$119 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Sep 23, 2014 Check-out: Sep 24, 2014

Garretts Desert Inn

2 stars
311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.3
out of 5
54 reviews
Hidden Gem

Garrett's Desert Inn is, in fact, a motel, but only in physical description. It is only 2 blocks... See full review

  • Road Tripper 0229
  • Jun 12, 2013
PERECT LOCATION

I call this place this the "little la fonda annex!" I have been going to Santa Fe since the 1950's... See full review

  • santa fe kid
  • Apr 22, 2009
Prime downtown location for economical Santa Fe trip

Garrett's Desert Inn has kept much of its original charm since this property became a family-owned hotel in the 1970s. This classic motor court style offers guests one of the most affordable options in downtown Santa Fe. Garrett's Desert Inn is a good value when location is an important element of a budget-minded trip. Travelers who plan to spend most of their time in Santa Fe exploring sights, museums, galleries and restaurants can simply walk to attractions, such as the historic plaza just three blocks away.

Highlights
  • Walk to restaurants, galleries and plaza from prime location in historic downtown Santa Fe
  • Pets OK (fees apply)
  • On-site bakery café
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Down the street from the San Miguel Mission, one of the oldest churches in the U.S.
Rooms

Despite a location on a major road, the 83 accommodations at Garrett's Desert Inn are set back far enough to provide a quieter setting. King and queen beds are accompanied by basic amenities including coffee-makers, hair-dryers, irons and TVs with HBO. Five suite rooms have sofa sleepers. Some also have refrigerators and microwaves. High-speed wireless Internet access is available (fees apply).

Features

Garrett's Desert Inn has an outdoor patio area with lounge chairs and heated pool at the center of the property. A small fitness room has basic workout equipment. Guest laundry and on-site parking are convenient (fees apply). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served most days at French-themed Ze French Bistro. Warm up with traditional French onion soup and a glass of wine at this casual indoor-outdoor café and bakery, operated by a Parisian couple, on the tree-lined Santa Fe River.  

Transportation
  • New Mexico Rail Runner Express Santa Fe depot (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Santa Fe Municipal Airport (10.1 mi/16.3 km)
  • Albuquerque International Sunport airport (66.2 mi/107 km)
Attractions
  • San Miguel Mission (2 blocks)
  • Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark/Downtown (3 blocks)
  • Santa Fe Opera (7.7 mi/12.3 km)
  • Santa Fe Ski Area (15.5 mi/25 km)
  • Bandelier National Monument (56.6 mi/91.1 km)
  • Albuquerque, NM (62.8 mi/101 km)
  • Taos, NM (70.4 mi/113 km)
Business
  • Computer work station
  • Wi-Fi Internet access in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • Meeting space for 125

Hotel Map

35.6847 -105.9376
Nearby airports
(SAF), 14.00, MI; (ABQ), 66.00, MI;
Area description
Tourist site

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Garretts Desert Inn Rooms

Queen Mini Suite
1 Qn bed plus 1 Qn sofa bed - 3 blocks to Plaza Breakfast Discount - Cable -HBO - Free Wifi
Standard Queen
1 Qn bed - 3 block walk to Plaza and Canyon Cable - HBO - Free WiFi - Breakfast Discount
Standard 2 Queens
2 Qn beds -3 block walk to Plaza and Canyon Rd Cable - HBO - Free WiFi - Breakfast Discount
Standard King
1 King bed - 3 block walk to Plaza and Canyon Cable - HBO - Free WiFi - Breakfast Discount

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Outdoor pool
  • Non Smoking
General
Air conditioned
Non Smoking
Activities
Outdoor pool
Services
Guest laundromat
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Internet
High-speed internet
Room
Television with cable
Sofa bed

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (54)

Ratings and reviews for Garretts Desert Inn

Overall score

3.3 / 5
5.01.0
54 out of 54
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3.6
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3.3
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.9

81% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Heidz Marie
Denver
Jul 21, 2014

