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“Dicey neighborhood, but kitschy and safe oasis!!”
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Wigwam Motel
Ranked #3 of 32 Hotels in San Bernardino
Glendale, California
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Dicey neighborhood, but kitschy and safe oasis!!”
Reviewed October 14, 2008

We decided to stay not only because we're Route 66 buffs, but we were going to the San Manuel PowWow a few miles away, and thought this would be a kitschy and silly "theme" weekend.

Okay, yeah, Rialto is a ROUGH neighborhood, if you're looking for a five-star resort, this is not the place for you. But the Wigwam is a green oasis, with safe and attractive fencing all around it, and you park your car literally adjacent to your wigwam.

Rooms -- guys, it's a wigwam. Think "Motel 6 with a cuter outfit." Holds either one or two "queen" (we think smaller, closer to full size) beds, rollaway on request. Nice TV with HBO and other limited channels. FREE wired AND wireless Internet! Very interesting teeny-tub (literally half-size) tub/shower combo - shower is typical 50's hotel 'chest height' but still quite nice, lots of hot water. Economy hotel type toiletries. Yea, some room condition/maintenance issues, but seriously, we knew what we were signing on for when we checked in. If you're expecting flawless grout, etc., go somewhere else, don't bwaah about it like you thought you were getting the Rtiz-Carlton!

Mr. Patel (yes,East Indians run the American Indian-themed motel, a joke that was not lost on Mr. Patel!) was a wonder, took care of our rollaway etc. while we were out at powwow, and gave us a courtesy wakeup call 30 minutes before checkout time (which we would have slept through if not!). GREAT GIFT SHOP full of Route 66 souvenirs.

Pet friendly! but did not take our pet. Too cold to try pool but it looked clean, right behind manager's wigwam so no problems.

Again, VERY dicey neighborhood, but this is an oasis of Route 66 history and we did not feel unsafe at any time.

  • Liked — Route 66 history, gift shop, kitschy Americana, hotel staff/owners
  • Disliked — Neighborhood
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2008

Charming Motel with a history. Lovely rooms, clean, all in original, well maintained shape. Very friendly staff welcomes you and take care during your stay.

Stayed October 2008
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Metamora, MI
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Reviewed October 6, 2008

What a fun place to stay! We arrived later than planned, but took the time to purchase some great Rt. 66 items at the gift shop. The staff was very friendly and gave us directions to local restaurants and helped us find a place to buy a memory card for our camera. Our Wig-Wam was clean and tidy. The bathroom was quaint and the shower had fabulous water pressure and plenty of hot water. Truly a unique experience.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2008

After passing by it many times as a kid (70's) and seeing a scene in Cars ( the animated movie) that replicated the teepees, I finally had a chance to stay here 3 nights when work brought me to the area. It's not the biggest or most extravegant, but still, it was an experience I will remember for a long time. The bed was comfortable, A/C worked great, next time, I will bring friends and family. Thanks to the staff for a great experinece.

  • Liked — Ambience / Nostalgia
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
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San Bernardino, CA
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Reviewed October 4, 2008

I surprised my wife with this motel stay; I pass by the Wig Wam on a daily basis (I'm a local truck driver), and I thought it would be a unique experience to stay there. My wife was THRILLED!!

The room was clean, neat, and when we arrived/turned on the AC, it cooled the room down very quickly. The bathroom was great, and had an unusual shower/tub combo I hadn't seen before.

We left very early in the morning, and my wife forgot to pack her nightgown...when I called management the following day, they had found/bagged/kept it for me to pick up later!!

I commend Manny & his family on running a special motel--keep up the good work!!!!

Sincerely,

Paul & Alicia Talley

  • Liked — Unusual theme
  • Disliked — Doorway entrance a little narrow at the top for tall people
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2008

filthy and in a horrible horrible neighborhood - liquor stoor across the street gang banger types were openly selling drugs, the carpet looked 20 years old, the place reeked of mild and the TV offered porno - free.

  • Disliked — totally filthy and run down
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled on business
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Folsom, California
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2008

Stayed here for one night for a family wedding, there are a lot of chain hotels around and we wanted to do something different. The price is good and it was neat to sleep in a tee pee, and a piece of history right on route 66. The inn keepers are very helpful, the rooms are quiet, though a little small, the bathroom was clean but showing its age, it was fine for one night though. The rest of the furniture in the room was brand new, and the bed and couch were comfy. There as also a mini fridge in the room. The neighborhood was a little sketchy though. Overall we had fun, I would recommend staying here if you are looking for something different and fun.

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Property: Wigwam Motel
Address: 2728 W Foothill Blvd, Historic Route 66, San Bernardino, CA 92376-5333
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Location: United States > California > San Bernardino
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 32 Hotels in San Bernardino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Wigwam Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 19
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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