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We’ve been waiting for you.

How Rocket Inn Started

It was September in 2011.The old motel had been sitting vacant for two years, its exterior charred from a fire that destroyed the wrap-around porch roof. Once a thriving 10-room motor lodge, the former Red Haven Motel was run down, lacking proper upgrading for over twenty years. The good news is, it was well-built, with “good bones,” so we decided to take the challenge.

First was all new electric. T or C's finest, Luchini Electric, installed all new wiring throughout, all the way to the transformer. The motel stepped into the 21st Century.
Although the original tile designs in the bathrooms were an eclectic combination of southwest and '60s mod colors, they needed to be replaced. We went with a Corian-like cultured marble, custom-made from A. Padilla in Albuquerque. In each of the king rooms, we added a travertine accent tile, lending a touch of elegance. We replaced the vanities with pedestal sinks and installed low flush toilets.

The doors were original solid wood with a small window, and they were, well, blood red. Perhaps to match the former name (Red Haven), the color of the doors accentuated their tired and rickety appearance. We carefully sanded and repaired each door, burnished the hinges, and paneled over the small window. Just in time, we were lucky to have our sister Julie visiting. A genius at painting techniques, she used 7 different colors to create a beautiful old New Mexico weathered blue. Guests frequently ask to have their picture taken in front of their door.

We removed the casement windows and put in new thermal ones. The room interiors got all new plaster and wood flooring. The large walk-in closets were perfect for being split in half; so we add a “pantry” space for the microwave and counter-height fridge in each.
Outdoors, we refinished the blotchy and broken (red) walkway, and pushed the parking back to create gardens with trees and agaves. Corners became patio areas with palm trees and seating. There's even a picnic table.

Experience a piece of motel history, from 1948 to 2011 to now.