Route 66 News

A new lodging option in Barstow?

Apparently the owners of a motel on Route 66 in Barstow, Calif., saw all the vacationers driving by and decided to do something about it.

From the Desert Dispatch:

Their current property, the Topper Motel on West Main Street, is popular with people, mostly locals, owner Ken Patel said, needing a room for more than a couple of nights. But tourists running down Route 66 passed right by and rarely stopped to rent rooms for just a night or two.

The Patels’ solution: Renovate the west side of their property, paint it the appealing color of an orange Creamsicle and slap a new name, The Sunset Inn, over the office.

Manager Bijal Patel said the Sunset Inn opened in mid-July and has attracted the tourist element he and his father, Ken, targeted. […]