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Motel Safari
722 East Route 66 Tucumcari

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 perforations lit up at night. Artwork from the local area's history are in each of the guestrooms, as well as old postcard prints of motels that no longer exist in town. Most of the furniture in each room, are original Mid-Century modern pieces from the day the motel was built and were custom made. Guests still gather on the patio under the neon in the evenings, and share their travel stories of the day. With Sealy Posturepedic pillowtop mattresses, down pillows, luxury linens and premium bath amenities, 32" flat panel HDTV's and WiFi, you'll be hard pressed to find another historic motel as comfortable, modern and yet maintain its original identity. Several wall murals have been added by local artists, including Elvis arriving in a 1959 Cadillac on the outside wall of the front drive. Another behind the Front Office of a 1950's Flxible Clipper Santa Fe Trailways tour bus, vintage billboard ads at the patio area and our latest mural paying tribute to the "Mother Road". So sit back and enjoy a true Route 66 Icon and Legend of the Road, or just stop by, have a visit and take some photos. "It's not about the destination, it's all about the journey"