El Rancho Hotel & Motel

Address: 1000 E Historic Highway 66, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301-5559, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel is located on 1000 E Historic Highway 66, Gallup.
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        TravelPod Member ReviewsEl Rancho Hotel & Motel Gallup

        Reviewed by mistere

        Historical and unique

        Reviewed May 13, 2016
        by (6 reviews) Market Drayton , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

        Uniquely different. A really friendly friendly place with great food and atmosphere

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        Reviewed by davidholloway

        Gallup stop over.

        Reviewed May 10, 2015
        by (2 reviews) Hindhead , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

        Well worth stopping here. Only been here 30 mins and I love it.

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        Reviewed by champthecorgi

        Stay for the History only

        Reviewed Feb 23, 2015
        by (1 review) Maybank, TX , United States Flag of United States

        Worth the stay for the history but, the accommodations and food are nothing spectactular

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        Reviewed by angelslame

        4.5 Stars for Nostalga

        Reviewed Jul 2, 2013
        by (8 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

        PROS: Character, inexpensive laundry room, Native American art.
        CONS: Short, weak shower, inconsistent water temperature, lack of in-room outlets, no wi-fi.

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        Reviewed by b0nzo

        One night.

        Reviewed Jun 4, 2011
        by (8 reviews) Chesterfield , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

        Very pleasant and right on the route 66.

        This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

        Reviewed by theskinners

        Stars of the past

        Reviewed May 26, 2011
        by (3 reviews) Plymouth , United States Flag of United States

        What a great place to stay

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        Historical Traveler Reviews El Rancho Hotel & Motel Gallup

        Look at the lobby, then leave.


        The history and heritage of this place make it worth a look, but staying overnight is another matter. It's nice to stay in a room that Rosalind Russell may have used, but not so pleasant to speculate whether that could be her hair in the tub. There was also a problem with drunks hassling guests in the parking lot while I was there.

        Olde-style quaint


        My husband and I stay at the El Rancho in Gallup every December for the Annual Red Rock Hot Air Balloon Rally. The pluses: warm rooms, hot showers, decent food, polite staff, and the great-big, lodge style lobby with a giant fireplace, Christmas tree, and lots of cozy seats from which to people-watch! The second, balcony-style level of the lobby features autographed photos from the golden age of Hollywood. And it's always impressive to hear the story of when John Wayne rode a horse into the hotel's bar! Plus they cheerfully allow pets. Our labs love to lay by the fireplace and let everyone scratch their ears. The minuses: most of the rooms are very small, the bathrooms even smaller, with no counter to put your, "hair stuff" on. The walls are not sound-proof, so I don't recommend a non-ballonist stay there the first weekend in Dec. because of the all-night parties. The rest of the year: ask for one of the few bigger rooms. If you don't sleep at the hotel, be sure to stop in and see the place, and have a hot meal in the restaurant. And don't shop in the lobby store, the Gallup Flea Market is the place for deals on authentic Indian jewelry, Kachinas, and pottery. Plus, you get to wheel-and-deal with the artist themselves!

        For those interested, the balloon rally in the Red Rocks State Park is something to see: the first Fri, Sat, and Sun every December...


        A treasure


        My wife and I stayed in the Ronald Reagin Suite and had a marvelous time. I have read the reviews about the small size of the rooms. All I can say is they did not stay in one of the suites. Additionally, all of the employees in the hotel and restaurant went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and welcome. We will definitely return.

        All These Reviews Read True


        This is the scoop on the El Rancho. The reviews I have read are all (the good, the bad, and the ugly) credible. I have often recommended the El Rancho to out of town visitors. After their experience some hate me, some love me. The El Rancho isnt for everyone. My folks wouldnt stay anywhere else. Ive come to recognize the type of American that places like Holiday Inn Express have built their businesses around if you like that sort of thing, a certain dependability and static comfort, than stay away from the El Rancho. But if you are the type of person who prefers a shabby hotel with character, than I think you will love the El Rancho. Do not stay in the motel, and generally speaking, ask for a room with a balcony. If you are willing to spend a hundred bucks and want to stay on the ground floor, get the Ronald Regan Room which is probably the only room in Gallup with a bidet. Ive always liked the Suzanne Plechet Room on the 3rd floor. A lot of Westerns were filmed in this area, and so the rooms are named after the stars but enjoy yourself, and dont be fooled! I dont think John Wayne could have turned around in his namesakes bathroom, and what would Sidney Greenstreet (another nice room) have wanted with two beds?

