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Abe's Motel and Fly Shop

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It had been years since I had eaten at Abe's rest. I had been taken there by friends staying at the motel and all I could say about those past meal is that they were terrible. I.E., ice cold beans, runny chile, hamburgers that seemed have been sat on, rock solid fries. But, upon hearing from friends that stay and...

Thank Escopeton
Management response:

Hello Escopeton, Glad to hear that you enjoyed your recent meal at our restaurant. Abe's granddaughter, Sarah, has been managing the restaurant for several seasons now and is doing a phenomenal job. Our red chili is an old family recipe (speaking of family your server was Abe's grandson, Timmy). We're pleased that you gave our restaurant another try! If you...

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rooms are adequate and had mostly everything you need there. The kitchenette was nice to have with a decent sized mini fridge. It was nice to have the convenience store and restaurant on site. They even have packed lunches you can order so you can take with you fishing. Also, the breakfast burritos are the way to go...very delicious....

Thank dmbmonkey311
Management response:

Hello dmbmonkey311, Thank you for your review, glad to hear that we had everything you might have needed during you most recent trip to the San Juan. Our packed lunches have become very popular among both local guides and anglers. Yes, the breakfast burritos are delicious; the perfect breakfast choice to start a great day of fishing! Hopefully you all...

Larkspur, Colorado
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Family owned and run both the fly shop and restaurant are awesome. Fished here last summer and it was 100 by noon. Went to Abes for three and only three very good margaritas and a fat burger. Humorous conversation with Abes grandson Tim, an avid fisherman and the server. The fly shop provided no nonsense service and updates on fishing...

Thank Retired40
Management response:

Thank you for your review; glad to hear that you enjoyed your meals at our restaurant (the 1/2 pound burger is my personal favorite). The winter can be a great time to fish the San Juan (as you know) since there are less folks on the river and our winters are typically mild. Hopefully you can make it up again...

Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

This is a review based solely on the Fly Shop. They have won great selection of flies. Especially the small midges that you will need to fish The San Juan River. Great prices on nymphs, dries and streamers. Many other accessories that you will find helpful while on the water. Friendly and helpful staff.

Management response:

Hello Gregory, Thank you for your review; glad to hear that you were able find everything you needed for fishing the San Juan. Tight Lines

new mexico
Reviewed 8 October 2016

We had no heat in the rooms and the temperature was at 32f degrees. When we asked the front desk for help, they sent a maintenance person who was unable to repair the heater. Staff was rude and the maid took items from the fridge (they thought we had checked out), no apology was given.

Thank ruenm
Management response:

- First and foremost please excuse the tardiness of this response. Ironically we experienced a short spurt of cool weather (less than a week) during your stay. Generally we do thorough check of our heaters once low temps are foretasted, however this unexpected cold spurt did not allow for such. Unfortunately we learned the heater in your room was one...

Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

You know I can only say that there are only a few places that I frequent that are family owned and this is one of them.I have always enjoyed my visit's to the San Juan and stopping at Abe's has always been a tradition.The family is about as real and genuine as they come. The store may be old but...

1Thank rlchef
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

The folks at Abe's were fantastic. The service people in the Fly Shop provided great insights and tips for the San Juan River. Helpful and Courteous. The food and service in the restaurant were excellent as well. Simple but good food. Just right for a fly fishing adventure when you are spending the entire day catching trout. Don't miss the...

Thank Mike R
Chandler, Arizona
Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

It's been 10 plus years since I stayed in the motel and next time I go I will look for other options. Obviously location is the draw for the motel because the rooms are bare bones minimum as far as essentials go. They say there is a kitchenette but there isn't a single thing (knife, fork, can opener, pots, pans,...

Thank David W
Management response:

Hi David W. Thank you for your comments regarding your stay @ Abe's. Yes, you're correct: it's all about the San Juan River & great trout fishing; so glad you followed the fishing advice via shop assistance & had productive fishing! (BTW: As has been the routine for years, cooking/ eating utensils are conveniently provided upon guests' request.) Keep in...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 25 April 2016

OK. It is pretty dirty, run down and shabby. Having said all that, I can't think of a better place to spend a week or so fishing. I guess you can stay at the Soaring Eagle, but why? I'm there to fish, not eat a gourmet dinner right at the best time of the day to fish. I can eat...

Thank henry j
Reviewed 4 September 2015

Everything you need to fish is found at Abe's. They rent fly fishing and spin fishing gear, weighters, etc. There were two men, long-time staff who were very friendly and full of advice on where to fish and what to use. Plenty of snacks to purchase.

Thank ValnStephen

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Abe's Motel and Fly Shop has been on the San Juan River since 1958. We also have a comfortable lounge, motel, restaurant, RV / trailer park, boat storage facilities, and a grocery store. We were the first to explore the river for trout fishing, the first to guide on the river, and the first to fly fish the San Juan in winter months. Born 'n' Raised Guided Fly fishing Adventures offers wading or float excursions on the river, for a successful and memorable fly fishing adventure! We are a family owned and operated business ... more   less 

Additional Information about Abe's Motel and Fly Shop

Address: 1791 Highway 173, Navajo Dam, NM 87419-9712
Region: United States > New Mexico > Navajo Dam
Number of rooms: 54
Also Known As:
Abe`s Motel And Fly Shop Hotel Navajo Dam
Abes Hotel Navajo Dam
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“Make sure the heater works.”
ruenm, 7 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms with a higher room number are newer, not a big deal though.”
oycrumba, 19 Jul 2015 | Read review
“I'd recommend a room with refrigerated a/c.”
Ricomalo, 30 Jun 2015 | Read review
“The closer to the office the stronger the Wifi signal.”
bb568, 18 Nov 2014 | Read review
“I had a double room; it was only five dollars more than the single. The manager said the doubles were much nicer. It worked fine for me.”
stevew3217, 26 Nov 2013 | Read review
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