Wigwam Motel, San Bernardino, CA

In the USA there are one very funny looking motel chain, called The Wigwam Motel, also known as the “Wigwam Villages”. Motel Chain is built during the 1930s and 1940s. Wikipedia offers us following information: “The rooms are built in the form of tipis, mistakenly referred to as wigwams. It originally had seven different locations: two locations in Kentucky and one each in Alabama, Florida, Arizona, Louisiana, and California.”
(To be clear with the difference between Wigwam and Tipi / tepee, Wigwam is built of straws and used for ceremonial purposes. A tipi (also teepee) is a tent, traditionally made of animal skins upon wooden poles and its have a smoke flaps at the top of the structure.)
And the story from Wikipedia continues: “Wigwam Motels are very distinctive historic landmarks. Two of the three surviving motels are located on historic U.S. Route 66: in Holbrook, Arizona, and on the city boundary between Rialto and San Bernardino, California. All three of the surviving motels are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Wigwam Motel in Cave City, Kentucky, was listed in 1988 under the official designation of Wigwam Village #2; the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, was listed as Wigwam Village #6 in 2002; and the Wigwam Motel in Rialto/San Bernardino, California, was listed in 2012 as Wigwam Village #7.”
Yet we haven’t been brave enough to sleep in these, but we have already seen two out of three Wigwam Villages. Our Road trip number 2 (out of 4) we saw Cave City, Kentucky. Most funny looking motels I have ever seen and I have been sleeping in many motel chains!
Night rate varies from $73 to $98,50. 
In Tripadvisor Wigwam hotel has 4½ / 5 rating and it has been rated the 3rd best hotel in San Bernardino, so perhaps it would be fun place to stay!


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