10 Wonderful US Motels
If you think you knew a lot about American motels, think again. And forget the old-style ones. There is a whole new breed of them being built and renovated nowadays. The new motels are colorful, retro-designed, with pool inflatables, and views that are Instagram fitting and located all over the country.
1. Saguaro Palm Springs, CA
The motel greets you with sunny vibrant colors that set the mood right away. 14 colors of buildings and floating flamingos and watermelons invite for some invigorating rest. After a swim, rainbow colored hammocks invite for a leisure swing.
All rooms have balconies or private patios, margaritas are available to order at the pool, and palm trees swing all around. After visiting this motel, you are destined to change your mind about what motel is and can be.
2. Austin Motel, TX
Hotelier Liz Lambert is known for breathing life into run-down hotels without changing the spirit of the place. When she took over this iconic motel, people worried that some of its vibe might be lost, but those worries were baseless. She saved the famous sign, kidney-shaped pool, and 50's style. She did update all 41 rooms and lobbies to make the motel competitive among others.
3. The Drifter, New Orleans
When you approach this facility and see the old-fashioned neon sign, you might not expect great things inside, but that's where you are wrong. All 20 rooms in this motel were spruced up with modern textures, exposed concrete, tiles, palm murals, and plenty of Formica surfaces. You will see a lot of greenery and friendly drink service by the brick pool. Cuban and Mexican cuisine is delivered by trendy food trucks.
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4. Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco
Liz Lambert took care of another motel, this time in San Francisco Tenderloin district. The retro-chick updates are opening up this June. The motel has been popular in the music scene with Kurt Cobain and David Bowie staying there sometimes. All the rooms have a pop-art feeling, red vintage phones, and bright colors. With music posters on the walls, beautiful pool, and plenty of greenery you are going to be taken back in time.
5. The Surfjack, Honolulu (surfjack.com)
The pool is oval and invites you to remember the times when "Wish you were here" postcards had their heyday. The words are tiled at the bottom of the pool, so you can snap a picture and post it for laughs. The rooms have bohemian spirit, lots of wood, muted colors, and geometric shapes. The motel has distinctive island cuisine served at its Mahina & Sun restaurant. You will also be treated by complimentary blue beach cruisers.
6. Sound View Greenport, Long Island, NY
The motel has been established in 1950s, but received a face lift quite recently by Studio Track form Brooklyn. The location is superb because the motel sits on the Greenport district's waterfront and each room has water views. Floor-to-ceiling windows, private beach and pool, and minimalistic nautical interiors will make you feel like you are at sea. Visitors are greeted by wooden accents, blue colors, and bent metal furniture.
7. Ace Hotel and Swim Club, Palm Springs, CA
Ace hotels are known for their modern facilities and this location is no exception. Whatever room you choose, you will be pleasantly surprised. Some rooms have private patios, outdoor fireplaces, and turntables with vinyl. Others feature gardens, sofas, and patio furniture. Furnishings are vintage and different in every room. The place invites guests to mingle with live music, performances, and two pools.
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8. Laguna Beach House, California (thelagunabeachhouse.com)
If you want to experience California cool, look no further. You will find state flags, surfboards, and beautiful plants. You will be entertained with beautiful palm tree and ocean views and more surfboards above your bed. Who knows, you might get inspired to take surfing lessons after staying here. Outdoor pool and lounging chairs are for your pleasure and milk and cookies before bed are a staple here.
9. Pioneertown Motel, CA
You will feel like in a Western movie while visiting this Mojave Desert motel, and rightfully so. The motel was built by Roy Rogers in the 1940s to be used in movie sets. Some of the biggest stars have been and filmed here. Not much changed today. You will still arrive via a dusty road and will be greeted by a cacti line. Bedrooms feature cowhide rugs, wooden doors, and Navaho blankets. Welcome the Wild West.
10. Amigo Motor Lodge, Salida, CO
The unique motel is located where most visitors start their Colorado nature tours, in Salida. Mountains and rivers are very close, and hot springs are inviting for a soak. The rooms are decorated for comfort with minimalistic style. Patterned cushions and potted plants give a pop of color while soft mattresses and wooden bed frames invite for luxurious sleep. Outside you will find a teepee, hot tub, and a common area with hanging chairs.