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Route 66 Hotel and Conference Centre, Springfield

Route 66 Hotel and Conference Centre, Springfield

Upon arrival at the Route 66 Hotel the first thing that strikes you is the beautiful neon and wonderfully decorated lobby. There’s no chance that you’ll ever forget you’re in a Route 66 motel as the walls are plastered with all manner of memorabilia and artwork! The hotel was actually the first Holiday Inn on… Read More

CarlinVilla Motel, Carlinville

CarlinVilla Motel, Carlinville

If you’re looking for a motel that’s clean, homely and doesn’t cost the earth, then this is the place for you. Spend the day cruising up one alignment of Route 66 and then u-turn to come back down another to the CarlinVilla Motel. Located in a quiet area the CarlinVilla will give you a chance… Read More

Wigwam Motel, San Bernardino

Wigwam Motel, San Bernardino

This Route 66 Wigwam Motel is a fun stop and is the final of 7 Wigwam Motels originally constructed (only 3 of which still exist). There are 19 wigwams available to choose from with grounds that include a swimming pool and a large grass front with over 35 palm trees surrounding the entire property. Unlike in… Read More

Homestyle Inn & Suites, Springfield

Homestyle Inn & Suites, Springfield

The Homestyle Inn & Suites is a reasonably priced motel situated just a few blocks from the State Capital building and Lincoln Library. The main draw to this hotel was the price and location; inexpensive and central to downtown. It’s ideally located if you want to make an early start to check out Lincoln’s home and… Read More

The Downtowner Motel, Williams, AZ

The Downtowner Motel, Williams, AZ

The Downtowner Motel offers newly remodeled rooms that range in size from, single kings, double queens, and double queen suites. Conveniently located just an hour from the Grand Canyon, with access to the Grand Canyon Express Train, the Downtowner Motel provides easy access to a range of shops, bars and restaurants. There is a pleasant… Read More

El Rey Inn, Santa Fe, New Mexico

El Rey Inn, Santa Fe, New Mexico

This historic Santa Fe hotel, opened in 1936, offers 86 delightfully different and charming rooms, including spacious suites with fireplaces & kitchenettes. Built on the original Route 66, El Rey Inn’s guests enjoy modern amenities, friendly service, five-acre garden including whirlpool and sauna, and a Southwestern style that is particularly memorable. Situated only minutes away from… Read More

The Big Texan Motel, Amarillo

The Big Texan Motel, Amarillo

To discuss the Big Texan Motel without mentioning the adjoining restaurant would be to miss the big picture – the two go hand in hand as an all-round experience known as The Big Texan Steak Ranch. The motel itself is designed to look like a main street in a Wild West town, complete with shuttered windows… Read More

Roadrunner Lodge, Tucumcari, New Mexico

Roadrunner Lodge, Tucumcari, New Mexico

The owners of the Roadrunner Lodge have painstakingly worked to keep the 1960s vibe alive, even going so far as to broadcasting a short range radio station playing hits and commercials from that era. The 60’s memorabilia and vintage design features really do a great job of transporting guests back to a time when motor… Read More

Baxter Inn 4 Less, Baxter Springs

Baxter Inn 4 Less, Baxter Springs

Although this isn’t a “classic” or historic motel, the Baxter Inn 4 Less has been offering quality, budget accommodation, to Route 66 travelers for many years. For a great price this is a comfortable two-storey modern-era motel. Offering free Wi-Fi and a TV with cable channels in every room, the motel is less than 5 miles… Read More

Inn at Lincoln Park, Chicago

Inn at Lincoln Park, Chicago

If you’re looking for somewhere to rest your head before embarking on your road trip then you could do far worse than The Inn at Lincoln Park. It’s a cosy hotel just a short bus/taxi ride from the center of Chicago and is a great location for a spot of sightseeing. The front desk is… Read More

Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, Springfield

Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, Springfield

This refurbished hotel has been providing rooms for Route 66 travelers on vacation for sixty years. As with the Munger Moss, the Route 66 Rail Haven also has themed rooms – the Elvis and Monroe suites both come fitted with a hot tub to unwind in and reflect on a good days travel! If the weather… Read More

