My husband and I recently traveled from the UK to make a month long road trip along route 66 to find what remains of the old road.
We stayed in a lot of motels along the way but none came even close to the Motel Safari for preserving the feel of days gone by. The husband and wife team who own this Route 66 gem deserve to be top of the list. Their tireless efforts to restore the Motel Safari to it's former glory are immediately apparent as soon as you open the door to your cabin. From the lovingly refurbished original furniture to the painstaking details that goes into sourcing the original fabrics and historic pictures on the wall, it's a perfect example of a vintage motel.
The attention to the vintage detail doesn't stop the rooms being fully equipped with free wifi, wonderfully comfortable beds, down pillows and flat screen TV's (gotta have the mod cons) and the owner, Richard, is both extremely helpful, very dedicated and a pleasure to meet. The rooms are kept squeaky clean and very cosy.
Now for the blatant favouritism - by all means stop and enjoy the neon on the Blue Swallow Motel's sign, but do yourselves a favour and stay at the Safari. You will miss out if you pass it by. For seekers of a genuine feel of the past, there is no better place than here.
Keep up the hard work Talley's, you're doing an amazing job restoring small town America.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- MOTEL SAFARI (est. 1959) - A Route 66 Icon for more than 58 years! Welcome to Two Gun Larry's World Famous Motel Safari on Historic Route 66 in Tucumcari, NM. Vintage hotel lodging with modern amenities, squeaky clean rooms and the best beds on the Mother Road! We feature: Sealy Posturepedic pillow top mattresses, hypoallergenic down pillows, luxury cotton bath linens, premium bath amenities, 32 inch flat panel HDTV's, in-room coffee makers with coffee, free Wi-Fi and great rates. Journey through time, experience road travel the way it used to be and get your kicks on Route 66. Don't just dream about legends of the road - STAY IN ONE! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Motel Safari Hotel Tucumcari
- Safari Hotel Tucumcari
- Safari Motel Tucumcari