For 22 years, Robert “Jake” Jacob was the owner of the Lamplighter hotel in Astoria, Oregon (built in 1962). He considered selling it in 2016. After few good offers, he consulted the owner of Portland’s Jupiter Hotel, which had a fun, mid-last century, Palm Springs vibe. It wasn't long before the Lamplighter became the Atomic Hotel – its signature, a two-tone, 1957 Nash Metropolitan parked out front.
The motel’s new incarnation is a winning mix of a cool, hip, affordable, clean and reasonably-priced place to stay. Dogs are welcome and the location is quite central, close to the Riverwalk and waterfront trolley. There’s also a vintage Pig ‘N Pancake right next door, as well as designer coffee outlets nearby.
Need a break from sightseeing? Sit in one of the lobby’s retro “Jetson” egg chairs, and watch old TV shows, like “Bewitched”, or a movies from the 1950s or '60s, including those featuring Dean, Frank and the Rat Pack. Complimentary coffee, tea, and water are available, as are chips and salsa. Sometimes soups, stews or clam chowder are on offer and periodic visits from a mobile hot dog stand. A special treat is the light breakfast of authentic Finnish pastries from the Finnish Home Bakery, a third-generation, landmark business in town. The Atomic Cafe has made quite the name for itself, with its unique period ambiance, friendly service and great setting in Astoria.