I spent 5 nights with my elderly mom in a suite (#62) at the El Rey. We had 2 rooms, a bedroom with a king bed and a sitting room with kitchenette, table, a queen murphy bed and a gas log fireplace that didn't ignite when I idly experimented (it was still hot outside). The bathroom was tiled and just big enough. The motel and grounds are a bit threadbare, but popular for the price in overpriced Santa Fe. Our suite, though funky, was a lot of space for $171/night in this town. If I could have found something more upscale for less than another $100 per night, I definitely would have taken it, not being wowed by the romance of an old motel on Rte. 66. I understand that the El Rey is still family owned and run, and the service was excellent, from a hairdryer being instantly provided to the door after a call for help when the one in the room didn't work, to a series of valuable suggestions about where to eat, how to get places, where my mom could get her hair done, etc. But the room was a bit moldy smelling and dark, the couch had to be moved and the rug unsnagged every time the murphy bed came down, the curtains didn't cover the windows opening onto the courtyard in the sitting/bedroom, the AC was rather loud with byzantine controls. We could hear our neighbors' TVs, conversations and plumbing, which varied from companionable to irritating. The breakfast was continental plus hard boiled eggs, and quite crowded. The location, about halfway between the Plaza and the edge of town, turned out to be pretty convenient. So all in all a mixed bag, recommended only with caveats.
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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