I've stayed at several "vintage, retro, route 66, etc." motels, mostly from tripadvisor with **** or higher ratings. This one though is definitely a *** among them. Room was small as expected from the era. It was clean, bed was comfy enough and the staff was very friendly per the ****+ tripadvisor ratings. The ambiance though of the whole deal was rather lacking and drab compared to others I've experienced with like ratings.
My first impression was a wabbly front desk at check-in. Then came the rooms (two rooms in our group) whose theme differences were so subtle as to be nearly identical. Bathrooms were neither newly updated nor period, but rather something in between. No facial tissues (in either room) was a bit more "budget" than I expected. The advertised in-room coffee maker on request seemed somewhat of a surprise when requested, with coffee for it seeming surprising as well as it was scooped from behind and presented in a plastic container.
Perhaps what it is now is an early start on what it might become, but what it is left me wondering if I might have found another period motel in town that better met **** expectations.
Both rooms of our group were nearly identical.
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Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We do apologize for not meeting your expectations. Our goal is a simple one: to provide a budget room that is cute, clean and interesting to our guests. We are continuously adding improvements, including themes for many of our rooms, and modernizing guest conveniences such as flat screen televisions, outdoor patio and vintage store. Our wobbly front desk is certainly unique and is on our to-make-less-wobbly list. We do continue to strive to be the best budget vintage motel in Santa Fe and some of our processes are a little bit old fashioned but then that's what makes us unique and fun.
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