Palacio de Marquesa Taos

Palacio de Marquesa Taos
Spanish-inspired retreat in Taos, New Mexico honors remarkable women.

By Hope S. Philbrick

Part boutique hotel, part bed and breakfast, Palacio de Marquesa Taos is the newest member of the Heritage Hotels & Resorts portfolio.

Opened August 29, 2014 in historic Taos, New Mexico, Palacio de Marquesa Taos is a true retreat. It offers easy access to Taos but is set in a quiet residential neighborhood a couple blocks off the main road and a few blocks from the Taos Plaza. The location helps ensure a peaceful ambiance and an uncommon immersion into the Taos community.

True to the Heritage Hotels & Resorts brand, this upscale, eight-room inn offers a luxury retreat while sharing a specific story: It honors remarkable women who have lived in Taos.

“All the women made an impact on Taos,” says Maresa Thompson, senior marketing & creative director (a.k.a., corporate cowgirl) for Heritage Hotels & Resorts. All the women are honored posthumously: The Diva Room honors fashionista Martha Reed, The Icon Room celebrates painter Georgia O’Keeffe, The Modernist Room pays tribute to painter Agnes Martin. Other honorees include socialite Millicent Rogers, writer and social activist Mable Dodge Luhan, printmaker Gene Kloss, and other artists who were drawn to Taos since the early 1900s.

Palacio de Marquesa TaosEach room’s design and décor aims to reflect the vision and contributions of that particular woman. For example, an artist’s signature elements, such as turquoise and fur, might be incorporated in addition to prints of her work. Though ivory and silver set the basic color palate, the vibe of each guestroom varies, so if you have specific tastes make your request when booking a reservation.

“We wanted to create something unique for guests in Taos, a place that celebrates the remarkable women artists that Taos is so well known for,” said interior designer Adriana Long in a press release. “We’ve created a luxury retreat that blends original art, southwestern culture, contemporary design and modern accommodations in one of the most beautiful mountain havens in the country.” The results are beautiful, relaxing and offer insight into Taos history without ignoring modern needs.

In each guestroom, big brushed-metal canopy beds are dressed in soft luxurious linens and topped with northern New Mexican original woven bed throws from Chimayó for contrast. The mattresses beckon and embrace as you sink in for deep sleep, a key to refreshing your own artistic sensibilities, whatever they may be.

The community room offers multiple seating areas, two fireplaces, books and games. The garden is filled with native plants. A central patio and other architectural elements reflect Spanish style.

Whether you want to mingle or spend time alone, Palacio de Marquesa Taos is a good place to do just that.

Palacio de Marquesa Taos


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking property
  • Fireplaces in every room
  • Private exterior entrances
  • Free breakfast, delivered to your room or served in a dining room, whichever you prefer
  • Private picnic lunches are available
  • Seasonal workshops are offered including artist and cooking classes, which are held in the communal living room and/or high desert garden
  • In-room spa services available
  • Pet-friendly rooms available; fee and weight restrictions apply
  • Coffee maker and basic supplies provided in each guestroom
  • Refrigerator in each guestroom is stocked with complimentary water and sodas
  • Showers are standard in guest bathtubs
  • Local Treasures discount brochure provided at check-in
  • Odds of Encountering Children: Possible, but significantly lower than national chain hotels. Each Heritage Hotel offers special packages, most of which are aimed at adults.

Palacio de Marquesa Taos has established a community partnership with The Harwood Museum of Art.

More Information…

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405 Cordoba Rd.
Taos, NM 87571

Read more about Heritage Hotels & Resorts
Read our review of Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Read our review of Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe
Read our review of Nativo Lodge

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HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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