17 of the Most Retro Hotels in America
From tie-dye and tiki to vintage signs and record players, retro details are making modern hotels feel totally fresh. Check out these destinations that capture another time.
Lone Star Court in Austin, Texas
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, Oregon
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.
Unscripted Durham in Durham, North Carolina
Opened in summer 2017 in the former Jack Tar Motor Lodge from the 1960s, Unscripted Durham is a boutique hotel in the heart of Durham, North Carolina. The property includes a refurbished Airstream that serves as a bar, primarily used for events on the hotel’s rooftop pool and lounge. Other retro elements include key card holders resembling composition books, wicker egg chairs, and 1960s-style patterned wallpaper in each guest room.
The Roxbury in Roxbury, New York
The Roxbury Motel in the Catskill Mountains is unlike any hotel you’ve seen before. With a key focus on design, many of its guest rooms are designed as odes to movies and TV shows from the ’60s and ’70s. In the sparkling emerald Wizard of Oz-themed room, you’ll find the Wicked Witch as a pillow of striped stockings and ruby slippers, Glinda the Good Witch is in a crystal light fixture above the dining table, and a Yellow Brick Road runs across the carpet and up the wall. Other room themes include Gilligan’s Island, Austin Powers, and The Addams Family, so guests have their pick of throwbacks. For more cool experiences, visit these 11 breathtaking underwater hotels.
Oasis at Gold Spike in Las Vegas, Nevada
When it was built in 1962, Oasis at Gold Spike in downtown Las Vegas was a spot for guests to rest before venturing out into the bright lights of Fremont Street casinos. The hotel was renovated in 2014 to maintain its original structure, embracing the old-school glamor and charm of Las Vegas. Each room incorporates mid-century modern pieces, from Foosball tables to vinyl record players. In The Backyard, an activity space open 24/7, guests can play Twister, tetherball, corn hole, and more, plus take part in monthly roller skating nights. Get to know more Las Vegas attractions that have nothing to do with gambling.
The Saugatuck Retro Resort in Saugatuck, Michigan
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Near the shores of Lake Michigan, The Saugatuck Retro Resort—originally opened as a motel in 1953—has proven so popular that the owners recently launched three more throwback hotels in the area. Catering to Baby Boomers looking for a nostalgic summer getaway and Millennials who want a retro retreat, the resort welcomes visitors with its original neon sign. By day, guests lounge in Adirondack chairs around the pool, and in the evening, they gather for stargazing and roasting s’mores around the bonfire.
Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona
An $80 million renovation in 2005 restored the iconic Hotel Valley Ho, first built in 1956, to its former glory. A combination of mid-century modern and contemporary furnishings (think George Nelson bubble lamps) fill the guest rooms, while butterscotch-yellow kitchen cabinets in the suites nod to one of the most popular home design colors of the ’50s. At the ZuZu restaurant, a cocktail menu includes popular liquors of the time period. For dessert, a retro candy basket amenity is full of sweets like Abba-Zaba, PEZ, and Charleston Chews. Discover where to find 10 of the most retro burger joints in America.