The Santa Fe Suites
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This was our first stop on our 2 week Road Trip. Santa Fe was a really neat little artist community. Very some very good food stops. A little bit pricey so make sure to bring lots of money. The one thing we did not get a chance to do was some outdoor exploring.
... Spanish Trail along Canada Largo before we hit the blacktop at H537 and turned north to cross the creek (a favoured deer crossing point of the road as they move along the valley, by the looks of the warning signs and lights) and then turned back onto gravel to parallel the original trail once more as we travelled on DR19. We exited the reservation, the dirt road improving slightly as we did so and we cruised effortlessly into the small hamlet of Lindrith. This town ...
... Valley of Fire, where there are huge black lava flows along both sides of the road. Also on Rt. 380, we crossed the Rio Grande River, just outside San Antonio, NM. Guess I didn't realize it starts in the mountains of New Mexico. On to Socorro, NM. We stopped for gas and to reload on wine. Socorro appears to be a prosperous town. The signs in town point to the "VLA", the Very Large Array, ...
... We largely had the area to ourselves.
What were weren't fully prepared for was how much work it would be to backpack with kids. While both boys were totally game to carry their own backpack, there is only so much weight 65 pound kids can bear! This resulted in almost comical loads for the adults for the first couple of days, and a serious route adjustment once we descended into the gulch. Shortening ...
... corner) in the road ahead.
We also yahooed when we saw that first bit of straight rode, unbelievable we thought but then another straight, and another.
Anyway early in the day we saw the Cadillac ranch and managed to paint a LINZ sign on the car with a rather fetching fluorescent green koru and had our photo taken, always thinking of work you know!
Then it was on to the Blue Swallow motel for lunch a met a really nice ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Santa Fe Suites
The hotel was in an excellent location. Close to shopping centers and downtown. The room had everything you needed, a kitchen with a fridge, stove, and microwave. Very roomy. The service was extremely good.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Santa Fe Suites
My boyfriend and I were pleasantly surprised by this reasonably priced inn. The rooms were cozy, clean and very quiet. The room was fully equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, even a stovetop! This was very convenient since of course we had to try all the local fare and there were plenty of leftovers!
The property desperately needs some updating. Our beds were terribly uncomfortable. The mattresses are old and worn out. None of my family got a good night's rest for the 3 nights we were there. The room was dark as it was only lit by 2 lamps and 1 light fixture in the kitchen. It was nice to have a kitchenette but there were no supplies like paper towels, dishwasher liquid, windex, etc. which made it hard to keep the area clean. The blow dryer was missing from bathroom. They do not have an ice machine and our freezer did not make ice nor were there any ice trays. On the good side, it is convenient to stores and restaurants. However, we won't go back even for the bargain price.
Wir hatten eigentlich drei Übernachtungen hier gebucht. Nach einer Nacht habe ich die anderen beiden aber storniert und ich konnte über Priceline noch ein Zimmer in Downtown/Plaza für nur 15 Dollar mehr die Nacht bekommen.
Originally, I booked 3 nights here. However, after staying just one night, I cancelled and was able to get a downtown/Plaza property through Priceline at only $15 more per night.
Camel Rock Suites is a real deal. We stayed for nearly a week for $59/night, and although the room was small-ish, it included a stove-top, microwave and refrigerator. In the same mall as CRS, there's an Albertson's grocery store, a delicious organic-food restaurant "Blueberry" (highly recommended), and an OK Japanese restaurant. If you're so inclined, a shuttle runs from the CRS to an affiliated casino a few times a day.
This hotel is very close (So. St. Francis & Zia Rd.) to an Albertson's supermarket (and a Trader Joe's), so you can stock the refigerator in the kitchen (with microwave) that comes with the suite. It is away from "Motel Row" on Cerrillos Rd., which is a plus for my wife and I. While the suites are on the small side compared to others we've stayed at, they are more than ample for 2 adults. They are clean and bug free, and a great value at the AAA or AARP rate.
It is not huge, but very comfortable. Liked having the kitchenette where I could throw snacks together and fix a full meal if I wanted to. Having the Albertson's right there was great. The continental breakfast was very satisfactory. The employees were friendly and helpful. The bed was comfortable. We had no trouble finding it. Since we don't spend much time in our accommodations when we travel we were very satisfied to have a comfortable place to land at night. We are planning on going back in October.
We stayed at Camel Rock Suites from the 3rd till the 8th of July 2004. We had a good expirience with the staff and with our room. The room is somewhat small but it was very clean and the room service was great. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom was small but clean and it had no hair dryer. It had a small kitchenett, sink, dishwasher, bar counter, which was nice. The laundry room was very clean and it had newer appliances. THe staff was very friendly and knowledgable about the area. The continental breakfast was good. They had 4 choices of pre packed cereals, biscuits and gravy, bagels, muffins, rolls, apples, juices , coffee, and tea. The eating area was very small, only 3 people could fit there so you had to bring your food to your suite. The Camel Rock Suites were easy to find for us. They are located close to shopping, dining and a bank is near by. If we go to Santa Fe again, this will be the place to be for us. We paid $69 a night and it was well worth it.
At time of booking I wish I would have asked if they were located at the Camel Rock Casino, this would have saved us a lot of trouble. I also wish I would have asked for detailed directions on how to find this hotel. The staff gave very vague directions. Although the room was small, even with the eating area and kitchenette, it was clean. The bed was terrible, you could hear everything the upstairs people were doing (everything!) We got little sleep that night. The continental breakfast; one kind of cereal, bagels, toast, sweet rolls, biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice. You had to carry your food back to your room on a tray or two people could dine on TV trays available in the breakfast area. The only person that spoke to us was the lady who kept the kitchen area clean and food replenished, everyone else would either look down or away to avoid speaking. Good points, right behind Albertson's, two coffee shops and Papa Murphy's pizza and over the 4th of July you have the best view of the fireworks display by walking over to the west side of Albertson's. For the price I felt it was a Motel 6 with with a kitchenette, over priced for what you get! We will not be staying here again.
The most cramped suite I've everstayed in in my life. Footsteps on outside metal stairway and room above clanged through my room. Convenient only to interstate and southside business complexes. Go only if you're getting it at tremendous discount as some sort of gambling package.