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El Rancho Hotel & Motel
Ranked #12 of 34 Hotels in Gallup
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“A very cool historic gem.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

We stayed here on a recent trip on Route 66. The grand lobby takes you back to the days when the road trip was part of the experience. The staff were attentive and friendly. Leroy at the front desk was very helpful and I enjoyed talking baseball with him. For the people that expect the latest bells and whistles, look elsewhere. For the people that love a grand old historic, clean place to stay, The El Rancho is for you. You can feel the history in the walls. I recommend it.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

Very nostalgic setting. Unfortunately it is living or hanging on due to this.
Rooms are very "quaint" but need updating. electrically the rooms wouldn't comply with HSE standards here in UK.
Dinning was ok but delivery took too long and was overpriced.
Bar facilities were good.
Breakfast was an experience! - Very overpriced for poor quality, and only one member of staff who was stressed by the amount of work. This showed in his attitude toward quests.
Perception was that we should be honoured to stay in such a famous place and would need to put up with sub-standard facilities. Shame

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is not a chain hotel. There's a corkscrew affixed to the bathroom door frame (in case you want to crack open a bottle of wine while on the toilet). One of the couches in the lobby is made of bull horns. This will never be a chain hotel, and it makes no pretensions about that.

The air conditioning is loud. The bathroom's small. It's right on a busy road. The wifi at the check-cashing loan shark place across the street is better than the El Rancho's.

But NONE of this matters. Seriously. It didn't even matter. Because the El Rancho is makes up for it in a hundred wonderfully eccentric ways.

I stayed in one of the few rooms with a balcony. It was kind of rickety, but I'm a wild woman, so I went out there, anyway. Awesome. Check the pictures.

There really was a bottle opener and corkscrew affixed to the inside frame of the bathroom door, and I really could reach it while sitting on the toilet. If I'd had a bottle of wine, I'd have cracked it open right there.

It's a family-run establishment, and they are just delightful.

I had breakfast in the dining room the next day, and both the service and the food were great. Also, it seems to be something of a local hangout. A couple of regular tables, filling up with old friends. One woman came in with a flip of her shawl, and hugged a bunch of people, and the whole atmosphere in the room was like family. There was another travelling couple nearby, and they had their routine: every morning, they sat down with breakfast and read the paper, and that was how they began every morning. The place was so homey, they fit right in. I don't normally enjoy eating breakfast in restaurants, especially when travelling alone. I really enjoyed it here.

Check in, drop off your bags, and just wander through the lobby. Bring your camera. It's so worth it. SO worth it.

tl;dr:

Cons - loud AC, small bathroom, no in-room wifi
Pros - EVERYTHING: food, service, kitsch, comfy bed, oddly placed corkscrews

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

Yeah it's a bit pricey, check-in guy was dressed great but certainly was a man of few words and our very large room was devoid of absolutely anything except a good bed. But it's hanging on by it's fingertips to a bit of glamour from the past. Fabulous lobby and restaurant and gorgeous, elegant staircases are well worth the visit on their own. Both dinner and breakfast were good and servers very friendly. Girl serving in bar was nice too and the atmosphere was very pleasant. It is a polar opposite of a chain hotel and all the more fun for it!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

This hotel did not live up to its expectation . Most expensive hotel on our trip expected more . No fridge in the room , no plug for the bath , no hair dryer but had my own but had to ask for an extension lead as no plugs were near any of the mirrors . Location train track right opposite on other side of busy road . No wi fi in rooms , so everybody in the lobby on there laptops or I pads lacked any atmosphere . Had to carry our luggage upstairs to the third floor . Bath is very old and tired . Our only disappointment on this trip

  • Stayed September 2013
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Albury, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

very old property but spotlessly clean. We had dinner in the bar and it was excellent. The girl in the bar was friendly and delivered excellent service. It is an interesting building with lots of old photos etc of film stars. The staircase is well worth the visit. We were on the third floor which didn't have wireless internet......inconvenient as we had to go down to the foyer or second floor .

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed in the motel portion of the El Rancho hotel...across the parking lot from the hotel. The man checking us in did not say 5 words to us...just handed us the remote for the TV. Almost comical. The room was very clean but very basic. There was not even a floor mat when you got out of the shower. No in room coffee etc...just the TV. Someone had their hotel room open and we could see that they were much better than the motel rooms.

The hotel lobby is worth a visit with the old signed autographs of famous actors and actresses of long ago. Stay there but be advised of what you are getting.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about El Rancho Hotel & Motel

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 34 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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