One of the things we were most looking forward to on Route 66 was the chance to stay in lots of quirky places. I absolutely love spending the night in weird and wonderful hotels and I’d choose novelty over comfort any day.
So we were beside ourselves with excitement that the very first place we stayed in on our US road trip was a wigwam. Yes, you read that correctly, a wigwam. Made of concrete. I mean, come on, it’s a kitsch-lover’s dream!
I loved the Wigwam Motel from the moment we drove in and read the sign: “Have you slept in a wigwam lately?” Oh yes, I do it all the time…
Actually the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2002. It was built in 1950 as part of a hotel chain, but is now one of only three remaining.
The motel consists of 15 wigwams arranged around a carpark, which is filled with old cars from the 1950s and 60s.
Each wigwam is 14 feet (4.3m) wide at the bottom and 32 feet (9.8m) high. Inside they’re basic and are kitted out with traditional furniture. A tiny bathroom is squeezed into the back, with the shower tucked under the sloping wall.
We absolutely loved everything about it and it was probably one of our favourite stays on our US road trip. Sure, the facilities are basic – you’re not going to find any wifi here – but its charm and history won us over in seconds.