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Murray Hotel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Silver City
Certificate of Excellence
Tucson, Arizona
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29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Coming back to life!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

This was our first visit to Silver City NM, a delightful town. We stayed at the Murray Hotel. There is lots of history here!
The Murray Hotel was built in 1938 where it became the social center of Silver City with a ballroom with a spring dance floor, restaurants, and all the fixings. Unfortunately, hard times fell and the Murray fell into disrepair. After 35 years of being vacant, new owners from Santa Barbara CA purchased the hotel and they are bringing it back to life. The floor in the lobby is original. The colors for the lobby and the guest rooms are simple, but fitting with the era of the hotel. Renovations are still being completed. The rooms are comfortable and spacious. There are plans to restore the ballroom and again add a restaurant and coffee bar. In the meantime, we received a voucher towards breakfast at a nearby eatery and coffee (delicious!) was available in the lobby.
This is an art-deco hotel that is being brought back to life and it's wonderful to see!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Shirley R, General Manager at Murray Hotel, responded to this review, 3 October 2013
Dear AZTraveler661,

Thank you so very much for your wonderful review and for telling our story so nicely.

Restoring the hotel has been a labor of love for all of us, the owners, the management company and the employees. Truly, this was a Grande Dame that deserved to be saved and thanks to Kurt & Julianna, our owners, it has been brought back to life.

Yes, we still have some work to do and have future plans to restore ballroom (can you imagine a wedding here??!) and also to build a restaurant and lounge. In the meantime, I am so glad you enjoyed your cooked to order breakfast at Vicki's Eatery. They do a GREAT job at every meal!

Silver City is often overlooked, but you are right- it is a charming community with so much to do and see. From the amazing galleries, to Western New Mexico University and its famed Mimbres Pottery Collection to the GIla National Forest for hiking, fishing, bird watching and more. Also, Silver City is a culinary hot spot these days with mentions in Saveur Magazine and the New York Times for our outstanding, cutting edge restaurants.

Thank you so much AZTraveler661 for appreciating our town and our hotel! We definitely look forward to welcoming you back in the future!

Kindest Regards,
Bryan Bishop- GM
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Austin, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

If you like boutique hotels, you will enjoy the Murray in Silver City, New Mexico. My husband and I stayed there 4 days and found it to be charming. It is located in the art district of Silver City and within walking distance of most of the galleries and restaurants. The staff is quite helpful in suggesting fabulous places to eat as well as attractions in the area. They serve delicious gourmet coffee and tea in the lobby starting at 6:00 am for early risers. Debbie was especially helpful in setting up reservations for us. We felt that staying in the midst of downtown added greatly to our trip. They are in the process of opening a restaurant, and they don't have a pool; however, this wasn't an issue for us.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shirley R, General Manager at Murray Hotel, responded to this review, 3 October 2013
Dear Penny W,

I am so glad that you were able to spend 4 days with us and really get to know our hotel, our wonderful staff and also wonderful Silver City.

Thank you for specifically pointing out Debbie's helpfulness. She does a great job and really cares about our guests so I will make sure and reward her for the kind hospitality she showed you.

It's really fun to stay in the downtown arts district with the many galleries and shops and restaurants within blocks of the hotel. I think you really do gain a sense of Silver City.

Penny, also glad that you enjoyed our gourmet 100% Organic Coffee and Tea. It really is of superior quality and delicious and always available for our guests.

Please come back and spend another 4 days with us! We would love to welcome you back, Penny W!

Thank you for your kind review. We so appreciate it!

Kind Regards,

Bryan Bishop- GM
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Tucson, AZ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

You can see all the efforts put into modernizing this old hotel without taking away the charm. The fan was adequate for us in the summer heat at night. Our room was in the back which I gathered from others is more quiet than being roadside. Front desk was very helpful in finding places to eat at night. Nice to have fresh coffee ready in the morning. Many nice tea selections too. At first we liked the motion sensor bathroom light, but wished we could have kept it on just night light for middle of the night visits. The bright light kept turning on as we entered which wakes me up too much.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shirley R, General Manager at Murray Hotel, responded to this review, 3 October 2013
Hi Tucson_AZcyclegal!

Thank you so much for your lovely description of our hotel as a Beautiful Classic! That is so very kind of you. We are all so proud of our hotel!

I am really pleased that you found our desk staff helpful. I will say that we do have a fantastic group of folks working the desk who love what they do and it shows. I'll make sure to pass on your compliment.

