This 1956 hotel’s impeccable vibe and history even entails a Magical History Tour you can take! From the moment you walk into the lobby with its lava rock fireplace (some staff even wear vintage suits to check you in), you feel ensconsed in the era. The rooms are just as epically decorated, with a color palette and furnishings that make you feel like Frank Sinatra might be chilling just down the hall, as he once did. Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh and Zsa Zsa Gabor also stayed, appreciative that Scottsdale gave them a little reprieve from the paparrazzi—and Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner even held their wedding reception here. The palm trees encircling the main pool, the restaurant with its trippy décor and monthly 'show stopper' milkshakes as well as the views of Camelback Mountain from some rooms earn this hotel the highest marks.
A retro hotel is a beautiful thing—it lets you travel back in time as well as geographically. Interest in the midcentury modern aesthetic will always be with us, and shows like Mad Men and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (not to mention the movie Don’t Worry, Darling) have us itching to nurse a Manhattan while we lounge on aqua and tangerine pool tiles. The minimalist vibe with clean lines and bright colors makes us relax into our vacation, with nostalgia for an era we may not have even lived in but still admire. Some of these hotels have been around for the duration, while others are newly opening with a created vintage look—and it may surprise no one that certain sunny locales like Florida and California have multiple hotels in this genre. Here’s a look at some stellar examples of retro hotels in the U.S.!
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