The death of the American motel
Once they were pillars of the hotel industry in the United States, but today motels are mostly nostalgic scraps of history for baby boomers. Not surprisingly, a retro-motel trend is emerging. My apologies to the good folks at Motel 6, but one of the stalwarts of the lodging industry in the United States for eight decades—the motel—is dead or on the road to expiration. For many people in my age group, the word motel conjures up wonderful summer roadtrips with our families. While the sightseeing and attractions were great, every kid couldn’t wait until the end of the day to jump into the motel pool.