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“Don't be put off by first impression” 5 of 5 bubbles
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El Rey Inn
Ranked #17 of 61 Hotels in Santa Fe
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Don't be put off by first impression”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

At first sight, the hotel may appear a poor choice; it's near a busy road, some distance from the historic centre of Santa Fe, and the rooms look a little tired. But what makes this hotel such a great choice are;
1) The pool and hot tub. I'd never come across such an attractive pool area at a motel; it's worthy of a much larger and grander hotel. A perfect area to relax and unwind.
2) The staff are so friendly and helpful.
3) Large parking area - no worries here.
4) Good selection of food at breakfast; you'll leave feeling fully refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
Overall, we were extremely happy with our choice, and would definitely stay at the El Rey on our next visit to Santa Fe.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank David Q
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dobbs Ferry
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

August 2014. This is our 2nd visit to the El Rey, the first being in 2006. Both times excellent. Although our two queen room was around 150/night, compared to, say, under a hundred a night at one of the chains (and don't get me wrong - I love Motel Six's and Sup'r Eights - happily staying in many of them during our five-week drive around-the-USA in our car in 2010), this place is just plain worth it. The pool is the largest rectangular motel pool you can find - at least 40 or 50 feet and a nice deep end - good for laps. Everywhere there are nooks and crannies of rooms with plants hanging outside, in planters along the driveways. There are small gardens between the different groups of rooms. The included continental breakfast is good, and one sits in one of three charming rooms, two indoors or one under an outdoor arbor with flowers everywhere. Our bathroom was large and tiled prettily. The AC and TV worked fine. If the El Rey was within several blocks of the PLAZA it would cost you 2 to 3 times as much, and you wouldn't find a vacancy in summer, trust me. Anyhow, it's only a 10 minute drive to the PLAZA area, and parking within a few blocks of the PLAZA is not onerous. PS- the bldg just north and next to the El Rey is an excellent and delicious restaurant with New Mexican and American foods.

Room Tip: For our 2 adults and 1 child, in 2006 the room w a double bed and a twin was the most reasonable. Fo...
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Green Features: They spend a lot of effort making this place "green" -- an "oxygen generator" with flowers and plants.
  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jon R
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Pagosa Springs
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119 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014

El Rey was built in 1936, thoughtful owners over the years have maintained and upgraded this property. It now contains mature plantings, shady walks, sculptures and myriad flowers. We stayed in one of the original rooms nicely furnished with Santa Fe style furniture. My only disappointment - pillows way too soft, and bedside light fixture that did not work and was not fixed after asking at the office. (we stayed 3 nights). Light fixtures all had real bulbs so reading was possible!

Green Features: Santa Fe mandates changing sheets after 4 days on extended stays - a backer in the room for recyclable bottles and cans.
  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gowan
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Kingston, Canada
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014

I did not love Santa Fe as much as I thought I would (too touristy after Taos and Chimayo areas), so the El Rey was a real oasis with its friendly staff, great pool, and many amenities. It was close to the Shake Foundation too, which was a perfect lunch spot. The El Rey's breakfasts were good and varied. Our room was wonderful. It was located on the upper floor of the Spanish Colonial Courtyard. We had a corner room (number 69, I think), which was equipped with a little kitchenette (with small stove, fridge, microwave, dishes, and cookware). Just outside the room was a sitting area. We enjoyed sitting out there with a glass of wine or cup of tea after a long day in town. We did not find going into the city too much of a hassle although finding parking was sometimes a pain. Finally, the staff at the front desk was extremely helpful and friendly always. We enjoyed our stay here very much, and found it a great place to stay with kids.

Room Tip: I recommend the upper floor of the Spanish Colonial courtyard section of the hotel. it was peaceful...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Yael S
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

El Ray Inn is beautifully set out , good price for rooms , very clean & neat hotel , traditional adobe style ,plenty of facility's & room , grounds are lovely & pool is spacious , spas & sauna are great , washing facility's are good
Highly recommended to stay at

Stayed August 2014
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1 Thank Kazick
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Austin
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149 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2014

We were heading back to Texas and needed a place to stay in Santa Fe over the 4th of July. Tried to book the El Rey over the internet but it showed full. Pulled in and were pleasantly surprised to find they did have a room--they explained they don't put all their rooms up on the net and hold back the best rooms for return walk-in travelers like us. Room by the pool with a courtyard, flowers blooming--it was as restful and comfortable as we have come to expect.

Room Tip: Toward the back off Cerrillos quieter.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jmckphil
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Amarillo, Texas
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59 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2014

Older Inn but well kept. Staff was friendly and the grounds are so beautiful. A little far from the Square area. The breakfast was nice and great to sit outside an enjoy the scenery. The flowers are gorgeous all around.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank travelchicky13
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Additional Information about El Rey Inn

Property: El Rey Inn
Address: 1862 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3370
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 Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 86
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Also Known As:
El Rey Hotel Santa Fe
Santa Fe El Rey Inn
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