July 13, 2017

A Shipwrick of a Room from 1970's


Captain Thompson's Motor Lodge
Alexandria Bay, New York
1970's

What makes this room Seventies-que? Let us see.

Fake wood panelling on walls? Check.

Harvest gold bedspreads? Check.

Drop ceiling? Check.

Old-school ceiling light, the kind that has a frosted glass plate suspended from the ceiling? Check.

Ugly curtains? Check.

Dentist's waiting room artwork on the wall? Check.

Outdated clothing and hairstyles? Check.

Notice how the couple are gazing out the window, as if they're trying to avert their gazes away from their shipwreck of a room?
 

July 7, 2017

Ugly is In the Eye of the Beholder


Skylark Motel
Springfield, VA
1950's

Here is the postcard that inspired this blog, Ugly Motel Rooms. To be fair, the room isn't all that ugly -- in fact, I think it's groovy with all these Scandinavian modern furniture and fixtures. (And look at that cute little old-timey phone in the corner between the sofas.) But when I once showed this postcard to someone, she thought it was ugly. I've been collecting (and selling) vintage postcards for many years, and I've run into my share of many postcards showing motel/hotel rooms that are hilariously outdated by today's standards. So, I've decided to share these postcards on the blog, and trust me, I have way more th post in the future. So, brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen.
 

July 4, 2017

Seeing Red in Japan


Marunouchi Hotel
Tokyo, Japan
1970's?

For unknown reasons, the red decor craze swept American hotels and motels in 1960's and 1970's. It looks like other countries might not be immune to this craze, as you can see from this postcard of a hotel in Tokyo. Observe the red-black checkered carpet and international orange bedspreads.

Everyone in in the postcard appears to be Caucasian, so you wouldn't have known this is a Japanese hotel, just looking at the postcard. Also, see how the woman's red plaid suit matches the red plaid suitcase -- now that's really matchy-matchy. Curiously, both suitcases are all closed up and standing in the path, like they're planning to make a getaway while the couple dines. And what's with these round big tags on the bags, anyway? Is someone tracking runaway suitcases?
 

July 2, 2017

Yet Another Ugly Bedspread Post


Kenlake State Resort Park
Hardin, KY
1970's?

My friends, it's time for another ugly bedspread posting, so gaze upon the sheer ugliness of this room. Enlarge the photo if you must, to appreciate just how ugly it is. And let us not speak of the matching drapes....

June 29, 2017

A Group of Furniture Conspires


Satellite Motel
Near Plattsburgh, NY
1950's or 1960's

Look at this curious photo of furniture apparently circled around the television. One cannot help but wonder what is going on. What can they be talking about? Different ways to torture room guests, such as tripping them in the middle of the night?
 

April 10, 2017

Bordello Chic (Again)

Madonna Inn
San Luis Obispo, CA
1970's?
Room 163 - Old-Fashioned Room

It's been a while since we last did a Madonna Inn post, so here we are. You can reenact your favorite scene from the show Westworld in this imaginatively named "Old-Fashioned Room". Lots of deep red in this room. And check out the settee (these things seem to demand that they be called settees and not, say, sofas) -- tres bordello chic. And the wallpaper...well, let's not talk about it, shall we?

Color Television, Cable and...Ice Skating Rink

Suppose you are a motel owner in the middle of freezing January, and you can't very well advertise your swimming pool (even if it's said to be heated). So, what are you going to do? How about an ice skating rink? In the past, there have been hotels and motels that have had skating rinks. For example, here's a ski resort in Vermont: