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El Rancho Hotel & Motel
Ranked #12 of 35 Hotels in Gallup
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“No airco not even clean carpets just faded out pictures and high tariffs for a has been hotel”
Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

As there is no reason to stay in Gallup but that it is midway between Flagstaff and Albuquerque on Route 66 It looks fun to stay at El Rancho
I tell you this is an odd idea not worth the money they charge

  • Stayed May 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 461 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2013

On our way to the national parks in Utah, we ate here in the very good restaurant. On our way back, we decided to stay here as well. We got a room on the second floor off the beautiful lobby and on the same floor as the wonderful collection of autographed star photos surrounding the lobby. We got to stay in one of the stars' room - the William Bendix room. Lots of fun. It's still owned by the same guy who knew the stars!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

Traveling cross-country and after a stop in the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest (very recommended, as well) we realized we were not going to make it to Albuquerque for the night. Saw the signs for El Rancho, and decided to stay. We loved it - very clean, friendly people, great amenities, good restaurant and bar - all in one place! Aside from the tiny bathroom (very authentic to the building, but glad that I live in the 21st century!!) everything was great. Would gladly stay again.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

Not your average stop, so comparing it to anything else will disappoint you!

So many movie stars have stayed here, eaten here, loved and fought here.

Food is good and so is the service.

Check your judgements at the highway and enjoy!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Philadelphia, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2013

The dining choices are slim in Gallup, but don't miss El Rancho. We were able to get request several changes to the menu items that made them more interesting and less run-of-the-mill. After dinner, be sure to browse the Ortega's gift shop for an excellent selection of authentic Indian silver with 40% discounts off the ticket price. The prices were so good that we detoured on our way back from the Canyon de Chelly to do more shopping.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Surrey, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Fortunately we only spent one night here. I was really looking forward to it as the reviews made it sound amazing not least because of the great cowboy actors that had stayed here. Sadly it only impressed on paper. Check-in was slow which you expect when in a group however they knew we were coming and didn't seem prepared. We got to our room via the antiquated life (all part of the charm I suppose however the lift attendant was miserable & didn't speak). It was hot so we put the manual ceiling fan on & the cord came off in my husband's hand. He couldn't use the 2nd cord as it was too short. Great start. The room was large with 3 wardrobes. The bathroom however was smaller than the wardrobe & the toilet itself had been installed crooked and an inch away from the wall !!!. Would love to meet the designer who decided that 3 large wardrobes were more necessary than a minute bathroom.
We left the room to go to dinner & the barstaff were rude & unhelpful. They also wouldn't allow us to put our drinks on our room bill but wanted paying there & then - unusual I would have thought. The restaurant meal wasn't that great & again terrible service. Breakfast next morning was so slow & the staff so alwful that some of our group left without eating as they had been ignored for so long. The food was substandard & basic.
It's a great shame as it could be a wonderful hotel with all the romantic history of a bygone era but sadly the management have it totally wrong. Out of all the hotels we were staying at on our road trip, this was the one I was most looking forward to so was so very dissapointed.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2013

The lobby of El Rancho is packed with great artifacts signed pictures of the many stars who've stayed there. The furnishings are interesting and have real character. Other than that the restaurant and hotel were extremely disappointing Poor mattress - lumpy. Only two pillows, not even extras in cupboard. No hair dryer. No power point in bathroom. Pool was dark green and disgusting. Room extremely small. Bath plug didn't work.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: El Rancho Hotel & Motel
Address: 1000 E Historic Highway 66, Gallup, NM 87301-5559
Location: United States > New Mexico > Gallup
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #12 of 35 Hotels in Gallup
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — El Rancho Hotel & Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 76
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