Hotels.com is giving away a freebie that includes a trip to the beach. If your idea of the perfect place is a blast from the beachside paradise past untouched by the modern world, Hotels.com has the gig for you as “Retro Beach Motelier.”
Hotels.com’s retro beach motel will receive a $10,000 a stipend to spend the rest of the summer traveling back in time to the best retro beach motels across the UNITED STATES. The suggested itinerary includes cozy coastal gems dripping with nostalgia, like The Pearl Hotel in San Diego and Vagabond Hotel in Miami. And because no one can apply sunscreen solo, a guest of their choice will join them in this bicoastal beach hop.
Instead of spending holidays scrolling through their smartphone and listening to podcasts by the pool, our Motelier will engage in offline activities, such as documenting the trip “for future generations”. And we’re not talking by the gram, but with a classic Polaroid camera (instant film and camera provided). The trip’s IRL photo album may even show up on Hotels.com — because the photos, or it didn’t happen.
The Hotels.com Retro Beach Motelier will also be outfitted with old-school seaside paraphernalia to help them unplug and relax, including high SPF zinc, striped umbrellas, vintage sunglasses, a cooler for drinks by the beach and a solar-powered AM/FM radio. . In addition, Hotels.com will assign them a $5,000 “salary” to spend on beachside snacks their grandparents would approve of: frozen custard, salt water taffy, and snow cones.
How to register
If you’re ready to hit the beach like it’s 1950 and enjoy kitschy poolside vibes and analog experiences, head over to www.hotels.com/beachmotel to apply for the Retro Beach Motelier by 5 August at 11:59 p.m. CT. The most qualified Retro Beach Motelier will be selected and notified by August 12. You must be 21 or over to apply, see full contest rules here.