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El Rancho Hotel
1000 E. Route 66, Gallup, NM
Phone: 505-863-9311 or 800-543-6351
The El Rancho Motel was built in 1937 and operated for 50 years before
closing in 1987 shortly after which the furnishings were auctioned off.
When new it could accommodate 250 guests. In 1988 Armond Ortega purchased
the hotel and set about restoring and reopening it while reacquiring what
he could of the furnishings. It was placed on the National Register of
Historic Places in 1988.
Many of the rooms are named for the movie stars that stayed at the hotel.
We stayed in the Lucille Ball Room, shown here.
Picture of the Dinning Room
The hotel lobby is amazing.
sign is about as ornate as they get.