June 30, 2011The Motel Safari on Route 66
By Sara In AZ
A few years ago I had the pleasure of staying at the Motel Safari In Tucumcari New Mexico. It was one of those nights when you pull off the road, dead tired, after driving all day and you are not sure where to stay. Motel Safari was one of the first hotels we saw and we went for it.
Tucumcari is on old Route 66, so they have a lot of these type of ‘old school’ motels. Some of them looked run-down, others were completely closed, but others were being brought back to their Route 66 livelihood. Motel Safari is definitely one motel roaring back to it’s Route 66 glory days! Motel Safari is located at 722 E Route 66 Blvd Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401 and the phone number is (575) 461-1048. Click HERE for the link to their website.
Here is a picture of the motel when it was built back in 1959. It was originally a Best Western and had no camel on the sign. Sometime in 1962 the Best Western Crown was removed and the camel was added. The motel had a pool that was enclosed inside of the block walls on the right. The pool has since been removed, and that area is now a patio.
Here is a picture of the entryway and check-in area as it looks today.
Here is a picture of the same entryway at night. Those cylinder lights are the original lights from 1959 and spray a star like pattern all over the walls when lit up. So cool!!!
Here is the room I stayed in – Room 37. I love the brick on the outside and how it is all painted in alternating colors.
Here is the inside of the room. The beds and bedding were all new. All the rooms have Sealy Posturepedic pillowtop mattresses and Pacific Coast down surround pillows. The rooms also all have flat screen TVs!
Here is that flat screen TV I was telling y’all about. This is the original desk/vanity and chair that was in the room back in 1959! It is SO cool that they kept some of the original furniture, and it still looks great too.
Here is a view looking toward the bathroom. I just love that little screen on the top!
Finally, here is the bathroom. All original folks, and in superb shape too!
It was a real pleasure to stay at the Motel Safari. I will definitely be back again!