Motel Safari, Tucumcari

Motel Safari, Tucumcari

Established in 1959, the Motel Safari has been welcoming Route 66 travelers for nearly 60 years and has become one of the iconic motels along the route. Very highly rated on TripAdvisor, this motel features artwork of original photo archives from Tucumcari’s Route 66 heyday in each of the guestrooms, as well as old linen… Read More

Wagon Wheel Motel, Cuba

Wagon Wheel Motel, Cuba

One of the oldest motels on Route 66, the Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, Missouri, was built in 1934 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wagon Wheel is an old gas station with the pumps still present and accessorized with antique vehicles. Combined with the famous neon sign it makes a great… Read More

Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff

Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff

The Hotel Monte Vista opened for business on New Year’s Day, 1927, having been funded by a group of prominent Flagstaff citizens who recognised that Flagstaff was in need of a first class accommodation for the rising tourism in the area. In the 40’s and 50’s, as the popularity of western films was on the rise,… Read More

Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari

Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari

The Blue Swallow is one of the most well-known and easily recognisable motels along Route 66, largely due to its wonderful neon sign. Built in 1939, the Blue Swallow perfectly encapsulates the classic route 66 feel. A particularly charming feature is that every room has its own adjoining garage. The rooms themselves are retro but… Read More

Boots Court, Carthage, Missouri

Boots Court, Carthage, Missouri

Located in Carthage, Missouri, the Boots Court was built in 1939 by Arthur Boots, and still carries his name today. It was purchased in August 2011 by sisters Deborah Harvey and Priscilla Bledsaw, who have begun to restore the buildings to their 1940s’ appearance. The newly restored rooms include 1940s’ touches such as real keys, chrome light… Read More

Flamingo Inn, Elk City, Oklahoma

Flamingo Inn, Elk City, Oklahoma

The Flamingo Inn is a classic motel on Route 66 and has been nicely remodeled without ruining the all important “Route 66” feel. It is an inexpensive stay with plenty of charm and character. Each renovated room comes with a large flat-screen TV, good internet service, microwave, coffee machine and mini fridge. The owners are very welcoming… Read More

Grand Canyon Caverns, Arizona

Grand Canyon Caverns, Arizona

Fancy spending the night in what is described as the “oldest, darkest, deepest, quietest, and largest suite room in the world”? Well, as of 2010, now you can at the Grand Canyon Caverns! The only room in the caverns is 22 stories down and over 65 million years old! Tours of the caverns depart every… Read More

Fender’s River Road Resort, Needles, California

Fender’s River Road Resort, Needles, California

This funky little 1960’s-era resort is minutes off of interstate I-40. It’s a perfect place to get away and relax in your very own comfortable room, or your own RV space with full hookups, or you can even pitch a tent right down by the Colorado River. At Fender’s River Road Resort, families and groups of… Read More

Drury Inn & Suites, Springfield

Drury Inn & Suites, Springfield

The Drury Inn & Suites in Springfield, Illinois, is not your traditional Route 66 accommodation by any means, but this hotel comes highly rated and provides weary travelers with many creature comforts. Although slightly further outside the downtown area than other hotels, this hotel offers a pool and hot-tub, free internet access, free breakfast, and free… Read More

Route 66 Motel, Barstow, California

Route 66 Motel, Barstow, California

Founded in 1922 the Route 66 Motel in Barstow, California, has been greeting travelers for nearly 100 years! Boasting great room rates and clean, comfortable rooms it was voted one of the “10 great places to stop along the way (Route 66)” by USA Today. The exterior has all the charm that you’d expect from a classic Route… Read More

El Rancho Hotel and Motel, Gallup, NM

El Rancho Hotel and Motel, Gallup, NM

The El Rancho Hotel and Motel was opened in 1937 as a base for movie productions by the brother of film director D.W. Griffith. It was the temporary home for many Hollywood movie stars including Ronald Reagan, Spencer Tracy, Kirk Douglas, Katharine Hepburn and John Wayne! According to author Russell A. Olsen, “As you enter… Read More

