Reviews

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8-26-12

We had a terrific stay! Having lived in Taos for a number of years, we've driven by countless times and always wondered what it was like. Next time we visit, we'll surely stay with you again - comfortable accommodations, friendly people, love the setting withing walking distance of the Taos Cow, and all at a very reasonable cost. THANKS!!! 

 
~jennifer
 

 

Name: Greg and Maria, 6/08/2011

Thanks to  the staff for a wonderful stay and great energy! We stayed in a tipi with the scent of aromatic herbs from the garden wafting on the breeze, a bajillion stars overhead, and frogs and crickets serenading us to sleep. This is among the best hostel experiences anywhere, and run by good people. We've stayed here before and we'll be back again. Thanks!

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 Name: Tea Tamminen,  Finland ,6/15/2011


  What a truly magical place! I had such a wonderful time staying at the Snowmansion. The staff is super friendly and the area so beautiful. The owners know Taos and its surrounding areas very well, so you will have plenty to do and places to visit.
Each evening after a tasty and nourishing dinner that was so lovingly prepared, I would admire the colours of the sunset and the clear stars. The mountains truly enchanted me and I miss them so much already!
I can't wait to come back &  stay at the Snowmansion again. I highly recommend this place. 5 stars! :)

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Erin Scott, 6/08/2011


The snowmansion is the coolest place you could ever, ever find yourself on earth. Take it from a seasoned world traveler...whatever you want, it is here. Mostly beauty beyond words and the most comfortable people to talk to or not. Right now Botan is there and will make noodles instantly for you with the best smell in the kitchen. There are herbs growing all over and plenty of fresh tea with fresh mint and coffee. I almost want to stop now for fear of filling it to capacity so i cant get in next weekend...! So anyone looking for Higher ground, you just found it.
 With Love From Erin Marie Scott

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Mark, May, 2011



My wife and I recently stayed at the Snowmansion (May 2011). We stayed in their authentic Tepees for 3 nights. A wonderful experience. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable of the area's activities. The kitchens were clean and it was easy to store food in the refrigerators. Fantastic home made Thai food on the weekend nights. Muna is a very genuine and peaceful woman, who's energy & passion can be felt throughout the Snowmansion. We'll be back. Mark & Kasia

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  Greetings to All from the 'Southwest' of Pennsylvania.

We stayed with you in one of your cabin rooms last year in April and just wanted to say that our stay with you was still the highlight of our trip to New Mexico and hope we can come out to see you again as soon as next year.

 I hope your planting season goes well this year as we are putting in some raised beds ourselves and look forward to a lot of vegetables to share.

Review by brad tennessee, USA, usa
2010-04-18
5 This place is a wonderful place for travelers we just got back from a trek thru new mexico, and the snowmansion is by far my favorite hostel in N.M., the vibe is very cool and mellow and the scenery is of no other in new mexico, and a great place for the outdoor, nature loving folks such as myself. The people who work and stay there are from all over, very nice, and you feel like youre around friends at all times, i literally felt at peace, recommend this place and if i ever find myself in the area, i will stay there again.
 
Review by Jessica Gaddis, Nashville, TN
2010-04-15
5 Incredible This was the best hostel I have ever stayed in!! The atmosphere, the people, the energy, everything was exactly what I needed!! They have a variety of accommodations and are welcoming to all! Thank you Muna for teaching me how to just breathe, you and all the other people I encountered there will be remembered forever!
Comment by XiaoYan Gu, Chinese
January 2010
5 Lovely place with nice facility and wonderful people
 
Me and my friend spent a couple of days recently in the hostel and we were amazed at how friendly and wonderful this place was. We met a bunch of great people there, some of them are regular skiers who stays here every year and some are travelers like us staying for their first time. But we all made great friends with each other instantly. All the staff at the hostel were extremely helpful and welcoming, too. They have a garden where they grow grain and beans -- those are where our meals from the hostels are from. And if you ever go there, be sure to look for Muna -- a great medicist and healer. I'm sure she will be able to help with you one thing or two.
Comment by Jaksa, USA
November 2009
5 Great, Family Friendly Hostel
 
