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Roy's Motel and Cafe, Amboy

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Roy's Motel and Café is a motel, café, gas station and auto repair shop, defunct for many years but now being largely restored, on the National Trails Highway of U.S. Route 66 in the Mojave Desert town of Amboy in San Bernardino County, California. The historic site is an example of roadside Mid-Century Modern Googie architecture.The entire town of Amboy – including the mostly defunct Roy's complex – is owned by and under the stewardship of a private preservationist.HistoryAs a Route 66 stopIn 1938, founder Roy Crowl opened Roy's as a gas and service station along U.S. Highway 66, in Amboy. At the time, Route 66 – the "Main Street of America" – was the primary east-west highway artery crossing the nation from Chicago through the Southwest to Los Angeles. The construction of Roy's was one consequence of a Route 66 realignment through Mountain Springs Summit, bypassing Goffs to directly connect Needles and Essex, and continuing west to Amboy.
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  • Ok stop at Route 66 before crater, located at Amboy town. Place is restored to it's "old glory". The reopening was 2008.  more »
  • Amboy is a cute little ghost town on Route 66. It’s a good place to go to get the deserted R66 experience before you get to the Kingman-Seligman stretch that’s packed full of cars. If you want to take...  more »
  • If you judge Roy's as a cafe or gas station, it's not much. But I think that misses the point. Roy's is history and it's being preserved. The cafe is open for a cold Route 66 root beer, some souvenirs...  more »
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  • Although Roy's is not what I hoped it would be it is still an American icon! Traveling Route 66 has been a dream of mine since I was young. And Roy's was a bucket list type locale. It gets 5 stars just on the fact of the history it speaks to.
  • The atmosphere is awesome! Desert, sand and a historical building. Cold coke was 1 $, it is good as heaven in 40 Celsius. :D But everything else is overpriced :)
  • While the store had very limited inventory, they had excellent cinnamon crisps and coffee. Manuel the caretaker in the evening is a wonderful human being. The cafe is not currently open while they finish remodeling mandated by the state. The cottages are wonderful, but again held back by state mandates from being functional. I was given a complimentary stay in one of the cottages which I didn't expect. Like I said, a wonderful human being.
  • Great stop off when you are feeling a bit tired. My girlfriend Alya and myself were needing a rest point. Coffee was not too bad, could have been a little fresher. The cherry pie was decent enough, made by Frank, the manager of the motel. He was a bit creepy though; I had a few choice words for him over the course of the evening. We ended up staying in room 6, which was really quite cozy. Had a small bathroom , full size bed and a TV/VCR combo. I kept hearing things in the middle of the night, and about 3am, I awoke to the TV being on..And wouldn't you know it.. creepy Frank's wife Sandy was standing there staring at us sleep. Oh and there some Jesus freak spouting out religious mumbo jumbo in the cafe too. So that's why you can't get the full 5 stars, Roy's Motel! 4 stars because of the fact that I'd have to watch the damn place myself until I could lure in some other poor soul to take over (ironically Frank was fired earlier in the evening).
  • Food place to rest and use a bathroom. The place is always closed and there is nothing here gas is way over priced. Stretch your legs and enjoy no one around.