Tim and Anne, Paul and Emma recently travelled the old road of our ever popular bucket list holiday, Route 66, Jules chatted to Tim and got his thoughts on the route we planned for them in this Route 66 travel review ...
"Our tailor made Route 66 holiday was the best trip we have ever done - you did a great job at organising it, thank you! It was a great balance of accommodation with quirky motels, boutique hotels and historic sites. We would recommend anyone thinking about a trip down Route 66 to do it!
Starting in Chicago, the Allegro Hotel was great - really nice hotel and they upgraded our room! Setting off on the 'mother road' our first overnight stop was at Inn @ 835 in Springfield Illionois. This was lovely, very friendly. Cuba was a bit of a nothing place and the motel was not great but we ate at 'Sybils' where the food and wine was good. Onwards to Springfield Missouri and the Best Western R66 Rail Heaven was a good stop with a nice pool. We loved the Hard Rock hotel at Tulsa and got upgraded again there! Elk City was an interesting stop, nothing special about the Sleep Inn but we went to the sports bar and had our drinks paid for us (not sure how that happened!).
The Big Texan at Amarillo was a real experience ... the room was average but the ambiance of the whole place was brilliant, it was very entertaining watching people trying to eat huge 72oz steaks! At Tucumcari, the iconic Blue Swallow Motel was lovely, the owners were really helpful, we ate at the Pow-wow restaurant which was a little odd! We loved Santa Fe with it's native Indian arts and culture and Hotel Chimayo was one of our favourites on the whole trip. Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque was really nice with great food and we took a ride up the cableway here. On to Gallup (near the four corners), El Rancho was odd ..the entrance and lobby were historic and impressive but the rooms were quirky and dated and the food was awful - the owners were rude! Into spectacular desert scenery next we stayed at The View in Monument Valley. The food was poor at the hotel and there was no alcohol but the location was amazing. Across to the south rim of the Grand Canyon and we had really nice rooms at Kachina Lodge it was a bit further on than the main 'village' but worth it, a lovely day here.
At Flagstaff back on Route 66 Little America was another great choice! The pool was lovely and we took a taxi to an excellent Thai restaurant. Through the old route via Peach Springs we stopped at Seligman which we loved, a very touristy but lovely original R66 town. By this stage of the trip we were all feeling the heat ... Route 66 in July / August is VERY hot!!
A detour to Las Vegas saw us staying at The Bellagio on The Strip. It was a crazy place and a bit too busy for us but glad we saw it, it was an experience! We tried to follow the old Route 66 from Kingman to Needles but think we missed some bits somewhere (the hotel here was not the one we normally use and unfortunately was not up to scratch - Jules). There was a massive raging bush fire while we were here on the other side of the Colorado River. Along the rail road tracks and passing ghost towns and old R66 gas stops and diners we eventually reached the sprawl of Los Angeles and made it round to Santa Monica and the end of the road! The Georgian Hotel there was a lovely way to end our trip on the Pacific Coast. All too soon we were on our way home and are already planning next year's trip with Travel With Jules!"
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