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We leave New Mexico and jump back on to the I40. Our lunch time stop was Adrian. Adrian is the mid point for Route 66. From there it is 1,139 miles to either Santa Monica or Chicago. The midpoint is completely signposted and the road even has the paint to show that it is the midpoint of Route 66. There is a cute cafe there and we grab our lunch, …
... it wasn't too bad.
We had gotten past Dallas and now we were on the hunt for a campground right off the interstate. We spotted one in Terrell. It worked out perfect. Easy to get to from the interstate but not too close so that you heard the traffic all night.
It was a long strenuous day plus the deducted sleep from the storm on the night before.
Tomorrow is the final stretch. Another 410 miles and 7 hours of driving to go.
... and feeling like a I was about to be in a shootout as all the men standing around looked kind of suss but it was fine J we explored Santa Fe some more then met everyone back at the bus and kept driving to Amarillo. As we crossed the border Ricky stopped the bus on the side of the road to get a photo of the big Texas sign – we were now in Texas y’all! Next stop was Cadillac ranch (a bunch of Cadillac’s on their side in a big open field that you can spray paint) ...
... ready to be reunited with Mac and get back on with the ‘real’ trip! It felt like London had missed the daily travels on the road, the last few days she has been a bit ‘grizzly’ and out of sorts but the moment she is back in her car seat she’s all smiles again and catching up on her zzzzzzzzzz’s! The journey back to Amarillo was a fantastic scenic drive down the side of ...
... the canyon.
After a drive along a totally straight country road we arrive at the canyon entrance, Terry and Dave go to book in and Liz and I find the herd of Texas Longhorn cattle, along with an ominous sign, No open containers of alcohol or public drinking in the canyon. Thank god for the green plastic beakers.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fifth Season Inn & Suites Amarillo
I have stayed at the Fifth Season two times in the past and would definately recommend it. I am not sure what all of the huge complaints are about this hotel. Sure, it isn't a 5 star resort hotel, and if you are super picky about hotels, then maybe this isn't the place for you. But for a walk in rate of $39.00 a night, it cannot be beaten. The hotel has indoor corridors, a large atrium with indoor pool and hot tub, a nice decorated lobby and sitting area, and a free cooked, full breakfast buffet mornings. For about $40 bucks, this is a great deal to me. I had no problems during either of my stays (in 2002 and 2005). If you are looking for a great deal on a "normal" family style hotel, then this one is a great find. It is comparable to a Quality Inn, Comfort Inn, Best Western, Ramada, etc. If you are looking for a "posh" Hilton or Radisson type resort then you should look elsewhere. Personally, I don't waste money uselessly on places like that when all I do is sleep overnight there. For me, the Fifth Season is a great deal that is hard to beat.
The atrium in the motel is beautiful and the beds are comfortable. Then there is the rest of the story.
The place looks kind of shady from the outside. When driving up, you see a big flashing sign that says rooms are $39/night. These are rooms like at the best western and not the ones booked online. The rooms booked online are like the embassy suites and very nice, once you get inside them. Only complaints about the room- no pen and paper and the wireless internet doesn't work in the rooms, even if you pick up the signal, it will NOT work in the rooms. You have to go to the lobby. And you should have wireless here, because the cable hook-ups in the rooms don't work. I asked the desk clerk for a cable, she brought out a box of cell phone chargers people had left behind. No idea what I was talking about. A guy on his wireless in the lobby gave me his cable (he got the last one after the same problem) and said he couldn't get it to work. While in the lobby late using my laptop, four different guys tried to pick me up. This is def. not a place to hang out for young single girls, the lobby here is a scene. The doors to the exterior do not lock, anyone and everyone comes right in. I hear from the locals this is considered one of the nicest places in town, though. The place is kind of dirty around the edges. MAJOR problems w/ the fitness room. It's tucked away in a dark corner on the ground floor and it looks like a storage closet, odd stuff from the ongoing renovation is piled in there. None of the 3 pieces of equipment works, treadmill jerks and shudders, bike would not turn on and stairclimber missing vital parts to keep it running. No cleaner to wipe down equipment, had to go ask a maid, she spoke no english. I finally ended up with something I think was air-freshener spray. I told the front desk about the equipment problems and the guy KNEW about the treadmill not working (this is dangerous-I almost fell off), I