Graduate Lincoln in Lincoln, NebraskaCourtesy Graduate Lincoln
Guests can play old-school arcade games in the herringbone wood-floored lobby of Graduate Lincoln, filled with details referencing decades gone by. But the nostalgia extends beyond the lobby. Each guest room features vintage-inspired corn print wall coverings (a nod to Nebraska’s agricultural heritage), old-fashioned TV nightstands referencing the late Johnny Carson, and Marquee light fixtures, a subtle reminder of the 50-plus drive-in movie theaters that once operated in Nebraska.
Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco, Californiavia phoenixsf.com
Vintage rock ‘n’ roll concert posters and cherry-red rotary telephones adorn each of the 44 guestrooms at Phoenix Hotel, located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. The hotel was built as a motor court hotel in 1956, revived in 1987, and today is operated by Bunkhouse, the company behind some of Texas’s coolest hotels. Two of its most retro features are the lobby—decked out with wood paneling and a Shinola record player—and the pool, set amid lush gardens at the center of the property. These 16 tips will help you save money on hotel rooms.
The Drifter Hotel in New Orleans, LouisianaCourtesy Nicole Franzen for Design Hotels
Originally built as The Crescent City Motel in the 1950s, The Drifter in New Orleans reopened in 2017 with a mix of modern and nostalgic design. The exterior has the original asymmetric awning and a restored neon sign, while guest rooms feature troweled concrete walls and Oaxacan tile work. At the heart of the hotel is a tropical courtyard and pool complete with a disco ball, frequently filled with guests and locals for live music and cultural programming.