One of Santa Fe's most famous hotels, the El Rey Inn is a genuine slice of vintage New Mexico. Situated within a 10-minute drive of Santa Fe Plaza on the original Route 66, the El Rey is a throwback to the days of cross-country travel and motor inns. Housed in an adobe-style building erected in 1936 and several other newer wings, this mid-range hotel offers 86 Southwestern-style rooms, all with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; some have kitchens and kiva fireplaces. A large outdoor pool is open in the warm months, and the hotel also has two hot tubs, a sauna, fitness room, and free breakfast (except in January and February). The El Rey offers retro charm, an array of amenities, and lower rates than at the more lavish and centrally located Santa Fe hotels.