Ohio House Motel


600 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60654, United States

Distinguished by its fabulous diamond shaped exterior, the Ohio House is a fabulous example of mid-century architecture right in the middle of downtown Chicago. Other architectural points of interest include the matching suspended sign, held up by a geometric metal grid which is itself reflected in the pattern block fence that runs along Ohio Street. Rough-faced stone walls and a large stainless steel sign on the east facade add to it’s distinctly Chicago Mid-Century design. The architect for the motel was Arthur Salk of Shayman and Salk, who also designed the Summit Motel on Lincoln and the LaSalle Motor Lodge at LaSalle & Superior (now a Howard Johnson); the firm’s stamp was also on many apartment buildings in the inner suburbs. According to the webite, in the late 1990s, as the neighborhood transitioned from seedy to gentrified, the motel’s owner planned to demolish the motel and replace it with a far larger chain franchise. The building’s demolition was announced as imminent in 2001. Yet the plans never went through, and the motel still offers clean and remarkably affordable rooms right in downtown.

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CarlinVilla Motel


18891 Rt 4, Carlinville IL 62626

Near the heart of historic Carlinville, Illinois, The CarlinVilla Motel offers a relaxing getaway for the whole family. Spend a day with the family visiting Macoupin County’s “Million Dollar Courthouse,” Historic Cannonball Jail, or the Historical Society Museum; take your teenager for a visit at Blackburn College, then return to the CarlinVilla to unwind by the pool or warm yourself in the tanning beds.

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Long Holiday Motel

(970) 641-0536

1198 West U.S. Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230, United States

While more Colorado Western Kitsch on the inside, the outside boasts a fantastic Googie Sign!
Come home and relax at our Inn with a personal touch and created with your comfort in mind. Affordable and newly remodeled rooms with brand new beds, showers and AC. Each room is beautifully appointed and includes refrigerators, microwaves, Cable-TV, and phones. Sweet table and fresh coffee is always waiting for you in the morning…

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White Eagle Inn


2110 South Broadway, Cortez, CO 81321, United States

You have to give owners credit when they change the name of a motel, and yet keep the cool Googie sign. The new one is a bit bland, but we love that they have tried to keep the original feel of this cute motel.

Formerly the El Capri Motel, established in 1958 – the rooms are fantastically retro. It’s really clean, and there’s a cute little playground and a nice office.

The motel is AAA Approved with sixteen ultra-clean motel rooms including two family rooms – one with with three full-size beds, and another with two queens and one single bed. All rooms have mini fridges and free wireless high-speed internet access, plus free local phone service. Microwaves are in some rooms, plus one microwave is available in the lobby and another one outdoors.

All rooms are non-smoking and are at ground level with parking in front of the room. The White Eagle Inn is an old fashioned, family owned and operated mom and pop lodging facility which has been in continuous operation for over fifty years.

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WigWam Village Motel

(928) 524-3048

811 W Hopi Dr, Holbrook, AZ 86025, United States

Situated in Holbrook Arizona near some of the most fabulous National Parks, including the Grand Canyon is Wigwam Village Motel #6 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. In 2003 and 2007, the motel received Cost-Share Grants from the NPS Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.

Each teepee is 21 feet wide at the base and 28 feet high. Rooms feature the original hand-made hickory furniture, and each is equipped with a sink, toilet, and shower.

Fantastic vintage automobiles are permanently parked throughout the property and the main office has been converted into a museum, which is open to the public. The museum holds Mr. Lewis’ own collection of Indian wigwam_teepeeartifacts, Civil War memorabilia, Route 66 collectibles, and a petrified wood collection.

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