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“Quaint and such a nice change from the chains”
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El Rey Court
Ranked #23 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
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Beckermet, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Quaint and such a nice change from the chains”
Reviewed October 2, 2008

We had a great room with a very private balcony overlooking the pool. Although the decor was a bit dated, we didn't mind as we were sick of the chain motels we had encountered and it was nice to sit outside and not be subject to air conditioning at night as we left the window open and it became quite cool.
Staff were very helpful, the pool was clean (although a little cold!).
Breakfast was served in a lovely setting by staff who really seemed to care about the guests. All in all a very pleasant stay, just wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Liked — the atmosphere and the balcony
  • Disliked — Bit out of town
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed September 22, 2008

We took a last-minute weekend trip to the Santa Fe, and stayed at the El Rey. Third time we have stayed there, first time with our three year old daughter. We had a small "apartment" with kitchen, living room and bedroom with a king size bed we all three slept in. I call it funky because it reminded me of an old "shotgun" house, where all the rooms are lined up in a straight line back from the front door.

We loved the accomodations...you may not like it if you like sleek and modern, or folksy and antiquey. It was a comfortable suite with all the conveniences we wanted, a private outside patio we didn't use because it was too chilly, and a full kitchen. Breakfast is included and not fancy, but perfect for us. You can eat in a bright and casual dining room or outside on a patio. El Rey is right on Cerrillos, with lots of traffic, but honestly we didn't notice it at any time. The grounds are beautiful and peaceful, and there is a small playground for children. We couldn't use the pool because of the time of year, and we didn't use the hot tubs, although they were open.

It's a great value, especially for a family. You can really feel the history of this old time motel. We will definitely stay here each time we return to Santa Fe. Great value for the money, which is important to us in Santa Fe, where the prices keep going up every time we go there. Spend your money on the great food in Santa Fe, not in overpriced hotels!

  • Liked — Friendliness, value for the money, location.
  • Disliked — Breakfast could be better.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2008

We stayed at the El Rey Inn with our 2 small children. We stayed in a 1 bedroom with a tiny annex bedroom room right off the road - it was dark and cave like - no control over the air conditioning - there must have been straw in our pillows - totally uncomfortable stay - cute pool , nice grounds, hot tub and simple breakfast. I would not stay here again - I think the rooms need updating. Our bathroom was ok- if you like old - my kids refused to take a shower as they thought it looked "gross'.
Perhaps the other rooms are nicer - we booked a few weeks in advance and I guess that was what was left. My advice.. Do not stay in the rooms right off the road.

  • Liked — Nice grounds
  • Disliked — our room
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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2 Thank ColoradoCat1
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Decatur, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2008

What an awesome place......beautiful grounds......lovely comfortable room......hated to leave. Great staff. My destination stay every time for Santa Fe.

  • Liked — Beautiful grounds and rooms.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank jtug
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Virginia Beach
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2008

The El Rey Inn in Santa Fe’ was more than we expected…a very nice stay with helpful receptionists, clean and nice rooms in a lovely blooming garden, swimming pool, two different Spa and nice breakfast in a nice set. All of this at a more than reasonable price for Santa Fe.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Its location was not downtown Santa Fe, but not too far anyway.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank pacfam
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Kansas City
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2008

Stayed here two nights based on the reviews of this site. We loved it!
Originally we had booked just one night because there was no availability for two. But before checking into the other motel we stopped at the El Ray to see.We were happy to get one of the smaller rooms for about 1/2 the price of the King we had the second night.Both we great but we really liked the King courtyard room the best.This property is tuned in and makes a very good effort to do things the "right way" or should I say the way "things used to be". It's a neat old Route 66 motel that has been updated and maintained to stay a "full house" most of the time in a very stiff Santa Fe market.

  • Liked — Old Santa Fe Room Style
  • Disliked — Short drive to the square
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank bmj5664
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Lubbock, TX
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2008

I stayed one night with my sisters at the El Rey. We booked a suite with two rooms for $160. I stayed in the back room and awoke to find I had flea bites all over my body! When I informed the desk about this, they apologized, but did not offer to even pay for the Caladryl I had to spray on myself for the rest of my vacation. Not to mention what it's like to put on swimwear that exposed flea bites on my wrists and ankles and neck and stomach and back. Awful! I will not stay at the El Rey again. Why pay such money for such an awful experience?!?!?

  • Liked — The grounds
  • Disliked — The room had FLEAS!!!!!!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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6 Thank JennerSun
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EncinaRoad, owner at El Rey Court, responded to this review, September 22, 2008
The guests writing this review stated to our reception that they had been camping before their arrival at our establishment. Guests staying in the same accommodation had no problem before this party stayed with us and there was no problem in the same accommodation after this party checked out.
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Property: El Rey Court
Address: 1862 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Santa Fe
#12 Romantic Hotel in Santa Fe
#14 Family Hotel in Santa Fe
#20 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Rey Court 2.5*
Number of rooms: 86
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