Hotel Palacio de Marquesa is perfect for your next stay in Taos

People come to experience the beauty, adventure and culture that Taos offers. Palacio de Marquesa, a small boutique hotel in Taos, one of the Heritage Hotels & Resorts, celebrates the spirit, dynamism, innovations and contributions of the extraordinary women of Taos. In the early 1900s, seven remarkable women artists came together to form an eclectic group of innovators and free thinkers.

The design concept of each room at Palacio de Marquesa pays homage to the Taos stories of these seven remarkable women. Let’s get to know the incredible halls of the Palacio de Marquesa.

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1. The icon, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe

The mother of American modernism (1887-1986), Georgia O’Keeffe, inspired the Icon bedroom. Museums around the world display his art, with many of his most famous paintings from his time in Taos, including The Lawrence Tree, cow skulland ram’s head.

The spacious Icon King Room offers a beautiful view of the garden patio, fireplace, tiled bathroom, wine fridge, coffee maker and O’Keeffe Southwestern decor. Enjoy plush bathrobes, luxury turndown service, and free high-speed internet with an included gourmet breakfast.

Get to know Georgia by visiting the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, dedicated to the life and art of the artist, in downtown Santa Fe. Nine galleries tell the story of O’Keeffe’s career. Keeffe in the 20th century as a famous artist. The museum offers online courses in drawing, watercolor landscapes, and botanical watercolors. I love shopping in the museum shop for creative gift items like books and media, stationery, art, posters, clothing, and homewares. Watch for the new O’Keeffe Greenspace to open in late 2025.

Georgia purchased the 5,000 square foot Abiquiu complex (ah-bih-cue) Catholic Church House and Workshop in 1945. Her friend Maria Chabot oversaw the restoration over the next four years, and then Georgia made it her permanent home. She lived and painted in the Quiet Sanctuary until 1984 and died in Santa Fe in 1986 at the age of 98. The house and studio have become a National Historic Landmark and are part of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

The Ghost Ranch hike with heritage inspirations.
The Ghost Ranch hike with Heritage Inspirations (Photo credit: Heritage Inspirations)

Twelve miles from Abiquiu, Georgia’s summer home resided on 12 acres at the edge of Ghost Ranch, a 21,000-acre ranch. Today, the property serves as the Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, offering classes, tours, horseback riding, and incredible views.

Pro Tip: Take the Heritage Inspirations Abiquiu Studio Tour in Georgia O’Keeffe Country from Taos. You’ll learn more about Georgia by visiting O’Keeffe’s real landscapes, meeting local artists, touring their studios, and sharing their voices and stories.

2. The romantic, inspired by Dorothy Brett

Dorothy Brett inspired romantic bedroom. Brett’s paintings reveal how spirituality weaves into daily life at Taos Pueblo. Her paintings reflect the alluring feminine nature of the Taos landscape and the ethereal essence of those who live there.

The romantic king bedroom sleeps two, with a charming sitting area in front of the wood-burning fireplace. The room has a spacious bathroom, fluffy bathrobes, luxury turn down service and includes a gourmet breakfast.

Dorothy Eugenie Brett (1883-1977) was born into an aristocratic British family, educated at the Slade School of Art and associated with the Bloomsbury Group. She met DH Lawrence and moved to Taos at his invitation in 1924.

His best-known works are mystical depictions of pueblo ceremonies found at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Tao and the Harwood Museum of Art. The New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe and the Roswell Museum and Art Center in Roswell also exhibit his art.

Pro tip: Take the Taos Heritage Inspirations + Chocolate Artisan Walking Tour as you walk through the Tapestry of Taos Artisans, explore Taos’ rich art history, and end at an organic, small-batch, and exquisitely crafted chocolate factory.

3. The modernist, inspired by Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin (1912-2004) is one of America’s most famous abstract expressionist painters and inspired the modernist room. His art conveyed emotional content, yearning for inner truth, perfection and beauty.

The Modernist King Room sleeps two with luxurious bedding, an adobe fireplace, modern furnishings, a spacious tiled bathroom, and plush bathrobes. The Palacio offers luxury turndown service and a chef-inspired gourmet breakfast.

At the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, discover Martin’s world-renowned permanent gallery, Experience Tranquility: The Agnes Martin Gallery. A series of seven paintings appears with four Donald Judd benches (Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas). Martin represents the inner spirit recognizing nature, perfection and beauty.

Mabel Dodge Luhan Matriarch's Hall.
Mabel Dodge Luhan Room (Photo credit: Palacio de Marquesa)

4. The Matriarch, inspired by Mabel Dodge Luhan

Mabel Dodge Luhan was a writer, social activist, art connoisseur and institution in Taos. Honored for her crucial role in building artistic communities, she has supported artists and sparked great interest in modern art forms. She has invited many of the most eminent artists, writers and thinkers to Taos.

