Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to stay a night at this hotel. I am not sure if I saw it on TV or a magazine, I genuinely do not remember. I just knew it was out there for me to stay in for a night during a road trip along the Mother Road. The curiosity of staying in a wigwam lingered for decades.
On one of our Route 66 road trips to the Mid-West, I had landed a reservation. I tried a couple of times on other occasions, but they were booked. I read about the history of this motel and knew this location was one of the only Wigwam Villages left, so I was ecstatic to stay here. I also understood when booking the room it was basic and simple, and I did not have luxurious expectations. If booking here, please understand that. The room is clean, simple but comfortable. The only issue I had was the water did not heat up in the shower fast enough; but this is an old place with old plumbing, understood.
Once we pulled up into the wigwam parking lot, we noticed a lot of classic cars. My daughter jumped out the car to check them out, and left me to take care of business, hmm thanks! Check in was easy and the staff very friendly. There was a lot of parking, so if you need to park a big van or truck, you should have no problem.
History– Route 66 is never short of kitschy places, and the Wigwam Hotel is one of those places. Chester E. Lewis had constructed seven Wigwam Villages between 1936 and the 1950s. This village in Holbrook, AZ, was finished in 1950. Since this was the the sixth built, its designation became Wigwam Village #6.
There were seven built and only two others remain in the United States besides this one- Wigwam Village Motels #2 in Cave City, Kentucky and #7 in Rialto/San Bernardino, California.
The room was average, but the experience was not. There is a magic of being on the road, and all the little experiences become one big memory. So my little girl wish of staying in a wigwam came true, and there went another item checked off the bucket list!
For reservation or historical information, please visit: Wigwam Village #6
And just like that, we were on our way to everywhere…
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