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Reviewed June 26, 2008

I have been staying at the El Rey since the 1940s, and I just recommended the motel to an old friend. This is an excellent hotel -- one which has been meticulously kept up by the owners. And it has the feel of the Southwest. I have traveled a lot over the years and I always think of the El Rey when I think of Santa Fe. It has all of the amenities and the location is fine unless you absolutely have to be downtown. As others have said, this is a classic Route 66 motel, and one of the few -- maybe the only one -- which has not only survived but has improved. If you go to Santa Fe, don't miss this one!

  • Stayed: October 2003, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2008

When we initially checked into our room I felt a bit dismayed. Our room was directly off the busy Cerrillos Street. My reaction was to switch rooms immediately. However, as we began to settle in it seemed less of an issue. The decor was sweet...lovely big wood beams, tin lighting fixtures with Mexican artwork decorating the walls. Our room contained a refrigerator which was a nice place to store bottled water and left over food. The room was small and a bit tight but our bathroom was enormous-- with a his and her sink and natural light pouring through the windows. Unlike many places we've stayed at during our travels- ...the El Rey is generous with their towels-- there are spare towels for pool use in addition to regular towels. The pool is uber clean. A small blooming garden in the middle of the property-- (big parking lot) comes alive in the morning with bird song. The coffee is decent and the breakfast items though not terribly exciting are varied. It's the kind of place that begins to grow on you. We stayed here for four nights and headed on up to Taos for a week. On our way back through Santa Fe we decided to stay at El Rey again. This time our room was a bit larger with a teeny bathroom--- that had it's own skylight.
The El Rey took us pleasantly by surprise.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2008

We spent 7 nights at the El Rey Inn in June, 2008. We enjoyed our visit but will probably not stay here again. We were dismayed by the number of noisy large groups and families that were there. But I can't blame them. This hotel is perfect for those kinds of groups.

You can tell that the owners and staff take a lot of pride in the El Rey. Everything is very clean (but dated) and the grounds are beautiful. The breakfast is about average but I was glad that they at least had hard-boiled eggs every morning.

Our room was a little dark (as mentioned in previous reviews) but I think that was because of the red spanish tile floors and the wood beamed ceilings. There were plenty of lamps in the room to lighten things up. We had a deluxe king sized room and it was comfortable. It could have used a little updating and tv picture was pretty bad.

We liked the fact that El Rey was on the bus line. The bus to downtown stops practically right at the front door and it's a simple 15 minute (at the most) trip. Santa Fe seems to have a good bus system and you can ride all day for $2.00. (or $1.00 each trip).

There are a lot of picnic tables and benches in the gardens. Unfortunately for us, this is where a lot of the families and groups gather. We would try to sit out on our patio to relax each evening but the noise chased us back inside. Luckily, these groups would break up before bedtime.

From what we could tell, there are many rooms with multiple beds and the outdoor heated pool was large. This makes it great for groups. If you are looking for a romantic, quiet place, like we were, you may want to look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 2, 2008

My wife and I stay in Santa Fe at least once every month, and even though we may on occasion try a different lodging property, we always come back to the El Rey. The inn is a classic Route 66 motel which has done a great job blending the historic with the new, and vice-versa. The rooms are always very clean and well maintained. Each one also has unique furnishings so you won't wake up trying to remember what city you went to sleep in. We have tried many of the rooms since we like to experience the different atmosphere that each one has to offer. The inn is away from the traffic and noise of the plaza, both times that we stayed downtown we promised that we would never stay there again (lots of late night revelry). The inn's location on Cerrillos Road makes it convenient to all that Santa Fe has to offer. You'll get your kicks on this Route 66 motel.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2008

Most motels try to skimp and save to make the most profit. The El Rey appears to try hard to give the most luxury with its' property limitations. As others note, Cerillos Road is very busy, and the (first part of the) motel was built in 1936 along what was then the original Rte 66. However, with the use of courtyards and strategically places shubbery--the road noise is significantly dappened. The greenery is one reason why others have complained of "dark" rooms; my windows were surrounded by trees and bushes. My room was pretty small, but was decorated very nicely with wooden ceiling beams, nice lamps, and a floor to ceiling wooden clothing storage area. The TV screen was big, the bathroom fixtures were first rate, and the towels were luxury. There was a recycling bin in the room. Unfortunately, I could not get a WiFi signal in my room. The temp controlls worked well and the room was quiet. The surrounding grounds have very nice plants and they even have a greenhouse. There are nice picnic tables, a playground, and places to BBQ. The grounds are certified habitat, and I saw (and heard) lots of birds. The exercise room had one treadmill and one elipitical. Both worked well. There was a universal weight set wedged in a small area. There were no free weights (dumbells). The breakfast room is VERY nice. It is large and has a great sound system playing soothing music. The breakfast had a lot larger selection than most. You can not walk to downtown Santa Fe from this location, but there is a bus stop right beside the El Rey to take you downtown.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled solo
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