A 10-minute walk north of Taos Plaza, this celebrated property is a local landmark, with some devotees having been regulars here for decades. Spanish-colonial architecture, including decorative alcoves in rooms, lends a warm, distinctive aesthetic to the four buildings, including the upscale Helen's House, which contains some of the fanciest rooms. Older units have thick adobe walls, viga ceilings, and other elements typical of vintage Taos architecture. In summer there's
dining alfresco on the patio. The lobby, which also serves as seating for the Adobe Bar, is built around a former town well from which a fountain bubbles forth. Many shops and eateries are within walking distance, and the restaurant, Doc Martin's, is great for people-watching.