• Route 66 Hotel and Conference Centre, Springfield

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    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 Route 66 and opened in the 1950's.

    This completely remodelled facility features 106 guest rooms and 8 suites, plenty of parking, a Grand Ballroom, and a "mini museum" with an array of vehicles, signs and articles from the golden age of Route 66. The huge Route 66 sign on the floor of the swimming pool is a nice touch!

    You won't have to go far for dining as the hotel is also home to the Route 66 Mother Road Diner, complete with full bar, slot machines, dart boards,
    pool tables, arcade games, and numerous TV’s to watch your favorite sports games. The location of the Route 66 Hotel and Conference Centre is ideal if you plan on seeing the local attractions such as the IL State capitol, Old State Capitol, Abraham Lincoln Museum, Lincoln’s home, and Lincoln's tomb.

    “My family stayed there while driving the Illinois & Missouri portions of Route 66. It's located right on the Route just seconds away from the Cozy Dog Drive in!”

    Kindly recommended by Mark Martorano, USA

    www.rt66hotel.com

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