Gallup, New Mexico: El Rancho Hotel - Home of the Movie Stars

Route 66 hotel built in 1937. Its "Home of the Movie Stars" claim - announced on its gaudy sign - is because Hollywood stars stayed here while filming Westerns nearby. Sleep in the same rooms as John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Lucille Ball, many others.

El Rancho Hotel

1000 E. Hwy 66, Gallup, NM
I-40 exit 22 south on S. Ford Dr., Rt. 66/116 on right.
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El Rancho Hotel lobby.

El Rancho Hotel - Home of the Movie Stars

You can see rooms where famous actors used to stay in this hotel. Their presidential suite is The Ronald Reagan Suite. They also have Doris Day, Kirk Douglas and other famous people rooms.

[Gin, 07/30/2017]

Kirk Douglas Suite.

El Rancho Hotel - Home of the Movie Stars

Stayed in Room 105 -- the "Kirk Douglas" king suite. Price wasn't bad, but having the kitchenette leading outside was kind of freaky. Loved the old school bathroom. This hotel lives up to its name of being around since the '30s.

[Rose, 09/30/2015]

El Rancho lobby.

El Rancho Hotel - Home of the Movie Stars

Clean, wholesome, kitsch. Restaurant was good. Rooms were clean. Lobby and exterior are awesome. Similarly priced to the nicer chain hotels in town. A great stop!

[Lindsay, 08/04/2015]


El Rancho Hotel - Home of the Movie Stars

The El Rancho Hotel is totally pet friendly (traveling with all my pets due to move). The lobby was amazing and the holiday lights awesome. The 49r bar was so much fun. We left a dollar hanging on the wall and they let The Gidget hang with me. Wonderful people!

[Rejwa, 12/17/2014]

Hotel El Rancho.

El Rancho Hotel - Home of the Movie Stars

The El Rancho Hotel was built in 1937 and is located on Route 66 in Gallup NM. Numerous movie stars have stayed at the El Rancho Hotel.

[Charisse, 07/03/2012]

We can't imagine any traveler passing up the opportunity to stay at the El Rancho, whose dual claims-to-fame are "Home of the Movie Stars" and "Charm of Yesterday Convenience of Tomorrow." Oct. 2012: Photo added courtesy of Brett Hanover.

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