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“Mixed bag”
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El Rey Court
Ranked #24 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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8 reviews
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“Mixed bag”
Reviewed 3 October 2010

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.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 September 2010

We booked this motel on the basis of previous reviews and found it to be very pleasant indeed. Our room was small and if we were to go back would definitely book one of the larger suites. The room was very clean and the staff were very friendly, especially the couple who serve in the breakfast room. The continental breakfast was very nice and the breakfast room is really lovely. Overall, a real gem on Route 66

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 September 2010

A lovely Inn where we spent two nights. Rooms clean, comfortable and dressed with artifacts facing a courtyard which had seats , fountain and was lushly green and shady.A unique spa pool just round the corner which had all the charm of Mexico seating, adobe style fire colourful tiles.Breakfast rooms were spacious and the staff on hand offering fresh tortillas, apples etc.Play area for those who have children and all outside areas perfectly painted and maintained.Local bus stop just outside drive 2dollars return into plaza centre 1 dollar if over 60.

Stayed September 2010
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Hagerstown, Indiana
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Reviewed 7 September 2010

The grounds are beautiful and our room was apartment-sized. The employees were very helpful and friendly -- more like what you get at an expensive hotel. We stayed during a Route 66 trip, so we were looking for vintage places. The bathroom was original (art deco maybe?), but super clean. Our room had two beds which were very comfortable. The layout of the room was pretty unique. The bedroom part was separate from the sink/vanity, which was separate from a dressing room/closet area, which was separate from the shower/toilet area (which also had another sink). It would've been easy for several people to use at once. While I'm sure you can find things to complain about due to the age of the inn, I wouldn't let that detract you from staying there. There is no doubt this place is a great value -- lots of amenities I would expect from a fancy hotel. Will stay there again -- great way to see Santa Fe! (If you're thinking of staying here, I'd call ahead -- the rooms all filled up fairly early the night we were there).

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Texas
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Reviewed 27 August 2010

~Just what we needed! We traveled with our four year old and she loved the play area next to our room! Free coffee and breakfast was a nice way to start the day ( eat outside in the pretty garden areas!) The weather was so nice in mid June-- zero humidity!!! The pool and spa area were vintage and Spanish style ---it was nice n' quiet so we lounged around a lot. The 2nd spa area is so pretty its like a mini pool (jacuzzi though w spanish tile). I loved the clean lobby w internet service and excellent service from the staff--all smiling faces :) We shall return--it was so relaxing!!! We stayed 4 days---Did i mention all the great food and shopping that's all pretty close!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Tyler, TX
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Reviewed 20 August 2010

Ever wanted to try one of those Route 66 motor inns but scared you will likely be stuck in a dive?

Then next time in Santa Fe stay at the El Rey. What a great charming place.

Ignore the slightly dodgy surrounding neighborhood. It's well protected.

There is a great history here. It's a quirky old motor inn with a great vintage vibe but nice clean rooms, up to date amenities, a great pool, wonderful breakfast, above and beyond service and beautiful garden like grounds.

Our family of 5 was accomodated in a small suite. About $165 got us a large unit. A room with a queen. A living room with more comfortable than most sofa bed, and a small alcove off the LR with a twin. Microwave and fridge. Cold AC. Great bathroom.

Our room was the unit closest to the road but we didn't hear a thing. Great adobe insulation I guess.

We just stayed one night as we spent 1/2 a day in Santa Fe on our way home from a CO vacation. We may plan a Santa Fe trip just so we can stay here again.

Just charming.

  • Stayed June 2010
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West Palm Beach, FL
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

Each room is different...our first night we loved our room...#20 I believe...a smaller one the next two nights...but the bathroom was better...
Enchanting grounds...close to everything...
I would go back!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Property: El Rey Court
Address: 1862 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505
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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 Court 2.5*
Number of rooms: 86
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El Rey Inn
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