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 other surviving wigwam motels, this has a double row of wigwam guest rooms as opposed to the usual single arch.
The motel has been renovated extensively by the Patel Family who were awarded the National Historic Route 66 Federation's 2005 Cyrus Avery Award for their efforts in restoration. Each "wigwam" features modern amenities including Wi-fi, with the ability to park your car right next to your room and still have space between you and your neighbour.
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 owners.
“At some point in their lives everyone should spend a night in a Wigwam, and I'd recommend this is the place to do that. Unusual, fun, and quirky. The owner of the place seems to do his best to keep it upgraded and clean. Additionally, he was friendly and happy to give Route 66 advice or answer questions.”