Not just one, but two motels in the Route 66 town of Tucumcari, N.M., were given 2013 Traveler’s Choice Awards by TripAdvisor.com for being rated among the top 25 bargain hotels in the United States.
The Blue Swallow Motel was ranked No. 3 in its category, and the Motel Safari was No. 20. Both motels sit along historic Route 66. In addition to being hospitable, both motels are known for their attention to their historical details.
The average night’s stay for a “bargain” rate motel in TripAdvisor’s awards cost $152. Both the Blue Swallow and Motel Safari are considerably less than that.
TripAdvisor said about the 11th annual awards:
TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions covering more than 650,000 hotels and collected in a single year from travelers around the world.
Other noteworthy awards for businesses in Route 66 towns (but not on the Mother Road itself) included the Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe, N.M., which was No. 1 in the small hotels category. Among bed-and-breakfasts in the U.S., Casa Cuma Bed & Breakfast in Santa Fe was No. 11. Among the top 25 U.S. hotels, Peninsula Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, Calif., was No. 12, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago was No. 13, and Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago was No. 20.
Girl & The Goat, less than a mile north of Route 66 in Chicago, was among travelers’ top restaurants. Chicago and Los Angeles, which bookend Route 66, were named among the top destinations worldwide.