Being just a state away, New Mexico receives a lot of Texas visitors, it’s a great escape for some cooler weather, outdoor excursions, a slower pace of life, and a Southwest landscape! And at the oldest capital in the United States, Santa Fe is a gem and such a unique place to visit! Within it, is the coolest motor court you’ll ever come across: the El Rey Court.

Updated November 2022



The El Rey Court originally opened back in 1936, on Route 66 as a roadside motor court. It features traditional New Mexico adobe-style architecture and over the years, has been renovated and restored into a trendy, hip artistic hang-out while maintaining its history too!


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Drive in and find a retro paradise of white adobe walls, a modern Southwest decor of desert colors, kiva fireplaces, and turquoise details. Every room is different, with a great mixture of vintage, funky, and cool. We love visiting because the experience is always new!


Enjoy a nostalgic pool in the warmer months and a cozy hot tub in colder ones - the hot tub has a fireplace and fountain! It’s a vibe! If you’re there from Thursday-Saturday, try a pizza at Tender Fire Kitchen, the best pizza in Santa Fe!


Any day of the week, check out the coolest bar in town: La Reina! You might even come across drink specials, live music, or other fun events. Hang out in the bright, airy bar or head to the picturesque lobby area for a larger space.