Story: Hotels and motels

Motel décor

Motel décor

The interior décor of early motel units was similar to that in private homes. The formica table and matching kitchen bench, chrome and vinyl chairs, and heavily patterned curtains of this Bay of Islands motel would have been a familiar domestic sight to most visitors, though the unadorned concrete-block wall gives the game away.

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Reference: AAQT 6401/A66,235
Photograph by Gregory Riethmaier

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Paul Christoffel, 'Hotels and motels - Motels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 October 2021)

Story by Paul Christoffel, published 11 Mar 2010