James Cale

The Alamo Motel

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  • Why:Weekend Escape
  • When:February 2016
  • Who:Me & my new Mexican Barbie.
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The Alamo Motel Main Street Los Alamos.

Main Street Los Alamos.

The Alamo Motel Beautiful curation of items for sale right in the lobby.

Beautiful curation of items for sale right in the lobby.

The Alamo Motel The Alamo has a perfect eye for all of the fine details that I look for anywhere I go.

The Alamo has a perfect eye for all of the fine details that I look for anywhere I go.

The Alamo Motel Shelter Social Club knows how to build culture within their property to give you a truly unique experience.

Shelter Social Club knows how to build culture within their property to give you a truly unique experience.

The Alamo Motel Brass accents brilliantly compliment the hard wood floor.

Brass accents brilliantly compliment the hard wood floor.

The Alamo Motel Our room had a very clean, minimal esthetic. All natural elements that flow with the outdoors of the area.

Our room had a very clean, minimal esthetic. All natural elements that flow with the outdoors of the area.

The Alamo Motel Karla enjoying a good book after a long drive up north from Palm Springs.

Karla enjoying a good book after a long drive up north from Palm Springs.

The Alamo Motel I couldn’t leave without enjoying the natural sunlight as I relaxed in a claw foot tub.

I couldn’t leave without enjoying the natural sunlight as I relaxed in a claw foot tub.

The Alamo Motel Real keys, no plastic.  I love this.

Real keys, no plastic. I love this.

The Alamo Motel Red-hot vintage neon sign of the Alamo greets you at the entrance.

Red-hot vintage neon sign of the Alamo greets you at the entrance.

Highs & Lows

  • Shelter Social Club did an amazing job of mixing the natural elements of the outdoors to give their rooms a very organic feel.

  • The lobby and rooms exude the deep-rooted culture of the area.

  • The staff was very warm and inviting.

  • There isn’t anything I didn’t like about my stay, I look forward to staying there again soon.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 45/45

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Motel

  • Vibe

    Lumberjack hipster.

  • Location

    The Santa Barbara Wine Country

  • Rooms

    21

  • Music

    The sound of silence.

  • Year Opened

    Built in 1940’s, repurposed & reopened in 2016.

  • Designed By

    Re-purposed motel by the Shelter Social Club.

  • Health & Wellness

    Yes pool, no gym.

  • Restaurant

    No restaurant, but there are a handful of great restaurants right in town.

  • Bar

    No bar, but also great local bars.

  • Minibar

    No mini bar, but Muni Wine available in each room for purchase. There is also a wine tasting room on-site.

  • Children

    Don’t ruin the moment.

  • Price

    Priceless for the solitude you won’t get anywhere else.

  • Website

    Visit website

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The Alamo Motel

The Alamo Motel

425 Bell St, Los Alamos, CA, United States

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