Motels in Arizona

Wigwam Motel Holbrook, AZ. Roadside kitsch at its finest. The sign out front asks, "Have you slept in a wigwam lately?" Well, have you? If not, make this a stop when you motor west. Small but comfortable rooms are located in concrete buildings shaped like tepees. Politically incorrect but priceless -- a throwback to the time when entrepreneurs went out of their way to find something unusual with which to lure travelers. Inexpensive, clean, cozy. Vintage cars parked around the premises are perfect for photo ops. Holbrook is just west of the Painted Desert, another must-see attraction on 66. Pets OK. One of two remaining Wigwam Motels on Route 66; the other, in San Bernardino, Calif., has been remodeled recently and is also a must-stop. For reservations, call (928) 524-3048.

Earl's Motor Court Winslow, AZ. After a hard day of "Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona," you can do some sleeping on the corner at Earl's Motor Court, the oldest operating Route 66 motel in Winslow. Run by Lee and Floranel Earl, this neat, well-kept motor court was built in the 1940s and originally was called the Marble Motel. The current facade was added in 1952. Prices depend on the unit but range from $40 to $60 a night, making it an affordable option for budget-minded travelers seeking comfortable lodgings in Winslow. For reservations, call (928) 289-0188 or e-mail

La Posada Winslow, AZ. Beautifully restored, this old Harvey House is one of the most peaceful and comfortable stops on the Mother Road. The rooms are big, luxurious, and beautifully decorated. We were fortunate enough to stay on a mild September evening, when it was too cool for air conditioning, but just warm enough to open the windows and let in the breeze -- and the gentle sound of running water from a fountain in the Sunken Garden. Pricier than a roadside motel, but cheaper than a lot of B&Bs, and well worth every dime. For reservations, call (928) 289-4366 or e-mail

Canyon Motel and RV Park Williams, AZ. A unique stopover, the Canyon combines historic motel cabins with old rail cars, cabooses and a spacious RV park. Clean and well-maintained, the motel's stone-faced cottages -- which date to the 1940s -- are set back among the trees. Suites are available in the form of two 1929 Santa Fe Railway cabooses that sleep up to six people and a 1950s Grand Canyon rail car that offers three rooms. Located just off Route 66 in Williams. For reservations, call (800) 482-3955 or (928) 635-9371.

Route 66 Inn Williams, AZ. Clean, comfortable and cheap, the Route 66 Inn is a perfect stopover before you take that side trip to the Grand Canyon. Friendly owners are big supporters of the road. Excellent value. Located in downtown Williams, which was the last town on Route 66 to be bypassed by the interstate. For reservations, call (928) 635-4791.

Stagecoach 66 Motel Seligman, AZ. The largest motel in Seligman, the Stagecoach offers theme rooms; free wireless Internet service; free coffee and pastries for breakfast; and an on-site pizzeria with a full bar. For reservations, call (928) 422-3470 or e-mail

Hill Top Motel Kingman, AZ. With its vintage neon sign, friendly canine greeter, and dazzling view of the nearby Hualapai Mountains, the Hill Top Motel -- built in 1954 and located just a stone's throw away from the popular Dambar & Steakhouse -- is a favorite of many Route 66 travelers. While many other mom-and-pop motels in the area have either gone downhill or closed their doors completely, Dennis Schroeder has kept the Hill Top in excellent condition since he bought it three decades ago. For reservations, call (928) 753-2198 or e-mail


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