This is Part 2 to the original post that tried to answer the frequently asked question, “can you recommend some great Route 66 motels?”
The motels are listed in the order they appear travelling east to west. If you’ve not read the first post and would like a reminder of the criteria for making this list then this is for you:
- Each motel had to have been recommended by one of our website’s users. If your favourite is not listed and you’d like to submit one of your own you can do so here.
- The motel needed to have a sustained, and widely held, positive reputation among the Route 66 community.
I hope you enjoy Part 2 in this series of posts recommending great Route 66 motels.
1. Inn at Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
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. Situated in a trendy neighborhood, it has the feel of a European hotel and not your usual cookie-cutter American chain.
For more info on the Inn at Lincoln Park, click here.
2. Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, Springfield, MO
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 is on your side then there is also an outdoor pool and spa for guests to enjoy.
For more info on the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, click here.
3. Boots Court, Carthage, MO
Located in Carthage, Missouri, the Boots Court was built in 1939 by Arthur Boots, and still carries his name today. In August 201 sisters Deborah Harvey and Priscilla Bledsaw began to restore the buildings to their 1940s’ appearance. The newly restored rooms include 1940s’ touches such as real keys, chrome light fixtures, chenille bedspreads, monogrammed towels, built-in dressers and a radio tuned to a station playing 1940s’ hits.
For more info on the Boots Court, click here.
4. Baxter Inn 4 Less, Baxter Springs, KS
Although this isn’t a “classic” or historical motel, the Baxter Inn 4 Less has been offering 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 from Bicentennial State Park.
For more info on the Baxter Inn 4 Less, click here.
5. Roadrunner Lodge, Tucumcari, NM
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 hotels such as this were thriving along the route.
For more info on Roadrunner Lodge, click here.
6. Motel Safari, Tucumcari, NM
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 postcard prints of motels that no longer exist.
For more info on the Motel Safari, click here.
7. Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff, AZ
In the 40’s and 50’s, as the popularity of western films was on the rise, the Hotel Monte Vista became the first choice for many Hollywood stars such as John Wayne, Jane Russell, Spencer Tracy and Bob Hope who shot at the nearby Sedona and Oak Creek Canyons. Located in the historic district of Flagstaff, the hotel is in a prime location with plenty of opportunities to explore the local area.
For more info on the Hotel Monte Vista, click here.
8. Highlander Motel, Williams, AZ
Founded in 1952, the Highlander Motel now offers travellers a refurbished, inexpensive and convenient lodging experience following it’s 2005 renovation. The Highlander is only five minutes walk from the Small Town America Museum, Buckskinner Park and Pete’s Rt 66 Gas Station Museum.
For more info on the Highlander Motel, click here.
9. Fender’s River Road Resort, Needles, CA
Fender’s River Road Resort is the only resort on Route 66 and the Colorado River in Needles, CA. You can enjoy the river with fishing, boating, wave running, swimming or just sitting out on one of our decks right over the river taking in the picturesque view of the famous Needles mountains and listening to the currents of the mighty Colorado River rush by.
For more info on Fender’s River Road Resort, click here.
10. Wigwam Motel, San Bernardino, CA
The Wigwam Motel is a perfect example of kitsch Americana, and the original “do it in a teepee” sign is still onsite, albeit tucked around the back! I’ve not yet had the opportunity to stay here but many who have speak very highly of the hospitality of the owner, Kumar Patel.
For more info on the Wigwam Motel, click here.