Entrepreneurs Jayson Seidman, Zach Kupperman, and Alex Ramirez along with Nicole Cota Studio and Concordia transformed an abandoned 1950s-era motel in New Orleans into the Drifter.
The pool area features a brick terrace, alfresco bar, cantilevered disco ball, and a lattice wall that calls to mind Mexican architect Luis Barragán.
A foliage-covered wall adds a lush accent to the lobby where original terrazzo floors, a wood ceiling, and painted white brick recall the era.
In the café, a neutral palette, midcentury-inspired furniture, and globe pendant lights add a simple and minimalist look to the throwback property.
The low-key look continues in the café where a pink and green tropical mural adds a vibrant touch to the timeless yet playful hotel.
In the 20 cool gray guestrooms, concrete walls complement Oaxacan-patterned floors.