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El Rey Court

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I've been coming here for years. I love it. I was worried when some Texans bought it but the bed covers are better now and the coffee in the AM is better, too. This is really a wonderful place with a garden, a sauna and a huge hot tub. My room (74) had some water pressure issues but they said they'd fix it. The same guy who worked at the front desk was still there and I'm relieved that the price is still the same and they haven't messed with the rooms. It's a wonderful treat.

While the outside of the El Ray looks like a movie set, the inside of the room left much to be desired. Room had an unpleasant odor. There were four of us and only three coffee cups. And as for the free continental breakfast, well let’s just say not great

I arrived about 9 p.m. and had a room in the old part of the property; rather few other guests. It was the first cold night (low was around 32). The room was quite cool when I entered; there is an in-wall heater. I couldn't find a thermostat, so assumed the heat was at a set point. The next morning, it was somewhat cold; I finally found the thermostat mostly hidden between the flat screen TV. It was set for about 50 degrees; in-room temperature was about 60. I turned it up to 70, got no heat. On check-out, the staff told me I should have called for maintenance the previous night. One would think that management would have a heated room ready for a guest and check that the heater worked. I wasn't offered a reduced rate.

Stayed the night of Oct. 24, 2017 in room 181. I chose this motel mainly due to the reviews on TripAdvisor. I arrived quite a bit after dark and was not sure as to what to expect by what little I could see from the outside. Check-in was very good with a really friendly gentleman at the front desk. As I walked the somewhat darkened path to my room I was beginning to wonder if I had made a mistake in choosing this place. When I opened the door I was very pleasantly surprised by the very nice, cozy and clean room I walked in to. I'd had a long day of travelling and didn't want much more than a good shower and a comfortable night's sleep. I was not disappointed! The bed was super comfy and the bathroom was clean and nice size. It wasn't until morning that I then realized what a "hidden gem" I had come to. This is an older 'motor court' type motel along the old historic Rt. 66 that has been very well kept up and is also undergoing some major updating in some areas. I had to walk around the grounds to look this place over before I left and I was very impressed. I did not stay for the cont. breakfast, as I had other plans. The room rate of $89.10 +taxes was very well worth it. I will highly recommend this place to anyone and will definitely come back here if ever in Santa Fe again.

After reading the reviews on Tripadvisor, we were looking forward to a great 3-day stay at the El Rey. Well, after our stay, I'd say some of the reviews are exaggerating. We booked a special rate (stay 3 nights and get one free), which might be the reason why we got a rather uninspiring room, next to the laundry. The hotel-website claims that every room is uniquely designed and decorated. Our room was rather boring and reminded me of a motel, that you find along the roads. The good things, however, is that this place is only a short distance from the Pantry Restaurant, a great place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. All in all, we felt the El Rey doesn't stand up to what you read on Tripadvisor.

First time to stay in El Rey - some highlights: the outdoor pool and hot tubs are great. The rooms are nice but my tips is - when they assign you a room (and it's a large property), check out the room before you unpack. If it's too small or too far away from the front desk or whatever, they may be able to put you in a room more to your liking. Two downsides about this property: the continental breakfast was sparse and the coffee weak, especially for the price of the rooms. There was a lot of construction going on while I was there, hopefully they're building a better spot to eat. Second downside: very few cable channels.

We booked this hotel after reading reviews. It was beyond expectations. The property is laid out over several acres off a busy street in the city. The rooms are all pueblo style, with gorgeous landscaping all around. The place reminds me of motels i stayed in with my parents in the 1950s, but fully updated. Despite being close to a busy street, the place was quiet and peaceful. Staff were very helpful. Great pool and hot tub - perfect for relaxing after a hard day of tourism. Will definitely stay here again.

The rooms were spacious and comfortable. The grounds were inviting with areas to sit and lovely landscaping. Amenities included sauna, swimming pool, playground for children and much more. Situated on Old Route 66 it made travel to various locations quite easy.

This hotel property sounded great in the Trip Advisor Reviews and was priced better than most options given the crazy high Santa Fe market pricing! But (there is always a "but"), this property has not reacted by action to so many great reviews noting issues with the property like poor in-room lighting, lack of AC outlets for modern digital item charging (HINT: Add lamps that have multiple AC outlets at their base!!!....two birds, etc.) and speaking of birds: this property is rightly proud and commended for being a National Wildlife Bird Sanctuary but even-so, landscape maintenance is important. Likewise, attention is needed to adding clear signage for getting around the 5 acre property and paving or some other better dust control on the "dirt" drive sections needs attention. For these reasons I rate this property only a 4 vs 5....the 4 is for its great unique feel, friendly service and other ambiance. I want to go back and find it a 5!

We've stayed at the El Rey Inn many times and have always been very pleased with it. On our most recent trip, however, we discovered that the lovely breakfast room with many breakfast choices was no longer operating. We feel we should have been informed of this when we made the reservation or at least when we checked in.

1862 Cerrillos Rd Santa Fe NM

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool

Located in Southside, El Rey Court is within a few miles (5 km) of popular sights such as New Mexico State Capitol and San Miguel Mission. This 86-room hotel has conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Located centrally in Santa Fe, it's also close to Palace of the Governors and Museum of International Folk Art.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


All of El Rey Court's 86 individually decorated rooms provide refrigerators, coffee makers, and safes. TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

At El Rey Court, guests enjoy an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Additional amenities include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room.

Room options

Premium Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Patio

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Patio

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

88% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 804 reviews