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“More than we'd hoped”
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Blue Swallow Motel
Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in Tucumcari
Certificate of Excellence
Austin, Texas
1 review
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“More than we'd hoped”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

We found this place on Roadtrippers and it was the first place we stayed during a 3-week road trip. PERFECT place to start! Loved the neon, the classic car out front, and the lobby, complete with very helpful and welcoming owners as well as a sweet golden retriever who took her job as motel greeter very seriously. :) The room was super-cute and, even more importantly, the bed was SUPER-comfortable. We couldn't have chosen a better spot to kick off our trip!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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krmtrains1, Owner at Blue Swallow Motel, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Thanks so much for the kind words, and glad you enjoyed your visit. With so many people being so kind with their reviews, we feel we need to work extra hard to live up to expectations. It is nice to hear when we manage to do that!

Thanks again, and if your travels ever bring you back this way, we hope you will make the Blue Swallow part of your travel plans.

Kevin & Nancy
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Goodyear, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

This is a Route 66 gem. Great owners and very clean retro rooms. Had lots of recommendations to stay here and we are very impressed. What a cool hotel, fun gift shop in the lobby too. Lots of eating places nearby. Can't wait for Nancy's muffins in the morning.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lindstrom, Minnesota
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We stayed here on our way back to MN from Tucson in April. Loved the neon sign, murals. The room we stayed in was the suite as there was a mix up with our reservation, so we were offered the suite. Lovely rooms and the owners were very nice and accommodating. We ate down the road (within walking distance) for dinner and it was nice not having to get in the car again after our long drive. Very quiet motel and hospitality was great! It was fun walking the "strip" to see the other "neon motels" and murals on the buildings. It reminded us somewhat of "Radiator Springs" in the movie, Cars. We will definitely recommend the Blue Swallow to our friends and hope to stay again in the future.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Missouri Valley, Iowa
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

For those of us who wish to see the country and not just pass through it.The Blue Swallow is a treasure indeed. Rt.66 as it was is a memory for us and this visit was an accurate reinforcement of those memories. Friendly,helpful, hosts and clean comfortable rooms.
We saw the James Dean room on the website and were able to spend the night in it.

Room Tip: We had #1 and liked the ease of parking and having James dean on the wall.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

We spent a night at the Blue Swallow Motel recently, and it set a whole new standard. Not only was it clean and economical, it was nostalgic, colorful, romantic, and quirky, in the best possible way. Kevin and Nancy were warm and welcoming, personally escorting us to our room and attached garage, explaining the history of the motel as well as tips to make our stay as pleasant as possible. The Blue Swallow is obviously a labor of love, so if you are traveling along Route 66 don't miss out on this charming oasis!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Chris L
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Wanted to stay at a historic place on Rt. 66. Couldn't have done better. The owners have restored the place to maybe even better than it was in the highway's heyday. Very welcoming hosts, clean rooms, great dog, etc. Couldn't of asked for anything more.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Lindsborg, Kansas
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Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

We were fortunate enough to get a room at the Blue Swallow. We were welcomed by Kevin and shown a lovely room. From the moment we arrived our stay felt like going home...back in time to a simpler day with many fond memories keeping us company! The room was so clean and the bed most comfortable. Coffee and delicious muffins were provided in the morning. The retro neon lighting that lights the courtyard and the signage out front is wonderful. Make sure you check out the attached garages while here. We look forward to another visit to the Blue Swallow.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Blue Swallow Motel
Address: 815 E Route 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401-3143
Region: United States > New Mexico > Tucumcari
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Tucumcari
#1 Best Value Hotel in Tucumcari
#1 Business Hotel in Tucumcari
#1 Family Hotel in Tucumcari
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BREAK THE CHAIN! Travel just a short distance away from the I-40 off-ramp to experience the best of the past, with old-fashioned hospitality that is all too rare these days. The Blue Swallow Motel is a classic Motor Court established in 1939 on historic Route 66, and one of few anywhere still operating in its original configuration. Rooms are clean and comfortable, but retain an authentic feel from the heyday of route 66 travel. Premium creature comforts including wonderful mattresses, spa-like towels, and Desert Breeze organic shampoo, soap, and lotion. Most rooms include a garage to make you feel more at home while you are on the road, and these are perfect for parking your motorcycle or classic car for the night. All rooms are non-smoking. One of the best neon displays on Route 66! Come spend a memorable night and experience the home-style hospitality of a bygone era at the Blue Swallow Motel! ... more   less 
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