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815 E Route 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401-3143
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#1 of 22 hotels in Tucumcari
Location
4.8
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4.9
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4.9
Value
4.8
2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Try something different tonight! 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, and retain an authentic feel from the heyday of route 66 travel. Premium creature comforts including ultra-comfortable mattresses, spa-like towels, and Desert Breeze organic shampoo, soap, and lotion. Many of the 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!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bicycles available
Board games / puzzles
Children's television networks
Free airport transportation
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shops
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
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Mike L wrote a review Yesterday
15 contributions1 helpful vote
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This is the second summer staying here. It’s clean, quiet, safe, and nostalgic. We ate dinner at Del’s just down the street. Very good! The owners are super friendly and accommodating. They will give you a thorough tour before you unpack. We were getting over Covid so we couldn’t be outside chatting with other visitors this time, but it’s great to sit in their provided chairs outside your room in the evening and chat with fellow guests.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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FloralTrains wrote a review Oct 4
Gulf Breeze, Florida128 contributions35 helpful votes
We didn’t spend the night in this motel but we did stop by to see the motel from the movie Cars! We bought some merchandise and met the owners. They were so kind and let the kids check out a painting in one of the garages of the Cars characters. The sign is vintage and the motor garages are so neat. Loved our short visit!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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ChitownCountry wrote a review Sep 2022
Chicago, Illinois4 contributions
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Wanted to get the Route 66 experience and the Blue Swallow Motel was great. Booking the room on the Motel web site was easy and you got to choose your own room. We were in Room 15, a 2 bed room on the end of the property. When we arrived, the Owner, Rob, greeted us and gave us a little history of the Motel while showing us to the room. The room had 2 beds that were comfortable. The bathroom was good and the shower had good water pressure. Neon lights up the courtyard and we spent part of the night sitting in front of the room talking with others enjoying the Motel. Met people from Texas, Indiana, Colorado and Germany. The mosquitoes were fierce, lol, so bring spray if it is mosquito season. No breakfast at the hotel but a few close restaurants were recommended.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Kai-Walther Bjerkedok wrote a review Sep 2022
Norway3 contributions
Fantastic service from the host. Really nice and clean rooms. Outdoor area is very nice with music and neon lights. Gives you the real Route 66 vibe! Awesome place! Would recommend this place to everyone passing Tucumcari!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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James G wrote a review Sep 2022
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We had a great experience staying at the Blue Swallow. The owners are wonderful folks and the place is clean and comfortable. Each unit has a garage with original murals and the guests hang out on vintage lawn furniture and visit in the evening.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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traveling_with_kathy wrote a review Sep 2022
Lake Stevens, Washington1132 contributions453 helpful votes
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It’s like stepping into a time capsule from the 50s. The Blue Swallow is a classic Route 66 motor lodge. When I checked in the owner was so welcoming and walked me to my room. She gave a history of the motel. This is one of the last motel court motels. Each room comes with its own garage. The rooms have all the original features including the tiled bathroom floor and shower. I absolutely loved my stay. There are a few classic cars on the property and fun neon.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Nick W wrote a review Aug 2022
London, United Kingdom131 contributions68 helpful votes
Another Rt66 classic that I'm so pleased to have stayed at on our journey. This motel has wonderful character, as do the owners who are so (rightly) proud of the history that you get a tour of the motel when checking in. Beautiful neon lights make a great atmosphere in the evening, with guests sitting outside their rooms, having a drink & watching the world go by as music plays in the background. Our room was very comfortable (another of the better nights sleep we had on our 3 week trip), & parking is right outside (each room gets it's own space or garage). Would not hesitate to stay here again if I'm ever lucky enough to be on that part of Route 66 in the future.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Book early to secure a room (& even choose which one you would like)
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Vicki F wrote a review Aug 2022
25 contributions10 helpful votes
My children & spouses and my spouse and I stayed here on our travels on Route 66. The Blue Swallow strives to keep it as close as the original as possible. The rooms are so unique and you go "oh look at this " or "this old radio is awesome". The painted garages are super cool!! The manager was so helpful and explained the history as he walks you around the property. He is so proud and rightfully so! The free morning coffee is the best. It is a must stay for sure ....
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Joy L wrote a review Aug 2022
3 contributions
Stayed in the family suite on our way to the Grand Canyon. The owners were so kind and helpful. They gave us an overview of the motel’s history and you could hear their genuine enthusiasm for preserving the charm of the motel and the experience. The rooms were clean and beds were comfortable. Even the pullout couch bed was comfy and that is rare. It was a great experience
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: You have your own little parking garage space next to your room. So cute.
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Collen B wrote a review Aug 2022
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Great place to stay- clean, quiet, historic, beautiful. Can’t say enough about the owners- they even mailed us an item we left behind! Loved the neon all around and the music! We enjoyed driving around town looking at murals and other neon, had a nice dinner at Loretta’s.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
$122 - $123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United StatesNew MexicoTucumcari
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Swallow Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Blue Swallow Motel?
Nearby attractions include Route 66 Townhouse Welcome Center & Gift Shop (0.04 miles), Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory (0.4 miles), and Tee Pee Curios (0.10 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Blue Swallow Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Blue Swallow Motel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
Is parking available at Blue Swallow Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blue Swallow Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Watson's Bbq, Kix on 66, and Del's Restaurant.
Does Blue Swallow Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, Blue Swallow Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Blue Swallow Motel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Tucumcari.
Are any cleaning services offered at Blue Swallow Motel?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Is Blue Swallow Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.