El Rey Inn

1862 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505, United States

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  • charlenemixa's Profile Photo

    A Special & Unique Inn on Route 66


    Planning our trip to Santa Fe we wanted affordable accommodations with the criteria of complimentary breakfast, close to town and internet access. The El Rey Inn is a winner! On check-in we are impressed by both the warmth of the facility and staff plus its amazing history. First our room was double the size of the traditional motel room with a king bed, sofa, chairs, and decorated with Southwestern style furniture and antiques. The Inn’s beautiful floral baskets hang along the covered walkways and alcoves around the property. Despite being right off the highway the Inn takes us away from hustle and bustle of nearby traffic, to a warm inviting environment. The five acres has loads of flowers, fountains, pool, tables and secluded areas to relax.

    Our first morning, we walk to the main building for our complimentary breakfast. Friendly, warm, charming describes both the breakfast area and patio, in addition to the breakfast choices. The staff stops by with freshly baked muffins and quickly clears any dishes. During breakfast looking at information on the El Ray Inn, we learn that the owners, Terrell White and his wife Hanneke pride themselves with a dedicated staff. The Inn has been recognized many times for the longevity of their staff.

    Unique Quality: This former traditional motel has been transformed into a charming facility with its décor and beautiful landscaping. Great breakfast!

    Directions: On Route 66 just outside of Santa Fe.

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo

    Charming and comfortable


    I found almost everything about the El Rey Inn charming - from the architecture of the white stuccoed buildings to the courtyards tucked around the facility to the lovely decor in the breakfast room. The exterior has a distinctly New Mexico look and is enhanced by several colorful tiled scenes around the building.

    In addition to the room being attractive, comfortable and clean at least one item of furniture was unique and I think neat. The desk upon which the TV sat had been a desk which could be folded down for a writing surface and the surface was held up by pull-out braces fronted by carved lion’s heads. I have never seen anything like it and found it charming that it was part of an inn’s furnishings. Obviously we loved the place and will return.

    Rates vary by season, number and size of beds but a room with one or two beds will be between $80 and $135 depending on these variables.

    Unique Quality: There is a pool but as we were there in early spring it was not open. In the cozy little lounge there is a computer with high speed internet available for guests. Breakfast is included and is a much above average buffet with eggs, cereal, yogurt, toast, etc. and is served in a charming room or small terrace in good weather.

  • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo

    Nice Old Motel on Cerrillos Road


    The El Rey is a historic hotel out on Cerrillos road, which means it is not close to the Plaza. You need a car to get to the Plaza. It is built like a motel with adobe architecture but has many types of rooms/suites scattered around spacious grounds. The lobby, dining areas and rooms are southwestern decor and very nice. The prices are reasonable for Santa Fe. It is a good place for kids too.

    Unique Quality: Beautiful grounds with a greenhouse, gardens and children's playground.

  • TaberTouch's Profile Photo

    Garden Spot, Unique Rooms


    Three of us rented the two room "suite", which has twin beds in the main room and a double bed in the inner room, with a shared bathroom. Excellent value for the price (in Nov 2002), clean and comfortable without excess. Easy driving access, but definitely need a car to get downtown from here.

    Unique Quality: Beautiful gardens and walkways.

  • El Rey Inn


    Unique Quality: This is THE best value in town, bar none: an old motel, attractive, beautifully maintained, lovely gardens (in season), pleasant rooms, and they have everything from singles to large suites with kitchens. Has the Santa Fe 'feel' without being overpriced; most other motels in this price range are boringly generic (or bad).

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Great Value!

by A TripAdvisor Member

The El Rey Inn was full of charm and a great value! The rooms don't get much natural light at all, but there are plenty of lamps to bright them up. Best of all, our room was clean and comfortable, which is almost impossible to find along with a great value these days!

Great Motel

by TripAdvisor Member GottaRun

The El Rey Inn offered us a clean, average room on a nice property in a central location at a bargain price. If you are looking for elegence, go elesewhere. If you are coming to ski or have kids, this is the place for you. The Pantry Restaurant is within walking distance and offers great Santa Fe food (i.e., HOT!). The ski rental shop is also within walking distance. I suggest you ask for a room furtherest from the main entrance. We stayed in room #5 and heard traffic constantly.

Very Nice Place to Stay

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed in what was considered to be the cheaper of the rooms, so we weren't quite sure what to expect. We were shocked at how big the rooms were, and how well they were decorated, with a television armoire, a pull out sleeper sofa, etc. The beds/linens were very comfortable. Outside our room was a southwestern "zen" garden, with a water feature, and bistro, and a wall painting, it was lovely. A complimentary continental breakfast was served in a tastefully decorated dining room. The El Rey Inn was quite a find and if we are ever visiting Santa Fe again, we will stay here once again, without hesitation.

Couple Returns After 50 Years

by A TripAdvisor Member

El Rey Inn is such a beautiful,gracious place that I recently witnessed a couple who had spent their honeymoon there 50 years ago who were in tears in the lobby because they had retraced their trip and found the El Rey to be even better than when they first discovered it. I will continue to return because, as this couple said, it continues to be a good, honest value with people who strive for excellence. Maybe they do not have a lounge and you cannot have your shoes shined, but if you want the true experience of hospitality, stay there and continue to return as I do and many others do. If something is not perfect, let them know and they will take care of you. So many of us return home from what we perceive as a horrible stay and yet have never let anyone know of a problem. I have seen through my times at El Rey the staff rise up marvelously to offer genuine help to travellers. It is why I call the El Rey home.

Nice little motel

by TripAdvisor Member Cyntiap

My boyfriend and I spent a very nice Sunday night recently at the El Rey Inn in Santa Fe. We reserved a room with a king-size bed and a fireplace. We had looked at their website prior to booking and saw that there was a 15% discount for mentioning the website. So our $115 room came down to $97.75, although when you add back the more than 14% room tax rate that Santa Fe imposes, it was a wash! Still, it was nice to save the cost of the tax.

The room itself was quite large. Other reviewers had mentioned that it could be noisy but our room was only 3 rooms removed from the street and it was very quiet. The motel is quite old and perhaps the walls were a bit thicker in those days. There was even a baby staying next door and we never heard him. The fireplace, while small, was cute and came prepared for the fire, all we had to do was light a firestarter that was already laid on the logs. It didn't draw all that well, though, so our room did get just a little smoky.

The bed was very comfortable but the pillows were seriously lacking, lumpy and almost too large. The shower was very nice with good pressure, though the bathroom was dated. There was a small area outside the bathroom as well, though, for getting ready with another sink and a large counter, which was nice. The room had a large closet area, a little safe, a small refrigerator (not an honor system, just an empty one so you can store your cold items), and a fairly small television. The ceiling was wood, in the old fashioned viga style.

The property itself is an old motor court style motel on Santa Fe's main drag, Cerrillos Road, which runs the length of the southern part of Santa Fe. It was about a 7 minute drive to the Plaza area, which isn't bad considering Plaza hotels are more in the $150 to $250/night neighborhood. The grounds are nicely maintained with lots of benches and grassy/flowered areas to sit. There is a pool (which was still closed for winter) and two different hot tub areas, as well as a sauna. All of the water features are older but look clean and well kept.

The motel offers a complimentary breakfast. We looked at it (primarily cold cereals, toast, coffee, some fruit) but decided to have breakfast at The Pantry, a restaurant right next door with great breakfast burritos and fantastic coffee.

All in all, we quite enjoyed our stay at El Rey and would consider staying there again!


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 El Rey Inn

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Address: 1862 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505, United States