As a stop on the historic Route 66, Gallup gets its fair share of passersby. Many of them are drawn to the equally historic El Rancho Hotel, one of Gallup’s most enticing landmarks. Even if you live in Gallup, this 1930s hotel is certainly worth a visit, whether you make a staycation of it and rent a room, or whether you just stop in for a drink.
The facade of the El Rancho Hotel is charming and retro. It’s easy to picture old cars or even horses out front. As soon as you walk in, you’re welcomed by a grand lobby decorated in western designs featuring taxidermy, rich patterns and a big stone fireplace. It calls to mind old western movies, and rightly so. This was the place to stay for movie stars who were passing through or staying in the area. In fact, the rooms in El Rancho Hotel are named after the stars that stayed in them. Rent the John Wayne Room, or book the Marx Brothers Room for a larger party of six.
If you’re just stopping in for a margarita, that’s fine too. The 49er Lounge offers friendly service like in the good old days, plus a generous tequila menu. Stay for dinner or visit the gift shop where you can find locally-made, authentic jewelry, pottery and more. Whether you’re heading west on Route 66 or looking for a way to spend a weekend in Gallup, check out the El Rancho Hotel.