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7 stunning design motels

Neon signs, 1960s-era decor and walls made entirely out of rope – these are some of the most intriguing and inspiring design motels in the USA.

Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco

Pheonix Hotel

Pheonix Hotel

The bright colours and scandinavian furnishings at the Phoenix have transformed it from a traditional 1950s motel into a contemporary design hotel. The hotel’s connection to the local area is kept alive, meanwhile, with vintage welcome signs and mementos dedicated to San Francisco’s history.

Anvil Hotel, Wyoming

Anvil Hotel

Anvil Hotel

The Anvil Hotel gives nostalgia a natural touch, thanks in part to its location on the edge of Yellowstone National Park. Inside, the elegant and contemporary Shaker-style design and palette of navy blue and natural wood contrast with the vintage cocktail menu, artisan snacks and elaborate playlists to create a warm, social atmosphere.

Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, Los Angeles

Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel brings rustic-styling to Los Angeles via natural wood furnishings, plaid blankets, Southern comfort food at The Tart (the inhouse restaurant) and whimsical farmyard animal figurines. Many of the rooms feature sliding barn doors and the theme continues outside this revamped motel as the local farmer’s market is just down the road.

Brentwood Hotel, New York State

Brentwood Hotel

Brentwood Hotel

This boutique hotel, which was once a motel, is now all about horsepower. Just a 6-minute walk from the Saratoga Race Course, the Brentwood Hotel is surrounded by natural beauty to explore on foot, by bike or on horseback. And it’s just as appealing inside, with a rich colour palette, gold finishings and airy, open rooms.

Ace Hotel and Swim Club, Palm Springs

Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Ace Hotels are known for their artistic inclinations and the brand has now expanded into the motel business with the Palm Springs Ace Hotel and Spring Club. The motel’s refurbishment includes pastel, ice-cream colours and deep, earthy tones with playful flourishes, including a seating area with an elaborate rope art installation.

The Verb Hotel, Boston

The Verb Hotel

The Verb Hotel

The geometric shapes and electric yellows, blues and pinks at The Verb Hotel give this reborn motel a 60s vibe, while still managing to feel new and fresh. Neon signposts and tinted windows are offset by a palette of natural earth tones and the open courtyard at the centre of the hotel ensures the bedrooms get plenty of natural light.

Austin Motel, Texas

Austin Motel

Austin Motel

The riot of bright colours and hanging ferns in Austin Motel create a vibrant yet serene atmosphere that’s hard to resist. The bedrooms showcase local artists and 1970s-inspired decor, which continues outside. Tables topped with classic red and white striped umbrellas surround the azure pool and are complemented by expertly mixed cocktails and local brews.