We had spent the holidays in Oklahoma and were driving home to Albuquerque when we were held up by a winter storm. We had spent the previous night in Amarillo. Snow, ice, and road closures limited the next day's travel to less than 100 miles in 6 hours.
Early in the day, it became apparent we may not make it from Amarillo to Albuquerque. We began phoning hotels in Tucumcari. All were booked but the Days Inn where we were able to reserve a room.
When we arrived, we were thrilled that we truly did have a room. The hotel could have very easily given our room away to any of the hundreds of travelers that were also stranded and in need of lodging. The couple operating the front desk were very pleasant in spite of the stressful situation of the storm. We were given the non-smoking room we had reserved by phone.
This property is definitely dated, as are most properties in Tucumcari. From outside appearances, the two hotels that seem the newest are the Hampton Inn and Microtel Inn. While I was grateful to have a room, I was concerned about what condition the room would be in.
We were pleasantly surprised to find a clean, well-maintained room. Furniture was dated, but the bed was comfortable with clean sheets. The bathroom was spotless--including a new bathtub/shower and new shower curtain.
The wall unit heat/ac did a good job of keeping us warm.
We had only two complaints: the walls and ceilings are threadbare. We heard every noise made by other guests. It was very difficult to sleep through the night. The rate supposedly included a continental breakfast. On New Year's Day, we appeared in the breakfast area a bit before 9:00 to find a staff member putting away the last of the breakfast food. I asked if we could still have breakfast, and she said she had been serving breakfast since 4:30 and it was time to put it away. She was incredibly rude--quite the opposite of the staff we had met the previous evening.
In a bad situation, this hotel turned out to be a gem. Better to have heard the other guests all night rather than to have been stranded in our car on I-40.
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