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“Great location, beautiful flower boxes, but place needs a face lift!” 3 of 5 stars
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Garrett's Desert Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #45 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Columbus, Ohio, USA
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
“Great location, beautiful flower boxes, but place needs a face lift!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

We were in Santa Fe for a wedding and many guests stayed here. The people behind the desk were helpful and friendly; when the AC in our room wouldn't cool, maintenance came within five to ten minutes. We had to switch rooms because of the AC which was a pain, but they put us in a bigger room with great AC. The rooms need to be updated so they aren't so dark. White bedding, new lighter carpets would really improve the looks and brightness of the rooms. That's why we gave it only a three in cleanliness. The bathrooms were fine with some amenities like shampoo and lotion. We would stay here again because of the location but would enjoy it more if it were updated. Free wifi and free parking are bonuses. It has potential with some TLC.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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darien, il
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

This motel is very conveniently located for visiting the Plaza and surrounding restaurants/retail shops. The facility is in dire need of repairs, both to the outside structure and to the rooms.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Florence, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

Garrett's is one of those Santa Fe "tourist courts" that has been renovated a bit. It has "old school" tile and porcelain bathrooms. It's location--one block from the Plaza makes it ideal for events like Spanish Market, Indian market, etc. The Pink Adobe is just up the street.

Garrett's rooms all have outside entrances. The parking lot is large and closed, but not gated. They do allow paid public parking. The rooms have a TINY TV, no fridge, no safe. Rooms are dark and two lamps didn't work (no bulbs) in my room. Take an extension cord. The outlets are inconveniently located.

Having said that, Garrett's rooms are clean, have internet access and one can easily walk the Plaza and surrounding area. Garrett's may well have the best showerhead I've seen in a hotel. It is a large 12" and flows perfectly. The tub drains like a champ. They could use an extended curtain, but the shower is good!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

We spent three nights here recently. My only complaint would be that the air conditioning was rather loud, otherwise, the accommodations were nice for the price. The swimming pool was small, but clean and my boys were happy to be able to jump in in the heat of the day.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

Nicely fluffed and buffed motel in the right location for tourist visit to Santa Fe--easy walk to galleries, plaza. Clean and comfortable, late checkout was available. Pool, free wifi. Parking fee was $8; breakfast not included. Nice front desk staff.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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seattle, wa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

I read mixed reviews about this hotel but was pleasantly surprised during our stay. Friendly & helpful staff, nice pool, clean rooms & fabulous location. It's not fancy but compared to the other hotels nearby, this is more than a fair price. It's a quiet location yet only blocks to the tourist areas downtown.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

This is a four star hotel for the price and location... it is NOT a four star hotel for the decor and amenities. The room was clean and comfortable. The location is 2 1/2 blocks from the plaza and 2 blocks from the start of Canyon Road with all the art galleries. The price was better than some locations out on Cerrillos road. However, if you want to relax in lap of luxury this is NOT the place for you. If you want a great location and a great price, this place can't be beat!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Garrett's Desert Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Garrett's Desert Inn - a Santa Fe motel in the heart of town. ~ A Route 66 Santa Fe Motel right in heart of Santa Fe, sitting three blocks from the end of the Santa Fe Trail. Now under new management since Oct 2013. Serious downtown value. ~ a classic Route 66 "motor-court" motel with front of the room parking, has been the go-to bargain accommodations for downtown Santa Fe. ~ with the famous "Bite" all-day restaurant featuring its renowned "Best of Santa Fe" burgers and malts. ~ one of the most affordable pet friendly Santa Fe hotels, ~ heated swimming pool and plenty of sun open late May to late September. ~ three blocks or less to 1. The Plaza 2. Palace of the Governors 3. Cathedral and its chiming bells 4. Loretto Chapel 5. The three downtown museums 6. Canyon Road and its 80 plus galleries - a visual feast of a walk 7. Oldest house in Santa Fe 8. Forty - yes 40- restaurants. ~ Right by the end of the Santa Fe trail. ~ Imagine what has passed us by. We're not fancy - we're "right there - in the heart of it" Locally owned since 1957. Giving Back with Every Stay It is our mission to support non-profits by hosting community environmental and political groups, book readings, lectures, meetings, yoga, and meditation - - the essence of living here in Santa Fe. ... more   less 
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