If you're a fan of old-time motel architecture, you'll love Sheffler's. The motel units form a U-shaped arc facing the highway, with the original sign in good condition. A tower rises from the middle of the arc to catch the eye of the passing motorist (I theorize it once bore the word "Salome" on one face and a phone number on the other, but those have worn away.) At night, the eaves are still outlined with red neon and red fluorescent lights. Old-style metal lawn chairs are placed on the covered walkway in front of the units to provide places to sit and watch the (now dwindling) traffic on US 60. Elsewhere on the web, you can find postcard images from the 1940s and 1950s showing the motel, relatively unchanged outside except for the addition of a house for the operators in the middle of the arc.
Inside, the room was in good condition, with working modern fridge, microwave, TV, phone, wall air conditioner, and two upholstered chairs. The operator (and her dachsund) were friendly and helpful. She went out of her way to help me make a long distance call when I didn't have cell coverage. As with any antique, the building shows some signs of distress: the old wooden doors don't fit tightly, there was some cracked plaster, and there was a minor water leak in the bathroom. IMHO, well worth putting up with those in return for the chance to channel the spirits of 1940s motoring.
The cafe/bar across the street also dates to the 1940s and was originally operated in conjunction with the motel, but now appears to be independent; it was closed due to a recent fire when I passed through, but another cafe a short distance away was open.
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- Also Known As:
- Sheffler`s Hotel Salome