El Rey Inn, Santa Fe, New Mexico

This historic Santa Fe hotel, opened in 1936, offers 86 delightfully different and charming rooms, including spacious suites with fireplaces & kitchenettes. Built on the original Route 66, El Rey Inn's guests enjoy modern amenities, friendly service, five-acre garden including whirlpool and sauna, and a Southwestern style that is particularly memorable.

Situated only minutes away from Santa Fe’s vibrant shopping, dining, and nightlife scene, the El Rey Inn is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Santa Fe is often though of as a "side trip" off Route 66 but in actual fact what has become known as the "Santa Fe loop" is actually an early alignment of Route 66 - only bypassed in 1937. Therefore if you want to follow a truly historical alignment then a visit to Santa Fe is a must.

The El Rey Inn is a perfect stop for those looking for more than a day trip to Santa Fe. It offers a number of accommodation options with no two rooms being identical. The unique setting (with lush gardens and spa facilities) combined with it's very convenient location to the center of Santa Fe make it a very attractive proposition.

"This was a pleasant surprise. Much nicer than I expected. A wonderful hot tub in a beautiful setting."

Kindly recommended by The Wanderer, USA


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