San Juan Inn

Address: Hwy 163 and the San Juan River, Mexican Hat, Utah, 84531, United States | 2 star hotel
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This 2 star hotel, located on Hwy 163 and the San Juan River, Mexican Hat, is near Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Black's Hiking Tours, and Simpson's Trailhandler Tours.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsSan Juan Inn Mexican Hat

      Reviewed by zjonneke

      Standaard hotel

      Reviewed Sep 13, 2013
      by (15 reviews) Kaatsheuvel , Netherlands Flag of Netherlands

      Prima hotel voor een nachtje in de buurt van Monument Valley, maar niet meer dan dat. Alles basic maar wel in orde. Wel gehorige kamers. Niet echt een vriendelijke ontvangst. Eten in bijbehorend restaurant is ook geen aanrader.

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

      Reviewed by pestef

      I love this place

      Reviewed Jun 16, 2013
      by (15 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      This place is quaint. It is a motel/ inn. It is in a beautiful part of the world and situated right on the ravine of the San Juan River. The beds are comfortable, the outdoor area great, filled with benches for guests to sit on and stare out at the Utah sky. Didn't try the restaurant, so can't comment on it, but it was packed the night we stayed there.

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      Historical Traveler Reviews San Juan Inn Mexican Hat

      Great Stay Overall


      Arriving here early evening after watching the sun set in Monument Valley we weren't too sure what to expect. At this hour, in this out of the way place, we thought a place to sleep would be good and if we were lucky get something to eat. The motel rooms are very basic but adequate when traveling through this part of the world. The real highlight was the restaurant which served up some great local fare along with beer and wine. After the meal we enjoyed a game of pool before retiring to bed well fed and very happy.

      Big Big sky


      Monument Valley is like no other place on earth. If you havn't seen it you must. It's like going to church you feel like a better person just by being there. If it wern't for the San Juan Inn in Mexican Hat you would just be passing through. Thanks to the folks there for providing a well maintained and comfy place to stay the night in such a truly awe inspiring location. Just before sunset we walked down to the banks of the San Juan and waited for the stars to appear. There are no lights for hundreds of miles around to compete with nature's beauty. Next time I am going to bring a sky map so I know what I am looking at, not that it matters. We ate in the restaurant. We love fry bread and it never tasted so good. The San Juan isn't exactly on reservation land so you can have an adult beverage with your meal. That is very unusual in Navajo country. The Navajo and Hopi are reserved people but they were gracious and the service was perfect. In the morning we pushed our bike out to the road, so not to disturb those who were still asleep. We were in Monument Valley at sunrise. WOW! We will be going back this summer and hopefully many more times.

      Red rocks and ....... ...... a motel you can stay in!



      we stayed in this motel, cause we were coming from the Grand Canyon and heading towards Boulder, UT.

      When your're coming from the south, the Inn is 35 minutes past the Monument Valley.

      Great place, low price. Don't stay in any other motels in mexican hat, you'll know why after you've been there!

      Rooms are clean, bed is .... .... okay!

      The restaurant (run by indians) was really greasy, but HEY THAT'S COWBOY FEELING!!!

      Overall the best you can get .... in Mexican Hat!


      Good stay


      The inn isn't a new one. It is owned by Navajo families. They do a very good job. Clean. Nice view over the San Juan River. And only 15 minutes from Monument Valley !! And there is a typical and good restaurant. Absolutely to recommend for a night or two.

      Excellent Choice with lots of atmosphere


      We found the staff to be very welcoming, the restaurant quite good, the room clean with all the basics. There is an excellent coin laundry room on premises as well as a very nice gift shop. Internet access (dial up) is available via a computer in the restaurant.

      We were well pleased.

      Ok, considering not much else to choose from.


      My husband and I stayed here only one night when traveling through the area. The owner of the inn was friendly, but we were not overwhelmed by the warmth of the staff. The setting was nice, along the shores of the San Juan River. The room was moderately clean, but the bathroom was not very clean. The air conditioner was not sufficient to cool the room, so we didn't sleep particularly well. The room was dark and depressing. The other motels we passed on the way through the town looked much worse, but I think I would look to stay in another area if I go back.

      Not exactly open arms


      My wife and I stayed here recently as we were visiting Monument Valley. If you're planning to visit this area then the SJI is well placed but not up against that much competition. The SJI is in a beautiful location and the accommodation is more than adequate but the slight let-down for us was that the staff could have been much friendlier. This was particularly true of the Indian (Native American) staff in the restaurant/diner who didn't exactly greet us with smiles. Despite this we'd stay here again. We met other people on our holiday who had similar experiences of Indian people in this part of the US, but don't let that put you off, as the scenery more than makes up for it.

      Restive River Retreat


      Enchanting, cozy lodge literally nestled within a gigantic red rock. My daughter and I stayed there in October of 2003 and we are planning on returning in July of 2004. This lodge literally overlooks the San Juan River and visitors are welcome to stroll along the riverbank. This lodge is a peaceful oasis in one of the few remaining areas that is devoid of rapant commercialism and assaulting advertisements. One may relax at night in a lounge chair while admiring the vast, humbling beauty of the glistening stars. One may also experience the rejuevenating powers of pure silence. We brought our Pomeranian, Miss Poovey, with us and she also seemed to enjoy her accomodations.

      Great location for Monument Valley


      We stayed here in Sept 2003 and thought it was excellent value for money. The rooms overlook the San Juan River and it is only about a 30 minute drive to the beautiful Monument Valley.

      There is a trading post/shop in the reception office and a separate restaurant/bar (please note no smoking) which serves good value South Western food.

      The room was clean and basic and there was a bench outside to sit drink beer and look at the stars.

      A warm and friendly welcome at the San Juan Inn


      As part of our Grand Circle trip from Las Vegas around Utah and Arizona we stayed at the San Juan Inn in Mexican Hat, perfectly placed to visit Monument Valley just 50 miles south down Highway 163.It was staffed by mainly local native Navajo people who showed us nothing but a warm welcome, friendliness and couldn't do enough for us. We had a lovely clean room overlooking the San Juan river with everything we needed just a few steps away within the grounds. There was a well stocked souvenir gift shop in the form of the San Juan Trading Post selling many Navajo related items and a restaurant/bar with a great atmosphere adorned with local historical memorabilia and pictures etc.We ate in the restaurant for both evening dinner and breakfast the next day and can recommend the food, half the menu being delicious local Navajo dishes, as well some of the most attentive and most friendly waitress service we had during our trip.All in all a great place to stay!

      TripAdvisor Reviews San Juan Inn Mexican Hat

      3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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