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Hotels.com offers paid retro beach motel vacation to contest winner

  • Hotels.com is giving one person $15,000 to travel to beach motels across the country.
  • The winner will receive a Polaroid camera and other vintage goodies to document their trip.
  • The Hotels.com ranking of the 10 Best Retro Beach Motels is the travel itinerary.

A new Hotels.com contest offers the chance to get paid to travel to beaches across the United States.

The “Retro Beach Motelier” prize includes $10,000 for transportation to “Top 10 Retro Beach Motels” and $5,000 for expenses during the trip, according to the contest website.

The winner will also receive vintage beach gear, including a solar-powered AM/FM radio, striped umbrellas, and a retro Polaroid camera to document the trip “for future generations.”

To enter, applicants must complete a brief questionnaire by midnight on August 5. In addition to basic information such as name, email address and Instagram handle, the app also includes questions such as “If you traveled to the 50s, who would you spend your beach vacation with? ?”

Applicants must be at least 21 years old to be eligible and winners will be selected on August 12.

Exterior of the Vagabond Hotel in Miami.

Vagabond Hotel


Vagabond Hotel



Included in the 10 charming beach motels on the itinerary are the Vagabond Hotel in Miami and the Pearl Hotel in San Diego, as well as other places featured in Hotels.com’s ranking of the best retro beach motels.

Melissa Dohmen, spokesperson for Hotels.com said in a press release that the competition was designed to “prove that beach motels can be just as luxurious” as high-end all-inclusive resorts.

“These timeless motels aren’t just budget-friendly, they’ll transport beachgoers — literally and figuratively — back in time to truly disconnect and relax,” Dohmen said in the release.