Munger Moss Motel, Lebanon

Munger Moss Motel, Lebanon

The Munger Moss in Lebanon, Missouri, has been a real icon of old route 66 since the 1940’s and well worth a stop. It’s a great choice for the price and you get the added bonus of meeting Ramona – the owner since 1971! Ramona made my wife and I feel so welcome and is more… Read More

Guest House Motel, Carthage, Missouri

Guest House Motel, Carthage, Missouri

“An amazing house over 100 years old and the owners were incredible. We had the whole house to ourselves, the breakfast was great value for money, it really was home from home with a difference. Also it is really close to the Cars on the Route gas station in Galena Kansas.” “If you can time… Read More

The Vrooman Mansion, Illinois

The Vrooman Mansion, Illinois

The Vrooman Mansion is a bed & breakfast inn, located in the heart of Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. “We stayed in this B&B for our first overnight stopover on the recommendation of a friend, and we were not disappointed. It was old, quaint and absolutely stunning.” “The owners, Dana & Pam, have put a lot of love… Read More

Highlander Motel, Williams

Highlander Motel, Williams

Founded in 1952, the Highlander Motel now offers travellers a refurbished, inexpensive and convenient lodging experience following it’s 2005 renovation. All rooms feature mountain views, a flat-screen satellite TV with pay-per-view channels, a microwave and a small refrigerator. The Highlander is situated a short drive from Bill Williams Mountain, Grand Canyon Deer Farm and the Arizona… Read More

Comfort Inn, Santa Monica

Comfort Inn, Santa Monica

It’s a Comfort Inn so you know what you’re getting here – it’s a good basic hotel that’s far enough away from the beach if that’s not your thing but not so far that it can’t be reached by foot (although expect a half hour walk). Complementary continental breakfast and free internet access are always welcome,… Read More

Wigwam Motel, Holbrook

Wigwam Motel, Holbrook

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook is one of only three surviving “Wigwam Villages” in the US and one of two situated on Route 66 (the other being in Rialto, CA). The term “iconic” can be overly used when discussing Route 66 but in this instance is wholly… Read More

Best Western Pony Soldier Inn and Suites, Flagstaff

Best Western Pony Soldier Inn and Suites, Flagstaff

Okay, so it’s not quite as unique as a night in a giant wigwam but at least you know what you’re getting with a Best Western motel! It was clean, comfortable – and given that we opted for a King Suite – very spacious. However… be warned that the incessant honking of trains as they pass by… Read More

The Hotel Blue, Albuquerque

The Hotel Blue, Albuquerque

The Hotel Blue is situated on Central Avenue (old route 66) with easy access to many bars, restaurants and clubs. It offers a few more creature comforts than most similar hotels with HD TV and Tempur-Pedic mattresses to help rest the travel-weary road-tripper! We stayed here on a Sunday night and were surprised to find… Read More

Travel Inn Inc, Claremore

Travel Inn Inc, Claremore

The Travel Inn Inc. is a pretty generic motel but one that’s not without it’s charms: although I only wanted a room for two I was given an enormous room with three double beds and a large bathroom! If you want old fashioned mother-road-style accommodation then this isn’t for you. If you simply want a… Read More

Renaissance Hotel, Oklahoma City

Renaissance Hotel, Oklahoma City

The Renaissance, a great four star hotel in the centre of Oklahoma City, was the first non-motel accommodation I stopped at whilst driving Route 66. The combination of great location, friendly, helpful staff, and a beautifully designed atrium made my one night stay a total pleasure. As far as design/style is concerned it couldn’t have… Read More

HI Chicago Summer Hostel, Chicago

HI Chicago Summer Hostel, Chicago

A cheap and cheerful way of seeing Chicago prior to undertaking Route 66, this hostel is situated in the heart of downtown Chicago. “This is probably one of the best hostels I’ve stayed in – clean, friendly, good atmosphere and awesome location. I’d recommend it over the other Chicago Hostels – it’s a little more pricey but… Read More

The State House Inn, Springfield

The State House Inn, Springfield

A very popular downtown hotel. “We took a three week trip to the US: New York to Chicago followed by a road trip along part of Route 66, up the Mississippi and back to Chicago.” “The State House felt new but is furnished with 60’s style tables and chairs – very apt for the Route… Read More