Having driven Route 66 and missed staying here or the other Wigwam in Holbrook, I was determined to stay if I was ever in the vicinity.
There turned out to be a shortfall in my expectations. I booked on line with one of the many agents. One hour after checking in, the manageress was at the room saying that I was not properly booked as my computer printout did not have a confirmation number on it. She was unable to get through to the agency so insisted I paid again. This was easily resolved once back home by my Irish credit card provider but was some irritation on the day.
The hotel itself is very clean and tidy on the outside; clearly efforts have been made to bring this up to a modern standard. Inside was old fashioned as I had hoped but alas so was the AC (air con). It seems as if unseasonably warm September had produced an oven out of the wig wam. After more than an hour, it was clear that the AC was not bringing the temperature down and following my request we moved to another. Again the AC produced more noise than cold and we passed a very restless night in a room much hotter than the outside air temperature.
Previous comments note that the surrounding area is run down- it is but does not give too much cause for concern. Eating locally is also a limited experience.
But in the end, this is a piece of history, I am glad we stopped, after all, you have the rest of your life to spend in boring modern hotels is you wish.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Route 66! One of the few remaining classic motels. This family-fun roadside attraction was built in 1949 and has undergone a renovation phase. The motel offers a complete guest room in a peculiar fashion of actual wigwam units. The motel comprises of all the standard hotel amenities ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wigwam Hotel San Bernardino
- Wigwam Motel San Bernardino