Often the cheapest and least interesting; the small guys operated on thin margins. But there are, as you'll see, some remarkable exceptions.

 

   

Capri, Kansas City MO

Collins, Sharon PA

LakeAire, Duluth MN

Thunderbird, Marietta GA

Howard Johnson

Imperial 400

Imperial 400

Imperial 400

Paul Bunyan, Bemidji MN

Buena Vista, Duluth MN

Jack Tar Motels

Motor Inn, Cayucos CA

Roberts, SF CA

Mayflower, Madison WI

Minton, Albuquerque NM

Tewa, Albuquerque NM

Sturgeons, Lovelock NV

Stardust, Whittier CA

Bluebird, Machias ME

Sands, Chicago IL

Sands, Chicago IL

Utah Motor Park, Salt Lake City UT

Plaza Court / Smith Motel, Sioux Falls SD

Kay's Motel, St. Cloud MN

Twins Motor Hotel, St. Paul

Tucson Inn, Tucson AZ

Vanderbilt Plaza, Nashville TN

Roberts-By-the-Sea, San Francisco TN

El Reposo, Lumberton NC

Holiday Shores, St. Petersburg Beach FL

Sands Motel, Eatontown NJ

Capri Motel, Darthmouth MA

Wandlyn Motel, Amherst

Cottage Motel, Goshen CA

Court Moderne, Salinas CA

Baronet Motel, Atlantic City MA

Holiday Inn Collection

Howard Johnson Collection

Biltmore Motel, Fargo ND

City Center, Phoenix AZ

Americana, Flagstaff AZ

Valley Ho, Scottsdale AZ

National Motels

Sands, Milwaukee WI

Midway, St. Paul MN

Towne Motel, Snowhegan ME

Dells, Wisconsin Dells WI

Hornes Motor Lodge

Guest House Inn, Appleton WI

Shorecrest Resort, Cleveland WI

Humboldt Motel, Humboldt TN

Lake Aire, Duluth MN

Desert Inn, Albuquerque NM