To breathe new life in a storied space sparks something in us all. It takes a certain creative commitment to work with the history, instead of overwriting it.
HipLodge was created out of a passion for finding great design in cool new places. We love a good motel comeback story and our community of travelers does, too.
We delight in the inspiration found by pouring over beautiful motel properties being renovated from coast to coast. HipLodge is on a mission to find every last gem out there and put it on our map.
If you have a great design that fits with our mission, we want to share it with our community. We make it easy to get listed. Simply review our guidelines for what makes a property “hip”, then click ‘Start your property submission’.
HipLodge is here to make the connection between our traveling community and their next great experience.
What kind of property fits?
When we set out to start HipLodge, we wanted to bring together a central listing of unique retro motels that have been fully renovated with a high attention to great design.
Everything from the finishes of the property, to the exterior landscaping have been updated and offer guests a truly unique experience.
Retro vs. New
In most cases, the properties we list were originally built between 1950 and 1970. There are some instances where an older historic property, or even a new build, fit the criteria of a Hip Lodge and make it on the list.
No matter the year built, general architecture will still exhibit the unique characteristics of a retro roadside motel.
Updated vs. Outdated
There's updated, then there's outdated... and oftentimes everything in between. Our listings are shining examples of truly great design.
From the lighting and furnishings, to architectural elements incorporated throughout the space, every Hip Lodge has a unique design point of view.
We also look for great landscape design and a fresh perspective on guest experiences.
Motel vs. Hotel
Is it a motel, or a hotel? When we look at roadside motor lodges, one of the key identifying elements is the signature exterior corridor to access the guest rooms. Classic roadside motels allowed guests to pull up and park practically at their door.
Where today's refreshed motels may better utilize their outdoor spaces for community enhancement, that external corridor holds true. Other things to look for are the classic shaped pools, portes-cochères and neon signage.