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

    Travel Blogs from Mexican Hat

    This really is John Wayne territory

    A travel blog entry by jordansgo on Oct 02, 2015

    12 photos

    ... but never finished before they left and moved south. Then a viewpoint overlooking the Cliff Palace, the biggest cliff dwelling - currently closed to tourists because of archaeological and engineering work being done to stabilise the site which is sliding off the cliff!! Final stop was a walk down to the Spruce Tree House - built in a huge cliff alcove 216 foot long and 89 foot deep at its deepest point. We all took the opportunity to enter a rebuilt ...

    A monumental experience

    A travel blog entry by jobyn on Sep 29, 2015

    22 photos

    ... our tour by serenading us with some haunting tunes from what looked like a rustic recorder/flute, which echoed through the canyon. He also gave us an informative geology lesson, by scooping up a handful of sand and pouring some water out of his drink bottle into it and demonstrating how the landscaped was formed.

    The other surprising blot on the landscape was a three chimney coal power station that had been built by the Navajo. There was no real explanation ...

    Moab to Kayenta via Monument Valley

    A travel blog entry by nickandjo on Sep 23, 2015

    18 photos

    ... and shop, Jo bought some sand paintings. We were then driven 8 miles to the Goulding Lodge where John Wayne stayed when he was in the Valley. We ate in the restaurant where his favourite dishes were on the menu. In the event we all had Navajo tacos which consist of chile con carne in a bread base. Finally we were driven the last 30 miles to Kayenta Monument Valley Hotel where we were to spend the ...

    A Monumental visit

    A travel blog entry by thefrenchpickle on Sep 22, 2015

    48 photos

    ... from the Indian mood music mum had found, as we were simply awe struck. We finished off the trip with delicious fry bread topped with honey and icing sugar severed to us by a local Indian from a caravan. I have to say this was one of our favourite parks so far!
    We headed to Durango later this afternoon with a quick stop to Mesa Verde where dwellings were built up on the holes in the cliffs around the 12 century and abandoned without explanation.

    Mystical Monument Valley

    A travel blog entry by the_stamms on Jul 13, 2015

    65 photos

    ... reality of what's actually happening becomes:

    The Navajos are charing $20+ per car to let us take pictures on their land that we once stole and then gave back. The best part is the main draw to the entire place are some arbitrary borders that we put on a map. In essence, they're charging us to take pictures of our lines that we drew on their land. Good for them.

    Another item to note: On the road to Monument Valley, ...