The Hotel Ryland in beautiful Red River, N.M., promises its visitors a pleasant getaway right along Main Street’s bustling tourist shops and restaurants. The quaint little boarding house offers a modest yard for the kids and fire pits for adults to gather around at night to discuss the day’s goings on. During our stay, a very pleasant employee was quick to produce s’mores supplies for the children, who gathered around the fires each evening, eager for the tasty treats.
Our two-room suite included a miniscule dinette, a faux-leather couch, two TVs, a queen bed and a nonfunctional decorative stove. The rooms are much smaller than the hotel’s website made them appear, and its hot water quickly disappeared if being run at the same time as an adjacent room. But, the facilities were functional for their very modest $80 per night cost.
The Ryland’s real Achilles heel, though, was its beds. The queen mattress was undersized, ensuring our feet hung off the end, and as hard and unyielding as a rock slab. In the living room, the sleeper sofa’s springs refused to stay in place and the mattress was so unsupportive, our two children were unable to sleep on opposing sides, instead falling together into the droopy middle.
Still, the friendly hotel staff, when notified our room didn’t contain the promised refrigerator and microwave, were quick to produce new units, still in the packing material.
The Hotel Ryland is no four-star luxury resort, but it served its purpose and did provide a cozy nighttime atmosphere.