There’s no point in fighting it at this point, we are living in the retro-age. It’s all about vintage and throwbacks and reboots. And as annoying as it can be, there is still some really cool vintage stuff out there. And what’s more vintage than cute, little roadside motels? Here are some of the coolest ones out there.
SANTA FE MOTEL AND INN – SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
The Santa Fe Motel and Inn epitomizes the energy and style of the Southwest. From the classic adobe-style architecture, to the colorful and rustic interior of the lobby, this place is as New Mexico as it gets. And the awesome Santa Fe plaza is just about a seven minute walk away. They also offer a deliciously Southwest breakfast for their guests.
THE STARLUX – WILDWOOD, NEW JERSEY
Enjoy a proper New Jersey experience at the StarLux motel as it is just two blocks from the beach and the awesome Wildwood Boardwalk. One of the biggest motels on this list, it has a whopping 45 rooms. Plus they really lean heavy on the vintage vibe with lava lamps in the rooms, fake palm trees by the pool, and actual real life Airstream trailers for guests to stay in.
PALM SPRINGS RENDEZVOUS – PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
This adorable motel first opened in 1938 and was apparently the motel of choice for the one and only Marilyn Monroe when she visited Palm Springs. There are only ten rooms in the motel and they all have unique and awesome themes. Like the Rebel Without a Cause room, the Shake Rattle and Roll room, and Marilyn’s favorite, the Pretty in Pink room.
BLACK HAWK MOTEL – WISCONSIN DELLS, WISCONSIN
This picture perfect motel looks like it’s right out of a postcard. The best part about this vintage spot? How close it is to awesome attractions! There’s a popular tourist strip just a ten minute walk away, and Noah’s Ark Waterpark and Kalahari Indoor Theme Park are a short drive away. The motel even provides free passes to all its guests!
THE MOTOR LODGE – PRESCOTT, ARIZONA
This quaint little spot was built all the way back in 1910. It was originally just a small collection of summer cabins. It’s changed a lot over the years thanks to multiple owners, but now it’s considered an awesome boutique motel located right around the corner from Whiskey Row and a historic downtown. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary glass of wine when they arrive, a homemade cookie when they leave, and plenty of bikes for borrowing.
RED CABOOSE MOTEL – RONKS, PENNSYLVANIA
This place is an absolute must-see. Literally made from 19 25-ton train cabooses all the way back in 1969, motels doing get any more vintage that the Red Caboose Motel. Guests will literally stay in the cabooses, with some of them big enough to support a whole family, and one honeymoon caboose with a queen sized bed and a romantic whirlpool bath. It also includes a petting zoo, a miniature train ride, and free movie nights in the barn.