$69 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Dec 18, 2014 Check-out: Dec 19, 2014

Garretts Desert Inn

2 stars
311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.3
out of 5
56 reviews
So Sensible

Right where I needed a hotel for not a lot of money. The pool looked inviting although I did not... See full review

  • Pacheco Hiker
  • Nov 18, 2014
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
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

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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 (56)

Ratings and reviews for Garretts Desert Inn

Overall score

3.3 / 5
5.01.0
56 out of 56
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3.6
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3.3
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.9

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Snowskiers from Florida
Business
Gainesville, FL
Jan 3, 2010

A little pricey, but clean

Went shopping, dining and skiing

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Be prepared to pay an extra $ 8.00 a day for parking. Although there is no breakfast provided, Ze French bistro next door is well worth a try. Their pancakes are unique and tasty. Santa Fe ski resort is a 30 minute drive away and well worth it.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
colorado
Jan 1, 2010

less than erxpected

Service was minimal. Rooms were poorly kept.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Lubbock, TX
Dec 20, 2009

Economic Choice

The hotel is located close to the plaza and the rate is reasonable. The staff were very friendly. The room is clean, quiet, yet a little bit small. The parking fee is $8 per day. I really enjoy my stay there and I recommend it to everyone who wants to stay at a hotel nearby the plaza area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Los ANgeles, CA
Nov 21, 2009

Good Value in Santa Fe

The Hotel is nothing fancy but a great value so close to the Plaza

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

You must see the staircase

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Just Plain Jane
Business
Littleton,CO
Nov 16, 2009

Nice enough

Close to town, nice pizza joint next door. Very quiet, clean and great beds. I would stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Michigan
Nov 9, 2009

great location, nice room, great value

I'd stay again, great value and location.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

cowgirl bar was great walking distance

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
x
Nov 8, 2009

decent

Location trumps all else. It was in a great location, at a fraction of the price of the other hotels in the area. It wasn't big, but was big enough. There was a fairly strong odor of some cleaning agent, but a take-out pizza from down the street knocked it out for the duration of my stay. Lots of good restaurants within walking distance.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 28, 2009

Great Location!!!

Had a good experience at this hotel. You can't ask for a better location. Hotel was average in most regards but for the price and location, a great deal.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

There are many attraction that you can't miss all just a short walk away from the hotel. Just start walking.

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Dalhart
Oct 5, 2009

Great Location

good and convenient location

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lisa Pizza
Business
Lakewood, CO
Sep 15, 2009

Great location in a beautiful city

We stayed at Garrett's Desert Inn during the annual fiesta celebration in September. The motel is located within walking distance of all of the happenings and close to several historic places in the center of town. Most times I don't get enough sleep because the bed is not comfortable. My bed was the most comfortable hotel bed I have ever had. The hotel is clean and comfortable. All around a good value.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Eat at Upper Crust Pizza! Great food! Great coffee and frito pies at Mission Cafe around the corner from the hotel.

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