Taos welcomes Hotel Willa

Group renames Indian Hills Inn

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 2/20/20

Taos community members gathered Tuesday (Feb. 18) to welcome the new Hotel Willa, on Paseo del Pueblo Sur.

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Taos welcomes Hotel Willa

Group renames Indian Hills Inn

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Taos community members gathered Tuesday (Feb. 18) to welcome the new Hotel Willa, on Paseo del Pueblo Sur.

California-based Casetta Group held its renaming party for the former Indian Hills Inn, which it purchased in 2019. The group plans to transform the abandoned inn into the Hotel Willa boutique hotel property, complete with a new restaurant and bar. The event packed the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium for a celebration of the new hotel.

"When we have a property at our main entrance and someone says, 'I want to take that and make it the best for our community,' that is the type of organization we want in Taos," said Mayor Dan Barrone. "They really worked with the community."

Casetta, doing business as Taos Hotel Associates, has been working over the past year to complete plans for the hotel project and has tried to involve the community as much as possible.

In November, the group held a party to bring neighbors together to brainstorm a name for the renovated hotel property. Over 200 names were submitted and several had a common theme of willows. According to Casetta president Carolyn Schneider, the group took the suggestions and placed its own spin when arriving at Hotel Willa.

"There's a lot more to do in terms of the branding," Schneider said.

Casetta also announced the name of their new restaurant and bar - The Florette restaurant and Bar Piñon - during the party, which came from suggestions that were honorable mentions for the hotel's name.

The ceremony brought officials and neighbors to the event. Town of Taos councilors as well as local artists and business owners made their way to welcome the owners of the new hotel in Taos.

Catered food from Chokola, Wake and Take and Donabe was available for the over 100 members of the crowd at the event.

Casetta took over the Indian Hills property after visiting Taos for potential projects.

The Indian Hills was condemned by the town of Taos in 2018. Former owner John Slenes went before the town council to try and reverse the condemnation order to ease the sale of the property.

The hotel totaled over 200 code violations in a 2017 fire marshal inspection, which sealed the council's decision to close the hotel.

After sitting vacant for a year, team members at Casetta have been working to restore the hotel to acceptable standards.

The company has a number of hotels in California and is hoping to invite guests into Hotel Willa by the end of 2020.

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