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Express St. James Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cimarron
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Bullhead City, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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“Awesome place”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stayed for the ghosts, however, i was so tired that the only thing that happened that I was aware of was something ran into my bed in the middle of the night. The room was huge and comfortable, loved the clawfoot tub which totally helped me relax and get a great rest. I will love to go back :) Love the history and the service was 100% great all the way around.

Room Tip: I had the Philip Waite room. Huge Kingsized bed.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Bowie, Texas
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Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

We spent the night here on our way to Red River for the third year in a row. It was just as lovely and comfortable as our previous stays. We reserved a room in the annex which does not have the historic charm of the older rooms but I am more comfortable with ac and television so the annex suits me fine. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and spacious. Of course, the loveliest part of the St. James is the courtyard. The flowers and murals provide a perfect place to enjoy the glorious weather and the great drinks from the bar. We had a wonderful dinner with excellent service, spent time enjoying the full moon over the courtyard, had a peaceful rest, and headed on our way the next morning fortified with a tasty complimentary breakfast. I hope I can make an annual trip to the St. James for a delightful escape from the outside world!!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Ahwatukee, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

The St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico, is simply one of those old hotels one needs to experience. The hotel has been in business since 1872 serving clients like Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, Buffalo Bill Cody and the Billy-the-kid and others traveling on the old Cimarron Trail.

The hotel is haunted and if you believe in spirits you should find some here. The first time I stayed here was a cold night in November a number of years ago. I was the only guest and stayed in the room of Mary Lambert the wife of the original owner. I was taking a bath prior to dinner and felt that I was being watched and then all of a sudden I could smell a woman’s perfume. I am told that would be Mary watching. While staying in Mary’s Room more recently, Mary did not pay me a visit, perhaps because my wife was with me.

Still, the St. James is a great adventure. Can be a little warm on a summer night with only a fan going. They are supposed to have wireless internet, but we could not get a connection, and of course, no television in your room. That is okay as I was expecting a visit from a spirit.

Since I was last here they remodeled the dining room. I actually liked it the way it was before with bullet holes in the ceiling, but I guess the owners felt that they had to modernize the place, well somewhat. Dinner of salad bar and prime rib was good. The menu does have a good variety and besides there are not many options in Cimarron as the town is a little quiet. One can only imagine what it was like in the 1870s! Fun place.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We were in the area to visit Philmont Scout Ranch and do some hiking. We decided to stay at the James for the history, the experience, and to be scared. We got what we paid for. We stayed in the Annie Oakley room. The room has a sitting room, an old fashioned bathroom with clawfoot tub and a shower sprayer that you have to hold up to use, and a bedroom. The room is very old fashioned in style. The only modern conveniences in the room are a fan and a hair dryer. The floor creaks a lot and you have to speak quietly as everything can be heard out in the hall.

I didn't know that I believed so strongly in ghosts until I stayed here. Down the hall are the supposedly haunted rooms of room 18, a spirit who got shot after a poker game (the room is now padlocked shut), and Mary Lambert's room (the original owner's wife who is said to be a protector of the hotel). I'm glad we didn't stay in the haunted room since staying down the hall scared me enough. I woke up several times throughout the night praying for morning. The only ghostly encounter we had was smelling roses upon our arrival to the hotel (the scent left behind by Mary when she is present). The breakfast buffet included in the price of the room is AMAZING.

Stay here for the history and to be scared out of your mind.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

Totally loved the atmosphere! People who work there need to take some customer service classes. Found two people who were nice out of all the staff. Rooms smelled like mildew and the food was not all that great.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Carrollton, Georgia
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

My husband and I went to Cimarron, NM to visit our son in mid-July. We stayed in the old section of the Express St. James Hotel. Although this section is not air conditioned, we were very comfortable since we were able to open the windows. We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the St. James. The history of the place is just wonderful, and we loved the way the hotel has retained it's "old west" decor. The beauty of the surrounding country is incredible. We found our room clean and nicely decorated. The bathroom was a bit cramped, but that can be expected in old hotels. The hotel staff were very nice, and there were plenty of them always at our service! The restaurant and bar exceeded our expectations for this remote outpost. We especially enjoyed Rudy ("the Sheriff"), the bartender. We highly recommend the Express St. James Hotel to anyone visiting the area, and look forward to staying there again next time we are in Cimarron. E&H

Room Tip: We stayed in the Governor room (#9?) on the second floor. I would recommend a 2nd floor room if stay...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Farmington, New Mexico
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Had never been to Cimarron, but a friend recommended the St. James and we are so happy she did! Our room was the Governor's room and it was just wonderful! It had a double bed with a high and really beautiful punched tin ceiling! The bathroom had recently been renovated and was spotless and pretty. It was nice not to have a TV, telephone, or air-conditioner in the room. We liked having our window open with a nice breeze. It was quiet at night which was a real plus.

All of the members of the staff without exception were friendly and helpful. The hotel has so much history in the décor and reading about the people and the area displayed in the pictures, etc. was really cool. It made the Cimarron area come alive. Must have been quite a rowdy place!
Our dinner was very nice and quite tasty. I had the prime rib which was so tender that I really didn't need a knife. Terrific! Since some larger parties were booked into the main dining room we were given a table in the bar which was even better! Loved the ambience (and the bullet holes in the ceiling) and enjoyed it immensely.

Breakfast was a buffet with hot and freshly cooked items. My husband raved about the biscuits and gravy. Eggs, sausage, and bacon along with fresh fruit were also good.

Be sure to visit the Old Mill Museum just a block down the street. It has quite a lot of historical information that we also found interesting.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Express St. James Hotel
Address: 617 South Collison, Cimarron, NM 87714
Location: United States > New Mexico > Cimarron
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cimarron
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Get into the "spirit" of the Old West at the Express St. James Hotel. Relax in a room where frontier legends stayed but beware, some of our "guests" have never checked out. For those seeking less excitement stay in the modern annex side. Guests can choose from a variety of entrees in the restaurant complimented by a drink in the Bar. ... more   less 
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St James Cimarron

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