In the past ten years I have gone to Abominable Snowmansion three times, and each time I found the atmosphere in the hostel to be very warm and welcoming. First time I was there with a large college group -- we drove there from Austin, and it was a lot of fun. The kitchen and the fireplace made for great gathering spaces for our group, and an opportunity to talk with others in the hostel, and hear some really great stories. Last couple of years, I have been going there with my wife and two children (three- and four- and five- and six-year-olds). Kiddoes made many children and adult friends there. There was so much diversity that one's curiosity is constantly being fed with new wonderful insights about people, places, experiences. We all loved it, and felt sad leaving the place, wonderful hosts, and our fellow guests. If you are looking for a warm, welcoming place with opportunities to talk with folks with very diverse world views, Abominable Snowmansion is where you want to be. If you are looking for a place with brand new furnishings, TVs, and commercialism then this is not a place for you.
Comment by Jeff Glenn, USA
August 2009
5 A slice of the good life, unmatched anywhere.
 
The snowmansion is a beautiful place to be. There are always amazing projects going on there and it really doesn't feel like a hostel but more of a beautiful home with friends. Sure, all hostels have games, books, and a kitchen, but how many have massive gardens, communal meals, and are family run? I recently took a group to the snowmansion and we had a blast. We spent a day harvesting from their fruit trees and preserving applesauce! Being in Arroyo Seco is great, the traffic of taos is far away and the small village surrounding the hostel is very nice. I highly recommend visiting the snowmansion!
Comment by Jaems Eastman, USA
April 2009
4 Nice place
 
I've been traveling to Taos for many years and have wanted to stay at the SnowMansion. Since 1996 when I travel my wife is along too. She has well defined expectations of where we'll stay (as you might guess). Unfortunately for the adventurer side of me those defined expectations do not include the word Hostel (or long distance driving or anything without the word spa). So for this trip I grabbed a couple of buddies of mine and we set off for adventure, which of course included the SnowMansion. We booked a private room that had a queen size bed and an over-under bunk bed. The room was warm and clean, as were the bed linens. The bathroom was fine and the people were very nice. One note, be sure to have a personal supply of toiletries as these can be hard to come by on short, early morning notice. The trip to the mountain and/or into town is short and the fellow travelers at the hostel were quite nice. My buddies and I had a great time.
 
 

  We take

Comment by john bruker, USA

December 2008

the kids for a ski week every year

we love it here. two adults and four kids for skiing every year. the kids are ten and twelve years old. the staff are great and the kids get to live without TV and fast food! you have to be kind and courteous to others, which makes it a great learning experience for the kids and they also meet international travelers. we will be looking for other reasons to stay here during non-ski season.

 

Comment by Amanda, USA

June 2008

  Relaxing and wonderful

We stayed for three days in a nice, warm cabin in late spring when the nights are seriously cold. Everyone was incredibly welcoming, friendly, and helpful, and surprise! They also do Tai Qi at sunset, and you're invited! I really like the community atmosphere of the place, the totally affordable prices in an exorbitantly-priced area, and how everyone felt like family by the time we left. Stay there and you will love it!

 


 

Comment by Kamishia, Belize

December 2007

  What a hostel should be!

Where do I begin? From the moment I arrived, my stay was like no other! A beautiful woman named Mouna (one of the owners) greeted me with ultra kindness then guided me in to the hostel's check-in counter. From there, she showed me to the dorm and introduced me to staff and guests. I did not even have time to consider feeling uncomfortable. I immediately felt at home. Maybe a little too much so. My original plan was to visit Taos for one night, then move on with my journey. Well, that was not how it turned out.

After meeting the wonderful staff at the Snowmansion and the sweet, open-minded guests they attract, I extended my stay to last about a week. The village of Arroyo Seco is small in size, but gigantic in character! I joined guests in a dip at the nearby hot springs, had the privilege of enjoying a gorgeous morning run, and spent many hours chatting with locals in the coffee shop across the street from the hostel. There is even rock climbing at the gorge, but sadly, I did not have time to explore that on this trip.

