We drove Route 66 for our honeymoon and ran into a couple in Illinois who insisted we had to stay at Boots Motel in Carthage. We timed our trip around when we'd arrive in Carthage and, based on all the wonderful things we had heard from other Route 66-ers (business owners and travelers alike!) I called early to make a reservation. Shockingly, we didn't need one. This was in May, so I don't know what it looks like now, but at the time it was still mid-renovation and looked very average from the outside. Boy, were our first impressions wrong! Debbie was the manager that evening and she was so warm and welcoming! We got a personal guided tour of every room that was finished at the time, as well as one of the unfinished rooms. We got our choice, so we picked the room that (supposedly) Clark Gable had stayed in. All the furnishings were impeccably detailed to the 1940s time period. The monogrammed towels, the black and white tiled bathrooms, the vanities in the bedroom, down to the chenille bedspreads. There were no TVs, and the radio was tuned to a local oldies radio station. It was perfect, the exact Route 66 experience I wanted. They do have free Wi-Fi. but it was our honeymoon - I appreciated the lack of technology and peace to rest from our wild trip. The next morning, Debbie was even already up to greet us and took our photos in front of the lovely front office. I didn't want to leave! An amazing stay, start to finish.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Boots Motel is an iconic historic motel on Route 66, at the intersection of historic U.S. Route 66 and U.S. Route 71. It features two buildings built in 1939 and 1946 in the Streamlined Moderne style. Neglected for years, it is currently being restored to its 1940s appearance. Five rooms in the 1946 building are now completed and ready for occupancy. They feature spacious rooms with the original hardwood floors, ceramic tile bathrooms with shower stalls, and built-in vanity dressers. They are individually decorated and furnished with period furnishings such as chenille bedspreads and 1940s-style furniture,and some have the original round mirrors still installed over the dressing tables. There are no televisions because television was not available in the Carthage area until the mid-1950s, but, as originally advertised, there is "a radio in every room," and the motel does offer free WiFi. Each room is individually heated and air conditioned, just as advertised in the 1940s. Experience a time when room service delivered your ice to your room and your room key fit into an actual lock! Welcome back to the 1940s at the Boots Motel! ... more less