fountain in the charming lobby that features comfy leather sofas, two-floors of impressive vigas, a stain-glassed dome, and skylight ceilings.

Over the years celebrities like Jessica Lange, Greta Garbo, and Robert Redford have reportedly visited the inn and its popular restaurant and bar. Doc Martin Restaurant was once the residence of Dr. Thomas Paul Martin, the first Taos physician. Low arched doorways lead into the restaurant outfitted with booths and turquoise blue chairs. Seating is also available in the lobby near a kiva fireplace.


On the borders of the historic Taos Plaza

The Historic Taos Inn is centrally located in the heart of Taos, near most of its sights. Taos Plaza, a mere two-minute walk from the inn, is surrounded by shops, restaurants, and bars. It’s also a seven-minute car ride northeast to Taos Pueblo, a famed Native-American landmark and UNESCO World Heritage site. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is a five-minute walk west while Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is a 17-minute drive further out. Other nearby attractions include The Harwood Museum of Art, Kit Carson Home and Museum, and the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally.


Southwestern rooms with unique wood ceilings and painted designs, some with fireplaces

Split between four buildings, the 44 guest units here offer a consummate New Mexican atmosphere, featuring Southwestern accents and hand-carved furniture along with four-poster beds and hand-painted designs by Taos artists. All spaces have air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs, with some offering fireplaces. Most bathrooms have showers, though some have bathtubs. Keep in mind that certain rooms have outdated furnishings, DSL, and old-fashioned bathrooms, and rooms near the bar and road can get noisy.


Lush courtyards, a comfy sitting room, and a famed bar

The inn features lovely courtyards, gardens, fountains, and patio furniture throughout the property. Trees, lawns, and bursts of colorful flowers add to the cozy atmosphere. There’s also a garden with a small greenhouse and benches. A sitting room inside offers comfy (albeit worn) furniture with free coffee, a piano, and an ATM. The lively Adobe Bar, which the doctor’s wife opened in 1936, features log ceiling designs and stained-glass windows along with a terrace. Live music and open mic nights draw travelers and locals to the bar, which has been dubbed the “living room of Taos.” And the on-site Doc Martin's Restaurant, open for lunch, brunch, and dinner, specializes in fresh local foods and offers an extensive wine list.

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125 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos 87571-5901, United States



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