Astoria's Original 1962 Lamplighter Motel embraces its roots to become the Atomic Motel
In 2016 Robert 'Jake' Jacob, the owner for twenty two years decided to sell the Lamplighter and retire and lead a simpler life. After a few months of not getting his price he was at a quandary. He then contacted his friend Tod Breslau, the owner of the Jupiter Hotel in Portland. Tod said that he should quit trying to sell his place and change it to a cool and fun motel like his Jupiter. Jake told Tod that he was too old and tired to start over again and create a mid-century, Palm Springs, Jetson fun house. But Jake never listens to himself and against all common sense, at the age of 68, away he went.
In August of 2019, The Atomic Motel was purchased by Mark Frank and his mom Barbara Frank. We are excited to have the Atomic as part of the Frank Hotel's family. Frank Hotels was formed in 2014 when we purchased the 15 room Coastal Inn in Long Beach Washington and soon after the 41 room Westport Inn in Westport, Washington. In 2016, Frank Hotels purchased 3 additional hotels including the GuestHouse Inn in Kelso, Inn at the Shore in Seaside, and Red Lion Inn & Suites in Ontario. In 2017, Frank Hotels purchased Westshore Oceanfront Suites in Lincoln City, the Methow River Lodge & Cabins, and the Winthrop Inn, also on the Methow River in Winthrop Washington. In 2019 we purchased Inn at the Sea in Long Beach Washington, the Marina Cottages in Westport Washington, and of course the Atomic Motel. With the success of our independent tourist hotels, we plan to focus entirely on well-located tourist hotel acquisitions in the future.
Catching the wave of Astoria, Oregon's ongoing renaissance, the "think Las Vegas/Palm Springs Rat Pack" Atomic Motel has brought an authentic and fun vibe to this small Coastal town, a mecca for hipsters and artists.
Yes, "Madmen" and the "Rat Pack" were influences and the bright lobby colors and furniture now attract smiles from locals and visitors whenever they drive by the Atomic. There is literally nothing like this in Astoria, which is known throughout the world for its pure character and authenticity.
Even the "Pig'N Pancake" next door is iconic and real!
Step back into a time of happy innocence with Frank and Dean before you head out for craft brews and vintage martinis in town. We're happy to have you!