Garretts Desert Inn

2 stars
View map of 311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Hotel Overview

3.3 /5
Overall score
81%
Would recommend
Amenities:
2.9
Cleanliness:
3.6
Hotel staff:
3.8
Comfort:
3.3
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.9

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.

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).

Property 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.  

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.
Nearby 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
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)
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Garretts Desert Inn Rooms

Standard 2 Queens
Standard 2 Queens Two Qn beds - 240 SF - Most affordable option in heart of town. Classic moto
Queen Mini Suite
Queen Mini Suite 2 Rooms - 300 SQ Ft with 1 queen bed, and a pull out queen sofa bed. Most aff
Standard Queen
Standard Queen 1 Qn bed. 240 SF - Most affordable option in heart of town. Classic motor-court
Standard King
Standard King 1 king bed. 240 SF - Most affordable option in heart of town. Classic motor-cour

Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Non Smoking
General
Air conditioned
Non Smoking
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Services
Guest laundromat
Room
Television with cable
Sofa bed

Hotel Map

35.6847 -105.9376
Nearby airports
Albuquerque International Airport, (ABQ), 66.00, MI, N; Santa Fe County Municipal Airport, (SAF), 14.00, MI, N;
Area description
City Center

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 (59)

Ratings and reviews for Garretts Desert Inn

Overall score

3.3 / 5
5.01.0
59 out of 59
Amenities:
2.9
Cleanliness:
3.6
Hotel staff:
3.8
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

5
5.01.0
charles l.
Business
wood river
Feb 11, 2015

memorial service for family member

we have stayed at this hotel for many years and it has always been fun. the location is excellent walking distance to many shops and eating places also walk to the main square for indian jewelry. the price for the room is at least 50 to 70 less than close hotels. they have a new restaurant on site that is excellent. also good spot if you are going to ski or snow board.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Pacheco Hiker
Business
Dixon, NM
Nov 18, 2014

So Sensible

Right where I needed a hotel for not a lot of money. The pool looked inviting although I did not par-take and airport shuttle service right at the door.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Broomfield Belle
Business
Boulder, CO
Oct 10, 2014

Great location near Plaza, average room

This hotel is 3-4 blocks from Santa Fe's main plaza and all the shops. Don't forget the pastry shop at La Fonda 4 blocks away. However the room was very ordinary, beds new but too hard for me, lots of parking but you pay extra for each day. Only real reason to stay there is location but that is a good reason.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Heidz Marie
Business
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
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
denver people
Business
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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Road Tripper 0229
Business
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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
Business
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
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
DDnP
Business
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
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Jambo Cafe, delicious and inexpensive

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
DanLouie
Business
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Other Nancy
Business
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
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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.

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