Vacations might look a little different this year, but it doesn’t mean you have to leave behind the joys of a mid century getaway. All of our mid century hotel favorites are following the guidelines to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy, so you can escape to fun and retro hotel locations across the nation where you’ll be immersed in all things retro. From a Boston hotspot filled with music history to a family friendly Florida resort and more, these are the places to go for a getaway with mid century apropos.
Looking for a vacation that breaks the mold with great architecture and a rock ‘n’ roll vibe? Look no further than The Verb. With a tagline of “The rebirth of a spirit that began in ’59,” this hotel is a refreshed version of its roots as the Fenway Motor Hotel.
Originally built in 1959 by architects Irving Salsberg and Ralph Leblanc, its true modernist spirit and location in the backyard of Fenway Park turned it into a local icon. Renamed and revamped with a fresh take on Boston’s unique music scene, while fully embracing its mid century style, The Verb is a modern getaway with true respect for its past.
For more info on The Verb, call (617) 566-4500 or visit theverbhotel.com.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Step into a retro poolside paradise at Universal Studios’ Cabana Bay Beach Resort. From its colorful façade and striped pool umbrellas to the vintage-inspired bowling alley and family-friendly atmosphere, this hotel is a perfect vacation spot for the retronaut. The Cabana Bay Beach Resort takes the best of the 1950s and ’60s to create a fun, lighthearted ambience.
The hotel’s joyful take on the atomic era is as refreshing as it is bright. With family rooms and plenty of venue options for food and drinks, as well as an AAA three-diamond rating, Cabana Bay Beach Resort also offers guests exclusive benefits within the Universal Studios theme park.
For more info on Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, call (407) 503-4000 or visit loewshotels.com.
Hotel Valley Ho
Take a break from the desert heat at Hotel Valley Ho. Originally built in 1956, the hotel was restored and reopened in 2005 with modern amenities that blend seamlessly with original details and mid century style. Furthering the commitment to an authentic restoration, the original builder, Kitchell, came back to tackle the hotel’s redesign.
When first designed by Edward L. Varney and Associates, the hotel featured a unique blend of Mid Century Modern and Southwestern. The combination was a hit, making it a local icon and drawing a crowd of Hollywood’s elite. If resting in the beauty of this spa-and-restaurant-boasting hotel isn’t enough, its location in Downtown Scottsdale offers art galleries, restaurants, shopping and more within walking distance.
For more info on Hotel Valley Ho, call (480) 248-2000 or visit hotelvalleyho.com.
Palm Springs, California
What mid century-fueled vacation roundup would be complete without the quintessential desert hotspot? This sunny oasis is the mecca of mid century enthusiasm— making it a breeze to find stylish and inspiring places to stay—but these two stand out thanks to their authentic charm and location in the historic Tennis Club neighborhood.
Del Marcos Hotel
Designed in 1947 by architect William F. Cody, the Del Marcos Hotel received Class 1 historic site designation by the Palm Springs City Council in 2012. The hotel was Cody’s first independent commission in the city—and won an award for the cutting-edge architecture that features native stone, redwood and a U-shape wrapped around the pool.
Now, the adult-only hotel invites guests with period-appropriate furnishings, a heated saltwater pool and complementary use of beach cruisers. Each of the bright, unique rooms dons a name that represents what guests will find inside—like the Don Wexler room where framed architectural drawings serve as wall art.
For more info on Del Marcos Hotel, call (800) 676-1214 or visit delmarcoshotel.com.
With just nine rooms, this hotel has been lovingly passed on from one mid century enthusiast couple to another. Creators Stan Amy and Christy Eugenis brought the hotel to life in 2001 after carefully refreshing the Herb Burns courtyard-style paradise. They sold the hotel to frequent vacationers Kevin Miller and Jinny Park in 2007. Since then, the Orbit In has maintained its longstanding charm and consistent popularity.
Each room is furnished with pieces from the icons of mid century design: Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, Isamu Noguchi and Richard Schultz, to name a few. The rooms are more like studio apartments tucked against the San Jacinto Mountains, featuring sitting areas, kitchenettes and unobstructed views of the pool.
For more info on Orbit In, call (877) 996-7248 or visit orbitin.com.
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