The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona is a place of whimsy and Americana, a throwback to the golden age of roadside motels. 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).
For the intrepid traveler seeking a taste of the past, the Wigwam Motel offers a unique experience - each wigwam even has a genuine vintage car parked right outside! The wigwams are deceptively large - mine contained two double beds, a TV and full bathroom with shower - and rooms contain the basic amenities you'd expect.
As one settles into their cozy abode, they can't help but feel a sense of nostalgia for a time long gone. Perhaps they imagine themselves as a family on a cross-country road trip, stopping for the night in one of these quirky roadside gems.
But the Wigwam Motel is more than just a relic of the past. It has stood the test of time, and continues to be a beloved destination for travelers from all over the world. As the sun sets over the desert, casting a warm glow over the teepees, one can't help but feel grateful for this little piece of Americana, preserved for generations to come.
After a long day on the road, my legs were in desperate need of a stretch, and so I took a short walk to take in the surroundings. As the sun began to set, I retreated to my wigwam and cracked open a beer and soaked it all in, for it's a place where the past and present converge, and where the spirit of adventure lives on in every traveler who spends the night.
I wouldn't drive Route 66 without a stay at The Wigwam Hotel.
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I loved staying here. At the time (August 2007) I referred to it as my "happy place" as I lay spread-eagled on the floor outside my wigwam! A great place 🙂 Everyone should stay here...
I loved it too when we stayed there in August (2011). It was so exciting to be in a concrete wigwam. The shower was on the small side but I had to have one just so I could say I'd showered in a wigwam. I'll never forget sitting outside it at 6.00 in the morning listening to the trains rumbling past, enjoying the hot sunshine and thinking about our day ahead on Route 66. Another highlight was eating (twice cos it was so good) at Joe and Aggies just down the road.
I just stayed here this weekend and loved it! The heater kept our room nice and toasty, the bed was comfortable and the shower was hot. At night it's so quiet you can hear the trains rolling through town. And their vintage car collection is amazing. I will happily stay here again!
We also stayed at the Wigwam in August and it was part of an unforgetable journey. The Wigwam is a part of American roadie folklore. Sitting outside our Wigwam under the beautiful and cool Arizona evening sky, tipping back a few cold ones and chatting it up with our fellow roadies was a memory I'll keep forever.
We also stayed at the Wigwam Motel on July 2013. I must say it was a fantastic experience, how often do you get the chance to stay in a wigwam especially coming from Scotland. The tepee. The 1950's cars, everything about the place was fantastic we had dinner that evening at a wee steak house just down the road from our motel where we met other route 66 travellers from France that we previously met on our wonderful route 66 adventure, the whole journey from start to finish is something that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.