Just OK

The building and rooms are a little outdated, there were also several stains on the rug in our room that I'm sure a professional cleaning would get rid of. Can't beat the location though, and the attached restaurant is pretty good. They charge $8 a day for parking which I think should be included. Overall the location is probably the best thing this place has going.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
denver people
denver
Dec 17, 2013

location, location,location

The rooms are clean, but dated. They need new flat screen TVs. Front desk was very nice. the location was excellent.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Road Tripper 0229
Columbus, Ohio
Jun 12, 2013

Hidden Gem

Garrett's Desert Inn is, in fact, a motel, but only in physical description. It is only 2 blocks from the Plaza, so many of the sights and shop are within easy walking distance. If you want to go farther, you can pick up a bus tour within the same area. My room was small but I didn't spend much time in it! I was given a choice of level and chose ground, which worked great because I had easy access to my car. (Just for unloading - I left my car parked for a day and a half and walked everywhere.) I sat outside the room in the evening and it was cool and shady, with bushes blocking the view of cars. The room was very clean and it had everything I needed. For history buffs, it's fun to know that Garrett's is located on "Old Santa Fe Trail." The staff were as friendly and professional as at any higher-priced hotel. I didn't use the outdoor pool but it was beautiful. This place is a gem and I would highly recommend it to anyone going to Santa Fe.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Save your souvenir money for the Native Americans who sell their wares in the shade right across from the Plaza. Authentic and tax free. They mostly take only cash, but there is an ATM right across the street!

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Meatboot
St. Louis
Mar 25, 2013

Good for the price.

Great location. Hotel is dated but clean. There was an additional $8 parking fee.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
DDnP
Seattle, WA
Feb 26, 2013

Centrally Located

A nice inexpensive place to stay right in the middle of Sante Fe

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Jambo Cafe, delicious and inexpensive

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
DanLouie
Bismarck, N.D.
Oct 4, 2012

Vacation

It was awesome, grewat food nice walk to everything all in all a great experiance.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Other Nancy
Berkeley "Ghetto" CA
Jul 18, 2012

Another motel room, am I really in Santa Fe?

Garret's Inn is really Garret's Motel. Okay, but NOTHING special other than its close proximity to Galleries and the Central Plaza. It will do in a pinch or as a last minuet option. And probably is as advertised, "The best deal in town.". Staff was helpful when not overwhelmed by many guests who behaved as though this was their first trip outta Kanas.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There is a delightful little Italin style cafe catty-corner from the motel. Great little spot to start the day with an espresso.

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Busy Grad Student
Denver, CO
May 29, 2012

It's all about location! Location! Location!

We wanted a reasonable price with a great location - and this hotel was it. Within quick walking distance to the Plaza and Canyon Road galleries. The hotel itself left us dreaming of home - which is never the point of vacation! The bed was too soft with a major dip in the middle. The bedding, while perhaps clean, had seen better days - the blanket had rips, holes, and burns (I think?). Otherwise the room and bathroom were clean, but dated. The shower head was bizarrely low - at 5 ft 2 in, I could barely get underneath it! Parking was an extra $8 per day, which seems to be quite a deal in the area. The staff was friendly and quick to answer questions. If you're looking for the cheapest hotel near the Plaza - this is it. Your room might be bare bones but the location cannot be beat!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Crepes for breakfast at the French Bakery on San Francisco Street (part of La Fonda on the Plaza hotel). The service is quick and we never had a wait - staff/owners are French so it's authentic and the food is delicious.

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Boulder, CO, USA
Feb 19, 2012

Great downtown bargain

It's one of just 2 or 3 bargain-priced places in Santa Fe's downtown. Nice staff, clean room, comfortable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Insurance Lady
Business
Shreveport, LA, USA
Jan 26, 2012

Perfect Location Downtown Santa Fe

This is the perfect location downtown for the RIGHT price!! The staff was VERY FRIENDLY and EXTREMLY HELPFUL and accommodating when I had to bump up my reservation one night earlier. I would definately stay here again!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Upper Crust Pizza had great Calzones, and the staff was very friendly. Laid back atmosphere

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