$139 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 6, 2014 Check-out: Aug 7, 2014

Garretts Desert Inn

2 stars
311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.3
out of 5
91 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

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

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Hotel Map

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

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 (91)

Ratings and reviews for Garretts Desert Inn

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
16 out of 91
Amenities:
2.9
Room cleanliness:
3.6
Hotel staff:
3.6
Room comfort:
3.6
Location:
4.9
Value:
4

88% would recommend to a friend.

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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

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Snowskiers from Florida
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
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.

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Snowskiers from Florida
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
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.

Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Review of Garretts Desert Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lisa Pizza
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
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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