Motels for the Modern Era
Let us ponder the humble motel. Unlike its sister accommodation, the hotel, the motel feels somehow more American — maybe due to its relative affordability, maybe because so many were dotted along that most American and nostalgic of roads: Route 66. Whatever the reason, just five or six years ago, many were lamenting the end of the motel, with people writing "In Defense Of" articles or heralding the motel's "twilight" years. But while the number of motels might have dropped in the last few decades, the humble motor lodge is not down, and it's definitely not out. In fact, judging by the number of accommodations in this list that have been revamped in the last five years alone, it appears the motel is experiencing something of a resurgence (and the Washington Post, for one, agrees). From mid-coastal Maine to the California deserts, here are the American motels keeping the nostalgia alive.