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.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Best Casa, sadly for only 2 nights. After just one we wished we were staying longer. The apartment is EXACTLY as pictured and the location could not be better. Marcus was an amazing host and made sure we had everything we needed. He offered excellent suggestions for places to eat and see in Taos. Overall, we absolutely loved the town of Taos and the Best Casa and will be returning to both very soon!!
We enjoyed everything about our stay at Casa Best. Marcus met our family of four at the apartment upon arrival and showed a sincere interest in helping make our time in Taos the best possible. After orienting us to the space, Marcus provided very helpful additional information about Taos Ski Valley, where we skied and about which he knows a lot, along with on the town of Arroyo Seco on the way to the valley. We also took Marcus's suggestions for several local restaurants and we are very happy we did. There were no surprises regarding the apartment -- it is a just beautiful place. It seems that Marcus has thought of every possible guest need. He did most of the remodeling work himself and he obviously took great care in the redesign. We loved the location, which is on a quiet street just two blocks away from the central plaza in Taos. Taos is a safe place in general and the car park immediately behind the apartment works well and the layout of the building features a pleasant central courtyard. The communication with Marcus was excellent and he was very responsive as we texted about the specifics of our arrival. The bed very comfortable. Heated bathroom floor a big hit with the fam. Just a very well appointed apartment. Honestly cannot think of any negatives to mention. Many thanks, Marcus, for a great stay in Taos!
Fantastic apartment for a couple, fully renovated, one block from the Plaza, Marcus was the most thoughtful, caring and responsive host. For example, he provided a pound of fresh ground coffee, together with a variety of Nespresso capsules for our enjoyment. And a bottle of nice red wine. And complimentary high end toiletries. And he delivered to our doorstep the local weekly paper our second day there. Grab this one if you can!
This was our second stay at Best Casa. It's truly a home away from home for us now, and we're certain to return again. Marcus was very accommodating as we expected. We got the best recommendations for eating out along with some helpful tips on which runs at Ski Valley would be best for me to practice my moguls! Our short stay was truly exceptional and we hope to do it again next year.
Marcus was great with making sure we had everything we needed upon check in and during our stay. We came in late so he arranged for us to get in on our own, and he was in touch throughout the week. The place is absolutely lovely and very quiet for being right in town! It has a super comfortable bed and a very functional kitchen. The heated tile bathroom is a wonderful plus, as is the toasty gas wood stove-like heater which is very efficient and makes the place cozy. We didn't get a chance to use the real fireplace, but hope to if we get a chance to stay again. Later in the week we met Marcus and really enjoyed chatting with him about Taos. Thanks Marcus! Looking forward to seeing you again.
What a wonderful stay we had! We stayed for over a week, so we were very pleased to see how well appointed Marcus had made the place. The space is cozy and comfortable--love that fireplace!--and the proximity to the center of town is tough to beat, while still being tucked away on a quiet street.
Marcus was there to greet us and gave us really good advice on where to eat and shop. The apartment was beautiful, warm and cozy and the location count not have been better. The bedding was like a cocoon. Everything was top rated about our stay with Marcus.
Thank You Marcus!.
Denise & Ramsey
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.