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“Not a lot for your money” 2 of 5 stars
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El Capitan Motel
1300 E Historic Highway 66, Gallup, NM 87301   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Gallup B&B and Inns
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“Not a lot for your money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This place may have been decent back when Route 66 was well-traveled, but that has been a long time ago. It was just so-so in quality of furnishings and cleanliness. When my wife pulled a towel from the wall-mounted towel rack, the entire rack fell down. It had been mounted with the kind of wall anchors you might use for a picture. They should have used molly bolts! They added a $20 charge to our credit card, which we are protesting. I would not stop there again!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

During our trip we stayed mostly in motels in the $50-70 bracket and the El Capitan was one of the better ones. Very typical road-side motel, basic rooms, clean and large. It was pleasantly quiet and we had a good nights sleep.
We arrived on a Sunday night and all the restaurants were closed, but a Pizza Hut is in walking distance did the job. One option would have been the restaurants in the 'El Rancho' (famous and mentioned in the guide books) which we thought was overpriced.
There are also a couple of places (again walking distance) to have breakfast in the morning.
It kind of fit our stereotype image of a Route 66 motel and we enjoyed our short stay there.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

As other reviewers have said, this is a simple motel, no frills and a little dated, but for an overnight stay on the way to somewhere else it is perfectly acceptable. The staff were friendly and welcoming, it is close to local restaurants...some of which are closed on a Sunday so be prepared to go a little further afield if you happen to be there on a Sunday. The room was clean, the a/c unit was relatively modern so not too noisy and in comparison to other motels in Gallup El Capitan looks to be a really good choice.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 Reviewed May 21, 2013

Clean rooms and a very good mattress. This motel is a bit dated but it is exactly what we expected (hoped?) to find on this historic byway. At $40 per night it is a great value. Remember, Route 66 and the railroad are parallel so there is steady but muffled train noise.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

It was clean, good value for money. Nice big room with several amenities, and a desk table and tv. We had a comfortable, quiet sleep and would return again. It's not far from the interstate so fairly easily accessible.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

room was clean and comfortable beds, better than some big chain hotels.overall good place to stay with reasonable price. we had a family and came late night, front desk guy was very professional and gave us a nice 2 double beds. we had a very good night sleep.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I was in Gallup for work. I made a reservation and was given a weekly price of $220 for a 6 week stay.Every week I was charged a higher amount until it was $350 a week and i moved out. The room was old,dirty and i never could get housekeeping. I went to walmart and got towels & sheets because the ones in the room were stained and awful.The room had unknown bugs and lots of flies.The Mattress was stained and very uncomfortable. I used a whole can of lysol just so i could stay because there was not a room in town. The owner and his wife were very very rude!!! After moving out the owner (Jay Patel) charged my credit card numerous times and when i call to complained he cursed at me. I had to call my credit card company to dispute the unauthorized charges. It is not a place you want to stay !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1300 E Historic Highway 66, Gallup, NM 87301
Location: United States > New Mexico > Gallup
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Gallup
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
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