The community that exists in and around the Snowmansion is exactly what I have been craving in my life. Mouna makes delicious rice and beans when she can, which she sets out for all to enjoy. Other guests are very generous with cooking and sharing meals with everyone. Their kindness is refreshing and contagious! Just before I left, the family, staff and a local native, Henry, were hard at work building a sweat lodge. I was extremely disappointed that I had to move on.

All I could think of was how enriched my experience had already been, and all there was to give and gain in staying longer. If you are traveling anywhere in the area, you should do yourself a favor and treat your soul to a stay within this warm community. Give yourself a chance to remember what life is really about. Who knows, I may see you there, because I will return!

 


Comment by Misha Bailey, USA

December 2007

  Amazing hostel. a warm, loving community.

I just loved this place so much. It's really hard to find the right words to relay even a glimmer of my experience here. I fell in love with Taos and Northern New Mexico because of the people I met here, and the experiences I had. I ended up only staying two-and-a-half weeks (intending to stay a few nights), which totally wasn't enough, even though it still changed my life. And I seriously contemplated staying for months.

I was there at the end of the summer, and they had a big garden with fresh vegetables to pick for your meals. I stayed in a beautiful teepee all to myself. There's a lovely creek/stream that runs on the property, which I loved to read or sit by. The family that runs the hostel is also very loving and warm -- if the other areas of my life had permitted me to stay longer here and work with/learn from them, I probably would have.

Up the road is a beautiful Zendo that allowed visitors to sit with them in the mornings. 's a pretty good yoga studio right in Arroyo Seco, and a delicious cafe/ice cream shop. It's easy to get rides into or from Taos (which is only a few minutes drive away) to the lots of yummy cafes, tea houses, shops, grocery stores.

After traveling through the South and Texas, I was so relieved to come to Taos where there's still a locally-owned grocery store with delicious, thoughtful food. And, there are nearby mountain and gorge hikes, and a few beautiful hot springs in the area. The hostel attracted amazing, open-hearted people that really taught me new and profound things.

I will never forget my experiences here. Also, the hostel was/is deeply embedded in the Arroyo Seco community at large, which greatly influenced the people I met and my experience. The snowmansion allowed some people who were particularly committed and keen on being in the area to work/trade for a long-term stay.The family that runs it is amazing -- you'll be lucky if you get to meet or spend time with the matriarch. Basically, I went expecting a traditional hostel, with lots of rules and people just moving through.

But what actually occurred here in my experience, and also that of some of the people staying while I was there, was that the hostel and beautiful Taos/Arroyo Seco enchanted us. So I arrived, and then immediately a warm community opened up. And it was hard to pull myself away. If you're going to be in New Mexico, or even thinking of going to New Mexico or Southern Colorado, go here.

 

Comment by ifajah, Hawaii

May 2007

  This hostel is very nice. Sweet receptionist, who plays piano fairly well, and she is very willing to help you out with stuff to do around the area. Very neat kitchen and bathrooms. If you are a traveler, this is the place in Taos.

 


Loved it!

By Bobby, 08/23/08
 
I was in The American Southwest for the first time in my life and exploring the area when I needed to look into cheap but clean accomadations.

Look no further than the Snow Mansion, while the hostel is a bit out of the way from the Taos town center, the lively staff members more than make up for it. Mouna the owner, is a wonderfully warm hostess and has a wealth of information about Taos an the area. She also very generously offers her garden to guests to pick their own fruits and veggies if they so feel inclined.

I stayed in a cabin and had absolutely no problem whatsoever, I met some fascinating characters there and was sorry to leave. Yeah, there is a bit of the hippy vibe going on but this is Taos, what else do you expect? In fact, I'd personally prefer a place full of character over some generic standardized place any day. As long as you're open-minded and flexible, you'll feel right at home here.

 


Pleasant and peaceful

By A Yahoo! Contributer, 05/13/08
 
Compared to some raucous hostels, It was peaceful and I was able to enjoy those magnificent mountains surrounding the property. I hear the summer Tee-Pee experience is unforgettable. Bravo Snowmansion

 


Abominable Snow Mansion

By nanner  06/11/04
 
I have been staying at the Abominable Snow Mansion for years (Off and On)for 20 years and found that each owner and each time I have stayed there the place was clean and the people alway's nice. I need a bargain when I travel and boy is this a Taos bargain (I do alway's get a private room) Cheers!

