Cerrillos Road hotels hit occupancy record in May

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Jun. 20—Santa Fe hotel traffic resembles Santa Fe real estate traffic: Sky-high prices and brisk business.

Hotel occupancy across Santa Fe reached 76.9 percent in May, one percentage point above the best May record of 75.9 percent in 2018, said Randy Randall, executive director of Tourism Santa Fe, the city's convention and visitors bureau.

Cerrillos Road accommodations far exceeded downtown hotels with 85.3 percent occupancy, while downtown was at 72.7 percent, falling short of the highest downtown occupancy of 80 percent in 2018, he said.

Average nightly hotel rates, like gasoline, air fare and just about everything else, soared 27 percent over the previous highest month in 2021 to $196 overall — $126 on Cerrillos Road and $277 downtown, Randall said, citing data supplied by the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report.

"We are maintaining occupancy downtown with significantly higher rates, pushing people to Cerrillos Road," Randall said.

Travel is booming across the country.

"There is a pent-up desire to travel," Randall said.