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“A real slice of old Route 66” 4 of 5 stars
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El Rancho Hotel & Motel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1000 East Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301   |  
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Ranked #9 of 27 hotels in Gallup
Brookings, Oregon
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“A real slice of old Route 66”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

To be honest, we didn't expect a lot from this old place, but we were exploring old Route 66 and this was a must-stop on the tour. This is where all the biggest stars stayed back in the day when they were all shooting westerns. The rooms are named after them, and unlike many "themed" motels along Route 66, the stars could have really stayed in the rooms bearing their names. The rooms haven't changed much either. We were given an old-fashioned kitchenette unit, the Kirk Douglas Room, I believe, which opened right out onto the pool. Not an ideal location for us, but the wind was cold, nobody was using the pool, so it was quiet. When we made our reservations we'd been promised a third floor room, but this one was quiet enough except when people were passing by in the hall, which wasn't too often. The massive old wooden furniture in the room was fascinating. They really don't make it like that anymore, but it paled in comparison with the stuff in the two-story lobby. It's worth a stop just to see the lobby and its walk-in fireplace. Be sure to look at all the autographed photos of stars on the second floor. You've got to go up the incredible staircase anyway.

Our room was funky in comparison, worn but clean and comfortable. This place doesn't pretend to be an old Route 66 stop, it really is, and not much has changed since those days. There were maybe two electrical outlets in the room, already overloaded with connectors for the TV, clock and lamps. We did find one more in the kitchen so we could recharge our cell phone. Don't plan on plugging in a suitcase full of electronics here. Being unplugged is the charm of this place, though the magnificent lobby was full of people staring at their laptops and iPads, oblivious to their gorgeous surroundings. If you have any interest in old Route 66 or historic Hollywood, don't miss the El Rancho. Just remember it's still the 1950s here.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We stayed here less than 24 hours, but it was a fun experience! We stayed in the Humphrey Bogart room which was small, but comfy. No, the bed was not comfortable for my husband and I to sleep comfortably in; however, the aid of a fantastic and silent ceiling fan paired with an awesome air conditioner was perfect! The vintage elevator was fun to use with the luggage cart!

The hotel just has a great feel to it. Kinda like a warm blanket wrapped around you. I can't speak for the restaurant which I thought was a little overpriced, but we had a fun, quick stay. I would stay again!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Humphrey Bogart which is really small, probably best for 1 person or a couple that...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We discovered this hotel late in the evening. A really interesting place to stay with so much character and history. Friendly reception and stunning lobby area with wonderful 'must see' staircase. We enjoyed a really scrumptious meal in the restaurant and then sat upstairs with a coffee overlooking the busy reception area. Our magnificent room had a balcony overlooking the street below. This really is a trip back in time.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Personally, I like new modern hotels and I don't understand the concept of paying extra for less.
So anyway I ended up in this hotel. Your other choices in this town are about a dozen of the standard chain hotels.
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The lobby was very interesting, many antiques and some unusual rock samples.
I stayed in the Humphrey Bogart Suite. A very small room fill with a double (not queen) bed.
chair and desk.

No electrical outlets in the bathroom, one two prong outlet by the desk. Couldn't plug in my computer (3 prong)

If you're into this kind of stuff, then this is your choice in this town.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Loved the El Rancho. So much character, grand staircase and second floor a must to see photos of star who have stayed there. Room was spacious, staff very friendly. Restaurant had good variety of food.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

In the 30s and 40s, before aircraft travel was normal, this is where the Hollywood stars would overnight after coming from Los Angeles by train on their way to New York and the East Coast. The hotel is living on that faded grandeur and needs some money invested. The lobby is spacious and quaint with signed photos of the stars on the mezzanine, but from there it goes slightly downhill. the room we were given at the back of the hotel was simply unacceptable as it was directly above the very noisy air conditioning plant. we complained and were given a much better room at the front-the Robert Mitchum room. The restaurant did not seem inviting and the bar looked as if it had not been decorated in a decade. Due to no fault of the hotel we had to leave the bar as a thunderstorm flooded it in 3 inches of water. Breakfast was adequate but the hotel needs to raise its standards and not live on past glories. We are glad we stayed but would not return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Estados Unidos
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

I don't know if it's Expedia's fault, or El Rancho's, but we had a reservation -- via Expedia -- for an upcoming trip. But when we called the hotel to ask if we could get a second room, too*, we were told that our original Expedia reservation didn't exist (and that the hotel was completely sold out). Fortunately, this happened BEFORE we got there. It would have been quite problematic had we not realized that we had no reservation until the time of our arrival. So, again, DON'T TRUST EXPEDIA reservations at this hotel. [Indeed, I never will trust Expedia again (i.e., I never will use Expedia again.....among other things, they have been absolutely TERRIBLE in following-up with an explanation, or an apology, for screwing up this booking).] But I don't hold El Rancho completely blameless, either.
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* Our travel group had expanded a bit.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about El Rancho Hotel & Motel

Address: 1000 East Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301
Location: United States > New Mexico > Gallup
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 27 hotels in Gallup
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — El Rancho Hotel & Motel 2*
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