Imperial Inn in Albuquerque likely will reopen to overnight guests next month

The long-moribund Imperial Inn in east downtown Albuquerque probably will reopen to overnight travelers sometime next month after city officials hailed a $7 million redevelopment of the Route 66 motel. The Imperial, located at 701 Central Ave. (aka Route 66), now has 56 guest rooms, 16 residential suites and 4,400 square feet of commercial space … Continue reading Imperial Inn in Albuquerque likely will reopen to overnight guests next month

Renovations on Imperial Inn motel in Albuquerque likely will be finished by fall

A two-year renovation project on the once-troubled Imperial Inn motel in Albuquerque likely will be completed by the autumn. The motel at 701 Central Ave. (aka Route 66) will have 52 guest rooms, 16 residential suites and several businesses. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque filed this report: According to RoadsideArchitecture.com, the Imperial Inn opened in the early 1960s … Continue reading Renovations on Imperial Inn motel in Albuquerque likely will be finished by fall

City of Albuquerque breaks ground on Imperial Inn redevelopment plan

The City of Albuquerque this week broke ground on a $7.6 million redevelopment project for the Imperial Inn Motel along Route 66. According to KRQE-TV in Albuquerque: The plans for the Imperial Inn on Central, just west of I-25, include 52 guest rooms and 16 residential suites, along with space for a dozen businesses including … Continue reading City of Albuquerque breaks ground on Imperial Inn redevelopment plan

Monterey Motel in Albuquerque likely to reopen Aug. 4 after renovations

The historic Monterey Motel and its attached MOMO Lounge are expected to reopen Aug. 4 after extensive renovations and redesigns that bring the property back to its earlier roots, according to a local newspaper. The Paper in Albuquerque published many details about how Rupal Engineer of Design Plus LLC tackled the face-lift for the Route … Continue reading Monterey Motel in Albuquerque likely to reopen Aug. 4 after renovations

Monterey Motel renovations in Albuquerque will finish by September

Renovations on the historic Monterey Motel in Albuquerque will be completed by September in its conversion to a higher-end hostel. Downtown Albuquerque News recently talked to Chad Renneker, a Portland, Oregon-based developer who also brought El Vado Motel back to life as a boutique motel with a taproom and several shops. The bunk beds will … Continue reading Monterey Motel renovations in Albuquerque will finish by September

More details emerge about restoration of Monterey Motel in Albuquerque

The Monterey Motel in Albuquerque, next door to the redeveloped and equally historic El Vado Motel, is undergoing renovations that will take it back to its original look. Above is a vintage postcard of the motel, back when it was called the Monterey Court. The Albuquerque Journal had some details about the work being done: … Continue reading More details emerge about restoration of Monterey Motel in Albuquerque

Tulsa weighs location for another Route 66 museum

Update: A few corrections have been made regarding the Route 66 Experience. The Route 66 Alliance intends to stay the course in building the facility. Tulsa is considering a location for a Route 66 museum at the 11th Street and Lewis Avenue area near the Mother Road Market -- with blessings from a Route 66 … Continue reading Tulsa weighs location for another Route 66 museum

Monterey Motel in Albuquerque to be restored

It was speculated this would happen, and now it's confirmed: The same development group that revamped El Vado Motel in Albuquerque will restore the nearby Monterey Motel, once known as the Monterey Non-Smokers Motel. KOB-TV got the scoop. Chad Rennaker of Palindrome Communities told the station the Monterey restoration project would begin late this year. … Continue reading Monterey Motel in Albuquerque to be restored

El Vado to host annual Route 66 Road Ahead reception, board meeting

The revitalized El Vado Motel in Albuquerque will host next month's Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership's annual board of directors meeting, plus a stakeholders reception that's open to all. The board of directors meeting will be from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the  motel at … Continue reading El Vado to host annual Route 66 Road Ahead reception, board meeting

Bill Geist 1991 segment on Route 66 finally goes online

Back in 1991, about the time the renaissance of Route 66 was starting, "CBS Sunday Morning" correspondent Bill Geist traveled a section of the Mother Road from Albuquerque westward for a nine-minute segment on the weekly program. Those nine minutes had never made it online -- until now. The occasion was prompted by Geist's retirement … Continue reading Bill Geist 1991 segment on Route 66 finally goes online