told him there needed to be a sign on it at least. But, they really shouldn't advertise this as a workout room. At breakfast, you don't get choices, you get what's cooking. And it was greasy eggs, bacon and tasteless biscuits and gravy. Not worth it, really. My big surprise came when, as I was sitting at breakfast, water came pouring down the ramp (on the ground floor of the atrium) at me and I had to jump to avoid it. I looked around the corner at the pool area and the hot tub was overflowing!! Water everywhere. I told the woman cooking breakfast and she asked me if I could go tell someone else! Partway through my first night, I realized I had to stay anotehr night in Amarillo, and rather than moving to another place, I stayed here again. I talked to the guy at the front desk (seeing as how I discovered and then ran to report the water emergency to this guy), seeing if I could negotiate a better rate, no deal. He basically told me if I wanted the same expedia rate, I would have to book through expedia again. Which I did. I go down to check in again later, which he told me I had to do, and the manager greeted me then by chance. He told me next time I should just come down and we could negotiate a lower rate rather than booking through expedia again!!! Ok, so this is when I almost lost my temper. None of the staff were on the same page about anything. Obviously. The second night I was down using the wireless, the desk clerk's boyfriend comes in to hang out with her while she is working. She opens the side door and lets him behind the counter and proceeds to openly make out with him in front of the people in the lobby (a little girl came in and interrupted them to ask where the bathroom was). The ONLY reason this place gets more than one star is because the rooms were so nice. The staff was really unprofessional. Oh, and the pool had gunk around the edges and was super chlorinated. The sauna smelled heavily like urine. That about covers the big stuff.
My Awesome Stay In Amarillo - Meeting Central
My company recently had a company wide meeting in Amarillo, the staff is so friendly, meetingrooms great, brand new ball rooom was just fantastic. Free hot breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub, and spa were nice touches. This is such a gem, I still can't get over how friendly the staff were to all of us.
We had a good time
We unexpectedly had to go to Amarillo due to a relative being in the hospital. I want to thank the staff for being so accommodating to us and our family members. We ended up staying in the renovated rooms in their atrium area. The rooms were nice and atmosphere accommodating. We had a good time considering the circumstances and we will definitely be back to stay in your hotel.
The worst rooms in west amarillo
we were checked into one room that was so dirty it looked like the rats lived there, we upgraded to a second room that was luke warm when we got there but in time got so cold, we were moved to another room that was ice cold then the next room was as bad as the one before. we finally got moved into a room tht was half ways warm when we got there during the early morning the heat went off. we came home with the flu for one of us and a very bad cold for the next. Talk about the weekend in Alaska we didn't have to go far. They didn't even offer us our money back. We will never stay there again and we will let all our friends and relatives know...........................
This place really sucked. Someone broke into my room when I was there, the place is torn apart. The free breakfast at 6:30 isn't ready until 7:30 and is greasy and terrible. No chair in the room. Heating not adaquate. Just a terrible place. Gonna stay at the Ambassador again next time.
Depending on your outlook this place can be described either as a "great value for the money" or "a dump". The latter was scrawled on the phone in my room. The hotel is renovated BUT the renovation is half-ass (e.g. they painted over obvious water damage in the bathrooms (did they also paint over mold?) and the new matress doesn't match the old frame, so, the metal frame sticks out several inches, catching my ankle three times... how much could a bed frame cost!?)
Nice stay, new rennovation.
This was a nice place to stay if you happen to find yourself in Amarillo. Newly rennovated, the rooms were clean and comfortable, with nice beds and linens. Most of the rooms doors open out to a large indoor area with a pool, arcade, eating area. The only complaint I have is there were folks making noise until midnight or later out at the pool, which happen to be close to my door. The breakfast in the morning was sufficient.
It's a pretty nice place, although there are a lot of hotels in Amarillo, I will stay here again.
Love the renovation!!
I have been staying at the Fifth Season for years. I remember when this was "THE" place to stay in Amarillo. I am very excited to see the renovations that are happening. The new furniture, beds, microwaves and refrigerators are very nice touches. I also like the hot breakfast in the morning.