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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

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

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

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

CarlinVilla Motel, Carlinville

CarlinVilla Motel, Carlinville

Spend a day cruising up one alignment of Route 66 and back down another to the CarlinVilla Motel.  Relax after your travels in their hot tub and pool, or just lounge in the comfortable lobby area. Located near the heart of historic Carlinville, the CarlinVilla makes for a good get away. Located in a quiet… 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

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

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

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