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.
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.