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Blue Swallow Motel

815 E Route 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401-3143 USA

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“A Unique Experience out of Another Time”

Serving travelers along the Mother Road since 1939, and today, our guests enjoy a pleasant reminder of what it was like to travel across the USA in the “good old days.” With hospitality provided by owners Dawn and Robert, you will be welcomed like family. To check availability and book a room, please go to our website at www.blueswallowmotel.com, or call us at 575-461-9849. We look forward to seeing you! From the beautifully restored rooms, to the distinctive attached garages, to the fabulous neon display each night, a stay at the Blue Swallow is a unique experience that will leave you rested, refreshed, and with wonderful new memories. Come take a step back to a simpler time, meet your neighbors from around the world, and relax under the glow of the neon lights in the historic courtyard of the Blue Swallow Motel. It will be a pleasure to have you stay with us!

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Reviewed by
Joel Schat

  • Photographer
  • 237 Reviews
  • 540 Helpful
July 06, 2014
Rated 5.0

This hotel is an iconic spot without a doubt. The sign is one of the more famous neon ones on the rt 66 trip. Something I learnt about the route while I did it this summer was that the best part of the history is the people that run these places and the Blue Swallow was no disappointment in that regard! The management were absolutely fantastic and have original photos and awesome stories ready to tell you!

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Austin Coop

  • 485 Reviews
  • 506 Helpful
July 09, 2014
Rated 4.0

When the neon sign is lit up at night you can see the Blue Swallow from a mile away! It's a great example of a true "motor inn" complete with little garages painted with car movie scenes. There's always a few old cars around to give it that extra vintage vibe, and the owners are nice and hospitable. Of the hotels in Tucumcari it's in my top 3 for sure.

Rates are reasonable, but the fact the place is well-known often means a slightly higher rate than some other hotels in town. It's well worth checking out and at the very least getting a picture of the classic neon sign! Wi-Fi in my room didn't work, but there was free coffee in the motel office which was a nice way to start my day. Plenty of gifts in the gift shop as well.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
cindyhutch

  • 1 Review
  • 5 Helpful
July 09, 2014
Rated

My family and I stayed here. The owners went out of their way to make the evening an experience to remember for our children. Everything is very clean and tidy. Loved the history and current "Cars movie" information sharers by the owners. If we ever travel that way again, we will make a point to stay longer.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lacey.skorepa

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
December 05, 2015
Rated 5.0

My mom and I rested up here on our Route 66 road trip. We were traveling from Chicago to Arizona to spend Christmas with my brother. I loved this place. The owners were friendly, the beds were cozy, the heating system was definitely fun (I was secretly delighted to see the old types of furnaces used back in the day...even if I did have to get up to adjust the "heat" and I literally mean flame that night lol), the bathroom was lovely tiny (but so is mine in Detroit...that's just how bathrooms were made back then). Overall, it was very clean, very homey. I enjoyed our theme room and my mom took pictures of the inside of the garages (painted with scene from the movie "Cars"). When it got dark, I took my camera out and took some *amazing* photos of the beautiful, well-maintained iconic neon sign. I think supporting these places is so worth it. They had fresh hot coffee brewed in the office the next morning available for us. We each bough some swag; I purchased a little white snow cap with "Route 66" on it and a "Blue Swallow" travel mug (which is sitting right in front of me, use it almost daily). I would definitely stay there again. So much history an they are so willing to share!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sweeteababy

  • 9 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 12, 2015
Rated 5.0

we stayed here twice on our trip to the Grand Canyon. Once on our way to and once on our way home! The staff/owners make you feel so welcome and at home! Its very clean and well kept! great place to socialize with other travelers! Be sure to say hi to their pets Bessy, Obi, and max!!! Obi is super welcoming!!! Can't wait to go again!!!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
wade.clark.921

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
March 09, 2015
Rated 5.0

Easily the quietest and most comfortable stay of my cross country trip. The rooms are clean and it's a relaxing place. The chairs out front of each room are great to just chat with other guests or watch the road.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ellyelder

  • 6 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 15, 2017
Rated 5.0

This place is awesome! The rooms are amazingly retro!

Clean and comfortable beds, along with welcoming staff make this an amazing stopover!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
wade.clark.921

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
March 09, 2015
Rated 5.0

Easily the quietest and most comfortable stay of my cross country trip. The rooms are clean and it's a relaxing place. The chairs out front of each room are great to just chat with other guests or watch the road.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 911 Helpful
August 30, 2014
Rated

Loved my stay here. I went with my 9-month-old son in August, 2014 and the staff couldn't have been friendlier. The room was incredibly clean and I loved how it was a bit dated, as in the furnishings haven't really been updated in decades. I think it added to its charm. Great location, close to Kix on 66 (awesome coffee joint) and close to Del's (great for dinner). I'll definitely stay there again on my next Route 66 adventure. Ooh, don't forget to get pics in front of the neon sign when it's lit up at night.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ukn0wnscaa

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
April 05, 2024
Rated 5.0

This hotel was the highlight of our Rt 66 cross-country motorcycle trip and we are still talking about it 3yrs later! This is such a cool and iconic Rt 66 destination. This was the primary inspiration for the Cozy Cone motel in Cars, and the owner has Pixar concept drawings in the lobby. The owner takes a ton of pride in the location and loves sharing its history with visitors - he is a real treasure! Even nice enough to move the car parked out front at night so visitors can get photo ops with their vehicles.
The rooms were antique but comfortable with 100% refrigerated air. We also appreciated the security of attached garages for our bikes and gear. One note is that check-in hours are limited - it’s operated by one family who can’t be kept up every night for late check-ins, and they want you to arrive with time to enjoy the destination.

Highlight of the stay was when the neon lights and music came on around sunset - pretty much all guests were hanging out outside and enjoying the atmosphere. This is a true antique 66 treasure which is being given the love it deserves.

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Blue Swallow Motel

815 E Route 66 Blvd
Tucumcari, New Mexico
88401-3143 USA
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  • Sun - Sat: 6:30 am - 9:00 pm

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