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“Nostalgia aint what it used to be”

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Historic Route 66 Motel
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Tucumcari
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 January 2014

Number one on our list is cleanliness and the Historic Route 66 Motel is very clean. We were travelling with a cat and a dog and the "pet friendly" room we stayedi in did not smell at all pet friendly. At least not to us; the dog found lots of little sniffy spots but we couldn't see any stains or spots anywhere. There is a big grassy area in the center where dogs can do their business and most people are considerate enough to clean up after their pet.
Now, as to the nostalgia: The inkeeper is personable and helpful and trying her best to make a go of a slightly run down motel in a dying town. The rates are extremely reasonable but don't look for a coffee pot or hair dryer - you wouldn't have expected them in the '50s either.
There is a nice little coffee bar attached to the motel which is a good thing because nearly eveything in Tucumcari is closed. The truck stop out by the interstate is the only place to find anything. It's sad because the ambience of the town plays a big part in the overall impression of this motel.

Room Tip: Most guests were in the southwest corner which is probably the pet friendly rooms.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Super nice people, very accommodating. A step back in time with improvements. Very comfortable beds, new carpet and clean bath. More work needs to be done to bring it up to excellent status. Upgrade the TV, repair or replace some paneling and just general outside maintenance. It's sad to see the Route 66 corridor in such bad shape, which in no way reflects on this property since they are trying to preserve the history. Kudos to them for that and I wish them all the best.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

Such a treat to stay here. The owner was incredibly friendly, helpful, and committed to making sure we were comfortable and happy. Rooms were super clean (just a little dated). Very affordable, near some great restaurants, and a convenient coffee shop (Circa) right at the motel.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2013 via mobile

I had the pleasure of staying here last week. What a charming little place done up with all the Route 66 paraphernalia. The price of the room was ridiculously inexpensive. It's run by a very nice couple. Cathy was kind enough to run over and turn the heat on when i called. Nothing worse than checking into a cold room after traveling all day. She is a sweet, hardworking lady. It's obvious that she and her husband have put great effort into maintaining and improving this cozy motel. The rooms were nice sized, really clean and nicely appointed. The bed was soft but firm and the linens top notch. I travel a lot and really appreciate a clean room.

There are many choices in this small town, including the cheap chain motels. I've stayed in many of them and this place far exceeds the experiences I have had at the chain hotels/motels.

They even have a little expresso bar that's open from 6:30 am to 11:00 am. They serve coffee, lattes, and breakfast food.

I'll definitely be back when traveling through New Mexico again.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

We stayed here on our way from MI to San Diego and it was a great experience. The rooms are old fashioned and retro, but that is cool when you are on route 66. There is an espresso bar right next to it, with great coffee drinks. The owner was really nice and it is much less expensive than the Blue Swallow. It was like $44 a night with taxes. Also, it is American owned. The rooms were very clean too and I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

Every time I am traveling along I-40 this is the one place I want to stop. Best room in America for under $40. Clean, comfortable beds. Free Wifi. Nice coffee shop. Never disappointing. Even though I am only through here once every 6 months or so, the owner always remembers me and a friendly greeting goes a long way. Highly recommend.

Room Tip: Ask for a corner room. #107 is my favorite. The corners are a little larger.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

This is an outstanding motel for the highway traveler. We arrived at 10:50 at night, and the hotel owner was expecting us and extremely welcoming. He told us what would be open at that hour for food and how early local restaurants opened, including their coffee bar. The beds were comfortable; the room adequate. Don't let the extremely reasonable nightly rate deter you from staying here.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Historic Route 66 Motel

Address: 1620 East Tucumcari Blvd., Tucumcari, NM 88401-4331
Region: United States > New Mexico > Tucumcari
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Tucumcari
#3 Romantic Hotel in Tucumcari
#3 Business Hotel in Tucumcari
Price Range: £24 - £37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Historic Route 66 Motel is a mid-century modern hotel that is similar in style and atmosphere to hotels and homes designed by Mies van der Rohe, Joseph Eichler, and Oscar Niemeyer. Built in 1963, both the exterior and interior is more than a little reminiscent of "California Modern", a style that was so popular until the latter sixties. Our mission is to provide clean, private, and comfortable overnight accommodations for guests at an extremely reasonable rate. Refrigerators and microwaves are available in select rooms. The Motel also includes a popular European Style Espresso Bar on the west wing where guests receive a 10% discount on all items and an exterior corridor, where guests can park directly, or nearly directly, in front of their rooms. The Historic Route 66 Motel is operated by a professional staff directly managed by the owners. ... more   less 
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Historic Route 66 Hotel Tucumcari

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