The Motor Lodge, Prescott
503 S. Montezuma St., Prescott, Arizona
Photo Courtesy of The Motor Lodge, Prescott
The Motor Lodge, PrescottLocated a few blocks from Courthouse Square and Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott, about 100 miles north of Phoenix, the Motor Lodge might best be described as a Retro Road Trip. Prior to its motor court existence, the 13-room lodge began life around 1910 as summer cabins. After a century of serving as all manner of accommodation, it was purchased in 2008 by Joe Livingston and Brian Spear, who set out to prove it had at least one more life, as a modern boutique hotel—with comfy beds, tastefully eclectic décor, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. One of the few hints that this is no longer an old-fashioned motor court is the bright yellow exterior doors and other splashes of color that suggest a more modern era. There are throwbacks—some delightful, such as that most of the rooms have porches close enough together, and few enough in number, that chats with people who might otherwise remain strangers seem the neighborly thing to do; and some not so much, such as the tiny bathrooms, in most of the rooms, that would have passed without comment in earlier decades. Mostly, though, the two hosts seem to be striving for, and achieving, a hospitality that often becomes a guest's strongest memory.