Comment by john bruker, USA
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.