A Mabel-influenced two-room suite, The Matriarch, features an ornate Southwestern-style king bed frame and patio seating for two. The second room features leather armchairs in front of the adobe fireplace and a dining table centered in a bookcase with a wine fridge and coffee maker. You have access to the library for reading, backgammon and chess for hours of entertainment. Enjoy an included gourmet breakfast as well as personalized turndown service.

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House, a historic inn and conference center, is a retreat for painters, writers and life geniuses in the house where Mable lived in Taos. You’ll find shady gardens and serene indoor spaces, plus a salon brimming with early 20th-century literary and artistic history, inspiring artists and thinkers from Georgia O’Keeffe, Martha Graham, DH Lawrence to Carl Jung. Today there are workshops for writers, artists, yoga enthusiasts and photographers, rejuvenating beautiful surroundings, great food and caring staff.

5. The illuminator, inspired by Gene Kloss

Gene Kloss (1903-1996), who inspired the Illuminator room, had a lifelong fascination with the Southwest from his first visit to Taos. His paintings and prints reflected Pueblo ceremonial life, depicting western villages and landscapes.

The king bedroom, The Illuminator, features an architectural metal bed frame, wooden ceiling beams and an adobe wood-burning fireplace. High-speed Internet, HD TV and spacious shower and bathroom ensure a comfortable stay. Enjoy a homemade breakfast by the hotel’s chef.

The Owings Gallery and Nedra Matteucci Galleries in Santa Fe and Robert L Parsons Fine Art in Taos feature works by Gene Kloss. The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado holds over 450 Kloss prints, the most extensive collection of his art, as well as his engraving tools and printing press.

6. The Socialite suites, inspired by Millicent Rogers

My favorite fashion icon, art collector, and jewelry designer, Millicent Rogers (1902-1953), fell in love with the Native American silver and turquoise jewelry she found in Taos. She became an exceptional collector and a voice and supporter of Native American rights.

The Socialite Suite Number One, in honor of Millicent Rogers, features a metal-framed king-size bed, a spacious sitting area in front of the fireplace, and a breakfast table for two. The bathroom has a large tiled shower with fluffy towels and bathrobes. Enjoy unique turndown service and a chef-prepared gourmet breakfast. The Socialite Suite Number Two has two queen beds with full amenities.

The Millicent Rogers Museum of Southwestern Heritage.
Millicent Rogers Museum (Photo credit: Nolichuckyjake / Shutterstock.com)

The Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos tells the story of his legacy. Millicent lived in Taos for only six years, from 1947 to 1953, but her influence on the community was enormous. She was known as the “Standard Oil Heiress” since her grandfather HH Rogers co-founded the Standard Oil Trust with John D. Rockefeller. She came to Taos to heal her heart, broken by Clark Gable. She fell in love with the majestic beauty of Taos and the turquoise and silver jewelry of Native Americans.

At the museum, 15 galleries present its permanent collections, special exhibitions and numerous events throughout the year. You will see its magnificent collection of Southwestern Native American jewelry, Native American arts, Hispanic arts, and works by potter Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo. Spent an afternoon exploring this excellent museum, where acquisitions continue to be donated.

Turtle Walk is the former home of Millicent Rogers, a 71-acre pastoral estate in the Taos Valley with picturesque mountain views. The home features nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms with hand-painted vigas by Dorothy Brett. A Carrara marble bath fed by a waterfall is featured, along with a swimming pool, guest house, horse facility and caretaker’s cottage.

7. The Diva, inspired by Martha Reed

Fashion designer Martha Reed (1922-2010) made the Navajo fashion of broom skirts and velvet shirts with silver buttons celebrated worldwide as the Taos style. Concho sashes and squash flowers finished the look. Martha was a real diva, throwing lavish and fashionable parties for the Taos company.

Inspired by Martha Reed, The Diva features a king-frame bed with luxury bedding, sitting area for two, adobe wood-burning fireplace, and southwest decor. The chef-prepared gourmet breakfast and deluxe turndown service are exquisite.

Martha moved to Taos in 1953 and later opened her famous Martha of Taos clothing store next to the historic Taos Inn. Over the next 38 years, the Taos fashion maven designed and sold her broom skirts, cotton and velvet “Navajo tops” and dresses that set the Taos fashion trend. There was no doubt that Martha was an independent spirit and threw many parties.

The Doel Reed Center in Taos is an educational center located in the former home of Martha’s father, Doel Reed, founding chairman of the art department at Oklahoma State University and famous printer. Martha donated the house commemorating her father’s art and legacy.

Palacio de Marquesa in Taos, New Mexico on a snowy day.
Marquesa Palace

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