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Motel Safari

722 E Route 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
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“An iconic route 66 motel for 50+ years!”

A Route 66 Icon for more than 50 years! The Motel Safari was built in 1959 by Chester Doer, a developer from Chicago, using an architectural style known today as "Googie" or "Doo Wop". You'll notice many of the retro design elements, from the quirky sign to oozing brick mortar, counter stacked brick grids in the facade, holes in cinder block walls and metal cylinders with perforated light holes.

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Reviewed by
Austin Coop

  • 487 Reviews
  • 409 Helpful
June 10, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is by far my favorite motel in Tucumcari. The owners are super friendly, the rooms are excellent, and the central location is perfect for watching RT66 traffic as you have a beer on the patio. Best motel in town!!

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
casey.kinney.58

  • 1 Review
  • 5 Helpful
January 16, 2014

This was such a great little place! We made our reservation last minute and relatively late (8:30pm) and, the front desk was polite and accommodating. The room was clean, and the bed was awesome. Only bad thing was the heater couldn't decide whether or not the room was warm enough, so it kept shutting off for a few seconds and then turning back on, but it was pretty cold that night! Even still, it was great!

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
gpenketh

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
October 2, 2014
Rated 5.0

LCD TVs in the rooms let you know that it's not the 1950's anymore, but the overall feel of Tucumcari and owner Richard's classic T-Bird parked outside the office say differently. Both Richard and Gail made us feel right at home and even helped sort out us going to the Mesalands Community College Rodeo - a great night!
If you ever plan to motor West, make sure you stop off here for a night. Even though it doesn't get a mention in the song, you'd be missing out on something a bit special if you chose to breeze by and not kick back a little in Tucumcari....

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Stephanie

  • 5 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 5, 2014

Very cute and very clean. The owner/operator took time to answer our questions about the area and show us all the aspects of our room. Great stop on our road trip.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
James Fisher

  • Road Warrior
  • 515 Reviews
  • 366 Helpful
April 1, 2016
Rated 5.0

A fantastic motel oozing with all the retro charm you would want on your route 66 adventure. The owners totally 'get it' and will be there to help you with anything you need for your stay and exploration of the area. It's as good a motel as you will ever find.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
wover

  • 6 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
December 18, 2015
Rated 5.0

Perfect after a long drive, clean, comfy. Friendly owners. Updated but still has all the mid-century charm. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed by
becky.madden.796

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
January 20, 2015

We went to Tucumcari in August of 2010. The town is practically dead and this motel was shut down. We went on Route 66 at night and there was only one sign lit up. We were very disappointed.

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Reviewed by
SarahP13

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
December 27, 2014
Rated 1.0

My son had just moved to Tucumcari with his two babies (his wife had recently passed). He had no power in his house yet and it was getting cold at night so I drove over to the Safari Motel to get a room for them for the night (Xcel couldn't come until the following day). The woman I dealt with (manager or owner) was so incredibly rude and refused to take payment from me since I wasn't the one staying at the motel. She basically shut me down and just left me standing there by myself in the parking lot - it was pretty surreal. I've never heard of this practice and was just so shocked by her rudeness - especially given the circumstances. Glad others had a better experience - maybe the customer service is reserved for passers through and not Tucumcari residents.

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Reviewed by
Chelsea Koglmeier

  • Foodie
  • 242 Reviews
  • 202 Helpful
October 14, 2014
Rated 4.0

This is definitely an icon, but be ready for an experience versus somethign comfortable and soothing. Amazing design though! Love the retro feel

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Reviewed by
vickie.ashcraft1

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 5, 2014
Rated 5.0

Love the Safari, I've stayed many times. Great hosts, comfortable beds and a real retro vibe.

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Motel Safari

722 E Route 66 Blvd
Tucumcari, New Mexico
88401 USA

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Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Free Parking
  • 20 Rooms
  • Room Service
    • None
  • Check-In
    • 3pm
  • Check-Out
    • 11am

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