The website, Budget Travel, named the Big Texan Motel one of the coolest motels in America.
The website describes their choices for motels as:
Over the past few years, creative hoteliers have been taking rundown vintage motor lodges and sprucing them up with modern amenities without sacrificing any of the nostalgic charm. Here are a few of America’s coolest motels where you can rest your head, retro-style.
Some of the motels include:
- Austin Motel in Austin, Texas
- Beck’s Motor Lodge: San Francisco, California
- Vagabond Hotel: Miami, Florida
- Modern Hotel & Bar: Boise, Idaho
Number 5 is the Big Texan Motel. The website writes on the motel:
The towering cowboy figure flanking the roadside sign for the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo is a dead giveaway of the adjacent Big Texas Motel’s kitschy throwback vibe. Not convinced? Just take a look at the motel’s façade, which looks like the set of a Western movie, and the Texas-shaped pool.
Opened in 1960 and located on Route 66, just a few minutes from Rick Husband International Airport, the property’s rooms feature campy touches such as swinging saloon doors, old-timey wooden furniture and animal pelts, all of which add up to a theatrical Old West atmosphere.