Best Casa 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; an 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.
Exceptional Host! The apartment was fully furnished with everything we could possibly need for our stay - including welcome wine, first morning breakfast and a broad selection of spices for cooking.
He answered every question and responded immediately to a malfunctioning wifi router.
Very comfortable and cozy property. Location could not be better - nice quite cul-de-sac only about a block from the Plaza. Really impressed with the photos on the walls, which are virtually all his from his travels around the world.
Next time we'll stay in his new 2-bedroom unit right around the corner (which he is in the process of totally upgrading at present).
amazing stay, thanks Marcus. Great place and great location
Two friends and I have been going to Taos this same weekend for years and years and stayed at a chain hotel. No more. Even if the bathroom floors didn't have radiant heat we'd want to stay here again next year (this is a most fantastic feature, really). The location was phenomenal, the apartment perfectly appointed, and the neighbors super-friendly. Marcus met us there and went over all of the features and local attractions. He's an hospitable host.
The space is clean and modern with touches of vintage thrown in. So great. We'll definitely be back! Thanks, Marcus!
Jewel is the perfect description for Best Casa, we stayed for two nights and wished it had been a month. Very quiet but close to everything, ample parking, lovely grassy interior courtyard. Best Casa is beautifully appointed - as if it stepped out of a design magazine. Everything is there to make your stay in Taos/Northern NM very comfortable. Lovely fireplace that draws very well, great kitchen if you're in the mood to cook (if not - definitely make a reservation at the Love Apple !) and heated bathroom floors. Marcus is a charming and helpful host. Hope to be back soon !
We were more than satisfied with the quality of accommodations, the location, and the host. The place was recently renovated and, while it's only 500 sq ft, the space is practically used and lacks nothing. It has a full kitchen, espresso maker, dishwasher, laundry, TV/stereo/entertainment system, wi-fi, and more. Water pressure is great and bed (including pillows) was very comfortable. The location is an easy walk to the plaza and there is a single parking space. Marcus met us at the appointed time at his place, gave us keys and showed us around, then left his phone in case of emergency and left us to start our vacation. We spent half hour talking with Marcus about his work on the place and life in Taos. He struck us both as a trust-worthy person who enjoys the AirBnB experience and wants happy customers. We would go back to Marcus again, for sure. Thanks for a wonderful time, Marcus!
The casa was perfect for the two of us. Pristine, well appointed, beautifully rendered, a short 1 block walk to town. Wonderful accommodation and Marcus was a very helpful host. Couldn't have been better.
Marcus Best's "Best Casa" really lived up to its name. It was indeed a hidden jewel, perfect for a couple. Located a short block to the plaza, the apartment is an easy walk to restaurants, galleries, museums, shops and more. Marcus told us about hauling out some 12,000 pounds of debris as he completely remodeled the apartment, raising ceilings, removing walls and turning it into a comfortable rest stop for weary vacationers bent on doing as much as possible in their limited time. He put much care and thought into the project, and we liked his artistic touch -- including some of his own beautiful photographs. We also appreciated the well-stocked kitchen, since eating out for every meal gets to be expensive. We had a good laugh after a near disaster trying to figure out the Swiss can opener. After several tries and thinking it wasn't working, I flipped a can of diced tomatoes over to try the other side. If you've never used one, watch out! It's not your mother's can opener (unless, perhaps, she is Swiss). Overall, we couldn't have been more pleased. Marcus was a gracious, thoughtful host. We look forward to our next visit to magical Taos and, if we're lucky, we'll be staying at Best Casa again.
What a fabulous place! We've visited Taos many times and this is hands down the best lodging we've ever had. We recommend it to anyone who needs a cool, clean, lovely place to stay.
Marcus's home is beautifully renovated and from the open kitchen/living that includes a great tv/stereo system, to the firm and comfortable bed and linens, to the heated bathroom floor, we were very happy with our stay. The living room couch has a pullout bed and we were happily surprised with how comfortable it was. And the 3 or 4 minute walk to the center of town makes for a perfect location as well.
The neighbors are a bit chatty and like to look in if the front door is open, but they're really friendly. The living room could use one more comfy place to sit.
Marcus is very welcoming and though we didn't need anything while there, we would have been very comfortable asking if we had. He even left us a bottle of red wine and local coffee in the fridge.
Next time we're in town, we would love to stay here again!
Perfectly tucked away, this one bedroom was everything we were looking for. From the Kiva fireplace and heated bathroom floors, to the built in surround sound (and blue tooth) speakers and timely backgammon board - this place nails the details. Taos is wonderful, and this gem of an apt. felt like home.