One of the purposes of the Explore Provo cartoon strip was to encourage people to patronize the businesses that were affected by the construction work. One of the first segments was on the south part of town, which at that time was...um...the less desirable part of town. One of the few businesses located there was the old Hotel Roberts, which in its day may have been a nice hotel, but at this point it was way past its prime.
The challenge was to promote it without mocking it. This is the result...it could have been worse!
Afterthought: What was I thinking that made me think it was a good idea to put a pine tree in the corner? Why not a lamp or a chair or something a little more typical of a hotel lobby?