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El Monte Sagrado

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At a Glance

    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

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El Monte Sagrado Review

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.

    Hotel Details

  • 48 rooms, 6 casitas, 30 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 12-04-2013

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    El Monte Sagrado Review

    Beautiful hotel and fabulous grounds if you have time to enjoy them on your trip. The hotel is in seperate buildings so you will be walking outside to get to the restaurant or lobby. The only amenity I had time to use was the exercise room and that was better than average but not expansive. We did not try the restaurantexceptfor room service which was very good. This was my first trip to Toas so I have no comparison - bottom line it is great but more expensive than I'd like. The staff were polite but did not go out of their way.

    by nancyannNC, 10/21/09
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    Beautiful accommodations, disappointing service

    While the concept and design are stunning, the execution leaves quite a bit to be desired. The staff was sweet and smiling, but had little idea of how to run a resort of this caliber. For the money, I sure expected better service. Word of warning- the 'package'I had reserved to ensure a flawless trip free from figuring out 'what to do', was completely unfulfilled. I was informed only after arriving and going to the spa to work out details, and then told I'd been given a room upgrade. The spa director threw in a free dinner when she saw I was not happy, but the bad taste in my mouth lasted way longer than the mediocre dinner. Save your money. Taos is amazing and doesn't need the coorporate sheen to make it enjoyable, really.

    by L_I_F_E, 10/7/07

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