After a weary day of traveling, the best part of the day is getting into that comfortable bed and hitting the hay. Sometimes the typical stay is not always the way to go. Consider the budget, consider the desire to break free from the norm, and consider location. If you are going to get out there during the day in Arizona, you may as well get out there where you stay at night. Here are my picks for the most unique, affordable hotels around Arizona.
1. Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ
Who doesn't want to stay in a teepee? No need to give more information, except that this motel is absolutely, hands down the most quintessential Route 66 experience there may be. The back of the property hosts a dozen or so teepee shaped dwellings, each furnished with one or two beds, chairs, a table, some a couch and a bathroom. Though not lavish in any way shape or form, they are clean and super fun to pull your car up to at night. It's definitely a blast from the past!
2. La Posada, Winslow, AZ
Once one of the Fred Harvey hotels for the Santa Fe Railroad, this once top notch hotel fell into disrepair and was actually abandoned in recent years. Then these two people, one an artist, swooped in, purchased the property and rehabilitated the hotel to its original grandeur. The rooms are each named after a famous star and are uniquely decorated with wood headboards and beautiful fixtures. Couple that with a once in a lifetime restaurant experience at the Turquoise Room and the experience cannot be beat. Trains run by the back of the hotel regularly and really add an authentic Southwest experience to any stay. An oddly huge chess set for guests, unique art display by Tina Mion and hidden nooks and crannies of rooms around every corner made our stay one of the most memorable.
3. The Globetrotter Motel, Holbrook, AZ
Located right on Route 66, this small town motel is absolutely perfect. From the wonderful staff at the front desk, the newly remodeled bathrooms in the rooms, the abundance of space and the pool design, you cannot go wrong here. Very nice touches in the rooms include books and real towels and a breakfast that included unique danishes, eggs, and juices all served at tables that were marked with our home state flags. It was a really personalized night.
4. Jerome Grand Hotel, Jerome, AZ
How many of us can stay we stayed in a haunted hotel that used to be a hospital? Well, you can if you mosey on over to Jerome, AZ, a little mining town in the mountains near Sedona. Wind your way up the mountain, and at the top, you will find the large yellow hotel that once used to serve the community as a hospital. Rooms have large ceilings and although furnished lovely, are reminiscent of what an institution looked like. The halls are decorated with period pieces, the views are incredible of the Mogollon Rim, the restaurant serves the best duck EVER and the highlight...the manual door elevator. I wanted to see a ghost, instead I just slept really well and vowed to return to hunt again.
5. Apple Orchard Inn, Sedona, AZ
This quaint little bed and breakfast located in the back streets of Sedona really gives you the feel of being one of the locals. Nestled under the mountains, your morning views are nothing but spectacular. Several of the rooms have great outdoor areas right off the rooms to allow for wine under the stars or coffee under the rising sun. The rooms are spacious with the most delicious bath products. My favorite part is that you can utilize the digs in the classic B & B format or make it more like a hotel. They make it work for you.
6. El Tovar, Grand Canyon Rim, AZ
You cannot sleep closer to the rim of the canyon than at the El Tovar. This hotel has the real feel of a lodge in an opulent setting. The rooms range from closet sized to very large and are quite beautifully decorated. The service was impeccable and the luxury of being able to walk to and fro to the canyon with no problem was a real plus. The restaurant there is second to none. One feels completely swept into the past when staying at this hotel. It is a splurge, but one that will pleasantly remembered in years to come.
7. Page Boy Motel, Page, AZ
The area of Page is chock full of the most amazing sites Arizona has to offer. The days are packed with sunshine, hiking, and sightseeings. By night, you will be weary, you will be tired, you might even be comatose. The area offers lot of chains, but right in the heart of the town lays the Page Boy, Motel. Once a postcard picture of the 1960's quintesential motel, this now updated motel is affordable, quaint and a comfortable stay. The place offers little details to your stay including coffee in the room, a children's area to play in the back or the motel and outdoor tables in a garden setting. The price cannot be beat and the folks at the desk are super nice and helpful. And, a big bonus for us....no steps to carry our suitcases up and down. Remember, we were tired!
So, come and enjoy all Arizona has to offer during the day and at night. Do you have any other favorites that I should know about?