Welcome to the Express St. James Hotel

A treasured landmark on the historic Santa Fe Trail, the St. James Hotel has been a gathering place for more than 140 years.

You’ll find unrivaled peace and serenity at the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico. It hasn’t always been that quiet. A community full of frontier history, Cimarron and its vintage Hotel are indelibly marked by the turbulent days of westward expansion in northeast New Mexico.

About Cimarron

"Cimarron" is Spanish for wild or unruly and the Village of Cimarron lived up to that description. There was little if any law enforcement. Arguments were settled with bullets and in many instances justice was a result of vigilantes. This is where the Lamberts opened their saloon in 1872. Drinking, gambling and guns usually result in violence and death.

"Lambert's place", as the saloon became known, was no exception. An overly happy cowboy might shoot his gun off or a fight would break out then bullets would fly. The lives of 26 people ended this way --and there are hundreds of holes in the ceiling of the bar too. Talk around town after a busy night usually began with, "Wonder who got killed at Lambert's place this weekend?"

In spite of this, Henri and Mary Lambert's business thrived. Hotel rooms were added and it became known as one of the finest establishments in the west.

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