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Sleeper sofa and seating at the bar.Front door opening onto the courtyard.
Best Casita: A Hidden Jewel next to the plaza
Best Casita: A Hidden Jewel next to the plaza
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

Tucked away on a quiet street a block from the plaza, this charming apartment is the cozy get away you've been looking for: truly a hidden jewel.

The space

Best Casita is a hidden jewel only a block from Taos Plaza. It is part of a historical hacienda style adobe that once housed nuns working at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Newly and tastefully renovated, the interior was designed with comfort and convenience in mind, and it features high ceilings, a well appointed kitchen, oak floors, a kiva fireplace, and a cozy living area. An old apple tree and a plum tree stand in a small, grassy courtyard that feels almost Mediterranean in it's serenity. It is located on a quiet one-way street only one block west of the Taos plaza.

Gas range and a large collection of cooking supplies. Nespresso machine with milk frother, French press, drip coffee maker. Toaster oven, panini press. French door refrigerator, microwave. Full size washer and dryer, heated bathroom floor, a gas heating stove and a kiva fireplace. Electric baseboard heater in bedroom, ceiling fans. Premium linens and a down comforter and pillows; a comfortable plush/firm queen mattress. Full sleeper sofa with memory foam topped mattress. High speed internet, HDTV, DirecTV, Blue Ray/DVD player, surround sound entertainment system, NetFlix streaming, Pandora/Spotify/Apple Airplay ready stereo system. Small wall safe, hair dryer. Large selection of books and games (backgammon, chess, dominoes, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Old Maid, Memory, Anomia, Bananagrams, cards).

The location of the apartment is one of it's greatest assets. From the front door, a five minute walk will reach twelve restaurants, dozens of galleries, the best coffee in town (The World Cup), Shree Yoga Studio, Smith's grocery store, the Bent Street shopping district, Ledoux Street, and of course, the Taos Plaza.

Interaction with guests

I am often available to meet you upon arrival and check you in myself, but if not, I will have my apartment manager greet you. If you will be arriving at night, I can leave a key for you.

Other things to note

If you have a large group, you may consider also renting my other property in the same building, Best Casa: Another Gem next to to the plaza. It has a larger kitchen that is suitable for a big group an(URL HIDDEN)hot tub.

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Security Deposit $200
Weekly Discount: 13%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 10AM

Please recycle; you may leave the trash and recycling bags in the kitchen before you check out.

Please turn off the lights when not needed and use the water conservatively.

Please be respectful of your neighbors and keep the music and TV volumes at a reasonable level.

If you accidentally break something, please let me know.

Don't forget to open the damper before lighting the kiva fireplace. Please close the damper when the fire is completely out.

No smoking of any kind indoors.

You may lock the door and leave the key under the mat when you depart.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
2 nights minimum stay

137 Reviews

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Karen User Profile
November 2017
Nicely decorated. Short walk to much of Taos (plaza, restaurants, galleries). Well appointed kitchen...enjoyed cooking in it. Marcus provided great suggestions for restaurants and hiking in the area.

Kristen User Profile
October 2017
Great place that is walking distance to the Plaza, shops and restaurants. The place was clean and nicely decorated and Marcus provided some great restaurants and activities that were happening the weekend we were in town. We highly recommend this place if you want to enjoy all the coziness that Taos has to offer!

Joseph User Profile
October 2017
Nice off street parking
Marcus User Profile
Response from Marcus:
Here's the rest of Joseph's review (in my private feedback section): The casita was only a block from the plaza but was private and quiet. The kitchen was very well equipped and the living area very comfortable. We really enjoyed the heated floor in the bath. Marcus met us and provided us with helpful hints to closely restaurants and things to do. Thanks Joe!
October 2017

Kristin User Profile
October 2017
We had a great stay! Marcus was friendly and provided us with good hiking and restaurant recommendations. The casita was in a good location, was very clean, and very quiet. The casita had many modern upgrades (heated floors, Bluetooth speakers, good wifi), but also had a New Mexico feel. 10/10 would stay again.

Mitchell User Profile
October 2017
This is an amazing casa in a first class location. Close to the plaza but very quiet. The apartment is furnished with everything needed to make a stay enjoyable. Truly atmospheric and a real reflection on what Taos is all about. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and the bedroom was quiet. Neighbours were helpful and Marcus provided useful information about the area. Less than 5 minutes walk to a great drop in yoga studio! We stayed for a month and are planning a return visit in 2018. THANKS Marcus for sharing your BEST ... Well VERY BEST ... casa with us.

Simon User Profile
September 2017
Fantastic unit that feels like home. This was my second time to stay here na I look forward to coming back again.

Abby User Profile
September 2017
This apartment was wonderful. The perfect size for two people with lots of personal touches from the host. Marcus was a great host, he gave us some great recommendations for activities in the area as well as good restaurants/bars to check out- all of his recommendations were great and the apartment was right in town and accessible to everything. I would highly recommend this place!

Arroyo Seco, New Mexico, United StatesJoined in October 2012
Marcus User Profile

I'm the luckiest guy I know. I'm truly thankful to have the privilege to be able to travel often and far. I've been welcomed into people's homes all over the world, and though I've been fairly nomadic most of my life, now for the first time I have my own place, which I have renovated and am offering as a getaway for fellow travelers to enjoy. I am also just starting to use AirBnB when I travel, and I look forward to my upcoming trips overseas.

I grew up in Snyder, Texas, surrounded by pumpjacks and fields of cotton. In the summers when I was a kid, my family would pile into the GoodTimes van and hit the road for weeks, escaping the 110 degree West Texas heat: Vermont, Florida, Wyoming, northern California, and all in between. When I was fourteen I spent a summer in Germany on an exchange program, and since then I've been hooked on travel. I studied biology writing in college and after graduating worked for the Fish & Wildlife Department in Alaska for a summer. I then worked in Nicaragua as a carpenter for over a year and slowly made my way to Taos, New Mexico, where I've lived for almost thirteen years.

My most recent journey was a 16-month solo motorcycle trip around the world. I drove west to Seattle, flew my motorcycle to Tokyo, and made my way to Siberia, west through northern Asia and the Middle East, south through Africa to CapeTown, then north through West Africa to Morocco. After a couple months in Europe, I flew the BMW to New Jersey and drove back home to Taos; 50 countries, 500 days, 46,000 miles.

Taos has a lot to offer for a lover of the outdoors like myself. I spend a lot of time in the nearby mountains, skiing, hiking with my dogs, fishing, biking, and motorcylcling. I've always enjoyed many sports, and I regularly play soccer, tennis, basketball, and volleyball.

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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