$89 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Apr 29, 2015 Check-out: Apr 30, 2015

Garretts Desert Inn

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

Hotel Overview

Ratings and reviews for Garretts Desert Inn

Overall score

3.3 / 5
5.01.0
57 out of 57
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3.6
Hotel staff:
3.7
Comfort:
3.3
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.9

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
black barbie
Business
Avon, CO
May 23, 2011

Close and Gross

The location was great, the price was cheaper than other hotels in the area, and there is a reason. Funny smell in the room, and mold in the shower. It was the what you would expect from a roadside motel. Bar only has beer and wine, and the guy with accent behind the bar pours a 6 inch head on the beer, so you get about 7 ounces in your pint. Nice staff. We never ate there. Didn't look appetizing. A cheap place to stay for the night. That is all.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Within 1 block of the hotel is the "oldest house", the "oldest church" and the "miraculous staircase"...total of 4 dollars and 3 neat things to see.

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Clear Light
Business
Denver, CO
Nov 25, 2010

Great location, great restaurant

Garrett's is a good choice for a value close to the Plaza. Rooms need updating, but are clean. The new restaurant, Ze French Bistro, is really good---give it a try for their crepes for breakfast! I'm trying it for dinner the next time I'm there. Overall, good value and close to everything.

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

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Ze French Bistro has received great reviews in the local press; definitely give it a try if you want reasonably priced, excellent continental fare.

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Nashville, TN
Oct 9, 2010

I expected more

This hotel is located two blocks from the heart of historical downtown Santa Fe. My GPS overshot the location by a block saying the address was where a church stands. The hotel is at the corner of East Alameda and Old Santa Fe Trail on the right hand side going into historic downtown. Do not miss this or you will be in a mob of people that have no respect for vehicles trying to get through and a mass of twisting one way streets. The hotel itself has very few amenities and the digital tv was snowy. I had to return to check in to register because they were having computer difficulties. They also charge extra for parking per day but why they do not include this in the price of the room instead of making a point about it I do not know.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Santa Fe like most places in New Mexico it seems closes early. A lot of the shops close at 6pm but a few of the restaurants and souvenier shops stay open til 9 or 10pm. I went to a restaurant in the historic plaza that was situated upstairs and although the food was good the service was atrocious.

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Sundanse
Business
Boston, MA
May 28, 2010

Bargain Motel right in the City

Nearly everything is walkable so you probably won't spend much time in the room. Rooms do need refreshing. New carpet with brighter walls would help.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: In Hotel

Bring along your own rolling papers. I couldn't find any here. And nobody knew where they're sold.

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Minnesota
May 27, 2010

Needs to be up dated

Hotel is in a great location walk to downtown Santa Fe but!!! The beds have been in the hotel for years they are broke down. If you don't mind tacky for over $100.00 a night + 8.00 a night parking its just ok. It is run down,time they up date!!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Ore House on the Plaza

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Springfield, MA
May 25, 2010

worth staying at

Great location can easily walk to to old town, best price in the area. Rooms were a good size, very vanilla and beds were a little squishy. The room was mostly very clean. If you are looking for a bed but plan to be out most of the time this is perfect. If you want luxury and lots of TV channels you need to spend more money. We did not eat at the restaurant at the hotel, but there is plenty of other dining close by. Staff ranged from friendly to cold. I would totally stay here again if I make it back to the area.

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

Business

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Tallahassee, Florida
Apr 29, 2010

Don't go here

I was more than a little surprised at how small the room was and outdated. It definitely is an OLD motel. Surprised as well about the $8.00/day parking fee, when the lot was only 1/3 full. The Front desk staff were hidden behind a 5 foot tall desk that looked like it was made of scrap lumber.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

If you get a chance to catch a concert at the Cathedral downtown it is a wonderful experience

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Oregon
Apr 18, 2010

Conveniently Located

Garrett's Desert Inn is not a 4-star hotel. It is a clean and very conveniently located motel near the Santa Fe Plaza. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom, though not updated, was very clean, and all those little things that you want to work, did - like the coffee pot, the hair dryer and the iron. You just can't beat it for the price. I'll stay here again.

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

Business

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
OKC, OK
Mar 21, 2010

Not bad but hidden costs

This wasn't a bad place, just some hidden costs not mentioned in the nightly price.... like $8 for parking a night. The location was very convenient and the room was ok... but the bed had a very cheap mattress.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

If your staying here for skiing, New Mexico doesn't do a very good job of maintaining the road to the Santa Fe ski resort, so expect major delays if it snows and the roads are the least bit bad. We sat in long lines for hours during wonderful ski weather... ho hum!

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
parsely
Business
taos,nm
Jan 27, 2010

Awesome for the price and location!

It's quite nice place for the location and price. If your looking for a hotel caught in the 70's then this is it. All the way to having a restaurant that thinks puttng a Ze in front of the menu items makes it french. Quite funny I'm sure Julia Child is just ze spinning in her grave.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Very close to plaza and capital

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