The new motor lodges
There’s nothing more Western than an epic road trip. One change we’re happy to see? The roadside digs have gotten an upgrade
since your childhood summers in the family wagon.
The Presidio Motel, Santa Barbara. Its tiny office may shout “motor court lodge,” but the loaner cruiser bikes and new glam touches (like embroidered pillows and chic wall decals) scream cool. From $179; thepresidiomotel.com
Caliente Tropics Resort, Palm Springs. Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra used to hang at this 1964 hotel, where the original Polynesian decor has been upgraded to tiki-modern. From $105; calientetropics.com
The Pearl Hotel, San Diego. The vintage motel turned boutique hotel has kept its spirit with classic cocktails and “dive-in” movies by the kidney-shaped pool. From $129; thepearlsd.com
The Motor Lodge, Prescott, AZ. At the 100-year-old motel, rooms have gotten a dust-off with luxe linens and original art. Catch a ride downtown in the lodge’s flame orange 1965 pickup. From $89; themotorlodge.com