Nine years ago, he saw El Rey Court for the first time and he immediately fell in love. In 2016, Jeff Burns finally got the chance to work out his dream project.
Jeff Burns decided, at the end of his vacation in Santa Fe, to stay in an airport hotel and take an early flight back to Austin, Texas, the next morning. On his way to the hotel he came across a white stucco, historic motor inn from 1931. He was so impressed that he had to stop and decided to spend the night there. Most of the night he walked around and explored the breath-taking domain of five hectares. When Burns left the next day, he left a note with his number. A few years later, the time had come and Burns finally got the chance to work out his dream project.
In this extraordinary hotel in New Mexico you can enjoy Texan hospitality while gaining unique experiences and meeting new people.
As soon as Burns owned the hotel, he contacted Jay and Alison Carroll. As former creative director of Levi's, Jay led the rebranding and redesign of the hotel. Alison in turn provided the drink and food programmes for the hotel bar. This gave the hotel a contemporary but southern style with the charm of vintage.
Jay and Alison eventually took a year to collect all the special furniture and art to create a unique interior design. For example, the fireplace, which has remained original, has a wall painting by John Zabawa. Throughout the hotel there are more of his works to be admired. For example, in another room, under a painting by Zabawa, you will find an ochre yellow Paustian sofa that fits perfectly into the interior. Besides the artworks of John Zabawa, there are also works by artist Ishi Glinsky and Field Studies Editions to admire. "By working with local artists we want to create a meeting place for travellers and locals to share their experiences with each other.”
By working with local artists we want to create a meeting place for travellers and locals.
The hotel also has a swimming pool with its own swimming club and a pool bar that is only open on weekends and only allows a limited number of local members. The pool is slightly inspired by the French New Wave films from the sixties. The outside of the swimming pool suites are protected by white walls covered with ivy. In addition, you will find the Spanish courtyard that was the last addition to the hotel. The perfect place to meet new people and enjoy Texan hospitality.