About this listing
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.
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.
Perfect rental. Location was as described and for those from out of town, where you want to be. Every detail thought out. Coffee in the fridge, French press or auto espresso machine, great kitchen to cook in with every tool you could need and even stocked with stuff you hate to buy on vacation. I even spotted a growler in the pantry to take to the local brew pub. Decor is well done and comfortable. Look forward to coming back to Taos and staying here.
Fabulous location. It is truly right next to the plaza. It has a lovely courtyard. The bed is very comfortable. The water pressure is strong. The kitchen is luxurious. Marcus takes real pride in everything. The place is incredibly well equipped. Forgot your hair dryer? There's one in the unit. Want coffee? There is a collection of different types of coffeemakers. Want to cook? Not only are there pots and pans galore, there is every type of spice imaginable. Oh yes, and don't forget the gas stove with two ovens. Want romance? Marcus left a bottle of wine. I don't believe you could find a better experience on AirBnB than this one. Marcus is the best.
We just spent 2 wonderful days at this wonderful location. Marcus is a gracious host and made us feel most welcome. The pictures and words cannot capture the very special qualities of the casa. It is a tranquil haven in the middle of Taos convenient for everything. I look forward to returning again and again!
My wife and I wnt to Taos, NM after staying 6 nights in Telluride in another unit booked through airbnb. Marcus's property in Taos is wonderful! It has a superb location (never used our car), is well-equipped and conveys the Southwestern style. It is quiet and near great restaurants. Marcus was patient and flexible when our arrival was about 2-hours later than we had initially envissioned (rain played a part, but also some miscalculation on my part.
The apartment was lovely, comfortable, and just as promised. The location is wonderful and made it so easy to walk to the plaza, restaurants, and shops. Also, it was easy to base out of the location and visit nearby sites such as the Earthship community, the Taos Pueblo, and the Mable Dodge Luhan house. Marcus is a gracious host and provided recommendations in his email prior to our arrival. Loved the food at El Gamal! And, happy hour prices at the Taos Inn.
We had a very enjoyable stay in this comfortable, very clean and tastefully furnished home, and Marcus is a most gracious host giving us much information about Taos. We can highly recommend this home, located in the historical old town of Taos.
About the Host, Marcus
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.