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Best Roadside Motel (2020)

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  • Coachman Hotel

    Coachman Hotel
    South Lake Tahoe, California

    The newly renovated Coachman Hotel celebrates the natural beauty of nearby Lake Tahoe with features that invite guests to enjoy the outdoors – a swimming pool for summer and a hot tub for winter. The simple, modern and functional rooms have a wet area for outdoor gear, custom furniture, heated toilet seats and Malin + Goetz bath products. Other amenities include free wifi, evening s’mores and a bar serving beer and wine.
    Photo courtesy of Coachman Hotel

  • Lincoln Motor Court

    Lincoln Motor Court
    Mann's Choice, Pennsylvania

    The Lincoln Motor Court celebrates the golden age of automobile travel with its classic tourist cabins. Each cottage features vintage decor and cable TVs, plus access to outdoor features like a picnic table and fire ring.
    Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Court

  • The Sunset Motel

    The Sunset Motel
    Brevard, North Carolina

    The Sunset Motel celebrates the allure of the open road by providing clean, comfortable rooms and friendly service to visiting guests. Amenities include free wifi and cable, plus chairs outside each door so guests can visit with their neighbors.
    Photo courtesy of The Sunset Motel

  • Wigwam Motel

    Wigwam Motel
    Holbrook, Arizona

    Wigwam Village #6 has long been one of the most recognizable landmarks along Historic Route 66. The motel opened in 1950 but has since been renovated with a host of modern amenities.
    Photo courtesy of Wigwam Motel

  • Roadrunner Lodge

    Roadrunner Lodge
    Tucumcari, New Mexico

    This restored motel on Route 66 blends mid-century style with modern conveniences, like premium mattresses, plush towels, free wifi and HD TVs with more than 120 channels. The historic property is truly a mom and pop operation.
    Photo courtesy of Roadrunner Lodge

  • The Vagabond Hotel

    The Vagabond Hotel
    Miami

    This newly renovated Miami hotel features a retro lobby and 42 retro-chic guest rooms, with in-room amenities like free wifi, terrazzo and wood floors, flatscreen TVs, 1950s-inspired furniture and oversized walk-in showers. The property also has a swimming pool with restored tile mosaics and a cocktail bar.
    Photo courtesy of The Vagabond Hotel

  • Blue Swallow Motel

    Blue Swallow Motel
    Tucumcari, New Mexico

    The Blue Swallow in Tucumcari, New Mexico, has been welcoming travelers along Historic Route 66 since 1939. The family owned and operated motel boasts restored rooms equipped with a desk, seating area, vintage lamps and rotary dial phones. A classic neon sign still illuminates the historic courtyard each night.
    Photo courtesy of Blue Swallow Motel

  • Hotel Palms

    Hotel Palms
    Atlantic Beach, Florida

    The Hotel Palms, originally built in 1947 as a motor court inn, has been renovated to its full retro chic glory. The property features 11 guest rooms with access to a shared courtyard and lounge. Grab a coffee from Show Pigeon Coffee inside the lounge, or take the short three-block walk to the beach.
    Photo courtesy of Hotel Palms

  • The Astro Motel

    The Astro Motel
    Santa Rosa, California

    The Astro Motel in Santa Rosa, California, was built in 1963 during the golden age of the American motor lodge. The recently remodeled property features 34 rooms with original mid-century modern furnishings and a selection of snacks and amenities from Sonoma County makers.
    Photo courtesy of The Astro Motel

  • The Sandman

    The Sandman
    Santa Rosa, California

    Roadside inn meets Wine Country hotel at The Sandman in Santa Rosa, California. This affordable hotel just of US-101 has 135 rooms, each with free wifi, a flatscreen TV, kitchenette amenities and bath products from Malin & Goetz. Guests enjoy access to a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and the Pool House & Bar.
    Photo courtesy of The Sandman

During the early years of the 20th century, Americans took to the nation’s brand new highways, and roadside motels (a portmanteau of “motor hotel”) popped up to accommodate these travelers. Many of these historic properties have gotten retro-chic makeovers, blending their vintage charm with modern amenities.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Roadside Motel are as follows:

  1. Coachman Hotel - South Lake Tahoe, California
  2. Lincoln Motor Court - Mann's Choice, Pennsylvania
  3. The Sunset Motel - Brevard, North Carolina
  4. Wigwam Motel - Holbrook, Arizona
  5. Roadrunner Lodge - Tucumcari, New Mexico
  6. The Vagabond Hotel - Miami
  7. Blue Swallow Motel - Tucumcari, New Mexico
  8. Hotel Palms - Atlantic Beach, Florida
  9. The Astro Motel - Santa Rosa, California
  10. The Sandman - Santa Rosa, California

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning motels!

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