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February 24, 2015
© Douglas C. Towne

Talk of the Towne: Recommended Classic Neon Motels . . . .

For your lodging and spiritual enjoyment!

Caveat Emptor: The listed motels have notable, still-functioning historic neon signs worth viewing and units that appear to be suitable for overnight accommodations for flexible, low-maintenance individuals. To determine whether the motel meets your particular standards, prospective lodgers should always request to see a room and examine the overall condition of the property before payment for overnight accommodations. Since the operation and upkeep of a motel is a dynamic process, some recommendations may become outdated. Neon motel website visitors are encouraged to provide revised reviews and/or suggest additional classic neon motels that should be added to this list. Motels marked with an asterisk (*) are favorites of the reviewer. Guests of these motels should be sure to soak up the nighttime color and hum of the neon advertisements. These signs have been rumored to stimulate the brain's neurons and elicit particularly vivid dreams.

MotelLocationCelebrity Reviewer

Two Palms Motel

Phoenix, AZ
Se-Tay MotelCasa Grande, AZ
Wigwam Motel*Holbrook, AZ
Hilltop MotelKingman, AZ
Circle RB LodgeMesa, AZ
Starlite MotelMesa, AZ
Supai MotelSeligman, AZ
Larian MotelTombstone, AZStaci Rolfe
La Siesta MotelTucson, AZ
El Rancho MotelWilliams, AZDave van Hulsteyn
Highlander MotelWilliams, AZStaci Rolfe
Foothills MotelAuburn, CADave Van Hulsteyn
El Rancho MotelBarstow, CA
Del Mar MotelFresno, CAMark Kerman
Motel CapriSan Francisco, CADave van Hulsteyn
Plantation InnSan Francisco, CA
Western MotelSanta Clara, CADave van Hulsteyn
The WashoeSouth Lake Tahoe, CADave van Hulsteyn
Rancho Grande MotelStockton, CA
Santa Fe MotelTehachapi, CADave van Hulsteyn
The Ranchotelnear Vacaville, CADave van Hulsteyn
The Lark MotelWillits, CA
West Ways CourtDelta, COJim Ferguson
Cameroon MotelDenver, CO
Siesta MotelDurango, COTerry Baugh
Mel Haven LodgeManitou Springs, COScott Perlman
Bremen MotelBremen, GAPeter Ives
Redford MotelGlenns Ferry, IDDave van Hulsteyn
U.S. Center MotelSmith Center, KS
Northside MotelWilliamstown, MAAnonymous
Boots MotelCarthage, MOBill Orr
Wagon Wheel MotelCuba, MOBill Orr
Rosebud MotelColumbus, NE
Midway MotelMadison, NE
Pink Champagne MotelWildwoods, NJKristin Leuschner
Sea Shell MotelWildwoods, NJKristin Leuschner
El Rancho Boulder MotelBoulder City, NVLiz Boettcher
Centre MotelElko, NV
Lariat MotelFallon, NVKian Smith
Sage MotelLovelock, NV
Starlite MotelNorth Las Vegas, NV
Holiday LodgeReno, NVDave van Hulsteyn
Sandman MotelReno, NV
The Sharon MotelWells, NVDave van Hulsteyn
Wagon Wheel MotelWells, NVBrian Schutze, Jr.
Scott's Shady LodgeWinnemucca, NVDave van Hulsteyn
El Vado Motel*Albuquerque, NM
Butterfield Stage Motel*Deming, NMStaci Rolfe
El Rancho MotelGallup, NM
Sands MotelLas Cruces, NMKelly Grombacher
Crane MotelRoswell, NM
Cottonwood CourtSanta Fe, NMDave van Hulsteyn
Blue Swallow MotelTucumcari, NMMelissa
Lincoln MotelChandler, OKShannon
Austin Motel*Austin, TX
Tradewinds MotelGrand Prairie, TX
Shamrock MotelTexarkana, TX
Lone Star MotelWaco, TX
City Creek InnSalt Lake City, UT
Tourist City MotelWinchester, VA
Yorktown Motor LodgeYorktown, VAMike Hollsten
Lincoln Court*Cheyenne, WY
Silver Spur MotelLander, WY

If your travels take you through areas not covered by these recommendations, please feel free to email me for additional insight on locations of other classic neon motels.

If you discover a gem of a neon motel, please forward the information to me. I'll add the motel to the Talk of the Towne recommendations list and give you credit as the celebrity reviewer.