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Garrett's Desert Inn
Ranked #45 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Greeley, Colorado
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89 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“You can't beat the location!”
Reviewed 31 August 2014

Excellent location. Just two blocks from the plaza. Well maintained rooms and facilities.
If you want to visit museums, churches or anything to do with Santa Fe history, this is
the place to stay. No breakfast is available, just coffee. The Santa Fe Bite next door
serves breakfast on weekends only.

Room Tip: Ground level rooms surprisingly quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2014 via mobile

A friendly and well maintained hotel with good facilities (no breakfast on-site excepting weekends - a very short walk to Santa Fe Square can easily remedy this). Lovely pool and good wifi. Super Stuff!

  • Stayed August 2014
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Maryland
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2014

I stay in this hotel every year when I visit Santa Fe for Indian Market. It is an excellent location to walk to everything. It is an older motel, but the staff is always friendly and the room clean. The lobby always has brewed coffee and it is excellent coffee. This is a Route 66 hotel. The 315 Bistro next door is an excellent restaurant.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
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Golden, Colorado
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146 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2014

I love this place, it is in the heart of Santa Fe, walking distance to the plaza. It is clean, great parking, although they charge a minimal fee but I suppose that is worth it. Many cities charge a parking fee anyway, so decide for yourself, great location vs. not so great and try and find a place to park which you will also pay for. Staying here is way better than staying outside of town which I have done, I can't afford the La Fonda, or? so for me this is perfect. If you want easy access to the plaza at a great price, stay here! The staff are friendly, I totally recommend it. When I am staying at a motel/hotel I don't care about the TV as I have way more to do than watch TV! It's clean, and I felt safe.

Room Tip: Ask for a first floor room.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Dallas, Texas
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39 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2014

Garretts is in a PRIME location. Easy walk to the Plaza but far enough away to be quiet. It is an "old school" style motel. Our room was huge and clean. The bed was comfortable. Towels could be upgraded, though. The staff was very informative and gave us great recommendations for restaurants not in the Plaza. It is not plush or grand but I highly recommend it. When you are in Santa Fe, you are hardly in the room! Very good rates.

Room Tip: Felt very safe on first floor
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Elephant Butte, New Mexico
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014

This motel is an oldie, but goodie. We have stayed there many times and have always found it quiet and comfortable. It is in easy walking distance from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, which adds to its attraction. If there are any downsides to the place, it would be that the televisions are of the near obsolete CRT variety, small screen and snowy….ugh. Too, for the life of me, I will never understand the charge for parking. But, it was explained to me that ALL hotels near the plaza do the same. Does that strike anyone as strange? You invite a guest to your establishment for a pleasant stay….AND CHARGE THEM FOR PARKING! But, friends, that is Santa Fe, the City Different…..indifferent?

Room Tip: Wifi is slow as Christmas….ZZZZZ…..try your own hotspot.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Well....the hotel was cheap by Santa Fe standards, but the cheap price also came with dusty tube TVs and greasy remotes, holes in the carpet, cracked tile, thin towels and thin sheets that never stayed in place. The 1980's merlot colored bedpreads and pillows were suspect. The thin slit in the door where planks had separated let in cigarette smoke from the outside. And the two plastic chairs outside the room were big enough for a 12-year old's butt. The A/C worked well but very noisy. The GOOD things about the hotel were the restaurant (Santa Fe Bites) and the location.

Room Tip: Choose a room facing North. The west side rooms can be quite warm.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Garrett's Desert Inn

Property: Garrett's Desert Inn
Address: 311 Old Santa Fe Trl, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2707
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 #45 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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