We were traveling to California to visit our daughter and son in law, and I chose to stay at the Sandia Peak Inn based upon the favorable reviews that I read on Tripadvisor. I have stayed in "fancy" hotels and paid many times the rate that we were charged for our room at this motel. Never, however, have I received the value for my dollar that I received here. My wife has trouble with stairs, so were offered a first floor corner room. The room was spotlessly clean, bedsheets and towels were fresh, the WiFi was excellent, and the beds were comfortable. The room had a mini-fridge, microwave and hair dryer. The exterior of the inn is clean and well maintained, as well, and it is tastefully decorated with southwest style statuary and plantings. Unless you believe that it is impossible to stay in a room which offers much more than a clean, comfortable stay, there is nothing not to like about this inn.
In addition to the wonderful room, we were greeted by a friendly and helpful staff. Even at 8:30pm, it was obvious that they wished to please us. This was made even more evident the next morning, as we were preparing to leave. I was warmly greeted by the motel's maintenance person as he came down the stairs next to my vehicle. He asked how our stay went, and when I told him how pleased we were, he replied, "That's why we're here." But, to top even that, my wife had accidentally dropped one of her earrings down the vanity drain while getting ready that morning. It was not an expensive item, but she hated to lose it. When we stopped at the office to let them know that we were leaving, they graciously offered us breakfast, and my wife mentioned that she had lost the ring in the sink drain. The owner encouraged us to eat breakfast while she had Richard?...I think that was his name...take the sink trap apart to retrieve my wife's earring. While we were eating, he brought it to us at our table. Try getting THAT in a $200 per night hotel!
Finally, as were getting into our car, I spoke with Richard again and thanked him for his efforts. I found that he was soon to travel to Colorado to visit his daughter, and I wished him well. This little place was a gift from God on our way to California, and if we ever return this way again, we'll be sure to remember the Sandia Peak Inn.