        Very disappointed


        It may have been improved by now,but back in 2000 when we did our Route 66 trip,we had looked forward to El Rancho and found it a great disappointment.The Air-conditioning didn't work very well and was noisy,the room was dirty and there was (honest) what looked like a bullet hole in the window! Even the food in the restaurant was diappointing and below par. We have been telling friends to avoid it ever since.Apart from that,we encourage everybody to drive Route 66.What a way to see the real America and its people! J.McGill

        Charming and Nostalgic


        We stumbled across the El Rancho Hotel while traveling in New Mexico on our honeymoon, and immediately fell in love with it! Not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill hotel, the El Rancho was loaded with charm and nostalgia. We loved the feel of the southwest and the old western world. It may not have some of the amenities of more modern hotels, but in our eyes, that's what made it so special. It was small and quaint, and we spent time just walking around the 3 floors to see who had actually stayed there. We have been back every year and are planning to be in New Mexico in a few weeks. The El Rancho will be our first stop and we are looking forward to being there again. If you plan to be in the area, it is definitely a must-see!

        What a dump!


        El Rancho is an impressive building but the bedrooms are shabby, dirty and the bathrooms are horrible! We wished we had just looked around the lobby and then driven on.

        Fun place to stay


        Lots of nostalgia here. The lobby looks like it did when the place opened in 1937. Tons of autographed pictures from movie stars that had stayed there. Elevator is manually run by the desk clerk! 2nd floor porch/balcony gets a great breeze. Someone was playing a guitar with his family on it the night we stayed. Definitely a motel highlight on our vacation. Tips: Get a room at the hotel, not the motel. The hotel is where the history is; Parking lot is small. If you arrive too late, you may have to park next door; The room we had was not air conditioned, but had a ceiling fan. We were a little warm during the 100 degree heat wave this summer, but not too bad; Rooms are big (we stayed in the Burt Lancaster room), but bathrooms are the originals from 1937-just enough room to turn around and that's it. Would definitely recommend to anyone that wants to take a trip back in time.

        Very, very funky


        This ia about as funky a place, yet acceptable, as it gets. Decor from the 50's (30's?) small rooms, decent food, old west bar, garish yet very interesting, low rates. Definitely not a chain atmosphere. We would stay here again if ever we pass through the metroplois of Gallup again.

        The Place To Stay In Gallup


        When I told a friend that I was spending a night in Gallup, he suggested the El Rancho. If you like sterile cookie cutter accomodations stay at one of the chain motels. If, on the other hand, you enjoy an older hotel with character, the El Rancho is great. The lobby is fantastic with steer (bull?) horns and indian (Navajo?) rugs. The rooms are smallish and, as I recall the plumbing is semi-antique, but everything works and the beds are comfortable. Each room is named for a movie star that once stayed there. I stayed there a few years ago, but I assume it hasn't changed much and I reccomend it. A room for 2 is about $60

        TripAdvisor Reviews El Rancho Hotel & Motel Gallup

        3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

        Travel Blogs from Gallup

        WigWam Bam

        A travel blog entry by tl992 on Aug 25, 2016

        10 photos

        Day 8 The musical references are getting *************e who gets this is real sweet. Another day, and another state but coming to the end of being able to say that as the next few states will take us a bit longer. The day started back on the 66 and a cross over the Rio Grande. That's two of the three big rivers we'll be doing on this trip - just …

        New Mexico

        A travel blog entry by nicoleandtony on Nov 14, 2013

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        The Hell I am...

        A travel blog entry by mistere on May 13, 2016

        52 photos

        Fri 13-May-2016/Day 9: Santa Fe, NM - Gallup, NM ~271mi
        I woke up in a great mood today. I think I really needed the rest day and it was an excellent day. We got ready for our morning briefing and Mike informed us that we had an opportunity to visit JW Eaves Movie Ranch. It’s the place where they film many western films, such as, …

        It's all about the gallop to Gallup

        A travel blog entry by rustybubble on Sep 27, 2013

        67 photos

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        The day started off with a visit to a film set where they film a lot, and I mean a lot of westerns. Yes, we got to go where the cowboys play. An extra on the tour but worth it. Met Jesse James the dog and got some real 'olde worlde' photos.

        Woohoo, …

        Old America, New Mexico

        A travel blog entry by watsonrtw on Oct 05, 2014

        1 comment, 36 photos

        ... the international balloon fiesta. Thousand of people from all over the world gather to see the planet's biggest hot air balloon festival. Every year over 500 balloons take off from a huge park on the edge of the city. We were coming to Albuquerque anyway as it's on Route 66 so we thought we might as well time our visit to coincide with the Fiesta.

        We left the car at the hotel as parking would have been a pain at the festival. It was a bit of ...

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