10 motels with retro vibes in Canada that are worth the road trip
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We all know that traveling isn’t the move right now. But when it is, we think a road trip might just be in order. And let us tell you there are some seriously cool places to stay across the country. Despite not all of these inclusions being motels or *technically* retro, they all have that old-school vibe and feel of an era gone by. So here are 10 retro motels & hotels in Canada that are definitely worth the road trip.
To kick off our list of retro motels in Canada let’s check out BC’s Hotel Zed. This spot actually has three locations in Kelowna, Tofino, and Victoria. So if you want a pop of color with your stay you can’t go wrong with Zed. Their rooms come complete with retro decorations like vintage rotary phones. And they even have roller skates, skateboards, and cruiser bikes for your use.
Where: Multiple locations in BC
If you’re headed to the Rockies and want a boutique hotel with drive-up convenience, the Lamphouse is for you. Rooms at this spot come furnished with MCM inspire furniture and you can enjoy a hot tub with mountain views. So treat yourself while exploring the great outdoors.
Where: 610, 8 Street Canmore, AB
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It’s hard to imagine that motel-style accommodations still exist in the heart of BC but they sure do! However, The Burrard definitely takes motels to the next level with a retro interior, Nespresso machines, and free bike rentals. So if you’re planning a trip to Vancouver, this might just be your spot.
Where: 1100 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
This spot has those ‘rustic but make it modern’ vibes that are sure to make your stay in Manitoba nice and relaxing. Plus it’s located in Riding Mountain National Park so you can relax in style while getting out in the great outdoors. And if you ask us, it doesn’t get much better than that.
Where: 128 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming MB
This spot definitely mixes the retro and minimalist aesthetics to create the millennial’s dream motel. And that means you’ll definitely be able to snag an Instagram photo or two while staying here. Not to mention they have two locations in Prince Edward County and Sauble Beach with plenty to do in both spots. Or you can just kick back, relax and treat yourself.
Where: Multiple locations in ON
As the name suggests this spot definitely has some nautical influence. But in a cute way that will allow you to enjoy Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore. This spot is located right on the LaHave River so you’ll have plenty to see and do. Plus it’s just 30 minutes away from Lunenburg!
Where: 1101 Highway 331, Conquerall Bank, NS
We’re going to guess that you’ve heard of this spot but there’s a reason for that and it’s because it’s absolutely worth visiting. This hotel is full of unique rooms with cool decorations, paint jobs, and furniture. So if you’re all about aesthetics and the perfect spot for Instagram pics, you’ll definitely want to stay here.
Where: 43 Wharf St, Wellington, ON
This spot mixes modern retro design with old-world Quebec architecture perfectly. So if you’re looking for a higher-end spot you really can’t go wrong here. You’ll be smack dab in the middle of Quebec City’s art and cultural district. So definitely check this one out if you’re heading to the area.
Where: 170 Grande Allee Ouest, Quebec, QC
Now the return of retro is great and all but what about hotels that never really left that era? Deer Lodge Motel on Vancouver Island is a no-nonsense and simple spot that has rooms that are unironically retro. It’s definitely a blast from the past but if you’ll be in the Shawnigan Lake area, it’s worth seeing what rooms they have available.
Where: 2529 Partridge Road, Mill Bay, BC
We have to cap the list with probably the most unique stay we’ve seen in a while, a train. Yes, that’s right, you can choose from not 1 but 9 different cabooses to stay in. So if you happen to be into trains, this is pretty much a dream come true. Not to mention, each train is decked out in funky train-appropriate decorations. So don’t miss out on this one, folks.
Where: 21 Station Rd, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, CA
Well folks that’s what we have for you when it comes to retro motels & hotels in Canada. We hope you get out there when traveling is safe. and of course, if you do, be sure to tag us in all those pics.