I wasn't planning on staying in Gila Bend. But, my motorcycle developed a terminal electrical problem and died 1 mile outside of town. After spending nearly 2 hours on the side of the freeway, in the dark, wearing every stitch of warm clothing I had with me, and the Truckers moving 80mph and swerving over to within 3 feet of my bike, I might have gladly stayed at the Bates Motel!
Fortunately, that was not the case. I have been here in the past and the place was a bit if a dump. Imagine my surprise when I found the small Lobby all bright and cheerful, the Desk personnel welcoming and friendly, the room renovated, clean, and well appointed, and most importantly: a clean comfortable bed!
While the Space Theme has been a trademark of this hotel for decades, it has made a transition away from "Aliens" and has put an emphasis on historic Space Travel. There is art, murals, and information about NASA, APPOLO Space Missions, Challenger, and more.
I think they might still be working on renovations, so it's possible that some rooms are better than others, but it is obvious that this Long-time Theme Hotel is coming back up in the world of Hospitality!
Thank you, Best Western Space Age Hotel, for making my unpleasant circumstances easier to bear! less