$69 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Dec 21, 2014 Check-out: Dec 23, 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 / 5
5.01.0
23 out of 56
Amenities:
2.9
Room cleanliness:
3.4
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.5

70% would recommend to a friend.

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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
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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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
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Jambo Cafe, delicious and inexpensive

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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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Busy Grad Student
Business
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
Trip purpose:

Business

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.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
sarahnorman
Business
Norman, OK, USA
Jan 13, 2012

Cozy room at a very good location

Stayed at this hotel for one night as a pit stop, as we were driving a long way. The location of this hotel could not have been better. We arrived during the evening and took a little walk around the hotel area, which is basically the old downtown. Hotel staff was nice and helpful and our room was very cozy. Just know that you have to pay for parking, but we didn´t care since it meant we were parking downtown anyway.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Chocolateloving Mom
Business
Northern Colorado
Dec 18, 2011

Santa Fe in December

My husband & I spent Friday night at Garretts Desert Inn, and enjoyed a quiet night plus a spacious room to relax in. The person who checked us in told us about Canyon Drive, where the Christmas lights were exceptional. We would have missed that if she had not told us it was a must-see. The room was clean and the bed was wonderful. Around one door the wallpaper could have used a little more glue, but it did not disturb our rest. It was so very close to the best part of Santa Fe, that was a real treat.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Canyon Drive was wonderful to see in December, with the galleries lit beautifully.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Paris, France
Aug 16, 2011

Great place in Santa Fe

A great place where to stay in Santa Fe ! A 2 minute walk to the city center, nice swimming pool & OK rooms. The bad news is that you have an additional charge for parking, rooms are OK but need some renovation and there is no breakfast served (only coffee in the lobby). The restaurant adjacent to the hotel is very poorly managed & inpredictable: I had a great evening dinner with jazz music but a very lousy breakfast(mediocre food, poor coffee and the slowest service in the West !).

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Plenty of places for drinking, even late at night all around the central square ! I enjoyed tapas at La Boca & dinner at the terrasse at the restaurant of the Inn of the Anasasi ...

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Santa Fe NM
Jul 21, 2011

The good and the bad

Where do I start....great location,motel is still in the 1960s. Not worth the money we spent. Worst bed I ever slept in..Hotel staff very very friendly...pool nice...

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

Business

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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
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room 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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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
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Ore House on the Plaza

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