Built in 1872 and restored a hundred years later, the Plaza is one of the classic hotels of the Old American West. Guests in its earlier heyday included the likes of Billy the Kid, Doc Holiday and Big Nose Kate. From the old bar, you can look out at the windmill on the plaza where a century ago, locals would hang some of the rowdiest troublemakers they could catch. Rooms have been restored to original 19th century simplicity, albeit with some modern conveniences within. A good restaurant can be found within the hotel and they even pack lunches to go with you on your next journey.
As with all states, there are lots of faceless motels along the Interstates. They can offer inexpensive, comfortable, and convenient places to get a quick night's rest. Motel 6 is one such example and we used them quite a bit on our drive west from South Florida in the summer of 2008. What the generally lack is some personality. New Mexico is noted for Bed & Breakfasts especially in towns like Sante Fe and Taos. We unfortunately did not get to stay in any of them as our budget was tight, something we could accept with a six month trip. We did however find a great hostel in Taos called the Snow Mansion. They had a variety of accommodation possibilities including camping and cabins. More details on that great hostel in my Taos page.
With a great climate, Taos is a perfect place to camp if you are there in the spring and fall months when the temperatures are not too extreme. If you are here for nature and the scenery, there is no better way to fully enjoy them than sleeping out under the stars. We found a great spot in Olive Lee State Park and also enjoyed a night of backpacking at White Sands National Monument. Details of those two 4000 star hotels in my White Sands National Monument page.
Stay at the historic El Rancho Hotel just as many movie stars have done in the past, while they were making movies in the area. Their pictures adorn the walls of the lobby. The rooms are rustic but reasonably comfortable.
Better allow at least an hour to browse around the historic lobby area.
Several different sites to chose from, most with full hookup, and very reasonable rates!
For a city gal, this was a true experience. My first day rv camping proved to be quite eventful. As soon as we set up, I was chasing lizards. Roadrunners were all over and the lake was in walking distance. The camp hosts were especially helpful and most accommodating.
Whenever you stop at one of the independent, old-style motels you are taking a chance. Many of them are in disrepair and are not that nice. I like to try to support the independent businessman (or businesswoman) sometimes so I will stop at theses places occasionally. That is what I did when I was in Deming. I was pleasantly surprised by the Western Motel. You could tell it was older; but things were in decent shape. They also had the added amenities of a small refrigerator and a microwave. The TV had 50 channels including ESPN and HBO. All for a budget price. If you are traveling on a budget it is worth a try.
We chose this hotel because of it's central location on I-25 and we were satisfied about the service.
First of all it's a no-nonsense hotel. If you like a charming place with a great view, you're at the wrong adress.
Still, the suites are very comfortable, a perfect place to relax after a long day trip.
The children loved to take a swim in the indoor pool.
Every two room suite has 2 queen beds and amenities as a microwave, refrigerator, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and a coffee maker.
Very funny detail (at least for Europeans): every suite has 2 televisions.
Breakfast: very enjoyable, see picture ;-)
Apart from this colorful dish we could choose between bagles, muffins, cereals, fresh fruit, juices, waffles... and some strange paste we couldn't identify.
I had done a lot of driving on Sunday, my only full day of it, so I was ready to settle down for the night when I finally reached Santa Fe on my drive southward. It took a while to find where all the motels were located but, when I did, the Hampton Inn fit the bill quite nicely. Like many of the motel chains in the US, you know what you are getting from one location to the other after you have stayed in a few. This one was located on Cerrillos Road in the main tourist accommodation area of the town.
Just a basic nice clean room, quiet and not too expensive. The pre-tax rate was $99.
This Motel 6 is one of the newer fancier ones. It is still a Motel 6 offering basic accommodations at a fairly low price; just a step up from the older ones. The staff was very friendly and efficient and they even had a high scholl girl working there as an intern. I fully support organizations providing educational opportunities like that and hope more places will do the same. The only bad thing I have to say is it was a little hard to find. There were also no restaurants within walking distance. All in all pretty nice for the price, which was a little more than most Motel 6s but not bad for Las Cruces.
This Super 8 is not as new as the Motel 6 on Telshor but it adds the nice touch of a small refrigerator and a microwave. It also has a top notch restaurant/lounge within walking distance of the hotel. This motel was a great value for the low price. I even stayed here an extra night.
Route 66 trailblazed the era of drive-in motels and the American Southwest still has some remarkable examples of these motor inns.
El Vado Motel at 2500 Central Avenue SW in Albuquerque is a prime example of the kitsch architecture that epitomises the Route 66 character.
Built in 1937 from adobe bricks to resemble an Indian pueblo, El Vado is listed on the National Historic Register.
The rooms are cheap, heavily varnished and a bit 'rustique' but you'd be hard-pressed to find anything with more charm and character!
They have a number of campsites in a campground and right next to the rocks. Prices are $8 for primitive sites and $10 to $18 for developed sites. I did not camp here but wanted to let you know it's available. If you want to stay at a hotel you will probably have to go to Deming or Silver City.
This is one of only six places in the world with rock formations like this. Camping amongst them would be a unique experience.
This is a buget motel. They had a small refrigerator but no other extras. The room was clean enough but some things were obviously getting older. Not great but adequate for a nights sleep. If I was using the motel as a base for touring the area and would spend more time in it, I would stay elsewhere.
There is a very nice steak and seafood restaurant and a nightclub in the same parking area.
There are several campsites available inside the park. Prices range from $8 to $18 depending on the vaialability of electricity, water, etc. I have not stayed here but wanted to let you know it's available.
The park has 62 developed sites ranging in price from $10 to $18 for a site with electricity and water. I do not have a camper so I did not stay here; just letting you know it is available.
I had not made any prior arrangements for accommodations because I did not know where or how far I was driving in New Mexico on my first day there. After an extremely early departure from eastern Canada, followed by my drive from Albuquerque up the Jemez River valley and through Los Alamos, I was ready to pack it in (not to mention the 3-hour time zone change). I quite often stay at the reasonably priced Comfort Inn chain and this establishment was no disappointment. The rate was $89 including taxes.
The air conditioning worked great, I was able to get on the internet with my laptop to beat down the backlog and I also enjoyed a great boxing match on their HBO channel (Mayorga defeated Forrest). I was contented as I finally drifted off!
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