roys motel

Amboy is located midway between Barstow and Needles on historic Route 66. Amboy was once a busy little town until the opening of Interstate 40 in 1973 caused travelers to bypass the town. Roy’s Motel and Cafe, besides providing food and lodging, also operated a gas station and garage. The current population of Amboy is reportedly 4.


One of the best known photo ops on old Route 66 is Roy’s Motel & Cafe in Amboy, California.  The desert climate has preserved the place well.  Last month we visited and patronized Roy’s (getting gas and drinks) and I wandered into the motel area more than in the past.  The cabins that face 66 have a conventional multi-unit motel behind them, complete with abandoned car, which looks to me like a ‘56 Studebaker President.  The office has been converted to a kind of retro museum exhibit, evoking the 1950s-60s atmosphere of the place’s heyday.  Photos taken June 19, 2014.

More on Amboy, the history of Roy’s, and the purchase of the town by Albert Okura of Juan Pollo fame:,_California