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“Gracefully comfortable Route 66 nostalgia ... for a price.”
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El Rey Inn
Ranked #19 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
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East coast, US
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35 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Gracefully comfortable Route 66 nostalgia ... for a price.”
Reviewed 8 August 2010

I would recommend this hotel on the grounds and amenities alone. The gardens are really pretty and the rooms are lovely. I really enjoyed the sauna!

Pros: Lovely grounds and rooms with great amenities. I love that you get the nostalgia of of a Route 66 motel with the comfort and grace of a nice hotel. There is free and plentiful parking. While the hotel is far from the historic Plaza, there is a bus stop right outside. (I recommend the bus to the plaza since the streets are narrow and parking a bit of challenge.)

Cons: Expensive! I realize that much of the price is dictated by the market in Santa Fe, but as lovely as the hotel was the price did take away from ability to enjoy my stay. I couldn't help but think that I would have rather spent the money on a hotel within walking distance of the plaza. I will also say that the wi-fi didn't really work in my room and my particular mattress was a bit worn. These are minor annoyances, but for close to $200 a night I expected more!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled solo
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

Great accomodations for a family of five. El Rey's grounds were immaculate and the pool and playground were big hits with my three kids. Breakfast (burritos, juices, coffee, fruit) in the morning was a nice way to start the day.

Our room (#44) was perfect as well as it featured a spacious living/TV room with two foldout sofabeds, a wetbar-fridge-sink area, and a seperate bedroom with an extremely comfy king bed. The time we spent in the room, it never felt like we were "stepping over one another". The rooms were clean and our patio area out front was well-maintained.

Andrea and Doris at the front desk were super nice and very helpful in recommending great places to eat. For $150 (or less) per night during the "peak season" in Santa Fe, you won't find a better place to stay than the El Rey Inn.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Fontana, California
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Reviewed 1 August 2010

We stayed at the El Rey for two nights and enjoyed our stay at this charming, old-school inn. It has beautiful courtyards and grounds with a great pool and two jacuzzis and a sauna. The staff was very friendly and helpful...there was even a laundry room w/ a microwave. The continental breakfast was good (the usual items). The only drawbacks were the noise from the street (it's off of a major street, so try to get a room towards the back of the inn rather than a street-facing room) and the cleanliness (the bottoms of our white socks were dark brown after several minutes of walking around our room without shoes and the bathroom had a large piece of wall missing w/ rusty looking colors showing - also, the top of the shelves/cabinet was super dusty).

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Maryland
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Reviewed 25 July 2010

Santa Fe has more overpriced hotels than you can shake a stick at. The El Rey is reasonable and really wonderful. The older part of the Inn reminds me of places my family stayed when we drove from Tennessee to California in the 50's. The grounds are pretty and well maintained. We had a beautiful room on a courtyard. It was large, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was casual and healthy, and they start serving at 7 AM which was good for people who were on East Coast time. It is located on the edge of town, so if you want to be within walking distance of the plaza, it's not the place for you. The staff is friendly and the Inn's tee shirt is great! We would stay there again without hesitation.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 22 July 2010

Great Place! Spacious Room. Skylight in the huge bathroom. Hot tub to die for! Clean and you can watch the sunset. Gorgeous grounds, like a park. Very nice breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2010

I was going to Santa Fe for the first time not knowing where to stay. Sometimee the internet can be overwhelming when searching for hotels because of the vast amount of information. I went to Borders to buy a travel book to read on the plane and started reading it in Borders. I read "where to stay" and El Rey Inn popped out as somewhere interesting but also inexpensive when comparing it to Plaza area hotels. We are not at all dissapointed ~ any future visits Iwe will be staying here! The hotel is charming and cozy and clean!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 July 2010

Beautiful grounds. Old style motel but very nice. The bathroom was large and well appointed. The complimentary breakfast very nice. The only negative was the noise from the street and the VERY LOUD garbage truck at 7 am. Great value and I would recommend it

  • Stayed July 2010
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Property: El Rey Inn
Address: 1862 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3370
Region: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Santa Fe
#12 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
#14 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
#20 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Rey Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 86
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Santa Fe El Rey Inn
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