This low-slung adobe property significantly transcends the generally sketchy quality of the several other budget motels along Cerrillos Road, thanks to the tireless efforts of its owner. There's a kitschy, Western aspect to the place—rooms are named for icons of the West (Annie Oakley, Wyatt Earp) and contain related plaques with colorful biographies and local cowboy art. The popular home-furnishings and gift emporium, Jackalope, is next door.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The motel is across the street from the town's one strip club, which could be either a pro or a con. On a definitively positive note, it's also one of the closest accommodations in town to Meow Wolf.
Furnishings are decidedly Southwest: serape tapestries, red tile floors, built-in bancos, and equipale chairs (\"seat of the gods\" made of woven wood and leather) are present in most rooms. Some have kitchenettes. They all have coffeemakers, microwaves, flat-screen TVs, and all the amenities you'd find at any comparably priced chain motel, but with far more personality.
Although small and functional, with standing showers rather than tubs, the bathrooms are brightened with colorful Mexican tilework.
There's a cozy lobby where you can grab Continental breakfast and coffee as well as brochures. Like the rest of the motel, it's decked with fun Western paraphernalia, from cowboy hats to vintage black-and-white photos. The best common area, however, is the lovely little patio with tables, chairs, umbrellas, and bright landscaping.
There's no restaurant, but you can enjoy breakfast in the small, colorful lobby or, during warmer months, on the covered ramada picnic area.
Silver Saddle has no bar, but there's a liquor store across the street where you can stock up on supplies to enjoy in your room.
The motel is set along one of Santa Fe's busiest roads, four-lane Cerrillos Road, which is on the south side of town and lined with shopping centers. The location is handy for picking up local supplies, and you could walk to Meow Wolf from here, but your best option if staying here is to have a car. There's ample free parking, and driving is the best way to get into Santa Fe's historic center, although you can afford a few Uber rides per day with all the money you're saving at this affordable property.
Head to Dr. Field Goods Kitchen (5-minute walk) for imaginative farm-to-table fare, including red-buffalo enchiladas and decadent bacon-patty BLTs. You'll find outstanding barbecue, green-chile cheeseburgers, and a good mix of Tex-Mex and local New Mexican specialties at the Ranch House (7-minute drive).
Stop inside Duel Brewing (5-minute drive) for fine-crafted, Belgian-style farmhouse ales and terrific sandwiches and other bar food, too. Adjacent to the iconic Pink Adobe restaurant, and historic and atmospheric Dragon Room (12-minute drive) is one of the favorite Santa Fe hangouts for potent margaritas and great conversation.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Given the extremely affordable rates and wonderfully quirky and colorful atmosphere, there's almost nothing not to like about this old-school, low-frills motel that's one of Santa Fe's best bargains. The only catch is that it's located out on a busy stretch of ugly Cerrillos Road, but it is close to such draws as Jackalope home-furnishings emporium and Meow Wolf art installation.