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El Rancho Hotel is a member of The National Historic Places and is the most enchanting hotel in the Southwest.

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ne can feel the authentic charm when walking into the Historic El Rancho Hotel. It was home away from home for many Movie Stars from the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Hallelujah Trail was the last " true Western" filmed in the area in the 60's. Western Movie buffs come from all over to dine, drink, shop and stay a night or two where stars such as John Wayne and Errol Flynn once did. Since 1937 (75 years ago) El Rancho Hotel has had several owners. The Ortega family purchased the Historic Hotel at an auction held in the lobby in 1988 and continue its operation today. Accommodations include: A South-Western style Restaurant. Ribeye steak dinner, grilled Sirloin Beef and Chicken Fajitas and locally grown chile enchiladas are among the favorites. Try a top shelf tequila w/ cointreau and freshly squeezed lemon juice for a wonderful Margarita in the 49er Lounge (Esquire Magazine rated best USA Bars 2011). Breakfast includes a variety of freshly made pancakes, omelettes and biscuits. Breakfast served with Navajo tea will leave you satisfied and relaxed. Lunchtime features spicy New Mexican food or try a Ronald Reagan Burger or a lighter Lucille Ball with a smaller patty and plenty of seasonal assorted fresh fruit. No fancy smancy desserts here. The all American apple pie has “lots of apples” and are usually baked daily. Carrot cake is moist and rich and N.Y. cheese cake is great topped with strawberries. There's only three desserts, but they're always fresh. Lattes, espressos and Cappuccinos are also available. The Giftshop features beautiful Sterling and Turquoise jewelry and other works from local Artisans. Price and quality comparisons with other Gallup Trading Posts are encouraged. Hotel rooms are nicely decorated and checked for cleanliness daily. The bathrooms were smaller years ago, and remain so. But soak as long as you like in the big cast iron tub. Hotel beds are comfy and will leave you refreshed. Before leaving, tour the Western Movie Gallery and don't forget the camera!

2012-13 New Mexico Traveler  

Affluent hotel guests throughout New Mexico read this definitive, hardcover visitors’ guide. It is an exclusive, in room reference found in...

2012-13 New Mexico Traveler  

Affluent hotel guests throughout New Mexico read this definitive, hardcover visitors’ guide. It is an exclusive, in room reference found in...

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