The Boots Motel is back, and Route 66 has another iconic place to spend the night. This was our fourth trip end-to-end on Route 66, and we made a point of arranging our schedule to stay in this newly refurbished and reopened classic motel. We weren't disappointed; in fact, we were delighted. We stayed in Room 6 and it was amazing in every respect. The cleanliness, the detail of the restoration and just the right touch of modern amenities - WiFi and a/c, but no TV. Perfect! The Boots has instantly climbed to the top of my favorite places to stay along all of Route 66.
And for you highway aficionados, Carthage doesn't just include Route 66; the Boots Motel also sits on the historic Jefferson Highway, which ran from Winnipeg, Manitoba to New Orleans, LA. If you do some exploring along north Main Street you will step into the past and see where a section of the road once existed, but is now a distant memory. The Jefferson Highway and Route 66 crisscross and share sections of highway between Carthage, MO and Vinita, OK.
Also, don't miss seeing a movie at the Route 66 Drive-In. We took our 1937 Ford there and spent a wonderful evening. Do yourself a favor and stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Boots Motel is an iconic historic motel on Route 66, at the junction of historic U.S. Route 66 and U.S. Route 71. It features two buildings, one built in 1939 and one in 1946, in the Streamlined Moderne style. Neglected for years, it is currently being restored to its 1949 appearance. Five rooms in the 1946 building are now completed and ready for occupancy. They feature spacious rooms with the original hardwood floors and built-in vanity dressing tables,and ceramic tile bathrooms with shower stalls They are individually decorated and furnished with period furnishings such as chenille bedspreads and 1940s-style furniture. Some still have the original round mirrors installed over the dressing tables. There are no televisions since 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 was a real key that fit into an actual lock! We also have 5 double-carports to protect guest's vehicles from weather. Welcome back to the 1940s at the Boots Court! ... more less