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Blue Swallow Motel
Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in Tucumcari
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
1 review
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“Not to be missed!”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is an absolute must stay on any Route 66 trip. The motel is adorable and fabulously restored. You really do feel like you're experiencing a piece of Route 66 history. Kevin and Nancy are so sweet. We came in pretty late and they were so helpful, even left the neon on for us. Great stay!

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 2, aka the "Cars room," and loved it.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

If you're up for experiencing the charm of old Route 66 and an original motel, this is the ticket! Don't expect all the conveniences of a hotel or even chain motel, but just enjoy a little trip back in time. My husband and I and our two grown kids stayed in one room (2 beds!) and it was fine. Room was immaculately clean and smelled so fresh! Enjoyed visiting with the owner and other guests and looking around town. And DO NOT MISS the diner down the street- "Kix on 66" - best breakfast we've ever had! Understand John Madden (of football fame) frequents the place every time he comes through on his bus trips.

Room Tip: Few rooms to choose from, but talk with the owners and they'll try to get you what you need. Re...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

A great stay. The room was immaculately clean and very homely. Kevin and Nancy made us feel very welcome. Though no in room coffee maker, the reception had these facilities and the added bonus of a conversation with Kevin & Nancy. If ever on Route 66 I would definitely stay here again....

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Corrales, NM
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

When visiting Tumcumcari the Blue Swallow is the place to stay. It's one of the original motels on the strip and has been lovingly and artistically renovated by the owners, Kevin and Nancy Mueller, who are super friendly and helpful. The room I was in is tiny but very clean and colorful. They have larger rooms but since I was traveling alone it was fine. The beds are sooo comfy. Anyone who wants to avoid the "corporate" feeling of indifference and lack of originality must stay here.

Room Tip: Call the motel for advice on rooms as they are all different.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The property was maintained very well; we were impressed by the way it has been kept up. Everything was neat and clean, and the owners, Kevin and Nancy, were very friendly and a pleasure to chat with for a few minutes. I will make note that the only thing I was suprised by was that our small 2-door car barely fit in the garage, but this was only a minor inconvenience, everything else was great!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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New York
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Route 66 is a lot of fun for various reasons; finding the lost highway, looking for artifacts of days gone by. But this motel is like living in the past for all the good reasons. No other motel on Route 66 can equal the period experience that Blue Swallow can, right down to the dial on the black rotary telephone.
Parking garages are included in your stay. Rather unusual to experience that today. Period furniture is spot on and comfortable. Clean and charming. The only drawback is that I had to leave the next day. Would have easily stayed here longer.
Let me leave it there. All the other wonderful things about this place you'll have to discover on your own.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Norman, Oklahoma
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Miss Sally runs the Cozy Cone motel in CARS. My family enjoyed our stay very much. My 3yr old son was very impressed by the CARS mural of Radiator Springs. We arrived 1AM and the room was nice and toasty for us. The owners are a delight, and with the electric train around the Christmas tree or 3 year was allowed to run the controls. My wife and I loved the hospitality, comfy beds, and clean rooms. Thank you we will be coming back to Radiator Springs as my son calls Tecumcari.

Room Tip: Room 1 and 2 have the CARS mural garages.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Blue Swallow Motel

Property: Blue Swallow Motel
Address: 815 E Route 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401-3143
Location: United States > New Mexico > Tucumcari
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Tucumcari
#1 Best Value Hotel in Tucumcari
#1 Business Hotel in Tucumcari
#1 Family Hotel in Tucumcari
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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 
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