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!
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
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
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
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!