This is a warm, welcoming community! The area is truly beautiful, the facilities clean and usable, and the atmosphere laid back and homey. Visit it! And don't forget to take walks early in the morning as the sun rises. You can't beat it.

Words cannot express our feelings of joy and happiness in getting to know you all and have the privilege of tarrying a while in your 'snow mansion' Our beds were comfortable and for the busy weekend we were in (President's weekend) our nites were quiet and sleepful.


We have stayed at hostels around the world , some not as roomy and some more upscale but we have never been treated with such warmth and affection as we have felt during our 10 days at your place. Your incredible energy and generosity to all of us 'boarders' is being passed on down to your staff who are always there to help and make our stay a more pleasant experience.


The one practice that touches me as well as other guests is the daily hot soups , vegetarian as well as meat, and the daily hot bread you make to ensure we have something hot to eat after a cold day on the ski slopes. And there is even more variety on certain nights. Not having to drive out again to town for a meal in the cold is such a luxury, and you and your staff make sure this good food is always there. And all organic too.!


Your generosity and thoughtfulness touches me most. When there were lots of young children at the hostels, Muna went out of her way to make food the children would like to eat, and so she baked an enchilada pie which they loved.
Thank you for keeping such a warm environment during the cold winters. You make us feel we are part of you.
love,


wan and steve


 

Comment by Sam
May 2005
Love this hostel! One of the guys that worked there picked us up from the bus station in his van for a few dollars. Such a friendly hostel, and the teepees... love them!!! The area is great, I could have stayed here relaxing for weeks... heaven.
Comment by Kwisatz Haderach
November 2004
I stayed at the Snow Mansion and found it to be one of the most enjoyable hostel experiences that I have ever had. This is a brilliant place ALL year round and I would HIGHLY recommend that one stay at the Snow Mansion if one is in Taos. Take a walk up El Salto road and say "Hi" to the pueblo-dwelling buffalo as well.
Comment by Anonymous
November 2004
I stayed at the Snowmansion for ten days in late August 2004. I felt immediately at home upon arrival. The staff were excellent and eager to help. I would stay here over any other place in the area. The rooms are large and the people are very friendly.
Comment by Jefferson Packer
August 2004
I've been to the Snowmansion three times, and if I could find a way to live there I probably would. If someone offered me a choice between a $2,000-a-week condo and a week at the Snowmansion, I wouldn't have to think for even a second—what's the fun of being alone surrounded by silent luxury? The joy of the Snowmansion is found in the beautiful people from all over the world who are all there seeking the same thing—a community of adventurers. You never know who you'll meet or what will happen when you go there; it is a real, genuine human experience that hasn't been "sanitized for your protection." Bring your easel, your diary, your book of poetry, your acoustic guitar or just your skis or snowboard, and revel in a place that actually WANTS you to express yourself!
Comment by D Odomok
August 2004
My older teens and I stayed here in a tipi, and the staff were very helpful. Everyone made us feel at home. We used the "outdoor" kitchen, which was well-equipped and clean. Taos is a fantastic town, as well; we had lots of fun.
Comment by Joan Cenci-Thomas
June 2004
This is a great hostel! The rooms are arranged well for semi-privacy. The common area is large and conducive to socializing, or just hanging out by yourself and reading. There are lots of books from which to choose. We stayed in one of the "co-ed" rooms, since we are married, and it was a lovely room with a lavender scent. The beds are fine, and you will sleep well. The kitchen facilities are very good, clean, organized, and there's lots of good food. The grounds and surrounding areas are interesting and fun, and the staff are really helpful and low-key, and will give you directions to all the places you would like to go in the area. It was fun to sit outside in the "backyard" at a campfire and hang out with a few guys from Texas who had driven through Roswell and got lost--they had stories to tell. This is an enchanting land, and this hostel is a very good place to start seeing it.