Motels in California
Ludlow Motel Ludlow, CA. There's nothing fancy about the Ludlow Motel, but it's clean, comfortable, and very quiet. Situated in a tiny town in the middle of the Mojave Desert, across the street from a small truck stop (which doubles as the motel office, supplying room keys and ice to guests), this little motel comes with one big advantage: It is right next door to the best coffee shop on Route 66. Don't pass up the chance to get a good night's sleep in the desert and then fuel your body and soul with coffee, pancakes, and the Mojave sun through stained-glass windows in a classic California coffee shop. For reservations, call (760) 733-4463.
Route 66 Motel Barstow, CA. Not affiliated with this website, but we love the name. A unique motel with gracious hosts, the Route 66 Motel has been on the Mother Road since 1922. It features quirky interior and exterior decor, including round beds, classic cars, a water wheel and pond, and a 100-foot-long Route 66 mural, along with all the usual 21st-century amenities (flat-screen TVs, microwaves, refrigerators and a strong Wi-Fi signal). The owners are strong Route 66 supporters who have worked hard to restore the motel after many years of neglect. For reservations, call (760) 256-7866 or visit the website.
New Corral Motel Victorville, CA. A classic Route 66 motel, the New Corral features comfortable rooms at excellent prices. Amenities include a pool and some refrigerators and microwaves. Gorgeous neon sign out front depicts a rearing horse. To make reservations, call (760) 245-9378.
Wigwam Motel Rialto, CA. It's amazing what some paint, new carpet and furnishings, but most of all, some tender loving care can do for a historic motel that had fallen on hard times. The Wigwam Motel at 2728 West Foothill Boulevard in Rialto, California, once known for its "Do It In A Teepee" sign, has been transformed from a rent-by-the-hour "no-tell motel" to a place where weary Route 66 travelers can once again enjoy a unique experience: a night in one of the two remaining Wigwams on Route 66. When was the last time you stayed in a ROUND motel room? Kumar Patel and his family have brought the 60-year-old site back to life. The brightly colored teepees and well-kept landscape make for an inviting sight as motorists travel down Foothill. A visit to the Wigwam's Web site offers a closer look at the improvements that have been made over the past few months, with even more upgrades planned for the future. To make reservations, call (909) 875-3005 or visit the website.
Saga Motor Hotel Pasadena, CA. One of the best bargains in Southern California. Immaculate and beautifully decorated, the Saga offers many amenities, including a free newspaper, breakfast, a swimming pool, some refrigerators and on-site laundry. The motel, which opened in 1957, is located on the Tournament of Roses Parade route and is minutes from Old Town Pasadena, Santa Anita Race Track, Huntington Library, the Norton Simon Museum, Caltech and many shops, theaters and restaurant. The Saga is also 100 percent smoke-free. Great place to stay. For reservations, call (626) 795-0431 or (800) 793-7242.