SANTA FE, N.M. — Taos’ top-rated hotel, the 84-room El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa at 317 Kit Carson Road, is in the process of being acquired by an investment group headed by Jim Long of Albuquerque-based Heritage Hotels & Resorts.
“We like the bohemian quality of the property,” Long told the Journal. “That’s a defining quality of Taos. It’s what attracts visitors globally, but it’s not just tourism. Taos attracts unique people as residents. It has a history of unique personalities.”
Originally opened in 2003 and expanded four years later, El Monte Sagrado is the only hotel in Taos, and one of only 13 in New Mexico, with a Four Diamond rating from AAA, the Florida-based nonprofit offering travel-related services.
Regularly described as having Old World charm in travel publications, the hotel cost a combined $75 million to develop in its two phases, Long said, adding, “Our acquisition cost is a small fraction of that number.”
The purchase is expected to close in October. The seller, Orlando, Fla.-based Kessler Collection, was responsible for the hotel’s expansion of 48 rooms and 7,000 square feet of meeting space that opened in 2007. Kessler is selling the property as it shifts its focus to the southeast.