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Get paid to travel back in time to retro beach motels, including 2 stops east

Hotels.com is looking for someone who wants to spend the late summer traveling to retro beach motels across the country, including two accommodations right here in the East End.

The job description for “the Retro Beach Motelier” is someone Hotels.com describes as “chasing nostalgia for a time when surf culture was at its height”.

“The search for our Retro Beach Motelier began as a way to highlight highly rated 2- and 3-star beach motels like the Sound View and Montauk Beach House that are just as amazing beach resorts as travelers flock to on their trips to the beach,” says Mel Dohmen, spokesperson for Hotels.com, behind the Hedges. “And because we truly believe that travelers can find their perfect spot among the many accommodations listed on Hotels.com, we know this concert will appeal to anyone who loves mid-century design and a beach vacation in ‘Ancient.”

The Montauk Beach House is close to the Atlantic Ocean.Courtesy of Hotels.com

It’s not a bad gig if you have the time to commit and you like “kitschy poolside style,” as the press release says, though The Montauk Beach House and the Sound View have been renovated and modernized in recent years. The job comes with a $10,000 travel allowance and $5,000 “salary” to spend on old-fashioned beach food and paraphernalia, like saltwater taffy and ice cream cones. snow.

Retro Beach Motels on the list

Hotels.com selected the “10 Best Retro Beach Motels Across America” ​​based on overall design, location, value and guest reviews, according to a statement. These properties feature ratings of 7.5 or higher, water views, and “lots of vintage styling and decor,” he continues.

The two East End properties that make the list are The Montauk Beach House, a block from the Atlantic Ocean with rates starting at $269 per night, and the Sound View Greenport, which is directly on the Sound just west of the village with fares. from $375 per night.

Other places on the list are Waikiki Village Retro Hotel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Parker Beach Lodge in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, LODGE Westport in Westport, Washington, Lincolnville Motel in Lincolnville, Maine, as well as two California properties , The Pearl Hotel in San Diego and the Cambria Beach Lodge in Cambria, and in Florida, Casa Morada in Islamorada and the Vagabond Motel in Miami.

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The Vagabond Motel in Miami definitely has a retro vibe.Courtesy of Hotels.com

While many beachside accommodations have been revamped, this campaign still celebrates the classic beach motel vibe, Dohmen says.

“The classic beach motel often reminds people of simpler times and some of these properties do a wonderful job of preserving the retro aesthetic,” he says. “Beyond the basics you’ll find in a motel like a No Vacancy sign, parking lot, exterior room entrance, or a two-story property, the retro beach motels featured were selected based on design general, location, value, and customer reviews, so you can see elements of mid-century or even art deco.

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A view of the Long Island Sound at Sound View Greenport.Courtesy of Hotels.com

How to register

“The work will transport you – literally and figuratively – to a time when beach vacations were simpler. Instead of spending days scrolling by the pool on their smartphones, the Retro Beach Motelier will indulge in analog activities,” he says.

They’ll document their travels using a classic Polaroid camera and “chill out the old-fashioned way, complete with high SPF zinc, striped umbrellas, vintage sunglasses, a cooler for brewskies, and an AM radio/ Solar-powered FM (c/o Hotels.com of course) Instant film and Polaroid camera will be provided and the IRL photo album of the trip may appear on Hotels.com.

One guest of their choice is allowed to join them on the bicoastal trip.

Applications for the concert are open until noon Central Standard Time on August 5 at hotels.com/beachmotel. The winner will be selected and notified by August 12. Candidates must be at least 21 years old. Full contest rules are available here.

People who aren’t fans of vintage design and budget motels needn’t apply, of course, and no experience is required.

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The Waikiki Village Retro Hotel in Myrtle Beach, SC is an obvious choice for Hotel.com’s list of the 10 Best Retro Beach Motels in America.Courtesy of Hotels.com