Posted by Caroline Williamson on 08.06.13 in Art, Interior Design

This month’s Destination Design stays within the states and lands in New York’s own Rockaway Beach at a recently opened, campy destination called Playland Motel. Full ofBeats, Eats, and Sleeps, this motel took an early 19th Century building and restored it with the help of twelve prominent designers and artists who designed individual rooms with their own aesthetic. The results are a designer motel catering to a younger crowd looking for a super fun getaway at the hotel, motel, Holiday Inn. (I dare you not to sing it.)

What: Playland Motel

Where: 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Beach, New York 11694
How much: From approximately $200 a night
Highlights: In addition to the quirky rooms individually designed by artists, the motel is close to the beach and even has its own sandy play area with plenty of seating to lounge.
Design draw: Twelve kitschy, artist-designed room, each with their own design motif.
Book it: Call 718.318.1035 or email