We stayed at Boots for three days while we visited the town and relatives. Debi is the neatest lady to talk to. She has so much knowledge of the town and the motel. She is a delight. She handles the whole place by herself so if you arrive and can't find her, check the property.
We really got a feel for what motels and 'motor lodges' were like back in the forties.
For you youngers I'd advise you to get a hotel if you are not looking for historical places. There is no tv, access to wall plugs near the beds is not easy. But, if you want to hear 'Swap Shop' on an old 40's radio, this is the place. We loved it. Debi also let us know that we were in Clark Gable's room. If you don't know him, don't stay here.
The "Boots" is near restaurants of all kinds. If you go, tell Debi we said hi! Don't let the first set of buildings fool you. The motel is in great shape. She is working hard to get them 'show and stay' ready again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Boots Motel is an iconic historic motel on Route 66, at the junction of historic U.S. Route 66 and U.S. Route 71. It features two buildings, one built in 1939 and one in 1946, in the Streamlined Moderne style. Neglected for years, it is currently being restored to its 1949 appearance. Five rooms in the 1946 building are now completed and ready for occupancy. They feature spacious rooms with the original hardwood floors and built-in vanity dressing tables,and ceramic tile bathrooms with shower stalls They are individually decorated and furnished with period furnishings such as chenille bedspreads and 1940s-style furniture. Some still have the original round mirrors installed over the dressing tables. There are no televisions since television was not available in the Carthage area until the mid-1950s, but, as originally advertised, there is "a radio in every room," and the motel does offer free WiFi. Each room is individually heated and air conditioned, just as advertised in the 1940s. Experience a time when room service delivered your ice to your room and your room key was a real key that fit into an actual lock! We also have 5 double-carports to protect guest's vehicles from weather. Welcome back to the 1940s at the Boots Court! ... more less