The Best Boutique Hotel in Santa Fe, NM; El Rey Court
If you’re looking for a memorable, cozy, and unrivaled place to call home during your next trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, El Rey Court is the ideal accommodation you’re looking for. Originally the El Rey Inn, established in 1936, this renovated motor court is more than just a place to stash your things and rest your tired head during your explorations of the city, but an experience in notable design and loving attention to detail, leaving you feeling both a sense of tranquility and as though you’ve become part of the local community.
Its 5-acre campus offers 86 one of a kind modern southwestern styled rooms, a multitude of common spaces for relaxation and exploration and comforts for all seasons. Whether you want to cozy up next to a fire, take a dip in the hot tub or chill in the sauna, or have a swim and play a game of cricket, there’s plenty to enjoy if hanging back to appreciate your lodging is in order.
Rooms at El Rey Court include a variety of exclusive features. From king beds with suites and outdoor space or writing nooks with a separate seating area, to two queen beds with fireplaces and original artwork and traditional southwest decor to rooms with a kitchen/kitchenette and iconic imagery. While it isn’t guaranteed, feel free to alert the hotel staff to your preference and ideal aesthetic and they’ll see what they can do. Or trust their wisdom and be up for a surprise. They’ll be no shortage of design treats to take in and relish during your stay. (Be sure to take a picture, it will last longer.)
The Watering Hole - La Reina
One of the sweet highlights on the premises is the new addition of La Reina, the hotel’s bar and nooky hangout for both guests and Santa Fe locals; a great way to rub elbows with local culture and taste the thoughtfully designed Agave based cocktail menu, specializing in carefully curated tequilas and mezcals. Look out for the Piña Picante, a jalepeño-infused tequila drink made with mezcal, pineapple, and a chimayó chile salt rim. The bright and comfortable design and architecture allow you to sit back and savor both your surroundings and libations in cool company. And pay attention to the whimsical quotes, artwork, and motto, “Where fast lives slow down.”
Beyond the stand-out design and careful attention to every detail, you’ll also find yourself amongst some of the friendliest and helpful staff in the hospitality industry. Informative, supportive and responsive are a few of the adjectives attributed to the thoughtfully recruited staff members at El Rey Court. Whether it was sending over more wood for the fireplace, recommending a delicious restaurant or chatting about local ways of life, everyone was simply great making the stay that much more personal.
The Time of Year
Whether you pay a visit to Santa Fe in the summer, spring, winter or fall, the aesthetic of El Rey Court and its grounds doesn’t disappoint. Either covered in idyllic snow or shining bright under the warm subalpine sun, the careful attention to detail can only be seen in a new and memorable way. And you’ll be in great hands.
Overall, I had an incredible experience at El Rey Court. It's rare to find a place that feels like home and simultaneously a holiday. Every single thoughtful detail wasn’t lost and only enriched the journey. Hit the road and set your destination to El Rey Court, you'll be so happy you did.
Have an amazing time!
And Bon Voyage,