Fodor's Expert Review Blue Swallow Motel

815 E. Rte. 66, Tucumcari, New Mexico, 88401, USA Fodor's Choice

Here it is: the retro motor court of your dreams. Built in 1939, the glowing neon, the tidy grounds, the spotlessly clean rooms furnished with vintage and antique furniture, and the abundant charm of Bill and Terri, the proprietors, all come together in one neat, feel-good package. The Blue Swallow is a landmark and a genuine pleasure for an overnight. The rooms are not the supersize, supermodern ones you get at the chains down the road, but that just isn't what this place is all about. Arrive before sunset if you can and take a seat at a table on the front lawn; the views of the Western sky exploding with color are not to be missed. There is a feeling of camaraderie among the guests here—many of whom are diligently following Route 66 in its entirety—that lends a real sweetness to an already unique experience.


  • one of the best-preserved motels on all of Route 66
  • pet-friendly rooms available
  • free breakfast offered at nearby Pow-Wow Restaurant


  • no pool or hot tub
  • closed in winter



Phones: 575-461–9849 | 866-461–9489


12 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Dec.–Feb.

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