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Garrett's Desert Inn
Ranked #44 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Reviewed January 11, 2008

Charge $8/day extra for parking - no other alternative; 'neglected' to mention this at check-in. Sheets on one bed obviously not changed from previous guest(s?)! Brought clean set, but made no offer to make bed up. Good location, but poorly managed. Can't recommend. Nicer places to stay. But if you're a cheepo that doesn't mind risking head lice or other bed vermin, this place is for you.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 22, 2007

We stayed at Garrett's Desert Inn and it is centrally located near shops, chapels and other historic sites of Santa Fe. The Loretto Chapel is basically one block away. We walked around and saw a lot of nice stores and Chapels. Even if you have a car, it's easy driving back to the main road (Cerillos) where practically all the good restaurants are. Parking is only $8 per day. The rooms are good size. The TV is small with OK reception and the beds were VERY squeaky. The bathroom was clean, but dated. I do recommend this hotel specifically for the location, price and cleanliness in that order. We ate lunch at a Tex-Mex type restaurant called Bumble Bee's (on Cerillos). It was good, but nothing to repeat on the same trip. We went to dinner at Los Potrillos (also on Cerillos). That was EXCELLENT Mexican food. I loved the corn tortillas, the Mexican Hot Chocolate and a new appetizer I found Queso Fondita (or something like that). The enchiladas were flavorful as well. A+! There is also a gift shop on the main road (Cerillos) called Jackaloupe. It's a big driveway with MANY different shops on the lot. If you walk far enough in the back, there is a glass making "tent" area where they were making glass pumpkins that day. They were selling for $25. It was pretty neat. They were very nice people.

I'm pretty "touristy" so 2 days in Santa Fe was good enough...it wasn't my type of city. I was there for a wedding. We also went to Albuquerque and visited a Petroglyph National Monument. Kool, but again, not my type of city. We didn't have time to visit Route 66.

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Reviewed October 20, 2007

Great location and the outside decor was attractive. However, our room was shabby, the carpet dirty and the beds were noisy.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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14  Thank Vagabundos
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Reviewed October 16, 2007

I had a pretty good idea of what to expect after reading the reviews, so I wasn't expecting luxury. The room was ok - not as clean as I'd like, and the beds were on their last legs. The bathroom looked like the original - definitely time for a remodel. Stains on the chairs and floors. And paying for parking is annoying - something they must hear a lot, judging from the sign at reception, justifying their policy with an everybody-charges-around-here-and-we're-pretty-cheap statement. All that being said, the location is fabulous, and if all you're going to do is sleep, then you should be ok here.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with family
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14  Thank texan_down_under
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Reviewed October 1, 2007

My wife and I just spent three nights at Garrett’s Desert Inn, over with some friends from West Texas who come to Santa Fe quite often. We had never been to Santa Fe before and were keen to stay in a centrally located property, where we could access the old town center on foot. Garrett’s Dessert Inn certainly offers that—it’s a great location, about two blocks from the main plaza and within easy walking distance of many excellent restaurants and shops. That, and the low price, are the property’s assets. We paid 99 dollars a night the last weekend in September, which we thought was remarkably low for that time of year. On the other hand, our friends stayed at the El Rey, about two miles away on Cerillos Road, and paid the same. We gather that is a nicer property, but you have to drive into the old town.
Garrett’s is nothing special, to put it mildly. The rooms are clean and serviceable but nothing more. The Zodiac Café attached to the property is an excellent choice for breakfast or brunch (but no booze). The best pizza in Santa Fe, Upper Crust Pizza, is right next door, and the famous Pink Adobe restaurant is across the street. As for the property itself, it’s like a HoJo or Holiday Inn circa 1972. Our bed was soft and sloped toward the middle. The carafe of the coffee maker in our room had the handle installed backwards, making it unusable. The saving grace of the carpet was that it was not shag. The walls were very thin and the place generally noisy (not rowdy, just a lot of ambient noise). We could hear every sound made by the room above us, so if you stay here make sure you get a second floor room. It seems to be a big favorite of large family groups who take over the smallish pool area. The free wi-fi internet access “wasn’t working” so you had to take your laptop to the lobby to get a signal (or you can go sit at the Zodiac Café, which has free wi-fi). You get the picture. Forget the 3 star rating—2 star would be my max.
If you want to stay in a great location in Santa Fe on the cheap, and you’re not going to really use your room for anything but sleep (and you’re a heavy sleeper—if not bring an extra pillow or ear plugs), this would be an ok choice. Otherwise, pony up and look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with family
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16  Thank CaryAllison
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Reviewed September 8, 2007

I booked this hotel for myself and two other fellow business travelers based on a review from the New York Times. I wonder if the reviewer actually saw the inside of one of these rooms, much less stayed in one.

Rooms were dark, smelly and run down. Light bulbs were burned out, hair on bathroom floor and stained sheets.

Icing on the cake was the night I had no power. The front desk people gave me a flashlight to use. The woman at the front desk told me it "wasn't her fault" and to basically get over it. Later on, she informed me she was attending school and was studying hospitality management.

The only saving grace for this place is the location. Close to the Plaza. But then, they charge you $8 a day for parking.

My advice - look elsewhere. The price isn't worth the pain.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled on business
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18  Thank mammy456
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Reviewed August 9, 2007

Very convenient location - friendly staff
Rather nice building for a 1970s Motel although it sticks out sharply in the "adobe disneyland" of downtown Santa Fe.
Rooms are really worn out and musty so you can't help but come away thinking that $130 is expensive for what you are getting. Plus the hot water was "out" on our first day there...
The place needs serious refurbishing - but my hunch is the building just isn't nice enough to jack rates up to the $200/night that a renovation would require to pay fo itself. So the owners are just milking the location cow.
Pool was small but very nice and warm.

  • Stayed: August 2007
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14  Thank Pierre-Paris
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Address: 311 Old Santa Fe Trl, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2707
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #44 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Price Range: $89 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Garrett's Desert Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Garrett's Desert Inn - a Santa Fe motel in the heart of town. ~ A Route 66 Santa Fe Motel right in heart of Santa Fe, sitting three blocks from the end of the Santa Fe Trail. Now under new management since Oct 2013. Serious downtown value. ~ a classic Route 66 "motor-court" motel with front of the room parking, has been the go-to bargain accommodations for downtown Santa Fe. ~ with the famous "Bite" all-day restaurant featuring its renowned "Best of Santa Fe" burgers and malts. ~ one of the most affordable pet friendly Santa Fe hotels, ~ heated swimming pool and plenty of sun open late May to late September. ~ three blocks or less to 1. The Plaza 2. Palace of the Governors 3. Cathedral and its chiming bells 4. Loretto Chapel 5. The three downtown museums 6. Canyon Road and its 80 plus galleries - a visual feast of a walk 7. Oldest house in Santa Fe 8. Forty - yes 40- restaurants. ~ Right by the end of the Santa Fe trail. ~ Imagine what has passed us by. We're not fancy - we're "right there - in the heart of it" Locally owned since 1957. Giving Back with Every Stay It is our mission to support non-profits by hosting community environmental and political groups, book readings, lectures, meetings, yoga, and meditation - - the essence of living here in Santa Fe. ... more   less 
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