I have heard some comments about the motion sensor bathroom light from previous guests. It falls about 50/50 with some guests liking and some guests disliking the light. We are reevaluating that feature to see if we do want to keep it.

Please come back and stay with us when you are in town the next time for a bike race or just a nice visit. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thanks again for your candid review!

Best Regards,
Bryan Bishop
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Los Angeles
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

Chatting with the front desk staff about this venerable grand dame of southwestern hotels, one gets the strong sense that restoration of this landmark is a labor of love by all concerned. With this in mind, it is much easier to overlook the hotel's current short comings and enjoy its revival.

True, the rooms are not air conditioned and can get warm during the day, but the town of Silver City is perched at an altitude of 5,900 feet, which means that once the sun goes down the air begins to cool rapidly. A simple fan placed in the window is sufficient to drop the room temperature to a comfortable sleeping temperature.

The experience of staying in a historic establishment, along with it's convenient walk-to-anywhere location makes this a must-stay for visitors to Silver City.

Compared with the sterile, cookie-cutter chain motels, this hotel is an oasis in Silver City.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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ProudGM, Manager at Murray Hotel, responded to this review, 16 July 2013
My staff and I are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We do enjoy entertaining our guest with the history of the hotel. Please feel free to keep up with our progress on Facebook as we will be uploading photos of completed projects. From all of the staff at the Murray Hotel, we thank you for your kind words and hope to see you back very soon.
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Tempe, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

The Murray Hotel has been beautifully restored in Art Deco style and more renovations are in the works. From the front desk staff to the clean, comfortable rooms, to the ambience, I was always delighted. The discount voucher for breakfast at Vicki's Eatery was a nice touch, and the food was very good. My room had a portable fan that helped me sleep comfortably on warm and unusually humid nights. I am excited to return and stay again at the Murray--by then they will have even more improvements for travelers in the beautiful Land of Enchantment!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Shirley R, General Manager at Murray Hotel, responded to this review, 3 October 2013
Dear Julie A,

A million Thanks for your wonderful review of your recent stay with us! I am so happy to know that you found our rooms clean and comfortable and that our desk staff was engaged in making sure you had a memorable visit.

The Hotel is very special to all of us and restoring it really has been a labor of love. We do have some great things planned in the future; a roof top lounge, restaurant and restoring our ballroom. At some future point we also plan to serve High Tea. We will also retro fit rooms for AC, which will make a much more comfortable stay mid summer.

Julie A, the Land of Enchantment and specifically The Murray Hotel and Silver City welcome you back very soon! Don't be a stranger!

Yours in Hospitality,
Bryan Bishop
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

The staff at the Murray Hotel are phenomenal! You feel so welcome. And they love to tell you the history of the hotel. We even got a tour of the ballroom that is pending renovation. Every time we passed through the lobby we had a great conversation with the staff. The room renovations are great - nice Art Deco touches. Very clean. Yes, it doesn't have air conditioning. But the fan works in the window and everybody should breathe more fresh air. Plus we got a $1 off for every degree above 80. And Silver City in July doesn't get too hot, so not too many dollars. And you cannot beat the location. You can walk everywhere downtown, the Big Ditch park, the museum - so convenient. Would absolutely go back!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Jouy en Josas, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

The front desk staff of the Murray Hotel offers you a welcome largely above the average. The hotel itself is a building from the early 20th century in the historic center of Silver City. This results in some charm, but also in below current standards comfort (bathroom cramped, non-spacious room). Comfort remains still acceptable but the furniture is sparse (1 single armchair, 1 single bedside lamp, 1 single nightstand…). The big downside, if you stay during the warmer months, is the lack of air conditioning as you may earn a very difficult night. The hotel applies, honestly, a discount of USD 1 per degree of maximum daily temperature over a threshold. It is up to you to consider whether this discount can offset the discomfort of a hot night. Also note: the breakfast is advertised as included, but it is taken at two blocks from the hotel with a coupon of USD 5 per person which does not allow free breakfast; the parking takes place in the street for free (no parking lot).

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Murray Hotel
Address: 200 W Broadway St, Silver City, NM 88061-5353
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Region: United States > New Mexico > Silver City
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Silver City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Murray Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The most beautiful historic hotel in Silver City, the Murray Hotel is a fine example of Art Deco Streamline Moderne style. Located in the heart of downtown, close to galleries, unique shops, and fabulous restaurants;; all within walking distance. ... more   less 
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