This enchanting, historic adobe property, which opened on the Original Route 66 in 1936, is pure Santa Fe, or as the management says, "Dennis Hopper meets Georgia O'Keeffe." It has traditional northern New Mexico thick adobe walls, corner kiva fireplaces, massive log vigas, beautiful woodwork, and understated southwestern furnishings. Some suites have kitchenettes. The El Rey sits on 5 nicely landscaped acres, with delightful patio areas with umbrella tables, pots of flowers, and a fountain. In 2003, the National Wildlife Federation awarded El Rey its Backyard Wildlife Habitat status. No two rooms are alike—fun for repeat visitors—and you’ll want to request a room back from busy Cerrillos Road. The best units here surround the Spanish colonial courtyard, with upscale amenities. All units have mini-fridges. The two-story inn does not have an elevator, so those with mobility issues should specify ground floor.