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El Rey Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1862 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505   |  
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Ranked #13 of 60 hotels in Santa Fe
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Santa Fe's best kept secret!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Quintessential Santa Fe!! The El Rey Inn rooms are not only large and spacious but also tastefully decorated. They are well equipped with kitchenettes supplied with everything you would need. The property offers a beautiful selection of outdoor patios, pools, and flower gardens. The entire complex is impeccably clean, and the service staff is outstanding. The main lobby and dining room have a European atmosphere and the free breakfast is absolutely delicious also with a European flair.
And for the cost, there is no doubt it is the best deal in town. We will be staying there many more times!!!

Room Tip: Corner suite
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The place was not fancy-shmancy...a good hotel, Sante Fe style. Room was a bit small and could use some freshening up, but a great value and the staff is what sealed the deal for us. They were ALL so helpful! Breakfast was very lovely and the restaurant next door was great too!

Room Tip: Near busy road, but could not hear anything!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Batavia, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Our room was spacious and clean and it's layout was perfect for us. The laundry and ice machine were only a few doors away. We could park right outside our door so packing and unpacking were easy. The breakfast room is more than charming, and we each enjoyed our typical New Mexican breakfast the first morning. The second morning they had "run out of eggs". I was surprised the kitchen had not restocked the egg supply. The entire motel property is quaint and New Mexican! We would stay here again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I stayed at the El Rey in October 2012 and had the opportunity to view at least 4 rooms, each uglier and than the preceding. The rooms are outdated. The furniture appears to have been gathered from one of the used furniture shops along main street. The bathrooms are pitiful mostly without windows or any ventilation. The TV sets are antiques with minimal cable access. A truly depressing two nights. Pay the extra money and stay at one of the fine Santa Fe hotels. It will be worth the extra expense.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Terrell W, Owner at El Rey Inn, responded to this review, December 1, 2012
As owner of the inn for 40 years we have never received a review like this and we find no foundation for these comments. Our organization with one of the finest staffs in the hospitality profession takes this review as an absolute insult.
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

There are hotels closer to the heart of Santa Fe. There are newer, more amenitized motels. But nowhere will you find a motel that combines history, lush gardens & bend-over-backwards service like El Rey provides. Even though it is on busy Cerillos Road, once you get on the property you feel like you're on an oasis. The landscaping is exquisite, with little chairs & benches placed strategically about the property for your relaxation.

The rooms are on the smaller side, as one would expect from an old Route 66 motel, but they have expanded the bathroom area to be as large or larger than most contemporary motels. The breakfast is excellent, and you have use of the pool, hot tub, sauna, two & exercise facility. We generally take a taxi into town, then walk off our delicious New Mexican lunch/dinner by walking back - it takes about 35 minutes to walk to the Plaza.

We've stayed there once a year since 2007 & would never consider going anywhere else.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Stayed here first time in 2008, and returned now more than 4 years later. Happened to get exactly the same room! A small hotel with charm, not a noisy business place - but one who cares for you. Personal service at the breakfast in the morning. Dont go to a cold express brand hotel, go here where they will make you really feel welcome.
Self-laudry possible. Pool was closed for the season, but by looking through the fence it was just like last time - nice.
Free WiFi at the hotel. Parking just outside the room doors.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This is the second time we've stayed here and it was just as good this time round. There is a bus stop outside the inn so you can get a bus into the centre (but the buses stop running early in the evening coming back to the inn). The pool is good with plenty of loungers and there are two hot tubs as well - one by the pool and another in an enclosed courtyard. The gardens are lovely and there are lots of different areas to wander around. The rooms have lots of personality. There's no traffice noise as it is away from the busy road. The breakfasts are good.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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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
#11 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
#18 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
#26 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Rey Inn 2.5*
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El Rey Hotel Santa Fe
Santa Fe El Rey Inn
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