I really wanted to like El Rancho, but $90 got me a *tiny* room. No coffee (you can get it at the front desk) and wifi only in the lobby or dining room, a skinny shower stall (no tub), and no counter space in the bathroom at all so you had better be a monk with only a toothbrush or you are going to do a dance with your toiletry bag on the seat of the commode or going back and forth to get your stuff off the bed. If you get a $90 room and are with someone else, let's just say you had better love that person and have no personal space issues because you are going to be on top of each other all night. No fighting!
The lobby is something to behold, full of steer horns and an elk and mule deer head, an ancient cigarette machine and shoe-shine stand. It *is* fun to look at all the autographed pictures of golden-era Hollywood stars on the walls. Each room is named after a star: I stayed in the Ida Lupino Room.
I didn't hate it but it is not a great value. If you are doing the Route, it probably won't be your favorite place to stay either.
Advice: If you do decide to stay at El Rancho, avoid the restaurant because 1) it is overpriced; 2) vegetarian-hostile, and 3) there are LOTS of better places up and down the strip to eat: Earl's is a classic, Virgie's for Mexican, Eagle Cafe for coffee shop. These are places with great histories of their own right and are absolutely hopping with locals, which is always a great sign. You can get better and more food and feel really cared for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The El Rancho Hotel is the embodiment of America’s Old West. According to author Russell A. Olsen, “As you enter the historic El Rancho through the stately front entry, you immediately realize this was and still is a special place….During its heyday, the El Rancho Hotel was one of the premier hotels in the entire Southwest and became the place for the Hollywood set to stay when filming in the area. The El Rancho Hotel was one of the premier hotels in the entire Southwest and became the place for the Hollywood set to stay when filming in the area. – Author Russell A. Olsen During its glory years, the El Rancho was the definition of luxury and included many amenities that were lacking in other typical tourist hotels of the day. For 50 years, the El Rancho Hotel greeted guests along Route 66 with class and dignity…Luckily for us, this one-of-a-kind hotel once again greets guests with open arms and enjoys the renewed worldwide interest in Route 66 and its landmarks.” ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Rancho Hotel Gallup
- El Rancho Hotel And Motel
- El Rancho Gallup