The quaint, motor hotel (shortened to motels) alongside a highway was long associated with the mid-century time period of the 1950s and 1960s. By 1964, there were of around 61,000 motels in the country. However, tourist preferences changed in later years, with a shift toward hotels with rooms opening to corridors. The number of these roadside motels dwindled over the years down to about 16,000 in 2012.
But in the last decade, the mid-century modern style has had a resurgence in popularity. Danish modern, Googie, and other styles associated with this time period have found their ways into homes through furniture, dishware, and other decorative items. And these abandoned motels are suddenly drawing interest, with numerous motels across the country being restored or revamped. According to Amanda Marcello of RLHC, these motels are “the icons of family travel and friendly road trips”.
Hotel Supplies-Online provides several products to provide a feel of the 1950s and 1960s.