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“Lovely historic motel on Rt 66” 5 of 5 stars
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El Rey Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1862 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505   |  
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Ranked #11 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
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Rochester, New York
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“Lovely historic motel on Rt 66”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

Stayed here in November. Nice clean rooms. Good breakfast in a lovely setting.
This will be our go-to place in Santa Fe.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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The Woodlands, Texas
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30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

We pass through Santa Fe every year, (for five years) and always look forward to our stay in the historic Route 66 El Rey Inn. We request the same room every time, because it just feels like home. The staff is wonderful, the breakfast is great, and the outdoor hot tub is the best! I can't imagine a better place to stay in Santa Fe. The loving attention to maintain to all the details of this place make it very special.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Minneapolis, MN
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76 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

We were looking for a cheaper place in Santa Fe that wasn't too far away from downtown. The El Rey was rated very highly online so we gave it a shot. It's located on the other side of the highway, but only a 10-minute drive from downtown. While on a busy street, the layout and landscaping of the inn makes it a quiet and cozy place. The inn is decorated in an attractive Route 66/Southwestern style and includes several different buildings surrounding a large pool and hot tub, an open area, and a main building. Staff are extremely friendly. Rooms are clean and attractive, if a bit dated. TV channels were confusing and hard to find what you wanted. Free breakfast is included, but we didn't have it. Eat at the Pantry right next door!

Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Baldwin City, Kansas
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

After a bad experience at a five star hotel on the outskirts of Santa Fe, our family reunion needed to move to a new hotel in a hurry. My dad had fond memories of the El Rey Inn from 20 years ago. They found unique and suitable rooms for all four of the couples in our party. The service was excellent, the breakfast was tasty, the owners and staff very friendly. I highly recommend the El Rey Inn.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Edmond, Oklahoma
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31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

Been to Santa Fe several times and this was my favorite place to stay outside of the Plaza. Rooms nice and reasonable price. However, we booked late and received a room right next to the laundry. The staff woke us up each day around 7:00 a.m. Other than that, the breakfast was wonderful, the room nice and the grounds were beautiful.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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53 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

We have been staying at the El Rey since 1985 and go at least every 2 years. It is the only place we will stay in Santa Fe, as it is a beautiful property and very well-priced. The staff is always friendly and accommodating and the rooms are clean and nicely appointed. I can't think of one complaint I have had in all the years we have stayed here! They provide a free breakfast, but we usually eat at the Pantry next door, as we tend to sleep late. I know there are more luxurious places to stay downtown in the heart of Santa Fe, but for the money you can't beat the El Rey, and I kind of enjoy being out away from the hubbub in the evening. Their beautifully-landscaped grounds are nice for relaxing in the evening and the hot tub is nice, too. Just an overall great place!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

Found out about this hotel because it was voted a Top 50 hotel for under $150 by Sunset magazine. Very charming, beautiful grounds, friendly staff, convenient location. The room and bathroom was a very comfortable size for 2 people. I do have to say there was a lack of "walk-in appeal": the bedspread design, some furniture and most of the artwork looked completely out of place. It might seem picky to mention this, but the lobby decor is so very charming we expected the rooms to be the same. Plus, it was our first visit to Santa Fe. We were in the back of the property so street noise wasn't an issue at all. The breakfast has a nice variety with plenty of tables. It's close to some very good restaurants and a short drive to the historic plaza. Stayed for 4 nights and I'd consider staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about El Rey Inn

Address: 1862 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Santa Fe
#12 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
#14 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
#20 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Rey Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 86
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Also Known As:
El Rey Hotel Santa Fe
Santa Fe El Rey Inn
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