Travel Inspiration: Motels

Travel Inspiration: Motels

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Regina Yunghans
Jul 7, 2009

It's the season for road trips. Which might mean a motel stop or two along the way. Here's a collection of a few motel images from around the web. A couple of these images are from classic motel buildings and others are updates based on the classic...

Motels are often a bit dated but, for us, they hold a unique vintage charm. Sure, there are the scratchy polyester bed spreads, wood wall paneling and kitschy "motel art" to contend with. But there are also plenty of redeeming qualities we've found when staying at motels. We enjoy the mod aesthetic carried over from most motels' mid-century heyday, sitting on metal motel-style chairs outside the room's door, the low-slung architecture, and the courtyard shape of many classic motel buildings.

1 Image: Flickr member ˜charlottedallot˜ licensed under Creative Commons
2 Motel 6's "Phoenix" prototype, featured last year on Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
3 metal motel chairs from Candy Bouncer
4 a motel room at Australia's Sandcastles 1770
5 Motel Villa Anna by BenoitPaille

Do you have any classic motel recommendations for Apartment Therapy readers heading out on road trips this season?

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