Not for the Hilton and Hyatt crowd, this motel is really more about the memories and experience than luxury or amenities. I'm very glad I stayed here rather than in Albuquerque as I drove across New Mexico.
Bill and Terri do a fine job of providing a comfortable room, lots of parking and help with questions about the area. I found the email correspondence to book the room was easy and quick, and Terri was very welcoming when I arrived.
The room I stayed in, #3, came with covered parking and great rocking chairs outside my door. The room itself was small, but cozy. The bathroom was very clean, though some folks may find the small shower a little snug.
Free wi-fi is available if you are sitting outside and can catch it transmitting from the office (the motel walls are too thick to let wi-fi in directly to your room). I sat outside on the porch swing happily typing away with a great signal.
The town of Tucumcari does not have a lot going on and there isn't much to see, but it does have the spirit of Route 66 and the town folks were extremely friendly.
Recommended for folks who like to get off the beaten path and for anyone looking for a quickly vanishing Route 66 experience.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Blue Swallow Hotel Tucumcari
- Blue Swallow Tucumcari