Po’Keepsie Motor Hotel – Poughkeepsie, New York

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(on Rt. 9. 1 mile south of business section) In the Heart of Scenic Dutchess County      115 luxurious units and suites with air conditioning, room telephones and new filtered swimming pool. Howard Johnson’s Restaurant on premises. Convenient to all industrial plants. Minutes from Vassar College and Oakwood School.                         Phone GLobe 2-5453

The Po’Keepsie Motor was located at 481 South Road – Route 9 in Poughkeepsie, New York. As you can tell from the postcard above, the motel was located right next to a Howard Johnson’s restaurant.

The official grand opening for the motel was October 21, 1956. With 53 units and a swimming pool, the Po’Keepsie offered “all the conveniences of the city plus the quiet, peaceful surrounding of beautiful rural Dutchess County.”

Poughkeepsie Journal – October 21, 1956

According to advertising cost was never questioned. Wall-to-wall carpeting and TV came standard in each room, which was not cheap at the time.

In the 1960s the motel was renovated and modernized. 115 total rooms and a large, neon sign with an arrow helped give the Po’Keepsie a much higher profile.

The Po’Keepsie is an unusual motel in the fact that it lasted and lasted and remained independent for 30 plus years. However, a low occupancy ratethroughout the late 1980s changed the mindset of the management.

In 1989, it was announced that the plucky Po’Keepsie had decided to join a franchise and become an Econo-Lodge.

Poughkeepsie Journal – February 7, 1989

The building is still standing. It is no longer an Econo Lodge and is now named, once more, the Poughkeepsie Inn.

 

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