We found this motel via Lonely Planet and liked the description of the neighborhood (Nob Hill). We stayed two nights, mainly because of the interesting surroundings--right in the heart of the college district and lots of fascinating shops/restaurants. The side streets all bordering this area of Rt 66 have interesting little houses, etc. also--it feels like it would be a great place to live.
However, this motel is in transition. It looks like they are renovating and the results will be great. However the place looked dumpy while we were there and our room looked ok but wasn't all that clean and I could swear I had a small flea jump on me while I was reading--they are 'pet-friendly' so this could be a side effect.
What kept me there a second night was the great location and ok price, not to mention my long experience with and relative tolerance for dives. I would be tempted to check them out again and see if they've improved--I don't think you can find a better location overall.
We ate at the old gas station/brewpub a few doors down, at the Mexican restaurant at the tram and at the restaurant at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. All meals were very enjoyable. There's a good haircut place across the street and down a bit, featuring discounted late night cuts as well as Cuban food--that was fun too.
The free hour-long walking tour from the Art and History museum was excellent--we had a great docent. Loved the museum and the old part of town as well--had an excellent breakfast at Church St cafe a block off the plaza. Ask for it at the visitor's center--beautiful outdoor patio in the back.
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