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“Route 66” 4 of 5 stars
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5220 E. 11th St., Tulsa, OK 74112   |  
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Ranked #71 of 104 Hotels in Tulsa
Renfrew, Canada
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“Route 66”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2009

This original Route 66 motel was built in 1953. Going into the motel was like a step back in time. The rooms were clean but dated. Fridge, microwave and WIFI that actually worked. A diner down the street named Tally's Cafe came from the same area serving good food. The area was somewhat seedy but then again no worse than any other large city.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2009

With our GPS, we easily found this motel. What a hoot! We were excited about staying there. Yes, it dated back to the early 50s, but you have to love this place - the neon lights, billboard, etc. It had a fridge, even had WIFI. What more could I ask for when paying $35.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2009

This is a very basic motel. The rooms have no amenities (coffee maker, hair dryer) except for an unplugged refrigerator and TV. However, the beds are very comfortable, the shower is fine, and the aircon/heater works well (but is noisy). Also, the wall are thin, which could be a potential problem. For under $50, it's a good budget option.

It is a classic, old style motel, right on Route 66. You are a five minute walk from Talley's Cafe, a great old style place for breakfast. The Cherry Street Market, with great bars, cafes, and restaurants. is a five minute drive. Downtown Tulsa is a 10 minute drive (and except for the expensive hotels, it is dead and night). The airport is about a 15 minute drive.

I found this a good, cheap base for seeing Tulsa. There is nothing to walk to near the motel, but there are a huge number of restaurants and stores (Western Sizzlin', Golden Corral, Wallmarts, Mexican and Chinese restaurants, etc) within a 15 minute drive. It's also close to the university and stadium.

Jenks and the riverwalk are about a 30 minute drive. I found it to be a convenient budget choice.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Desert Hills Motel

Address: 5220 E. 11th St., Tulsa, OK 74112
Location: United States > Oklahoma > Tulsa
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #71 of 104 Hotels in Tulsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 50
Also Known As:
Desert Hills Hotel Tulsa

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