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Motel Safari

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Reviewed May 26, 2016

I travel across the country working on magazine stories. The Safari in Tucumcari is a hidden jewel on the Mother Road. Beautiful rooms, tastefully restored, most cordial owners, the perfect Tuci stop. You will not find more value for your dollar then at the Safari. It is wonderful to see what has been done to a classic R66 motel. Even...

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Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Great motel situated on the historic route. Authentic reference to 50's era. Staff very welcoming and shared local knowledge of places to eat and access to historic route. Rooms very comfortable and clean, would definitely recommend as a great place to stay equally as good as the infamous Swallow motel🙂

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Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

Was blown away by the cool vintage decor, price, and cleanliness of the motel. Every aspect was perfect from start to finish. We would definitely stay there again and would recommend this establishment to our friends and family or anyone looking for a great place to stay.

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1Thank Don V
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Reviewed April 20, 2016

I frequently visit Tucumcari for work and one of the best things about staying in this quaint little town is the nostalgic comforts of their mid-century hotels. I've stayed in several and Motel Safari continues to be my first choice.

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Reviewed February 7, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful surprise. This great motel is modern clean and very comfortable. It was perfect stop after several hours on the road. Lovely quality bedding comfortable bed. Had a great sleep just what was needed. If ever we were in the area would definitely stay here again.

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Akron, Ohio
Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Perfect after a long drive, clean, comfy. One of the original Route 66 motels in true Googie style. Friendly owners. Updated but still has all the mid-century charm. Free wifi and flat screen tvs. Kids loved it. Owners have lots of recommendations for breakfast and dining. Highly recommended!

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Richmond Hill, Canada
Reviewed December 15, 2015

When approaching this motel from the west on Rte 66 we passed by some abandoned gas stations, restaurants and hotels which made me wonder what I had gotten us into. Surprise! a beautifully maintained older motel and an amazing room. We stayed in the newly renovated Wanda Jackson suite - gorgeous décor and totally unique. The bed was great and...

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1Thank 1LIZT1
Kansas City, Missouri
Reviewed December 14, 2015

My sister and brother-in-law always stay at Motel Safari when they travel through and recommended this motel to me. This motel was squeaky clean, the beds were fabulous, (much, much better than the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland for example), and was just overall a very nice place to stay. When I travel through Tucumcari again, there's no decision on...

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2Thank Dan S
Clarksville, Tennessee
Reviewed November 27, 2015

This is an old Rt 66 motel. The age doesn't matter. Well kept. Modern conveniences. Wonderful ownership that makes you feel welcome. I stayed in the Wanda Jackson room, which is a king suite. It had a suite layout with a large screen TV. My friend had a king room, which was equivalent except for the size and smaller TV....

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North Hero, Vermont, United States
Reviewed November 16, 2015

After 11 hours on the road, we wanted a great place to spend the night. The Safari was all that and more. The owner was very friendly and the room clean and uniquely retro with a super comfy mattress. What more could you ask for.....

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
MOTEL SAFARI (est. 1959) - A Route 66 Icon for more than 57 years! Welcome to the world famous Motel Safari on historic Route 66 in Tucumcari, NM. Vintage hotel lodging with modern amenities, squeaky clean rooms and the best beds on the Mother Road! We feature: Sealy Posturepedic pillow top mattresses, hypoallergenic down pillows, luxury cotton bath linens, premium bath amenities, 32 inch flat panel HDTV's, in-room coffee makers with coffee, free Wi-Fi and great rates. Journey through time, experience road travel the way it used to be and get your kicks on Route 66. Don't just dream about legends of the road - STAY IN ONE! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Motel Safari

Address: 722 E Route 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401-3142
Location: United States > New Mexico > Tucumcari
Price Range: $44 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Motel Safari Hotel Tucumcari
Safari Hotel Tucumcari
Safari Motel Tucumcari
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Tucumcari
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tucumcari
#2 Business Hotel in Tucumcari
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“The Wanda Jackson Room if it is available.”
walter0255, 4 weeks ago | Read review
“If you have children get room with double beds and joining rooms”
stovall107, Mar 21, 2017 | Read review
“Rooms are clean and up to date. Book on line for a discounted price.”
979kaytem, Nov 27, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are good. Gayle will be able to assist any with questions.”
txephipsi, Jul 27, 2016 | Read review
“U-shape motel layout; appears all rooms are equal as far as their positioning”
Wanderfrolics, Jul 3, 2016 | Read review
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