Four days into our road trip, we made our way to across the border to Tucumcari, NM. Pronounced two-come-cary, this one very popular and bustling town on Route 66 is now sleepy but surviving. There is hiking and many natural wonders to see in the greater vicinity, but Tucumcari itself has charm in its murals painted throughout the city. It's a neat place to visit.
Despite there being many choices, it seemed to us that there are really 3 motels to pick from. We chose the Safari on a whim but were very pleased.
Check in was easy and we were immediately relaxed in the setting. The room was nicely furnished and very clean, and we were greeted by music from the 50's and 60's from the old fashioned designed modern radio. Some of the rooms have themes from what we saw, but ours was not.
We were within walking distance of the grocery store and the Lizard lounge and restaurant where we had dinner.
They only downside was that our hit water ran out after one shower, but the manager was apologetic and seemed genuinely surprised by the problem, saying she'd look into it.
The next morning, we enjoyed ourselves on they patio area and then popped down the street for coffee at the owner's friend's motel's espresso bar with a coupon from the Safari.
We really enjoyed ourselves abd would stay again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The world famous Motel Safari on Historic Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico, has been a Mother Road icon for almost 60 years! We invite you to skip the big chains and experience road travel the way it used to be. Enjoy an authentic slice of Americana with mid-century modern accommodations that don't sacrifice today's comforts and amenities. Relax on Sealy Posturepedic pillow-top mattresses, enjoy 32" HDTVs with cable, groove with Tivoli Audio BT One streaming Rte 66 Radio, cool off with remote-controlled Frigid-Aire, refresh with Speakman Anystream showerheads, stay connected with fast, free WiFi, and wake up to in-room coffee makers. And you can park right at your room! Head outside to unwind on the patio, enjoy the fire pit and visit with fellow travelers. We're centrally located, close to dining, shopping and attractions, with many just a short walk away. When getting your kicks on 66 in Tucumcari, make the Motel Safari your home away from home. Just look for the camel! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Motel Safari Hotel Tucumcari
- Safari Hotel Tucumcari
- Safari Motel Tucumcari