El Monte Sagrado

317 Kit Carson Rd., Taos, New Mexico, 87571, United States

Although rates have been lowered considerably in recent years, this posh, eco-minded, and decidedly quirky boutique resort—part of Marriott's distinctive, high-end Autograph Collection brand—is still among the priciest properties in the state. Suites and casitas are accented with exotic themes, ranging from Native American designs to foreign flourishes from faraway lands including Japan or Tibet—some have their own outdoor soaking tubs and private courtyards. All units come with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and top-of-the-line bath amenities. A popular outdoor area dubbed the Sacred Circle is a patch of grassy land encircled by cottonwoods—this leads to the impressive on-site spa and fitness center, where you might book a lemon-verbena body polish or hot-stone massage. The on-site restaurant, De la Tierra, serves inventive but spendy cuisine, and the Anaconda Bar makes a warm and inviting spot to sip and socialize.

PROS

  • eco-friendly
  • imaginative decor
  • terrific spa

CONS

  • unusual decor isn't to everybody's taste and some rooms could use updating
  • service doesn't always measure up to premium rates
  • fee for Wi-Fi and parking

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 575-758–3502 | 888-213–4419

HOTEL DETAILS

48 rooms, 6 casitas, 30 suites
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted No meals

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