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TripAdvisor ranks Blue Swallow among top bargain motels

The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, N.M., ranked among the top 25 “bargain” motels in the United States in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Traveler’s Choice Awards.

The Blue Swallow is listed at No. 6. TripAdvisor said the average nightly rate in its bargain group is $91.

Random observation: Four of the 25 motels in that category are in Palm Springs, Calif., and Palm Springs tends to show up in other listings as well.

In the small hotels group, the Inn of the Five Graces ranked eighth in the top 25. Inn of the Five Graces isn’t on Route 66, but it operates in the old Route 66 town of Santa Fe, N.M.

According to TripAdvistor:

Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the reviews and opinions of millions of TripAdvisor travelers around the globe. In total, 7,123 unique properties worldwide won awards in 2014.  Italy featured the most unique hotel winners with 152, the U.K. had 145 properties recognized and the U.S. and France each featured 144 award winners.

(Dusk image of the Blue Swallow Motel by Tim Anderson via Flickr)