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Inger Jirby's Guest Houses
Ranked #10 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Taos
Reviewed 25 January 2010

We have been going to Taos for about three decades. This last time in January 2010, we were lucky enough to get a decent deal on renting one of Inger Jirby's casitas. Look them up under "Inger Jirby's Casitas" and book through her site by calling--these casitas are also listed as rentals on some of the big vacation sites, but for much more than we paid.

Inger Jirby is a colorist artist. Her gallery is right next to the apartments; she met us in there with some chocolates and eggnog and gave us a tour of her shop. Her paintings are fun and stylized and really awash with color. Her gallery is full of light.

The casitas next door are decorated fabulously, both with her artwork and an assortment of other artwork and eclectic furnishings. If you don't get her style in the gallery, you will in the casitas. Her paintings are just perfect.

We stayed in the largest casita--ask for the bigger one with the door on the right side. Our casita had a charming entryway with a small table for breakfast and two couches back-to-back facing an adobe fireplace. The kitchen to the right was enormous and fully equipped.

The living room had a trundle bed, another large couch and chairs, and a lot of room. However, this isn't really describing the place adequately, because it's the interior decor that makes this place so fabulous. Artifacts are combined with funky furniture, her paintings, and terrific rugs to make this really special.

Upstairs was a loft bedroom, accessible by a circular staircase. I've attached some pictures, some of which look dark. That would just be due to me! The casita has lots of light, both between great windows and skylights.

These casitas have more than just their own outstanding charm to recommend them--they're also at the beginning of Ledoux Street, and all of the galleries on the street are terrific. They're also about half a block from the town square, so you can pretty much walk to all of the downtown galleries in a flash.

Now Inger said she is considering turning these into long-term rentals, so if I were going to Taos, I would book her in a flash as they may not be available much longer.

To give you an idea on price, expect these to probably be more expensive, but not outrageously so, than the better hotels. However, I'm pretty sure I got ours for quite a bit less than the town's best bed-and-breakfast (even considering we had to cook our own!). So for us, this was a serious splurge, but her casita was definitely the loveliest place we've ever stayed in.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 April 2009

We've visited Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos. If there's a better value in the state - I will book it.
Our casita was outstanding (for 1-4 people). It had comfortable, useful furnishings:
2 beds, large great room table, small kitchen table, great galley kitchen, 2 couches, well placed lighting, many outlets, wi-fi...
It had ample, tasteful supplies of pillows, blankets, towels, etc. The kitchen has all the utensils for a long or short stay.
My wife and I are in our early 60's, - the spiral staircase was no problem. The loft floor plan puts the bathroom and one queen bed upstairs, one bed, in the great room, down.
The location is quiet, but near the old square, and easily accessible to the mountains, skiing, and (as a last resort) shopping.
Inger's is the place.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2008

We stayed in the Red Hawk casita for 2 days in June 2008. We checked in with Heather who works in the adjoining gallery. Heather was friendly and helpful with directions in the area. We loved the space and the fun and bright decorations and paintings. The 'entertainment center' included the Wii game which turned out to be a lot of fun to use. Our only issue was that the kitchen did not have any coffee mugs or teacups which were the only things we needed the kitchen for. We left a note because we assume this was only a temporary problem. Also one other TripAdvisor review mentions a fridge stocked with fixings for breakfast--the casitas do not provide any breakfast foods but Taos has plenty of places to eat a yummy morning meal.

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Thank BarefootCountesa
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Palo Alto, CA
Reviewed 14 September 2005

Ingbar Jirby’s gallery and the two adjoining casitas are conveniently located a couple of blocks from the main plaza in Taos. We paid $175/night for the Rio Grande casita (room #8) in early September. This is a two-story unit with lots of room – over 1000 square feet. The two casitas are part of the gallery, and Inger’s artwork decorates the unit. We didn’t see the other casita, but ours was very nicely decorated. The bedroom and bathroom are upstairs by a spiral staircase. It was slightly inconvenient having to ascend the cramped spiral staircase each time to use the bathroom. A large living room with two couches (one of which is a pull-out bed) and the kitchen are downstairs. When we checked in our refrigerator was stocked with juice, milk, croissants, and yogurt for breakfast. Inger and Heather, who works in the office/gallery, are both very friendly, and this was a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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Reviewed 15 July 2005

Inger Jirby Casitas could not be lovelier-everywhere your eyes travel in this artist's retreat is a feast. Although we only spent one night here at the end of our trip to New Mexico, it was a lovely way to close out our trip. location is excellent-hidden on a little sidestreet in an historic district. One bit of advice-guests need to be greeted warmly instead of tentatively and made to feel they have arrived in paradise because they truly have. Phone reservations and actual greetings could be much improved.

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Address: 207 Ledoux St, Taos, NM 87571-5943
Region: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Taos
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #10 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Taos
Price Range: €145 - €170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Inger Jirby's Guest Houses 2*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dating back to 1860, this New Mexico accommodation is located in Taos’ Historic District. Featuring original Southwest art and a fireplace, our guest houses feature a full kitchen as well as a washer and dryer in each unit. These 1150sf guest houses are truly your home away from home. Blending historical elements with modern amenities, villas at Inger Jirby's Guest Houses feature wood beamed ceilings and a flat-screen TV with satellite. The bright kitchen includes tea and coffee making facilities. Inger Jirby's Guest Houses share the compound with the world-renown artists’ gallery. Guests are encouraged to take a stroll through the outdoor sculpture garden. Founded in 1923 and showcasing both traditional and modern Taos art, the Harwood Museum is a short walk from these guest houses. The ancient Taos Pueblo ruins are 3.5 miles away. Room type: Villa Featuring a full kitchen equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, this villa includes a flat-screen TV with satellite. ... more   less 
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