Harking back to the retro 1950s American diner, Soho House’s latest is the modern roadside chic Mollie’s Motel & Diner, located in founder Nick Jones’ hometown of Oxford, England. The 79-room throwback motel, which guests check-in to online or by mobile app, is a daring departure—and more affordable option—from the trendsetting brand’s typical posh offerings.
“We wanted to create something contemporary that separates itself from a Soho House but still has some subtle elements in the details,” says the in-house architect of the project, Karen Lok. From there, the team looked stateside for inspiration, incorporating materials evocative of the era, including wood paneling, metal finishes, and stitching found in the diner’s teal leather-upholstered banquettes that emulate the interior of vintage Cadillacs. Here, patrons can peek into the kitchen from the high-top counter while indulging in typical American fair.
Soho House imbued the pale green-hued guestrooms with “a simple and stylish feel, making sure the rooms had all the things that makes staying in a hotel room enjoyable,” says Lok. Wood slatted headboards, spherical light fixtures on walls, and burnt-red velvet chairs outfit the spaces, which include a handful of suites and interconnected bunk-bed rooms suited for families.
An elevated general store completes the classic-meets-contemporary design, which, Lok says, continues Soho House’s mission to “offer our customers a comfortable place to eat, drink, and sleepover with the best value possible.”