While driving around New Mexico and Arizona for a 22 day vacation, I stumbled upon the El Rey Inn by chance. Actually I had already stopped at two other motels in Santa Fe and was astounded by the prices quoted for a standard bunker style motel room. I just happened to see the El Rey out of the corner of my eye when passing by and turned around to check it out. And am I glad I did. First the price was in line with my budget and secondly, what a find. I had perfect room (casita) with a porch and chairs...with decor and ambience to fit in with downtown Santa Fe...I just love that adobe style of structure. The pool was refreshing also. At first I just booked for one night, but after seeing the room and facilities, I called the front desk and booked for two nights, without any fanfare at all. And I'm glad I did this too, for the facility booked up within 30 minutes for the remainder of the week.
I stayed in one of the original rooms (circa 1939). It was quaint, comfortable and very clean. Complete with bar fridge and microwave, I was all set. I even washed all of my clothes in the guest laundry.
The room included a modest breakfast each morning. This was a good place to meet other guests and hear their touring stories.
I had my own parking spot right at the front door (as do all the other guests), and while sitting on the porch at sundown, I spoke to several other guests as they strolled by.
The front desk staff were very helpful in suggesting a variety of top quality restaurants (not the usual chains) and I was very pleasantly pleased with the southwestern fare (Thomasitas) that was recommended. The second night I ate western (The Cowgirl) and this too was top notch. I doubt I would have found these places myself without the help from the front desk.
If I ever return to Santa Fe, I will certainly make the El Rey Inn my choice for residence. Over the course of my 22 day vacation in the US southwest, this was the best motel memory of this trip. I stayed in 14 other establishments and the El Rey Inn topped them all.
Thanks El Rey.
Olegar, Toronto, Canada
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- El Rey Hotel Santa Fe
- Santa Fe El Rey Inn
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