The historic Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, NM has been serving travelers along Route 66 since 1939.
If you’d like a taste of what it was like to travel across the USA back in the day, this is one motel that still serves up hospitality like you’re family. Just look for the Blue Swallow neon sign, and pull in for a refreshing stay and a reminder of a simpler time.
Unique Rooms from the 40s and 50s
The Blue Swallow Motel offers unique opportunities to stay in rooms furnished in décor from the 1940s and 1950s. Rooms are clean, comfortable, and restored to represent a room from another era. The restoration includes everything from vintage lighting fixtures, to period-style furniture, and original bath fixtures and tile work. In some of the rooms you’ll even find a working 1940s rotary dial telephone.
A variety of sleeping arrangements are available. The Blue Swallow offers 9 rooms with queen-sized beds, 3 rooms with 2 full beds, and the Blue Swallow Family Suite that sleeps 5. It has 2 queen beds and one twin bed. They also have the Lillian Redman Suite that sleeps 4. It is furnished with a queen bed and a sleeper sofa.
The suites feature period décor just like the standard rooms but are roomier and more luxurious with extras like an antique claw-foot bathtub. All their rooms can be viewed on the Blue Swallow website.
Booking a Room
While the Blue Swallow offers a blast from the past, the rooms do have flat screen TVs and they offer the convenience of booking a room online. Rooms can be booked by date or by room type.
Beyond the unique opportunity to stay in a vintage room, the hospitality and comradery you’ll experience at the Blue Swallow will have you sitting outside in old-fashioned lawn chairs under the neon lights in the evening visiting with the “neighbors.” This is one stop along Route 66 that’s still worth making.