On the fifth and last night of a long drive from Florida to Arizona, my husband, girl-dog Sophie and I had a wonderful "retro 50s" experience staying in canine-friendly room #12! Kevin and his darling two golden retrievers (one named Boomer) greeted us warmly, and Kevin then walked with us to our room. He suggested some local places to get a quick dinner, and pointed out the coffee that's available in the front office in the morning. We were towing a U-haul, and Kevin graciously moved another vehicle so that we could park conveniently to our front door. The room was cozy and looked recently painted, and the full-size bed had a soft, hand-made quilt and four pillows. The walls were decorated with collectable photos relating to Route 66, including one of a train named St. Louis where I'm originally from. The bathroom appeared to be original, and was tiny as expected in a 50s motel.The shower had the original pink-and-black tiles on he walls, and hexagon-shaped white tiles on the floor. The shower itself was fabulous -- hot and plenty of water pressure. The room was immaculately clean, the towels were plentiful, and the color TV was sitting on a cool piece of antique furniture. It snowed during the night, and the temperature in the room was perfectly warm. When we checked out, I met Kevin's wife, Nancy, who is just as immediately-likeable as Kevin, and purchased some t-shirts and caps from the front office. The graphics are wonderful and when I wear them, I'll be reminded of the great experience we had at the Blue Swallow Motel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BREAK THE CHAIN! Travel just a short distance away from the I-40 off-ramp to experience the best of the past, with old-fashioned hospitality that is all too rare these days. The Blue Swallow Motel is a classic Motor Court established in 1939 on historic Route 66, and one of few anywhere still operating in its original configuration. Rooms are clean and comfortable, but retain an authentic feel from the heyday of route 66 travel. Premium creature comforts including wonderful mattresses, spa-like towels, and Desert Breeze organic shampoo, soap, and lotion. Most rooms include a garage to make you feel more at home while you are on the road, and these are perfect for parking your motorcycle or classic car for the night. All rooms are non-smoking. One of the best neon displays on Route 66! Come spend a memorable night and experience the home-style hospitality of a bygone era at the Blue Swallow Motel! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blue Swallow Hotel Tucumcari
- Blue Swallow Tucumcari