Australia’s latest motel trend takes guests back to the ’60s


Australia’s retro motels save old school architecture and make it cool again.

It’s true; places like The Mysa Motel, which offers a modern twist to the retro Gold Coast (by merging old-school bones with Instagram aesthetics), and is part of a growing trend in interior design and design. trend of dilapidated housing.

The photos show the swimming pool, the fence, the pink walls, the vintage cars and the satisfied customers of the place.

The Mysa Motel is located just 6 miles from the iconic Gold Coast Highway, and is quite unlike the skyscrapers overlooking Surfer’s Paradise.

The Mysa Hotel co-owner Jason Raine told DMARGE it was an “extremely tired and run down” motel originally built in the 1960s that was “almost run down”.

“It was extremely important for us to keep as many elements as possible. The Gold Coast has so much architectural heritage, but it is losing it at a rapid rate due to new development taking place.

“We’re all for change, but we think it’s important to hang on to some of these things like architecture. We think this is very important – not only that, but it is a sustainable practice. “

“Much of the materials and furnishings are recycled or recycled, such as the breeze blocks in the yard and the garage. They are reused from demolished commercial and residential Gold Coast properties. “

“Some of our bathrooms and the pool mosaic tiles we use are actually recycled glass.”

There are also 64 rooftop solar panels and rainwater tanks (and maintenance equipment is battery powered).

The Mysa Motel has a growing geotag on Instagram and 49 (and more) posts under its name (under the hashtag “themysamotel”).

The Mysa Motel is not alone in this renaissance. The Sunseeker in Byron Bay also taps into the nostalgic vein. Its website describes it as: “The nostalgia of the ’80s brick motel reimagined (in every way) into a boutique lodging experience for the modern, conscious traveler.

“Hidden behind the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay, Australia, the Sunseeker is tucked away just away from the hustle and bustle of the main city.”

The Sunseeker also has a popular geotag page and 53 Instagram posts to its name.

There’s also the Sails Motel & Pool Club in Brunswick Heads, which is a lot cooler than your average motel, and Noosa’s 10 Hastings Street, plus an Airbnb avalanche also using the Instagram effect in a way. similar to convince you to press ‘book’ (“oh, is this a unique stay? Excuse me while I get my credit card”).

What is the Instagram effect? Our theory is this: instead of calling your grandma’s apartment with a few potted plants around a grandma’s apartment with a few potted plants around, you call it a ‘tree house’. And then you give it its own Instagram and geotag page and encourage people with followers to stick around and take photos. You then put it on Airbnb and do dosh.

Jason, however, co-owner of the Mysa Hotel, said it was a natural thing too. In the case of The Mysa Motel, he says, “It’s more of an organic thing. I feel like people have a choice to tag us or not, we don’t really ask them to tag us or post a photo; it’s something they do on their own and it’s exciting for us to see it. Everyone has a different take on the motel.

More seriously, however, there are many positive aspects to modern prison block hotel chains that are losing their grip on your travel options. There have never been more (accommodation) options when booking a vacation. Now all we need is some certainty around Australia’s internal and international borders that remain open (and entry requirements remain consistent) and we’re good to go…

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