I had the extreme pleasure of staying at the Globetrotter Lodge in the small town of Holbrook, AZ recently. I had heard great reviews about it through the grapevine and from fellow Route 66 travelers, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Boy, I’m glad I did. You see, Route 66 motels are generally mom n’ pop motels that have been known for their outstanding hospitality and well, the Globetrotter really exceeded my expectations. From what I hear, the motel was originally constructed in the 40s or 50s and in later years, had seen some decline. However, Mona and Peter Hoeller, formerly of Austria, thankfully came in and rescued it from demise a few years back. The quaint single story motel is now a favorite among travelers and offers ten basic yet clean rooms, cozy lobby, great wi-fi, breakfast in the morning and a pool area. The owners truly brought their European touch to this Route 66 icon.
The owner’s wife personally escorted me to my room and was kind enough to show me around. The room I had had a western theme. There were two comfy beds, a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, coffeemaker and best of all- a Southwest theme painted sink. The bathroom was somewhat small, but again, it was beyond clean. They still keep the room’s original Mid-Century construction, but had it refreshed for the modern travelers.
The next morning, I went to breakfast, which was held in their bright breakfast room. This was actually one of the main highlights of my stay, besides the sink, as the owners go above and beyond to make their guests feel welcome. Each place setting had the guests room number and the state/country where they are from. They use real dishware, silverware and linen napkins. The assortment of nourishment they provide are a few varieties of cereals, toast and other breads, hard-boiled eggs, fruit…everything you could possibly want for a hearty start to the day. Of course, everything was freshly prepared.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to enjoy the pool area this time, but again… it looked like a clean welcoming oasis from the desert heat. I was bummed to say good-bye after a night’s stay, but will definitely be back again. I’d much rather stay here than at an overpriced hotel right off the interstate! Thank you again Peter and Mona and I look forward to my next stay!
If you are traveling along the I-40 corridor through Holbrook, be sure to book your stay at the Globetrotter!