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“Location, location, location” 2 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
Longmont, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Location, location, location”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately, that's the high spot of this motel. I understand from previous reviews that they are updating the rooms a few at a time. Ours apparently hadn't made it into the rotation yet. The bed was possibly the worst bed I have ever slept on. The mattress was almost U shaped, so if you like to sleep cozy in a trough, it would work for you. It swayed so much in the middle that the fitted sheet wouldn't even stay on.

We stayed three nights and I couldn't wait to get back to my own bed. The carpet was stained, the wallpaper was peeling, and the "baseboard" of carpet was falling off the wall. We won't be back.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Santa Fe, New Mexico is a magical place, although somewhat overrun by tourists and those who cater to them. Still, the light, the food, the museums, the arts and crafts, all make for an enjoyable place to visit and explore, and a home base for making day trips around the countryside. The one big drawback to this popular destination is the price of lodging and food within walking distance of the sites. For this reason, a friend and I sought a cheaper alternative to the toney spa type hotels available in the area during a recent trip to attend a conference in Santa Fe. Garrett's Desert Inn is a pretty basic, no frills motor hotel which fits the bill if you are not planning to spend a lot of time in your hotel room. The rooms and beds are fine, it was clean if a bit dated, and the staff was friendly and helpful. The free wifi was not hard to access and I had no problems with it on my phone and tablet. The location is amazing - just a few blocks from the Plaza and everything else is highly walkable, except Museum Hill, but one can catch a city bus up there (it is not walkable from any downtown location, really). If you are going to stay mostly in downtown Santa Fe, don't bother bringing a car as there is a $8 additional parking charge per day and you can walk everywhere or take an occasional taxi. Also note, no breakfast is served in the adjacent restaurant (Santa Fe Bite) except on the weekends starting at 8 a.m. But there are plenty of good coffee and breakfast places within a few blocks, and also the Inn provides basic coffee and tea both in the rooms and in the lobby. So, if you want to save about $100 a night (which believe me you will need for eating out in Santa Fe, since even breakfast will run you $12 or more!), I highly recommend Garrett's.

Room Tip: Most rooms are off the street and quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stays 2 nights in early October. Very reasonably priced but did charge $8 per night for outdoor parking. Less than 5 minute walk to the main streets and the Plaza. 10 minute walk to Canyon Rd, home of most of the art galleries. Motel style. Room was adequate. No breakfast. Loved the location/convenience so would recommend it for that alone.

Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
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Covington, TX
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

arrett's is located within walking distance of the Plaza, and all the attractions in that area, but sadly, that is where the accolades end.
It is an older property, one I have stayed in over the past 30 years, so I know it well. While I understand the owner's attempts to remain the "value priced" hotel in the Plaza area, and keep major expenditures to a minimum, that should not preclude housekeeping keeping it clean. I had to move the night stand away from the wall a bit, to be able to plug in one of the many chargers now needed, and that was a big mistake. The floor where it joined the wall had not been vacuumed in a while, and there were things back there to disgusting to mention.

In the bathroom, there was mold and dirt in the grout between the tub and floor, and the carpet where it joined the threshold, was worn and a bit torn, creating a tripping hazard.

The bedding was uncomfortable, and the sheets were thin and suffering from bobbling (the collection of small fabric pills found on worn out fabric).

Guest parking is the same rate as that for the public, so in busy times, you might find no place for your vehicle, even though you have paid for it.

Sad to say, but maybe it is time for Garrett’s to go the way of the St. Francis hotel, and the Little Chief restaurant.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Georgetown, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for a reasonable lodging close to the Santa Fe plaza; this is the place for you!
If you are looking for lodging with a great restaurant on the premises; this is the place for you!
However, if you are hoping to see your favorite team or show on TV while in Santa Fe; find a sports bar or one of the chain hotels.
Many times we have traveled to Santa Fe and have always stayed near the plaza; we have found the Desert Inn to be the most reasonable for the location. They charge $8.00 per night for parking; however if you are not staying there, if you eat at the Santa Fe Bite will validate your parking.
Earlier this year Garrett’s Desert Inn added a gem to their property; the Santa Fe Bite Restaurant (previously known by locals as the Bobcat Bite). Bonnie and John Eckre move their restaurant and renamed it “The Santa Fe Bite,” it has become an immediate success and great addition to the Desert Inn’s property.
The lodging itself is average; the rooms are clean and baths have white towels and washcloths which are not thick and fluffy. The bedspreads are dark not white; however, the carpets were all recently replaced. The TV’s are the old CRT type maybe 21” and the lower channels have static and distortion. It is a two story motel with no elevators; all rooms face and open to the parking lot.
It is only 1 and ½ blocks from the plaza. In the opposite direction the visitor Center is only one block (it is also worth a visit). The oldest occupied chapel in the U.S. is just one block; and the oldest home is next to the chapel.

Room Tip: Rooms from 111 or 211(2nd floor) to 127 or 227(2nd floor) face west for great sunsets; however ask f...
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, TX
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rooms need updating but realize if they get updated the low prices will assuredly escalate , so I'd rather have a Lower price option.
Ground floor room is easy access to unload vehicle
Very close to desired attractions, plaza and restaurants, easy parking

Room Tip: Choose a lower numbered room to be near the reception, restaurant and ice maker.
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed 2 nights on a short trip to NM, still the absolute BEST value in Santa Fe to truly be within a short walk to the plaza area. Yes, the clean rooms are a bit dated, but the price cannot be beat. The addition of the Santa Fe Bites and their fantastic chile cheeseburgers is a big plus. The parking at $8/day is also a good value to be able to park right outside of your room compared with what the other hotels or even municipal parking charge. I am already making reservations for another stay in February. If you spend all day in your room, watching TV or whatever, then pay more for a glitzy stay...but if you intent is to have a decent place to sleep while you explore Santa Fe (also close enough to drop off your purchases, take a short nap or rest stops), then this is your place. You can spend your the dollars you save on great meals or Indian art.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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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