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El Rey Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1862 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505   |  
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Weston, Ontario, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“I adore this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

A little blast-from-the-past on old Route 66. Do NOT stay here if you are looking for a five-star glitzy Vegas resort. DO stay here if you want a quaint property with delightfully southwestern flavored rooms, a wonderful breakfast each morning, a calm setting, and great customer service. All I need now is a car with fins and I'm good to set out on the Mother Road.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Carmichael, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We stayed at the El Rey in late May 2013. Our room was pleasant and the breakfast was delicious, but the best was the garden-like surroundings. Although it's located on a main street approaching downtown Santa Fe, the sounds of birds, not traffic, woke us each morning. The property has been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a backyard wildlife santuary and it merits that designation.

The staff was very helpful in giving us information about Santa Fe and giving us driving directions. The El Rey is a bit too far from the downtown to walk to the Plaza, but they told us to park in the public lot behind the Cathedral, which was an good location for going to the Plaza and Canyon Road.

Next to El Rey is an excellent neighborhood restaurant called The Pantry where we had two delicious dinners. Altogether, El Rey is a good place to stay!

Room Tip: Cerrillos Road is a main street. Get a room as far from it as possible.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Angelo, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

The El Rey Inn is very nice and quite well maintained. The Inn is old but has been modernized. The room with 2 full beds was well appointed and had a very nice bathroom. The decor was southwest, as expected, and well done. There were two hot tubs, one indoor and one outdoor.
The continental breakfast was a little disappointing considering the cost for the room. There was nothing "hot" except toast. There were numerous breakfast drinks, boiled eggs, toast, and cereal.
The price was almost $150 for the night. My modest, senior income can't take that very often.

Room Tip: Rooms up to number 44 were part of original construction and first addition in the '40's. W...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson, Arizona
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Had a wonderful first stay at The El Rey Inn. We've stayed at several different hotels in Santa Fe, but this is by far my favorite, a great value. It's on the main road, but you wouldn't know it once on the grounds, it's so beautiful & tranquil. Very nice pool area and both hot tubs are nice, one is indoors & the other is outdoors. The room was spacious, clean & had a refrigerator. There was a microwave in the laundry/ice room a short walk away. We had 2 windows that actually opened to let in the cool, fresh air we were experiencing this time of year. But when it did get a little warm, the air conditioning worked great. The TV didn't work that well as the network channels were fuzzy with a poor signal & there's not a lot of channels to choose from, however there is HBO & that channel worked just fine. Free wifi too. Breakfast was a little lacking, but there's so many amazing breakfast spots in Santa Fe, we never really wanted it anyway. The double bed was a little small for us as we are used to sleeping in a queen. The location is good too, just a short drive to The Plaza, grocery stores & restaurants. I find the adobe, Santa Fe style of the hotel quite charming. We try to visit Santa Fe every year & we will be staying at The El Rey Inn from now on.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We've lived in Denver for 20 years and typically go to Pagosa Springs. It was time to do something different. We found the El Rey lived up to all of the other reviews. The room was clean. The bed was firm. The service was as good as a five star hotel. The staff was very friendly. The Breakfast was modified continental (no meat or waffles). Access to Santa Fe and the tourist sites was excellent. We stayed in Room 10. It's very near Cerrillos. So some road noise was noticeable. The hotel is straight out of the 50's and reminds me of property's in British Columbia. The WiFi service worked fine with the IPhone and Thinkpad. We are definitely coming back next year if not sooner!!

Room Tip: If road noise is a bother, ask for a room near the swimming pool or outdoor hot tub. However, the r...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Smith MT
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

The El Rey Inn was such a delight. Driving by we wondered as it didn't look that great, but once we got into the property we were in for a pleasant surprise. Some of the rooms have there own patio, the pool is close and nice sized. There are 2 hot tubs on the property along with a large courtyard. There is a continental breakfast included. We were on a sister vacation and we all were pleased with the spacious room and comfortable beds. The staff was very accomodating.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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sydney
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Set in lovely grounds with pools and spas, this old adobe style Inn (with some later additions)felt like an oasis on a busy road. It is a straight drive from the old city centre, and on Route 66. We stayed in a king deluxe room, with its own little patio and parking right in front. The room was a little dark, though the bathroom end was well lit with high set windows. There was lots of room, and we felt comfortable. The only negatives were the v patchy wifi ( it was good in the public but pleasant lounge area) and some noise from the room next door. Breakfast was good, and staff helpful and friendly. We were pleased to have access to the laundry room, and there is a good cafe almost next door. All in all, a very pleasant stay.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Santa Fe
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Santa Fe
#12 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
#14 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
#19 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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