Patrick and I simply returned from a mini highway journey to Arizona, and boy are y’all in for a slew of posts! However let’s begin off with the primary place we stopped for the evening, the El Trovatore.

El Trovatore shouldn’t be solely proper alongside Route 66, however it’s perched proper on the sting of a cliff, and provides spectacular views of Slaughterhouse Canyon, I do know, what a reputation! We arrived shortly earlier than a thunderstorm, in order we began to snap pictures clouds rolled in and it started to rain.

Till about ten years in the past, the El Trovatore had grow to be what many aged motels of the 20s by way of the 50s had grow to be, residences. However due to new house owners, it has returned to being a motel, full with celeb themed rooms, and what’s stated to be the world’s longest map of Route 66 painted throughout one in all its buildings. One other constructing has been remodeled right into a western panorama that includes Looney Tunes characters. The place is kitschy to say the least, however we love kitsch. The brand new proprietor additionally restored the enduring neon for each the large signal close to the highway and the tower on the hill. I all the time applaud anybody who invests in restoring neon!

In 1937 this motel started as a humble service station, owned by John F. Miller, however two years later, it 1939, it turned a motel, beginning at $three an evening, and was additionally the primary to have air con within the state. It’s additionally had notable visitors, like Clark Cable, Jane Russell, James Dean, and the gal who impressed the decor for our room, Marilyn Monroe.

The El Trovatore, a long, low, single story building. A giant shield is painted on the pavement reading "Route 66." A tower stands on a hill and reads "El Trovatore"

A mural of a road, with a waitress in a 50s style pink uniform, a jukebox, and red sports car, with text reading "World's Longest Route 66 Map" painted above.

A mural of a WWII plane reads "Kingman Airfield 1942"

Part of the map mural, a hot rod sits under a target with text reading "Kingman You Are Here" and a painting of the El Trovatore tower.

Myself, wearing a t-shirt with a cowgirl who has been bucked off her horse, cut off jean shorts, standing in front of the massive mural.

The door to our room, which is white, has a turquoise diamond with "108" in the middle and small sign reading "Marilyn Monroe"

Inside our room, a white room with images of Marilyn Monroe on the wall, an archway on the left opens to a small desk.

A radio tower like structure rises from a hill above one of the buildings with "El Trovatore" in neon spelled down, a pink sign reading "Route 66" is at the bottom. The building is painted like a gas station, the building next to it is painted like a train.

One building features a massive mural of a stagecoach that is pulled by horses.

A mural of Bugs Bunny dressed like a sheriff is painted on a door to one of the rooms.

Two massive murals on the side of the buildings, one of Marilyn Monroe, the other of Elvis in front of a 50s car.

The pool, while empty, features a yellow submarine mural, with a cartoon octopus coming out of it. A pink heart reads "El Trovatore"

A building painted to look like a train.

Myself, wearing a t-shirt with a cowgirl who has been bucked off her horse, cut off jean shorts, standing in front of the building painted to look like a gas station.

The El Trovatore, a long, low, single story building. A giant shield is painted on the pavement reading "Route 66"

View of Slaughterhouse Canyon, with a mesa rising behind a train along the tracks.

Mural of a woody wagon sitting under the Santa Monica Pier sign, with text reading "...end of the road" at the bottom.

The roadside sign for "El Trovatore" a brick structure stands on a hill above the motel, with a red and white sign jutting from the brick reading "El Trovatore Motel" An old rusted car sits out front.

Sleep beneath the celebs in a star impressed room at El Trovatoe at 1440 E Andy Devine Avenue (AKA Route 66) in Kingman, Arizona.

Outfit
Shirt: Atomic Swag (the identical actual one doesn’t exist anymore, however this one is analogous)
Shorts: Buffalo Change
Mocs: Minnetonka

Sources
“About Us.” El Trovatore.
Plaques on web site.