This Gila Bend, Arizona hotel features unique space-age decor and convenient access to the Painted Rock Monument and the Gatlin Sites Native American Ruins.
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Welcome to the Best Western Space Age Lodge, a full-service hotel offering the best in customer service and accommodations at an affordable rate. Located in the beauty and history of Southern Arizona, this Gila Bend area hotel boasts 41 well-appointed guest rooms all done in a space age theme. Each guest room features pillow top beds, cable satellite television with HBO® and free wireless high-speed Internet access. Enjoy an array of hotel amenities including the on-site Space Age Outer Limits Restaurant, a whirlpool hot tub, business services and meeting facilities accommodating up to 30 people. Pets are always welcome!
The hotel's convenient Interstate 8 location provides guests with easy access to a variety of key attractions including the Painted Rock Monument, the Open Pit Copper Mines and the Oregon Pipe National Park. Spend an afternoon touring the Gila Bend Historic Museum, just one mile from the hotel, or visit the Native America ruins at the Gatlin Site, only three miles away. Guests will also enjoy taking a short day trip up to Phoenix, Arizona to explore the sites and attractions of this major southwest city. Traveling on business? The Best Western Space Age Lodge is minutes away from the Gila River Electric Plant and the Desert Sweet Shrimp Farm. Gila Bend also offers a variety of events throughout the year including Shrimpfest, Dove Hunting, Butterfield Stage Days and several rodeos.
The friendly, helpful staff at the Best Western Space Age Lodge is ready to ensure a fun-filled memorable stay in Gila Bend, Arizona. Make a reservation today and save! Enjoy your stay.
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Pets allowed based on the availability of pet friendly rooms. We are pet friendly and allow up to two dogs in a rented room. The size limit for any one dog shall be 80 pounds. Other pet types (e.g. cats) may be allowed upon the hotel’s approval prior to arrival. The pet friendly rate is $20 per day with a $100 per week maximum. A refundable cleaning and damage deposit of $50 is required upon check-in. If damage occurs or excessive cleaning is needed, the deposit can become non-refundable and the hotel may charge additionally to cover the costs of repair or cleaning.
Hotel location and the surrounding area
We read the reviews, so decided to stop when traveling through. We have a small dog and they do accommodate them...when we checked in I heard the train right behind and I found it hard to believe...
San Antonio, TX on 11-Feb-2020
If you're on the fence & not sure whether to stay here, rest assured it's a great place to stay! The staff is wonderful; breakfast was very good; bed is comfy; the design is an experience in itself...
Redmond, Oregon on 15-Jan-2020
Old and dated motel with a quirky theme, but not worth it. Railroad runs behind the motel & there is a busy road in front of it - it was loud. Bathroom had a funky smell that wouldn't go away even...
Sonoma, California on 24-Dec-2019
This is the 3rd time I have stayed at this facility. Rooms are clean, everyone, right down to housekeeping is friendly, there is a restaurant next door, have never had a problem there. I would...
Peoria, Arizona on 24-Dec-2019
A really neat old style motel dating back to the 70s. It is sandwiched between the road and the railway line so pretty busy and noisy, but the rooms are comfortable and have the basics and we had a...
Complimentary full breakfast, choice of breads, cereal, fruit, hot eggs, hot breakfast meat, other hot items, yogurt, juice and coffee.
100% smoke-free hotel
Free wireless Internet access
24-hour front desk
Gift shop or newsstand
Express check out
Guest Room Mobility Accessible Features:
Accessible doors and doorways (at least 32-inches of clear width passage)
Accessible bathrooms and features, including shower/tub
Accessible room controls (e.g. HVAC and lighting)
Accessible clear floor space
The Best Western Space Age Lodge and Coffee Shop was built in 1964. It is a unique and "way out" place to stay and dine. In addition, it is one of the first properties to carry the Best Western name.
Al Stovall, a past president of Best Western, was the original owner and designer, and was inspired in the design by his affiliation with the newly formed Space program. He owned a copper mine and a plastic factory, which made his ability to create special designs and implement a variety of creative interior and exterior decorations a cinch. Many of the lamps, room dividers and exterior do-dads were made from materials from his mine and factory. Until the renovation in 1996, three satellite replicas, which were ten foot in diameter, sat upon the roof above the rooms at the lodge.
During Al's earlier years he was a supplier of manganese for the government during World War II. This substance was a rare and vital material used in America's submarines. This was the beginning of Al's friendship with the military, and in future years, the space program. After the Russians launched "Sputnik", he was extremely interested in the new NASA program. His collection of astronaut-signed pictures decorated the walls of the lobby and the coffee shop. These have been returned to the remaining family members, after Mr. Stovall passed away in 1973.
The Lodge & Coffee Shop were renovated in 1996, undergoing a futuristic facelift, using modern materials and a unique design, intergrading hand painted murals of outer space. A spaceship now rests on the top of the lobby. This spaceship is 28 feet in diameter, and 28 foot high. On the inside of the spaceship, looking up from the interior of the lobby, you will see a hand painted three-tiered mural of outer space.
A fire destroyed the coffee shop in 1998. In May of 1999 the new Space Age Outer Limits Restaurant made its debut. A 3 D hand painted mural of a spaceship greets you when you first enter the double door entrance. The architecture generated over 40 years ago has been updated, but the hopes and dreams behind this futuristic appearance remains. Offer the guest everything they need for an overnight stay, throw in a unique environment and the guests will come back, generation after generation.
Thank you for being a guest at the Best Western Space Age Lodge and Coffee Shop.
Public Space ADA Accessible Features:
Accessible parking spaces and signage (car and van)
Accessible parking space that is 96-inches wide with an appropriate access aisle
An accessible route that allows for approaching and entering the hotel
An accessible lobby entrance door
Room signage: 60-inches to sign center above finished floor
Accessible table in eating area
Public restrooms accessible
Guest Room Communication Assist Features:
Visual notification devices for telephones
Telephones have volume control
Visual smoke alarms
1.00 mile(s) from Gila River, Electric Generating Plant
5.00 mile(s) from Desert Sweet, Shrimp Farm
1.00 mile(s) from Gila Bend Historic Museum, featuring Old West Gila Bend memorabilia
3.00 mile(s) from Gatlin Site, (Native American Ruins)
5.00 mile(s) from Barry Goldwater Range
35.00 mile(s) from Painted Rock Monument
43.00 mile(s) from Open Pit Copper Mine
50.00 mile(s) from Harrah's Casino in Maricopa
65.00 mile(s) from Organ Pipe National Park
65.00 mile(s) from Phoenix International Raceway
Space Age Outer Limits, on premises, family-style restaurant serving American and Mexican cuisine, 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
65.00 mile(s) from Phoenix
115 mile(s) from Yuma
120 mile(s) from Tucson
140 mile(s) from Rocky Point, Mexico
1.00 mile(s) from Greyhound Bus Station
65.00 mile(s) from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport