In a food coma after polishing off a 72-ounce steak? Need to sleep it off? I know just the place. If you’re looking for unique accommodation on Route 66 look no further than the Big Texan Motel in Amarillo, Texas.
The Big Texan Steak Ranch is a famous Route 66 restaurant best known for its world famous 72oz Steak Challenge. The 72oz Steak Challenge pits stomach against food in an ultimate act of gluttony. If you choose to partake you’ll be given one hour to eat a 72 ounce steak, a shrimp cocktail, a baked potato, a salad, and a roll with butter. That’s four and a half pounds of meat plus all the trimmings. Finish every morsel of food in that time frame you get the $72 meal for free and your name on the wall of fame.
Everything about The Big Texan is BIG. The restaurant itself. The steak challenge. The menu. The cow outside. The giant dinosaur. And, for sure, the experience.
Whether you indulge in the 72-ounce steak or get a more modent cut for dinner, mosey on over across the parking lot to extend your big visit at the Big Texan Motel.
A sister to the world famous restaurant the Big Texan Motel in Amarillo, Texas features 54 units and a Western theme.
Outside, the Route 66 hotel is designed to mimic an old west town’s main street. The colorful facade faeatures shuttered windows and detailed porticos with signs like “Cattlemen’s Hotel” and “Longhorn Hotel.”
Inside the Western theme continues with bood touches, Texas stars, longhorn decor, and more. Room sizes range from standard doubles to large studios.
Being my last night heading west on Route 66 (I was only going as far as the Route 66 midpoint this trip), I decided to splurge on the Deluxe Studio Suite, which the woman at the front desk referred to as the “Honeymoon Suite.” The large room had a spacious living area with a TV, a big bed I needed a step stool to crawl into, a cowhide bench, and window views of the crowds waiting to dig into a steak dinner.
Amenities include free WiFi, guest services, a 24-hour front desk, daily housekeeping, and laundry facilities. There’s even a Texas-shaped hotel for guests to cool off in (it was, unfortunately, closed when I was there).
If you’re stopping in Amarillo, Texas on a Route 66 road trip or need a big nap after gorging on a big steak dinner, the Big Texan Motel offers a comfy night sleep with the ultimate convenience.
Big Texan Motel
Address: 7701 Interstate 40 Access Rd, Amarillo, TX 79118
Hours: Lobby open 24/7