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Garrett's Desert Inn
Ranked #44 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Edwards, Colorado
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39 reviews
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“Would definitely Stay here again”
Reviewed 31 May 2011

Surprised about all the other reviews on Garrett's because when you book at the price you should know what you are getting. If those people want to spend $ 400 a night or more to stay across from the Plaza go ahead ! I would definintely stay there again. Three blocks from the plaza..the price was right. Place puts you back and makes you feel as though you are in the 1960's and Frank Sinatra is performing that evening. The pool scene is totally retro. The plus is the location and the employees, ( Robert to be exact could not have been more wonderful ). Complaints about $ 8.00 parking ??? That was a bargain ! Some hotels are charging three or four times that now a days. Another great thing about the location are the surrounding restaurants as you walk away from the Plaza area. A great selection that allow you quite a bit of choice just a few blocks away.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2011

This place makes the dirtiest hotels in LA look like the Plaza Hotel. The rooms are completely falling apart and what is not already broken is patched up with duct tape. The only good thing about this hotel was the staff who was nice and friendly, but honestly I would take our old friend Sage Inn any day. It's only a short distance and near their little train depot. This place is horrible, avoid at all costs.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Chelsea, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2011

If you're looking for a cheap place to stay in downtown Santa Fe, NM then Garrett's Desert Inn is the place. Yes, you still have to pay for parking but you're within 2 blocks of the Plaza. The rooms are in need of a facelift and new mattresses. Water pressure was great in the shower, a definite plus. They have a restaurant attached to the Inn that is a must. Dinner was a pleasant surprise and VERY affordable.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Southwest
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2011

I like the idea of this place. The location is great and the staff were excellent, very friendly and helpful. Where it starts to go downhill is withe beds. They were soooo uncomfortable, like sleeping in a canoe. The second thing was charging 8 dollars for parking when the parking lot was empty. I got a 'deal' on this place at 90 dollars including parking for one night, but I think I would've had a better night's sleep somewhere else.

Maybe it's cheap for Santa Fe, I am not sure. Maybe they can get away with the prices because of the location, I am not sure. What I am sure of is if they updated the beds and made parking a bit more reasonable (it's free if you eat at their restaurant, but not if you stay at their hotel) then it would be a good place.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Clovis, NM
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2011

Our room was spacious (considering the price and the proximity to the Plaza), but the real treasure was the friendliness of the hotel's employees. One in particular, Sam, made our stay a more memorable experience and proved that this is an inn that values it's guests, not it's dollars.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2011

Very friendly and helpful staff. Horrible rooms. Dingy. Run down. Creepy. No fridge. No microwave. Your looking at a television and a bed and paying out the rear for it. No thanks. Location is the only thing this place has going for it. It's worse than rough camping.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 November 2010

On line, the photos of the garrett in belie what you will encounter! i had stayed at this same hotel in abouat 1974, and it had the same carapet and furiture as then, only it had not been cleaned or updated. disgusting. the wallpaper was hanging, the ceiling had been terribly patched due to water leaks, you didn't want to touchor sit on the furnitture, the carpet was something youdid not walk on barefooted, there was no internet service except for pay, the in-room coffee was undrinkaboe,and insult to injury, you had to pay for parking! and the television , well, you could see it from acroos the room - if you had brought your binoculars. It was serviced by a wire coming down the wall! althought it was listed on the in-room tv guide. Not that I visit Santa fe to watch television, but this little set should be recycled - no need to bolt it down, as no one would steal it.

This hotel needs to be imploded and a real accommodation constructed in its stead. Give me a Motel 6, La Qunita, Hampton Inn or any other reputable chain hotel. And there isn't a rating lower than "terrible: that I could mark. The proximity of the hotel to downtown isn't worth the risk of staying here. Drive anywhere wiithin two minutes of this hotel and you can find acceptable accommodations, and you won't feel that you have contributed to a flop house hotel.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Garrett's Desert Inn

Property: Garrett's Desert Inn
Address: 311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Region: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #44 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Garrett's Desert Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Garrett's Desert Inn - a Santa Fe motel in the heart of town. ~ A Route 66 Santa Fe Motel right in heart of Santa Fe, sitting three blocks from the end of the Santa Fe Trail. Now under new management since Oct 2013. Serious downtown value. ~ a classic Route 66 "motor-court" motel with front of the room parking, has been the go-to bargain accommodations for downtown Santa Fe. ~ with the famous "Bite" all-day restaurant featuring its renowned "Best of Santa Fe" burgers and malts. ~ one of the most affordable pet friendly Santa Fe hotels, ~ heated swimming pool and plenty of sun open late May to late September. ~ three blocks or less to 1. The Plaza 2. Palace of the Governors 3. Cathedral and its chiming bells 4. Loretto Chapel 5. The three downtown museums 6. Canyon Road and its 80 plus galleries - a visual feast of a walk 7. Oldest house in Santa Fe 8. Forty - yes 40- restaurants. ~ Right by the end of the Santa Fe trail. ~ Imagine what has passed us by. We're not fancy - we're "right there - in the heart of it" Locally owned since 1957. Giving Back with Every Stay It is our mission to support non-profits by hosting community environmental and political groups, book readings, lectures, meetings, yoga, and meditation - - the essence of living here in Santa Fe. ... more   less 
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Garretts Desert Hotel
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Garrett's Desert Inn Santa Fe, New Mexico

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