Garrett's is great because the location near downtown Santa Fe is terrific, the price is very reasonable for the location, and the motor court motel design with a continuous balcony, sitting chairs in front of rooms, no-charge mini-fridges, large rooms and big room windows are pleasant and comfortable. It is not so great because they charge $8/night for parking even for guests, the attitude of front desk staff is often aloof and not personable, the appearance of the front desk itself is negative - raised up behind a high partition, the main lobby "business center" is a single pay-as-you-go computer, and most of all, the room furnishings and hotel amenities are worn and dated. Kind of like an older Motel 6. Examples are a large stain on the carpet (room 230), older not very appealing chairs and tables, small bathrooms with older fixtures, no screen in the bathroom window, small non-HD non-LCD TV, noisy room air conditioner, hot neglected "fitness" room with small TV, and exercise machines that do not all function. Garrett's has been around for a long time and is often busy - we would like them to step up and commit some of their success to updating their infrastructure and customer service, while keeping the cost reasonable.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Garrett`s Desert Hotel Santa Fe
- Garretts Desert Hotel
- Garretts Desert Santa Fe