There are times that Travelodge just won’t cut it. And those times are literally ALL of the time. But if you’re a ‘wherever I hang my hat, that’s my home’ type you nevertheless appreciate when the place you hang it is more than a ‘Formula Une’ on the autoroute. So here are some of the more stylish motels from around the world, the sort of places that are more than just a bed for the night, but might as well be destinations in themselves.
Mollie’s is Oxforshire’s answer to the classic American motel-diner. And being on the edge of the Cotswolds, rather than the edge of Detroit, means it’s got exactly the sort of style you know is going to be beautiful as well as infinitely comfortable. And, as if to underscore this, the new opening is the brainchild of Soho House founder Nick Jones, giving it the stamp of approval of London’s coolest club and guaranteeing high-quality decor, food and an experience to make any roadtrip ring to cries of ‘are we nearly half-way there yet?’
Where: Shivenham Road, Buckland, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8PY
To America, and the home of the road trip. In a vast state like Texas they know how to cover distance, but Austin Motel proves that they also really do know how to rest en-route. Based in one of the coolest cities in the US, the motel is super-stylish, with a fun ’50s vibe paired with fine dining and luxurious retro rooms.
Where: 1220 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78704, USA
Wyoming, home to boundless wilderness, and lots and lots of elk. Anvil Hotel, on the edge of Yellowstone, brings the motel experience up more than a few notches with a fine-dining steakhouse, custom fitted rooms and a fireside you’ll never want to leave.
Where: 215 North Cache Street, P.O. Box 486, Jackson, WY 83001
Interior design might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of motels. Or Australia, come to think of it. But at Halcyon House the interiors match the facilities at this five star boutique hotel. The hotel, the ideal stop off on a roadtrip through New South Wales.
Where: 21 Cypress Crescent, Cabarita Beach, NSW, 2488, Australia
Germany is the home of motoring in so many ways, from some of the world’s best auto manufacturers, to the creators of the world’s first motorways. And after a day blatting across the German countryside at limitless speed (there’s no speed limit on the autobahns), head to Motel One Berlin, which has recently opened and offers guests a stylish, central Berlin, motel in the perfect place to enjoy the capital.
Where: Grunerstraße 11, 10179 Berlin, Germany
Coastal California may be the destination of so many roadtrips, but set your sights instead on the endless beauty of Lake Tahoe and for an exquisite motel experience head to Coachman Hotel. Putting style and nature together, the motel embraces its alpine surroundings, it’s recently reopened and brings the added bonus of a pool in summer, or a hot tub in winter.
Where: 4100 Pine Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, California, 96150
One of Byron Bay’s original beach houses is the ideal motel for anyone looking to surf or just sun themselves en route down the sunshine coast. Bringing New York style down under, the The Bower is beautiful and set across suites and cottages overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Where: 28 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481, Australia