27 June, 2012

Unusual week: Wigwams on Route 66

My second featured accommodation for Unusual week is a legendary pit-stop on America's world famous Route 66. The thing I love about this place is not only that it's pretty wacky, but also that it was part of the inspiration for the 'Cosy Cone Motel' in the Disney Pixar movie 'Cars'!

Those who have travelled along Route 66 will know that there are many icons along the way, and this motel is one of them. The man who inspired the retro motel was Frank Redford, who was heavily influenced by native Indian culture - as you can see below!

The motel has a village-style arrangement of nineteen 30 foot-tall tepees made from wood framing, concrete and stucco. Each wigwam is equipped with what the hotel call 'traveller's essentials', and that includes your own barbecue! The 'rooms' also have a fridge; tv; AC/heater and free wi-fi. There is also a pool onsite.

The wigwams actually quite spacious - almost tardis-like, as they don't look that big from the outside. You are on a main road here, but that's part of motel living in my opinion, and the novelty factor reigns supreme again today - when else are you going to stay in a wigwam?

If you want a dose of kitsch, then you need look no further. The slogan on the hotel's website says "Sleep tight in a Wigwam tonight!"  - sounds like fun to me!

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