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A Hidden Jewel Next To The Plaza.

Bedrooms 1
Space 520 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Newly Renovated Historic Adobe

This hidden jewel only a block from Taos Plaza 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. 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; a 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.

Sorry, but I cannot allow pets.

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.

If you have a large group, you may consider also renting my other property in the same building, Best Casa: Another Gem next to the plaza.

More Details

Marcus Best
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 March, 2018

About Marcus Best

I'm the luckiest guy I know. I'm truly thankful to be a part of this beautiful community and also 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 grew up in Snyder, Texas, surrounded by pump jacks and fields of cotton. In the summers when I was a kid, my family would pile into the Good Times 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 and to the bottom of Africa.

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 motorcycling. I've always enjoyed many sports, and I regularly play soccer, tennis, basketball, and volleyball.

Marcus Best purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Marcus Best chose Taos

I've always been somewhat of a nomad, but I've found my home base in Taos. I try to live simply and wanted a small but comfortable place in town, but I've never been attracted to typical condominiums. I wanted character and history, something with personality that I could make my own. I knew when I first saw it that this property was exactly what I had been looking for.

What makes this apartment unique

The location of Best Casa is remarkable. It is just far enough from the main roads that you can't tell your in the heart of Taos, but so close to the center that just about everything you need is within walking distance. The apartment itself has an old-world feel, with double adobe walls and classic mid-century windows. I've always thought of the kitchen as the heart of any home, and this kitchen is the focal point of the apartment; designed with simplicity and functionality in mind. Though the apartment still has a historic feel, it also features high-tech comforts that you won't find in most Taos adobes. You can access and control your music wirelessly through the entertainment system or send movies or videos from your portable device to the HDTV. The tile floor of the bathroom is heated (very nice for bare feet in the morning), and there's even a heated mirror that won't fog up after you take a shower.

When I completed the renovation, which took five months, I was very satisfied with the result, but I didn't truly fall in love with the place until I stayed there myself for a week. Best Casa is truly a hidden gem.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are 100% in Love with your place! Your attention to detail did not go unnoticed. Thank you for the amazing hospitality and your thoughtful recommendations. . . We hope to se you again next fall!
Oct 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Taos in Taos County

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 520 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • heated tile floor, heated (fogless) mirror, classic 1940's soaking tub, hair dryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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(33 traveller reviews)

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A Hidden Jewel Next To The Plaza.
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This casita was perfect. We were 3 guests & I slept on the pullout, which was surprisingly comfortable. There were small details that made it feel like home, from tea to wine and the best surprise was heated bathroom floors! I want to come back and visit with my wife as it's romantic for a couple! Loved this place!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Oregon area

Beautiful Casita, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled to Taos in February 2018 for a wedding and stayed at the Casita. We felt very fortunate to have found it!

Marcus met us when we checked in, showed us around and made recommendations for restaurants, galleries and places to go for music. He left fruit, granola, yogurt and coffee for the first day...very thoughtful and much appreciated. The rental was very clean and well appointed. It was perfect for a couple. The kitchen was fully equipped for cooking.

Location is incredible: very close to the historic town plaza and walking distance from numerous restaurants, pubs, coffee houses and galleries.

Parking Is convenient and off the street, behind the rental. Location is on a short one-way street and is very quiet.

We highly recommend this beautiful, historic and well maintained property!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquility and comfort in Taos

  • 5 of 5

Love this VRBO, easily could be my favorite one I've stayed in (and there's been a lot). So nice to be greeted with coffee, wine, granola and fruit. The unit is impeccably decorated, spotless, clean (important to me), comfortable, convenient... We had a great time having some extra room for the kids to play in the little courtyard and being able to walk to everything. Parking was so convenient also. The washer/dryer setup was perfect also.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really cute, and well stocked!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the kiva fireplace and the kitchen was very well stocked. Great location near the plaza as well.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we were looking for

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was nicely furnished and very quiet despite being only one block from the central shopping area. We were able to leave the car parked and stroll out for food and coffee. We would definitely consider staying here again if it was available.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome property

  • 5 of 5

No better place to stay in Taos---close to everything

Very cozy---just like home

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Santa Fe Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Taos Ski Valley


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £144.42

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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