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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Inger Jirby's Guest Houses Taos, New Mexico