After a disappointing stay at the disintigrating Powwow, my sis and I, traveling under not-so pleasant circumstances, opted for a cheerier change of venue. At the insistence of all the other glowing reviews, we drove down route 66 to the Blue Swallow-know for it's neon.Wow! Such individualized, friendly service-I have only experienced but a handul of times...Our official greeters were 2 gorgeous golden (red) retrievers-that's when we knew that this was the place! Kevin, the proprietor, emerged from a Disney Cars- muraled garage,screwdriver (the tool, not the drink!) in hand and proceeded to give us a tour. We are now sitting out front of our adorable room in a 50s lawn chair with wine in hand.When Kevin espied my sis drinking her sauv blanc out of a plastic motel cup, he was aghast and quickly brought her a stem from his own collection. Kevin is a veritable 1 -man, Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce-forthcoming with all the in's and outs and local lore.
The lobby is peppered with plenty of Rt. 66 curios and instead of the usual swill that most places serve as coffee-they offer PG tips-in honor of all the overseas travelers among y'all.The rooms small but cozy with a pink rotary phone and tiled shower were evocative of the great American motoring era. The beds with vintage chenille bedspreads and to- die- for soft sheets, made for a much needed restful slumber for these road weary sibs. As the neon lights flickered over our faces, we toasted (with our New Mexico Gruet wine) the history that is NM Rt. 66........Sonja and Julie
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Try something different tonight! 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 ultra-comfortable mattresses, spa-like towels, and Desert Breeze organic shampoo, soap, and lotion. Many of the 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