A motel is defined as a roadside hotel designed primarily for motorists, typically having the rooms arranged in a low building with parking directly outside. While it’s not a term often used these days, motels are still found in Springfield.
That includes the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, a motel built in 1938 when Route 66 was a major east-west thoroughfare in the United States. The meticulously maintained hotel at St. Louis Street and Glenstone Avenue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but don’t go thinking you won’t find modern amenities. While the Rail Haven’s exterior takes you back to yesteryear, you’ll find everything there you expect at a recently built facility.
Other lodging facilities in the city that fall within the definition of “motel” can be found throughout the city. Check them out below.