After reading an article in the NY Times about visiting Santa Fe in the winter that had a recommendation for the El Rey Inn, my wife and I decided to try it. We were able to stay for three nights in a deluxe size room with a king size bed and working (real wood) fireplace for an internet special rate of $114 per night (taxes included). This was a discount of 25% from their normal rate.
The ERI is located just a few miles from the downtown plaza and can easily be reached within ten minutes. The drive up from ABQ airport took a little over an hour. At first we were uncertain of our hotel choice when we saw it located on a very busy street with just about every type of business imaginable between the I-25 exit for Cerrillos Road and the ERI. In fact, the ERI is located across the street from a used car lot, gas station, and a Teriyaki Bowl restaurant. Fortunately, the property extends far enough away from the street so that the tranffic noise was never a problem.
Our room (#23) was roomy and clean. It had two separate wash basins (one in and one outside the bathroom) made things convenient. The fireplace was easy to use and the wood was well stocked. One quirky thing about this room was that there is no light switch by the door when you come in. We had to fumble our way to the lamp on the desk a few steps away upon entering the room. Also, one annoying thing we had to contend with on our last night was a smoke alarm low battery signal coming from the next room. It beeped every 30 seconds or so. Perhaps because we visited in the off-season, the maintenance people don’t get around to each room as often as they should.
The front desk and servers for the complimentary breakfast were friendly without being too chummy or intrusive. We liked that. The breakfast was nothing special, cereal, toast, yogurt, boiled eggs, salsa, and cheese. Also available on request were tortillas and fresh fruit. To drink, coffee, tea, juice, and milk were available. I also used the free computer in the sitting room to check the weather on the internet each morning. It ran kind of slow but did the job.
Overall, it was a nice experience. We especially enjoyed having the fireplace in the room. Also, we appreciated the reasonable prices of water ($1 for a 500 ml. bottle) and soft drinks ($0.75 for a 12 oz. can) from the vending machine.
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- Also Known As:
- El Rey Hotel Santa Fe
- El Rey Inn
- Santa Fe El Rey Inn
- El Rey Santa Fe
- El Rey Court Santa Fe, New Mexico