America’s coolest motels
Austin Motel: Austin, Texas
Joanne’s Fine Foods, a classic 1950s-style diner, is the Austin Motel’srestaurant. Both fit perfectly into their setting, Austin’s super-hip South Congress neighborhood. America’s coolest motels
Opened in 1938, the motel underwent a makeover in 2017. Now stands as a tribute to mid-century modern design and style. Each room features retro-esque radios and lamps, plus orange and yellow vinyl accents that complement the ultra-colorful, vibrant wallpaper. A gathering spot for locals in the warm weather.
Beck’s Motor Lodge: San Francisco, California
Rooms at this Castro district motel are no longer $5 per night. Which is hard to come by in San Francisco. A big boon for road-trippers passing through. Beck’s Motor Lodge is perhaps the most historic on our list. What with its role in the gay rights scene in the 1960s.
A 2017 makeover added sunburst décor, analog clocks, simple throwback. Other details that enhance mid-century modern vibe. A few of the 58 rooms have access to the rooftop sundeck. A perfect perch for a timeless San Francisco activity.
Vagabond Hotel: Miami, Florida
Frank Sinatra hung out here back. In the day. You’ll understand how important it was that this Miamihaunt’s. The works brought the hotel back from the brink of disrepair. The Vagabond Hotel’s revival is in sync with the design-centric MiMo Historic District in which it’s located. America’s coolest motels
Big Texan: Amarillo, Texas
The towering cowboy figure flanking the roadside sign for the Big Texan Steak Ranch. In Amarillo is a dead giveaway of the adjacent Big Texas Motel’s kitschy throwback vibe. Not convinced? Just take a look at the motel’s façade, which looks like. The set of a Western movie, and the Texas-shaped pool.
Opened in 1960 and located on Route 66, just a few minutes from Rick Husband International Airport. Old-timey wooden furniture and animal pelts, all of which add up to a theatrical Old West atmosphere.
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