The weary traveler of Route 66 deserves a good night’s sleep. After a day behind the wheel, stopping at all of the Mother Road’s iconic roadside attractions, museums, restaurants, and more, a good shower and a comfy bed is always a welcome sight. Take that and add modern amenities, vintage charm, and a touch of Elvis, and you have this iconic Route 66 hotel. Welcome to the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven hotel in Springfield, Missouri.
Rail Haven Motel (also known as Rail Haven Motor Court) was built in 1938 and for many years was a true Route 66 institution that attracted Route 66 travelers and celebrities alike. Their biggest claim to fame is that Elvis Presley once spent the night in room 409. Today the hotel is operated under the Best Western brand but maintains all of the nostalgic charm you’d hope for in a Route 66 hotel. In fact, in 2010, this hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
All of the 93 rooms at the Rail Haven evoke a sense of the past through artwork and memorabilia. But a couple of rooms go the extra mile. Stay in a western themed room, the Marilyn Monroe Suite, or, my favorite, the Elvis Suite.
The Rail Haven Elvis Suite pays homage to the room the singer once slept in through decor, artwork, and a Pink Cadillac shaped bed.
All guests, Elvis or not, can enjoy free high-speed internet, cable TV, free parking, coffee, and complimentary breakfast with their stay.
Be sure to take some time to admire the outside decor, complete with retired and recreated vintage signs, nostalgic cars, and retro gas pumps.
Spend the night at the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven hotel in Springfield, Missouri and you’ll surely sleep like a king!
Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven
Address: 203 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO 65802
Cost: Free to see the outside, hotel room prices vary
Hours: Lobby and facade always open