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“What a let down!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Roy's Motel & Cafe

Roy's Motel & Cafe
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Amboy
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Selsey, England, United Kingdom
1 review
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“What a let down!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

I have just returned from a 2400 mile road trip in the States and called in to visit Roy's Cafe in Amboy as part of the trip. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement and my advice to anyone thinking of visiting this place is don't waste your time.

Mr Okura paints a glossy picture of the place on his website, but the reality is something completely different. You can't even get a decent cup of coffee in this place, never mind anything by the way of hot food Sandford the USA that is just not acceptable. Tee shirts and cheap tourist stuff is in abundance, but little else. Even the guy behind the desk was uninspired and that probably sums up the level of commitment from Mr Okura!

Such a shame as the place has real potential.

Peter from Chichester

Visited July 2013
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“Very disappointed with Roy's Cafe!! ...Please read!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

My fiancé and I travelled past Roy's cafe during a California road trip in 2011. We made a quick stop as we where pushed for time but liked the look of the place (quirky old Route 66 cafe) and we promised ourselves if we ever came to this part of the world again we would plan to spend more time at Roy's!
During a full length Route 66 trip in May 2013 we arranged a whole day around making sure we had time to spend at Roy's as we drove from Flagstaff AZ to Barstow CA (2nd May 2013) We decided to miss various sighs out of the journey to enable us to spend more time at Roy's! As we arrived we where greeted with an awful welcome from the lady working behind the counter! She very abruptly told us that they don't sell any food!!! - sorry I thought Roy's cafe was a Cafe! The only drinks available where drinks out of a drinks cooler! We where very taken back and felt extremely disappointed with Roy's! We understand that times are hard and cafes/gas stations along the route are struggling but we couldn't understand why the lady lacked any customer service skills. She simply could have politely, perhaps even with a smile, told us that unfortunately the food and drinks available was limited and thanked us for stopping anyway. Roy's Cafe, Amboy, is a relatively famous stop along Route 66, it is highlighted in guide books, mentioned in films and television programs not to mention the famous Roy's sign is printed on many Route 66 memorabilia. However we feel that the lady behind the counter really doesn't deserve the credit and passing trade the Cafe seems the get. We stopped at many less predominant cafes and gas stations along the Route and almost everyone we met were polite and friendly. Maybe the staff at Roy's are taking the advertisement of the cafe for granted rather than providing a good service to the people who do stop by?

Visited May 2013
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“Amboy - A Quirky Little Trip...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

This place used to be an oasis in the desert for people traveling cross-country on old Route 66. Now it is a quirky piece of historical Americana - both being preserved and being consumed by the desert around it... My family and I love quirky places and Roy's is exactly that -- "quirky." It's not Disneyland or Las Vegas.

In order to get here you need to take the Amboy exit from Interstate 40 and drive down a small road out into what appears to be complete desolation and pure inhospitable desert. Eventually you'll get to an area where the sand becomes peppered with what appear to be black rocks -- it is actually volcanic rock strewn throughout the area by an ancient volcano (Amboy Crater) -- then suddenly a tiny grouping of buildings and a giant old arrowhead sign announces that you have arrived at "Roy's." This is Amboy! It's old, weather-beaten, run-down and it's not hard to imagine that no one really wants to live here -- even in it's heyday the population was rarely more than a few people, but once upon a time, weary LA-bound travelers must have seen this as a welcome oasis in the middle of one hot, hot, hot desert. Today the town is actually owned by a wealthy regional restaurant mogul who is trying to refurbish the town and preserve it. The cage has a tiny souvenir shop and the remnants of a motel, a gas-station, a school and even a post office are nearby or attached. So why does one come out to a place like Amboy? Well the crater is nearby but the town itself is just fascinating -- allowing one's mind to imagine worn-out, sometimes ragged depression-era travelers meandering accross the scorching desert in dusty, overheating Model T's enroute to the "California Promise Land" or the shiny streamlined 1950's-era road cruisers just rolling accross the desert and pulling up for a tank of 10 cent gas and some refreshments and maybe an over-night stay at the motel... I think that they do still sell gas when it's available but no one is staying the night anytime soon -- the hotel is closed and a long way from functional at this point. This is a quirky trip to a quirky little place. Some will love it -- but I also know others will just not really see it the way that I do...

Visited April 2013
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“Cafe in the middle of Nowhere!!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

A very old style diner that has seen better days. The lady was very friendly but they have very llimited things to offer. Just snacks and hot and cold drinks. It is great for photos and be warned the motel is not open but you can look around the rooms. The petrol is expensive here but it is miles from the next petrol station.

Visited October 2012
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