It is always good to travel to Prescott, Arizona. The mile-high, one-time capitol of Arizona is loaded with historic venues, beautiful natural escapes and just a wonderful places to kick-back and spend a cool evening in the pines. This is our third special piece of Americana still found in Arizona. Please note that all the photos at the end of this story belong to The Motor Lodge.
The Motor Lodge in Prescott is another of those jewels in Arizona’s “Crown of Classic Americana” that are found scattered around and in our state’s small cities and towns. Similar to the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook and the Shady Dell in Bisbee, The Motor Lodge is another of those fun and enjoyable places to stay for all who still get a kick out of going back in time to a more carefree and happy of days.
Like so many of the unique historic properties found around Arizona, The Motor Lodge owes its current survival and retro charm to the dreams and the hard work of business partners Brian Spear and Joe Livingston who bought the lodge in April 2008. They discovered that the 12 rooms of their newly acquired adventure seemed to be “stuck in time” and quickly realized that with a little fixing-up, they just might have acquired a very special piece of Americana.
In the bottom drawer of an old office filing cabinet they discovered a letter that indicated that the lodge had originally been built as summer cabins around 1910. Over the years it passed from one owner to another with a variety of names and refurbishments.
During the 1940s the cabins rooflines were connected giving today’s lodge a distinctive horseshoe court appearance. Today’s guests are treated to a boutique-style hotel with each room uniquely decorated with an eclectic assortment of furniture and art. The lodge’s neon sign still beckons travelers to come and relax while sitting on one of the cabins’ front porches, just watching time go by.
All modern amenities are included as well as a romantic tandem bicycle that can be borrowed for the short, 3-block ride to the historic Prescott square. Charm and personalized service are the trademarks of this Arizona motor inn.
In 2010 the “People’s Choice” awards from TripAdvisor.com declared The Motor Lodge the #3 hotel out of 53,000 America hotels for service and the #5 hotel for bargain pricing. Arizona Highways magazine declared the lodge as one of the top five places to stay in 2009 and Travel.azcentral.com recently voted the lodge the top bargain hotel in all the state.
So as the days of summer continue and you look for an escape to a cooler place, keep in mind The Motor Lodge in Prescott. You will enjoy unmatched hospitality, charm and new memories of a nostalgic time still found in Arizona.
Here is a link to this wonderful and fun place to stay - http://themotorlodge.com/