Skyview Los Alamos in Los Alamos, CaliforniaCourtesy Skyview Los Alamos
A modern boutique hotel with 1950s bones opened in a former motel off California’s Highway 101 near Santa Barbara in April. One of the most notable retro features of Skyview Los Alamos is its pool, designed to recall the glamor of old-school California pool parties. The new owners took care to retain many of the motel’s original elements, including its sign, quirky cactus columns in the porte-cochere, and actual room keys instead of key cards. Norman, the hotel’s full-service restaurant, is named for Norman Bates from the book and movie Psycho.
Lone Star Court in Austin, Texasvia lonestarcourt.com
An authentic Americana roadside court hotel, Lone Star Court brings guests back to a decade when the car family trip was de rigueur. In typical court hotel style, the property is centered around an activity courtyard that includes a pool and fire pits for roasting s’mores. Each guest room features retro-style furniture and a Smeg refrigerator stocked with Texas treats. An on-site food trailer court serves up casual American eats, while a Buick Roadmaster out front welcomes guests to the hotel.
Jupiter Hotel in Portland, OregonCourtesy Jupiter Hotel
Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon, still has its original motor inn structure from the 1960s, and this summer it will nearly double its guest room count with the addition of an adjacent six-story building in June. But the retro vibe is not lost among the new: Each room has era-appropriate furniture and pop-culture-style murals bearing the likenesses of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon. Don’t miss these photos of 12 historic hotels decked out for the holidays.